Climate Deniers Looking for Science Love

January 30, 2015

Above average broadside video from Environmental Action.   Climate denying politicians seeking science love online.
It’s tough when 97 percent of the science community doesn’t support you, but you can still get action if you’re willing to pay..


2 Responses to “Climate Deniers Looking for Science Love”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    That’s way more than “above average”—-LOL

    IMO it’s Super Bowl Ad quality (unless I’m just getting too easy to amuse in my old age)

  2. andrewfez Says:

    WV House follows Senate, passes repeal of Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

    The West Virginia House of Delegates debated House Bill 2001, which would repeal the state’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio, for about an hour during a Jan. 22 floor session.

    Ultimately, the bill passed the House by a vote of 95-4 with only Delegates Mike Puskin, D-Kanawha; Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia; Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson; and Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha, voting no.

    The bill would repeal a measure previously passed by the Legislature in 2009. That law called for benchmarks for electric utilities based on their annual electricity sales to be reduced 10 percent from 2015 to 2019, 15 percent between 2020 and 2024 and then 25 percent by Jan. 1, 2025.

    The West Virginia Senate passed its version of a similar bill earlier in the week.

    The House version of the bill passed, however, keeps net metering — a perk that allows those generating their own electricity can continue to receive rebates from the power companies.

    During the debate, Guthrie said coal was a “yoke” hanging around the neck of the Mountain State.

    “I rise to oppose repeal of this bill,” Guthrie. “For the life of me, what I can’t understand is why this body wants to make a name for itself.”

    Guthrie said while the state relies on coal, it needs to focus attention on other resources as well.

    “We are running out of coal, it’s that simple,” Guthrie said. “We are going to wear coal around our neck like a yoke that will drag all of us down.

    This is just political theater, this piece of legislation.”

    Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, brought a lump of coal to the House floor. He explained he believes coal to be a “diamond necklace hanging around the neck of West Virginia.”

    Delegate Randy Smith, R-Preston, said just a week ago he was five miles underground mining coal, and will continue to do so when he leave the statehouse.

    “I can assure you, I’m not standing here today apologizing to anyone that I am a coal miner,” he said. “West Virginia has benefited from the coal industry for decades and will continue to benefit. … No other industry has contributed as much to this state’s economy.”

    Smith said the 2009 legislation was the reason he ran for public office.

    “I was a coal miner when this bill was passed; I took offense to it,” he said.

    Smith said he was offended by Fleischauer’s comments about the EPA.

    “What has the EPA done but take over this state,” he asked. “I urge you to pass this bill.”

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