Friday, February 12, 2016

Climate change, Lou Barletta, and short-term (special-interest) thinking

Meet climate change expert Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania)
What's up is down. "That said, I believe that the world moves in climate cycles, and there is evidence to indicate that we are currently in a cooling trend."
--as quoted in Some Pa. lawmakers squirm over Pope's comments on climate change (Allentown Morning Call, 6/17/2015)

The real world picture:  December 2015 global weather in brief
This is the first time the global monthly departure from average has surpassed 1°C and is the largest margin by which an all-time monthly temperature record has been broken.

NOAA (Dec 2015)
NOAA (2015 summary)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/9/2016
By temporarily freezing the rule, the high court's 5-4 order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold. GOP leaders and the manufacturing sector described the regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants as an unprecedented use of power by the White House.

Other climate change, short-term thinking posts:
Gary Palmer (R-Alabama).  (2/11/2016)
Paul Gosar (R-Pennsylvania).  (2/11/2016)
Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky).  (2/10/2016)
Evan Jenkins (R-West Virginia).  (2/11/2016)
Scott Walker, (R-Wisconsin) (2/10/2016)

Other Barletta posts:
No friend to the environment.  (4/13/2015)
Impeachment: Another Republican "strategy" singes its creators.  (7/30/2014)
Lou Barletta, meet Don Young.  (4/1/2013)

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