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Koch-Powered Tea Party pushes climate denial bill in New Hampshire: “Neither man nor cow is responsible for global warming.”

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Fueled by the carbon pollution giant Koch Industries, Tea Party Republicans in New Hampshire are attempting to scuttle the state’s involvement in the region’s successful climate program.  Brad Johnson has the story — and one NH  legislator’s amazing rationale.

Robocalls from Koch’s Americans for Prosperity group flooded the state last weekend in support of a bill that would repeal participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which has cut greenhouse and other pollution and created 1,130 jobs as a result of energy efficiency benefits. Rep. Sandra Keans (D-Rochester), told the Nashua Telegraph that AFP’s calls were “sleazy” and deliberately false. “I have never seen such a cowardly perpetration pulled on the citizens of New Hampshire,” Keans said.

On Wednesday, the state’s overwhelmingly Republican House of Representatives voted to support HB 519 by a nearly party-line vote of 246 to 104 (13 Republicans voted against, two Democrats for). The bill has to pass through the finance committee before a final house vote and consideration by the senate. Gov. John Lynch (D-NH), who has touted the success of RGGI in making the air healthier while increasing economic prosperity, is expected to veto the bill, but Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the New Hampshire legislature. The bill is being championed by extreme climate deniers:

Deputy Majority Leader Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) explained his vote: “Neither man nor cow is responsible for global warming.

Rep. James Garrity (R-Atkinson), chairman of the House’s Science Technology and Energy Committee, claimed that RGGI relies on “shaky climate science.”

Rep. Frank Holden (R-Lyndeboro), vice chairman of the House’s Science, Technology and Energy Committee, wrote in the majority committee report that the “science of climate change is far from clear.”

Rep. Andrew Manuse (R-Derry): “The reasons used to promote RGGI were based in false, exaggerated and highly politicized science.”

In reality, with greenhouse pollution from fossil fuels building up in the atmosphere at an increasing rate, the world is now hotter than it has ever been in recorded history. New England is unambiguously warming. Fueled by the warmer world, catastrophic rainfall is rising, as “exemplified by the ’100-year’ floods that have occurred in southern New Hampshire in 2005, 2006, 2007.”

Americans for Prosperity operatives gleefully praised the vote for pollution and global warming denial:

AFP VP for Policy Phil Kerpen hopes the vote “could deal the death blow to cap and trade both regionally and nationally.”

AFP-NH Executive Director Corey Lewandowski: “We’re delighted by the strong House vote for consumers.”

AFP-NJ Executive Director Steve Lonegan, an admitted global warming denier, called the vote “a significant victory for ratepayers all over the Northeast.”

Lonegan is spearheading the Koch Industries effort to kill RGGI in New Jersey, after its multi-million-dollar campaign to kill climate action in California failed miserably.

Koch Industries and the politicians it supports have been making the argument that limits on carbon pollution have “always been about the money” and a plot to “collect some money from all of us to redistribute that wealth to a few of us.”

Of course, they fail to mention that by letting Koch Industries profit from billions of tons of carbon pollution for free, the government has actually allowed the Koch brothers to “collect some money from all of us to redistribute that wealth to a few of us” “” namely themselves “” while the lives of everyone else are put at risk. For the Kochs, it has “always been about the money.” For the rest of us, it’s simply about respect for science and the health of our planet.

Brad Johnson, in a WonkRoom cross-post.

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28 Responses to Koch-Powered Tea Party pushes climate denial bill in New Hampshire: “Neither man nor cow is responsible for global warming.”

  1. Daniel J. Andrews says:

    Loads of deniers are at least saying global warming is happening now. Next time Watts et al says it isn’t happening, post links to Koch et al. See if we can get them to battle it out so the scientists can get some work done.

    [JR: Aren't you the pony-finding optimist!]

  2. Wit's End says:

    CP Romm’n’Legions might want to click on the link to support Tim DeChristopher, whose trial begins today. Tim courageously stopped the illegal auction of Utah wilderness for oil and gas drilling through an act of civil disobedience, and now faces the possibility of 10 years in jail.

    He is a climate hero!

    http://www.peacefuluprising.org/climate-trial

  3. Anonymous says:

    “A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the teabagger and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.” (via Malcolm I.G. Lawrence)

    Has anyone else seen this? A Facebook friend posted it on his page.

  4. Bob Doublin says:

    “A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the teabagger and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.” (via Malcolm I.G. Lawrence)

    Has anyone else seen this? A Facebook friend posted it on his page.

  5. Berbalang says:

    For the past few years I have been telling people that the Global Warming Deniers will still deny Global Warming even when the Arctic Ice Cap melts completely. When this happens my mockery of them will know no bounds.

    As it is, I am looking for an appropriate sock puppet to use when talking to them, something green in color.

  6. Mike Roddy says:

    You expect this kind of thing in Texas or Wyoming, but things are really getting weird when the Kochs can stir up mischief in New England, even if it’s the region’s most conservative state.

    It looks like the evidence of global warming will be even more obvious within five years. Berbalong, the deniers will then say

    1. We can’t afford a carbon price now, since global warming is wrecking the economy so much that there’s no money for anything.

    2. When the sunspots and ocean currents return to normal, we’ll have cool weather again.

    3. We’re only going to do something if China acts first.

    4. Scientists and their socialist allies are trying to trick us into
    World Government.

    In other words, the deniers cannot be expected to cease being dangerous idiots. The public won’t know about the damage they have done until the media calls people to account, instead of nodding their heads and sticking microphones in front of people like Anthony Watts and James Inhofe. And they’d better start doing it now, before it’s too late.

  7. Doing nothing is not a default option, because we are already acting in ways that are causing climate change. The default option is continuing to emit greenhouse gases, in full knowledge that this activity is contributing to a very harmful problem. That is unethical: causing avoidable harm and suffering is unequivocally unethical.

    To fail to act on climate change … now that would be unethical

  8. If they think their legislature can overrule science, the next item on their agenda should be legislation repealing the second law of thermodynamics – dealing with limited energy supplies in the same way that they want to deal with global warming.

  9. Rick Covert says:

    Seems like Ground Hog’s Day is every day with the deniers. They repeat, repeat, repeat the lies, distortions and half-truths and then they repeat them again. Yet the public at large isn’t swallowing it even though they are badly informed or not motivated to become fluent in climate science.

  10. Some European says:

    OT
    Does anyone know what happened to Simplex1swrhs90′s YouTube channel?
    If you are Simplex1swrhs90, please let me know.

  11. K. Nockels says:

    It really feels like we are going backward. How did this country get so diconnected from reality? The fossil fuel fiesta continues as gas prices march toward $4.00 a gallon. Even though this should be moving us away from carbon energy if for no other reason than cost, we are being stripped of the solutions that would tackle both economic instability and climate change. As the impacts come at us faster and faster, as more and more feedbacks kick in we will have run out the clock. The delayers and deniers are winning, by putting us in the postion of now having to fight to keep what changes we have managed to make. Which means we are not moving forward with the next ones.We no longer have the TIME we need to keep this situation from turning into a tragic future. Just in the last two days we have seen 103 degrees in Laredo, wildfires have burned 106,000 acres in Texas, today the temp in North Carolina is expected to be 83 degrees, the jet stream is at 105mph bringing severe storms and flooding rains to the southeast and mid-atlantic. We are losing our window of opportunity to stop the changes that will affect millions.

  12. Scrooge says:

    The only thing shaky is the politics. Looking at what’s happening it looks like the tea baggers are grabbing as much as they can before the public catches on.
    Let’s hope AGW becomes a campaign issue. The msm may then start reporting about it. They would have to work at an eighth grade level so there wouldn’t be any tea baggers that would change their minds, but it would reach the majority of Americans.

  13. MarkF says:

    what’s “conservative” or “pro business” other than the oil business, about ignoring this:

    (from “Informed Comment” , Juan Cole)

    The World Oil Politics of the Libyan Revolt

    Posted on 02/28/2011 by Juan

    ” The world is skating on the edge of petroleum prices so high that they could push the global economy back into recession.”

    “More production may be lost, as unrest spreads in the Middle East. Iraq’s massive protests this weekend were followed by an attack on the refinery at Baiji, which closed it. The plant has a capacity of between 150,000 and 300,000 barrels a day (you see varying estimates). The spread of the protests to Oman, moreover, raised ominous questions about how much production may be lost. Not only have petroleum workers in the port of Sohar demonstrated, with 2 protesters killed, but they targeted the road used by tanker trucks. (They so far haven’t had an impact on pipeline exports, the bulk of them.) Workers in the Gulf unhappy with their lives, unlike Wisconsin school teachers, can fairly easily disrupt the economy if they choose.”

    me here……

    Aside from the ecological disaster that we are watching, can someone please ask on of these people how it makes sense to allow the region of North Africa and the middle east to control the world economy?

    There is no way of looking at the lack of action, that isn’t deeply stupid. The only beneficiaries are the oil company.

  14. Michael T. says:

    Some European (#5)

    That was my old youtube channel (Simplex1swrhs90) but I decided to delete that account to instead create a new channel called “ClimateHawk”. At the time I created the old channel, I wasn’t focusing on climate change as much as I am now. So I started thinking that “ClimateHawk” was a much better name for the content and focus of my youtube channel. I am slowly adding more links, favorites and creating additional playlists.

    Link to my new channel:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/ClimateHawk?feature=mhum

  15. Glenn Magus Harvey says:

    Why hasn’t Shawn Jasper spoken out against letting cows vote?

    Or why else does he treat them as his constituents?

  16. Joan Savage says:

    A home energy audit for New Hampshire shows comparative costs of BTUs:
    http://nhclimateaudit.org/calculators.php

    Another energy cost calculator for New Hampshire:
    http://www.staywarmnh.org/fuelprices.htm

    Both lists prominently include #2 fuel oil, propane and kerosene.

    It’s late winter; what a time to scare the “Live Free or Die” state with the specter of higher fossil fuel prices.

  17. Prokaryotes says:

    Great response from the people to the greatest threat we face. Another example of epic human fail. Humans are soon history if apes keep doing the vote.

  18. Deborah Stark says:

    Re: Mike Roddy | Post #6
    …..You expect this kind of thing in Texas or Wyoming, but things are really getting weird when the Kochs can stir up mischief in New England, even if it’s the region’s most conservative state.

    It looks like the evidence of global warming will be even more obvious within five years. Berbalong, the deniers will then say

    1. We can’t afford a carbon price now, since global warming is wrecking the economy so much that there’s no money for anything…..

    Yes. Well.

    We Are Here.

    In my opinion your Number One is exactly what is happening as we speak. A few minutes’ reflection on the matter will suggest that the above-delineated state of affairs (or window, as I imagine it might be called) has been anticipated and planned for all along.

    I’m no conspiracy theorist. I prefer reality despite the unfortunate fact that it can sometimes be far worse than the most intricately imagined conspiracy scenario.

    At any rate, you, I think, are correct.

    And as for the breathtakingly ignorant quote from yet another of our so-called representatives (“Neither man nor cow is responsible for global warming.”), I can just hear him delivering that succinct little gem in his most bombastic rhetorical style. A quote to remember!! High-fives all around!!

    Utterly pathetic. God, if they only knew…

  19. This amounts to treason against reality.

  20. Ed Hummel says:

    I’ve come to expect such things from New Hampshire since all the right wing wackos have moved there in the last 40 years because of its non-existent state-wide taxes. However, I’m beginning to think the fear generated by high unemployment, rising energy prices, and a general feeling of unease that something is dangerously wrong, is spreading away from that bastion of New England conservatism. Here in Maine we recently elected a Republican governor and legistlature that would make any red state proud. Governor LePage is trying to outdo Governor Walker of Wisconsin, but doing it with a lot less class. In the legislature, inane comments about climate fraud, the wonders of the free market, and getting the feds off our backs continue to spew forth, and the band played on.

  21. Andy Olsen says:

    The Tea Party is a Koch Party.

    Joke making the rounds in Madison:
    A public union employee, a tea party member, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says “Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie!”

    The Tea Party is a Koch Party.
    My Governor is a Koch Head.

  22. PurpleOzone says:

    New Hampshire is showing a lot of effects of having warmed about 3 degrees. Here’s one example, the official date of “ice out” on Lake Winnipesaukee. The date has been recorded since 1887 because it’s the earliest people with homes on the islands can travel by boat. Ice out is arriving earlier and earlier, now averaging 8 days earlier (if memory serves).

    http://www.winnipesaukee.com/index.php?pageid=iceout

    Maple syrup crops are apt to be ruined by early warm spells (but this year’s is going to be good, yum). And the worry is the trees in fall.

  23. PurpleOzone says:

    The politics in NH this year are strange. The Concord Monitor blasted the House in the state legislature as ‘zany’. I’ve heard the conservative Manchester Union Leader is chastising them as going to far or as simply chaotic. I’ve heard Republican politicians complaining about the poor leadership and antics.

    Many new people were elected as part of the general anti-ins movement. In fact some long-time Repub legislators were thrown out in the primary, one after attack brochures were mailed out by NOM at the last minute.

    I’d like to know how much money AFP (Americans for Koch Progress) put into local campaigns. The house is following their agenda, although the kindergarten mandate was preserved. Yes, the Kochs are against kindergarten, in this day and age.

    New Hampshire will lose about $13 million dollars a year if RGGI is knocked out but we’ll still have to pay in the .36$ a month because electricity generation is regional.

  24. PurpleOzone says:

    I attended a NH congressman’s town hall this weekend. There were 3 guys who spoke the standard denier cant. I talked to 2 of them afterward; it was clear that all they know is what’s on climateaudit and wtuwt. It was hard to penetrate, they were so sure of their facts, asking me smugly if I knew about the MWP, HockeyStick, emails, etc. They were a bit jolted when I asked them if they read web pages of science institutes, NASA, NOAA, MIT, etc. (no)

    Rather frightening the penetration of the deniers. this was a small group of people, less than a 100, and 3 of them had swallowed the details from the deniers.

  25. Will Koroluk says:

    It’s late, I know, but I just caught up with a piece by Chrystia Freeland in the January/February issue of The Atlantic magazine. It’s titled The Rise of the New Global Elite, and it traces the rise of the world’s super-super rich, who they are, how they think, how they operate. The Koch brothers are mentioned, of course, but only briefly.
    I recommend the article to anyone who is trying to figure out the Kochs and their ilk.
    You’ll find it at:

    http://bit.ly/ijADIy

  26. Ben Lieberman says:

    Raising the bar for beyond satire for the GWP or Global Warming Party.

  27. Mossy says:

    FYI, the Heartland Institute sends their climate propaganda material to every national AND every state Congressman regularly. They’re funded by Kochs and Big Oil. Scary.

  28. L. Horn says:

    Many people have mentioned Georgia Pacific, but the Koch brothers have their manipulative fingers in so many pies it’s unbelievable. No wonder they’re such active participants in the “buying of America”!
    http://company.monster.com/hawk.aspx

    One of my personal “beefs” – they own three ranches with 425,000 “managed acres” (aka BLM and USFS leases – OUR public lands!) which makes them “corporate welfare ranchers”. If you don’t know how many millions of dollars corporate welfare ranching and welfare ranching in general cost American taxpayers ANNUALLY, please look it up. I have nothing against family ranchers, but they should pay their fair share as well. Eliminating welfare ranching would be another way to cut the deficit!