It's too bad that so many other states are willing to ignore the high costs of fracking and only look at the financial benefits to Big Energy. The only explanation for ignoring the financial costs (such as polluted water and earthquakes) is that too many politicians are also won over by the lobbying efforts and campaign contributions. Good for Vermont for caring more about its people and...
On day 6 of Heartland-gate, we visit their distinguished list of “Experts.”
As you know, the Heartland Institute is still unapologetic for its ad comparing the Unabomber to those who accept climate science or report on it. And they still insist on their website that “the most prominent advocates of global warming aren?t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.”
Their website also lists as “Heartland Experts” many of the most prominent advocates of climate science denial: John Christy, Joseph D’Aleo, Myron Ebell, Richard Lindzen, Bjorn Lomborg, Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, Patrick Michaels, Steve Milloy, Lord Christopher Monckton, Marc Morano, Benny Peiser, Ian Plimer, Harrison Schmitt, Fred Singer, Fred Smith, Roy Spencer, Anthony Watts, and, last but not least, Roger Pielke.
Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, well, of course, Foreign Policy?s ?Guide to Climate Skeptics? included Roger Pielke, Jr., but surely he isn’t an official “Heartland Expert.” And I say to you, stop calling me Shirley!
UPDATE: On his blog, Roger states he has “absolutely no relationship with Heartland — never have, never will. Period.” That’s great. Then he falsely claims that I said he is “official expert for Heartland” when I merely asked the obvious question. He amazingly asserts in the comments that he “looked at the webpage and there is nothing there that says that I am in anyway associated with them.” Anyone can look at the web page above and see that Heartland lists him as a “Heartland expert” — with his bio and photo. How anyone could have guessed this wasn’t official is, well, Pielke-esque. Glad to know it isn’t.
Even more amazingly, however, Pielke then goes on to say:
If they chose to highlight me as an expert, that is their business.
So he is apparently fine with how he appears on their website. I guess that makes him an unofficial Heartland Expert. Hope that clears things up.
Roger hasn’t explained how this ‘confusion’ happened in the first place. He is, after all, a great explainer of some things — like how he told the journal Nature in 2006, ?Clearly, since 1970 climate change ? has shaped the disaster loss record? but now attacks any climate scientist who says anything remotely similar, or how it is that he can endorse a 450 to 500 ppm target but refuse to spell out how we would hit that target while at the same time attacking anyone who actually does spell that out, or how these debunkings by Deltoid, James Annan, Stefan Rahmstorf, RealClimate, Brad DeLong, to name a few, are all wrong.
I’m still guessing Pielke will be separating himself from Heartland about as fast as the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, XL Group, Renaissance Re, Allied World Assurance, State Farm Insurance, and some of their own staff!
This just in — Forecast the Facts reports the United Services Automobile Association?s (USAA), a Fortune-500 financial services company serving 8.8 million military members and their families, has decided to pull its support for the Heartland Institute:
A USAA spokesperson announced their decision on Facebook, saying, ?In light of recent personnel departures at Heartland, we decided to end our support for the organization.?
Want to start a pool on how fast Roger gets them to take this page down?
Mitt Romney displayed a flash of tempter during an interview with a local CBS affilate in Denver today, interrupting and scolding a reporter for asking questions about same sex marriage and civil unions, the DREAM Act, and medical Marijuana. Romney fielded several questions about gay marriage in light of President Obama’s historic announcement today, but after a series of questions on the issue and the DREAM Act, CBS 4 reporter Shaun Boyd asked Romney about his stance on medical pot, which is legal in Colorado, and Romney bristled, suggesting that the issues weren’t of “significance.”
“Aren’t there — aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?” he said, cutting off her question. “This is a significant issue in Colorado,” she replied. “We’ve got enormous issues that we face, but you want talk about — go ahead — you want to talk about Marijuana?” Romney said, sounding a bit exasperated. Romney explained that he wanted to talk about national issues like the economy and Iran. You can watch the interview HERE.
Almost as odd as an American President endorsing the right of same-sex couples to marry today, was the site of a Republican member of Congress holding a press conference to announce legislation to guarantee funding of Planned Parenthood. But that[...]
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After President Obama affirmed his support for same-sex marriage Fox News anchor Shep Smith had an uncharacteristic reaction from someone who works for Fox:
?The president of the United States: now in the 21st century."
Ed Henry then intoned that after North Carolina had just banned same-sex marriage through a constitutional amendment only last night it might make it harder for Obama to carry the state in November.
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"I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrained, even now that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is gone, because they're not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
-- a clip posted by ABC News from the interview
with Robin Roberts on tomorrow's Good Morning America
As I write, we don't have an embeddable clip yet, as ABC is saving its scoop for this evening's World News With Diane Sawyer and tonight's Nightline (which would certainly make sense if ABC had done something to earn the scoop beyond being selected by the White House). Well, no doubt within a matter of hours there will be clips all over the damned place, and I for one don't mind taking a moment to read the president's remark.
(Wasn't it just the other week that Andy Borowitz was joking about the potential disaster to the president's reelection campaign of his confounding habit of speaking in actual sentences? This one's a beaut!) [For the record, the Borowitz Report in question was "Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy (Could Imperial Reelection Hopes, Experts Say," from April 28.]
The ABC News post goes on to report:
The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states' deciding the issue on their own. But he said he's confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters' comfort with the concept.
"It's interesting, some of this is also generational," the president continued. "You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we're talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. It doesn't make sense to them and, frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective."
What the president said today is that equal rights truly means equal rights for all. I believe that's what it says in the Constitution, and it's certainly what I believe in my heart. Like President Ford, who also believed in equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, we must continue to champion fairness and opportunity for everyone. Our young people still struggle with issues related to sexual orientation and many of them face bullying and harassment. I applaud the president for standing up for equal rights, and will work with the administration to make sure that America's freedoms are cherished and protected.
President Obama just spoke out in support of full marriage equality for LGBT citizens. As a long-time supporter of marriage equality, l applaud his decision -- let's work to end all discrimination. Now it's time for Congress to do something about it. In Washington, I will be a part of making marriage equality a reality for all Americans.
In the State Senate, I worked to defeat the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I also led the fight to pass the Domestic Partnership Bill, HB 603, because I believed it was the first step towards ending discrimination. In Congress, I will support the passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act and work to fully repeal DOMA. I will also work for full separation pay for service members who were honorably discharged but had their separation pay cut in half because of Don?t Ask, Don't Tell.
I am thrilled that President Obama just announced his full support for marriage equality. When two consenting adults fall in love and want to get married, we should be wishing them their happily ever afters and throwing bird seed.
The next battle is here in Washington to defend the state's new marriage equality law on the ballot. Washington could be the first state to approve marriage equality by popular vote -- but we will see tremendous resistance. The same institutions we've seen fighting against women's access to birth control are fighting to dictate who may fall in love. But our decisions about our families are personal, and shouldn't be subject to the whims of politicians or anyone else.
I am committed to do my part. I have always stood firm in support of marriage equality. Government should treat everyone fairly. Send me to Congress, and I will fight not only to repeal the blatantly unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act so that all marriages are treated equally, but also to extend all federal benefits to every married couple in the country.
President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage is controversial nationwide. But new steps for human rights always are.
The first time I went on a picket line -- to integrate a whites-only apartment complex -- the concept of fair housing was controversial. That was in 1966.
Today, while some Democrats like to talk about reaching across the aisle, I advocate reaching toward the stars of our ideals.
That's how civil rights laws became reality. And that's how we can make marriage equality the law of the land.
For a long time, visitors to our campaign website have found this unequivocal statement: "All Americans should be accorded equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."
And: "I support the right to marry for all consenting adults. The so-called Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed."
And: "I strongly support passage of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender workers."
If you send me to Congress, you can be sure I'll keep pushing the envelope -- with a steadfast and crystal-clear message inside -- on behalf of human rights for all.
That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous," said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. "Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign's ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short."Apart from being idiotically wrong on the facts, R. Clarke shows truly stupefying chutzpah in blasting President Obama without devoting a whisper of consideration to the man R. Clarke and his fellow LCRs will presumably be supporting in the November presidential contest. That creature, the unspeakable Willard Inc., wasted getting on the record his opposition, not just to same-sex marriage, but to civil unions.
I guess when your clichés lose their force, you have to double up. Media Matters has the goods:In response to President Obama's declaration of support for marriage equality this afternoon, Fox Nation ran the following headline:OBAMA FLIP FLOPS, DECLARES WAR ON MARRIAGELooks like that was too much though, even for Fox. Media Matters again: Within an hour of posting its original headline,...
It is kind of sad that the President announces his support for marriage equality after the North Carolina election. I'm not sure that his support would have changed anything but it might have. I think that many Blacks who opposed same sex marriage would have thought about the issue a little more deeply. Marriage equality
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