2007/03/22

Inhofe Gets Sent To School

Not a lot of time for blogging today, but this bit (HT to Crooks and Liars) is very sweet.

James Inhofe (R OK) the former chair of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and consistent administration apologist on climate change, attempts to keep Al Gore from answering questions in hearings yesterday...right up until he gets schooled by Chairwoman, Barbara Boxer (D CA). Listen to the crowd's reaction at the end!

(Quicktime here. Windoze Media Player here, if you need it).

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I love it how she starts out with a sweet little voice as if talking to a child and then the gavel comes out and wham! Inofe gets blasted. Fun moment.
That's my Senator!

(Okay, so is Feinstein...but I like Boxer a whole lot more.)
"You used to do that, when you did this - you don't do this anymore. Elections have consequences"

That was - without question - one of the BEST things I've heard all week!
Peacechick... It was indeed!

Tom... The Frogette refers to Boxer as "Senator Pit-bull". With the utmost admiration, of course.

Sewmouse... Made my week as well. Along with Gore's quote from the House hearing, it was a great one-two punch.
The senatorial antics of Barbara Boxer mean absolutely nothing. She, in conjunction with all the other senators and all the members of the House will legislate NOTHING that will change the course of our economy with respect to hydrocarbon use.

Our leadership has already fenced off most of our most prolific oil-bearing properties.

We already import more than half our oil, which means we support the middle east market that funds the muslim terrorists of the world. Our middle east oil purchases also support the corrupt muslim regimes that keep their bootheels pressed on the necks of hundreds of millions of muslims who live in poverty in spite of resource wealth.

It is impossible to build new oil refineries in the US. Thus, we must also import gasoline.

Despite rants for alternative energy sources, the Senate reaffirms that it is a captive of the farm lobby which has slapped a tariff on imported ethanol even though there's no chance our domestic supplies can meet demand.

Worse, the tariff has led to rising corn prices which, in turn, have caused other food prices to rise.

But dopes like Boxer are concerned about parliamentary procedure rather than taking easy and obvious steps to ease our energy problems.

By the way, one outcome of the popularity of electric/hybrid cars in the US is battery disposal. It won't take too long before mountains of batteries compete with mountains of discarded tires for space in landfills.

Meanwhile, Gore is sounding more and more like a religious nut -- not the misunderstood genius, but simply a nut.
All I can say is "Go baby go go!"
"But dopes like Boxer are concerned about parliamentary procedure rather than taking easy and obvious steps to ease our energy problems"

Absolutely, cuz there's NOTHING easier or more obvious than digging more holes in the ground to pump more oil to create more hydrocarbon pollution.
local crank, you wrote:

"Absolutely, cuz there's NOTHING easier or more obvious than digging more holes in the ground to pump more oil to create more hydrocarbon pollution."

Sneer if you like, but drillers will drill more holes and oil production companies will pump more oil -- because more than 6 BILLION people who don't live in the US want more oil.

No amount of cavilling and squabbling in the US Senate will reduce their demands.
I saw Boxer do her catch Sen. Inhofe, in defence of Gore.
I'll just say... it's about time someone speaks up!
Fashiongirl... Boxer's no Gwen Stefani, thank goodness. ;-)

LC... Just ignore the other crank we're dealing with over here. But seriously, the end of oil is coming, and--setting global climate change aside--we damn well better be weaned off of it in the next 20 or so years, or this country is doomed. (Hell, maybe doomed anyway.)

LET's TALK... Welcome to Blognonymous. It was a sweet moment, and Inhofe to his credit seemed to take it in stride once he remembered that he isn't the Chairman anymore.
kvatch, you wrote:

"...the end of oil is coming..."

On what basis do you toss out this assertion?

The world, especially the US, cannot end its oil consumption until and unless a nuclear power system is in place and we exploit every alternative to oil that exists today.

You wrote:

"...and--setting global climate change aside--we damn well better be weaned off of it in the next 20 or so years, or this country is doomed."

Doomed? Just like all the other Doomsdays we've faced in the past? It was Global Cooling in the 1970s. Nuclear Winter was another.

We've been warned of death by over-population since the days of Thomas Malthus.

Meanwhile, the Bubonic Plague took a lot of lives, but the human race survived. AIDS was once viewed as the return of the Black Death, but the world's population is growing despite it.
Oh damn...it's still here!
Ignore it
it will go away
hopefully, we can at least bring the american population together around this issue. i do celebrated briefly each move that takes back our nation from the neo cons who seem determined to ignore and capitalize our country and world into oblivion. unfortunately, these folks are politicians and are capricious- schwarzie went on limbaugh's show and kissed his ass yesterday, for example. tough words one day and the next- he is sending the man cigars. sigh.
Sumo, Sewmouse... I can't keep up with No_slappz. To refute ever point with citations sufficient to calm him down would require hours of work for which I don't have the time.

tough words one day and the next- he is sending the man cigars. sigh.

Betmo... I know. That's sort of why I cautioned Peacechick not to go overboard in the dueling quotes post. Schwarzenegger is a chameleon--very good at manipulating the electorate.
Gawd, that was refreshing. Republicunt arrogance knows no bounds.
"Sneer if you like,"

Thank you, I shall.

"but drillers will drill more holes and oil production companies will pump more oil -- because more than 6 BILLION people who don't live in the US want more oil."

Right, I get that. But the more holes we dig (whether you believe oil is an infinite or finite resource) and the more oil we burn, the worse the environment gets. Call me a sneering crazy person, but I'd kind of like my kids and (eventual) grandkids to be able to breath the air and drink the water. Maybe that's too much to ask for, what with all the teeming billions wanting SUVs and suchlike...
local crank, you wrote:

"But the more holes we dig and the more oil we burn, the worse the environment gets."

You are yet another person who believes benefits are available without costs. Even if the US adopted your fantasy energy program to the fullest extent, environmental costs would arise.

All combustion, whether it occurs in a car or a power station, yields known products. Even nuclear power creates special waste difficulties. Batteries are not infinitely rechargeable. Traditional lead/acid car batteries are a disposal problem today. New batteries will become another disposal problem.

Every energy-intensive process -- and there are millions of them -- yields products you don't like but are not easy to handle.

You wrote:

"Call me a sneering crazy person, but I'd kind of like my kids and (eventual) grandkids to be able to breath the air and drink the water."

Water treatment is easy. We've been at it for a long time and we're good at it. Meanwhile, if Global Warming is really happening, the global supply of fresh water will increase.

That's good news. Or is it? More fresh water leads directly to faster growth of the world's population. More people on Earth will lead to more prosperous people on Earth. More prosperous people ALWAYS leads to more energy consumption. The prosperous people buy more cars, boats, trucks, airplanes and build more power stations.

You concluded in a Doomsday manner:

"Maybe that's too much to ask for, what with all the teeming billions wanting SUVs and suchlike..."

Doesn't matter if the teeming billions drive Prius's or Hummers. A handful of people in one part of the world cannot dictate the desires of billions. You can only practice what you preach. You cannot force your beliefs upon all the others on the globe.

However, if you really believe the air is bad, you should support a drive to plant as many trees as possible around the world. Trees need carbon dioxide like we need oxygen. Plants and animals form a wonderful symbiotic relationship. We make the carbon dioxide, they give us oxygen. Plant trees. Become a modern-day Johnny Appleseed.
local crank,

I wrote a response to you that included the following line:

"A handful of people in one part of the world cannot dictate the desires of billions."

In this I was mistaken. A handful of religious leaders have always had the power to shape the thoughts of billions of people around the globe.

These days, those religious leaders are imams who've gained international media attention, which has given muslim leaders more sway.

But a modified form of my original point remains. It is impossible for western leaders to control the material desires of billions of people around the globe.
I usually get "uncomfortable" just watching those kind of confrontations, but she was so patiently calm and nice about it - and Inhofe so obviously presumptuous and arrogant - that I actually wished the clip was longer!

Beautiful!!!
"You are yet another person who believes benefits are available without costs."

Oh, okay. 'Course, I said exactly the opposite, but no problem.

"Even if the US adopted your fantasy energy program to the fullest extent, environmental costs would arise."

Wow, my very own fantasy energy program? I wonder what it's like, since I never said anything about it myself. If it's "fantasy," I can only hope chicks in chainmail bikinis are involved.

"Water treatment is easy"

Wow, kewl! That explains why there is no water pollution anymore! I'll just tell the Navajo to dump some potable aqua tablets in their water table polluted with radioactive uranium slush. Truly we live in an age of scientific wonders!

"the global supply of fresh water will increase"

Turning fresh water ice into fresh water water increases the supply? Even when it's melting into a saline ocean? Double wow!

"However, if you really believe the air is bad..."

You don't? Ya figure that thick brown haze covering Dallas was there when the Comanches were riding the plains?

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