Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blowing Hot Air into the Atmosphere

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Climate change is a very real problem. Most won't deny it other than Republican members of Congress, it seems. In recent weeks, Rep. Eric Swalwell has used his position on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to take on climate deniers and obstructionists in the Republican Party.

However, the results have been a bit comical as the freshman struggles to make much ado about nothing in this particular case. During one subcommitee meeting last week, Swalwell unsuccessfully objected to Rep. Cynthia Lummis' (R-Wyo.) decision to waive the full reading of a bill. Lummis responded to Swalwell quizzically as if she had just met the first person who actually liked jury duty. She then asked another member to move for adjournment.

Last month at the same committee, Swalwell mocked his Republican colleagues for enabling the very small minority of scientists who deny the existence of man-made climate change. The diatribe is one of his best yet and almost conjures up the biting humor of his predecessor, Pete Stark. In fact, the clip is like a campaign commercial for his Republican November challenger Hugh Bussell.


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