The Four Democrats Who Voted To Prevent Action On Climate Change
In Paris this week, political leaders from around the world are meeting to try to work out a deal to reduce the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. This year is set to be the hottest year ever recorded on Earth, and projections by scientists of dramatically increased temperatures have the support of a solid consensus among climatologists. The Paris agreement as it is currently being negotiated doesn’t appear to be sufficient to avoid catastrophic consequences of climate change, but it’s an important start.
Here in the United States, the majority of the population wants climate action. Nonetheless, yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve two resolutions, S J RES 23 and S J RES 24, that express disapproval of U.S. actions to control carbon dioxide pollution and control of other greenhouse gases.
These resolutions were passed with the support of all but a few Republican U.S. representatives. They weren’t acting alone, however. Four Democratic U.S. representatives joined the Republicans in their obstruction of action to confront the growing crisis of climate change. They were: Brad Ashford, Sanford Bishop, Henry Cuellar, and Collin Peterson.
The thing about these four Democrats is that this wasn’t the first time they joined in League with congressional Republicans to pass anti-progressive legislation.
Little over a week ago, these same four Democrats helped Republicans pass xenophobic legislation making it harder for victims of the Islamic State to find refuge.
In May this year, these four congressional Democrats voted to prohibit certain scientific research about climate change.
In February, they voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
It isn’t just favors for the big polluters in the fossil fuel industry that these four Democrats help congressional Republicans achieve, though. They’re economically cruel as well.
In April, these nasty Blue Dogs voted to help Republicans approve predatory loans against mobile home buyers. That month, they also voted against tax cuts for working Americans, while giving huge tax breaks to trust fund babies in wealthy families.
Brad Ashford, Sanford Bishop, Henry Cuellar, and Collin Peterson are on the compassionless and cruel side of history. They stand for greed and pollution, for the profit of the few and powerful. The Democratic Party ought to be ashamed to have them in its ranks.