Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Pombo Fiddles While We Burn

During last month’s record-breaking heatwave, the Tracy Press gave this report of conditions in CA-11:
Roads are melting, people and dairy cows are dying and animal carcasses are piling up.

It sounds like the apocalypse, but it’s happening right now as record temperatures of 114 degrees baked San Joaquin County and the Central Valley on Monday. […]

“We’ve heard that the rendering plants are overloaded with cows that have died from the heat,” said Ron Baldwin of the county Department of Emergency Services. […]

“[Dead] cattle aren’t being picked up,” said dairy rancher and county Supervisor Leroy Ornellas. “With this heat, in 12 hours, they’re like balloons and they’re going to explode. You’ve got to act quickly.” […]

At least two people died in Stockton over the weekend as temperatures soared to 115 degrees. Three people died from heat-related causes over the weekend in Lodi, a Lodi Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Monday. Sutter Tracy Community Hospital reported an increase of heat-related admissions.
Dairy farmers and senior citizens weren’t the only ones feeling the pain:
Central Valley farmers were assessing damage to their crops and livestock. Growers of peaches, plums, nectarines and walnuts were especially hurt, said Rosanna Westmoreland, a spokeswoman for the California Farm Bureau.

"This is definitely going to be one of those years we're going to remember," said Paul Wenger, a Stanislaus County farmer who said thousands of his walnut and almond trees suffered sun damage and even died in the heat.
Unfortunately, it looks like that week of intense heat is going to become the new “normal.” The California EPA has conducted a long-term study of global warming at the request of Gov. Schwarzenegger and released its results last week. The report predicts the following scenario for Californians:
California will become significantly hotter and drier by the end of the century, causing severe air pollution, a drop in the water supply, the melting of 90 percent of the Sierra snowpack and up to six times more heat-related deaths in major urban centers, according to a sweeping study compiled with help from respected scientists around the country.

The weather -- up to 10.5 degrees warmer by 2100 -- would make last month's heat wave look average. If industrial and vehicle emissions continue unabated, there could be up to 100 more days a year when temperatures hit 90 degrees or above in Los Angeles and 95 degrees or above in Sacramento, the report states. Both cities have about 20 days of such extreme heat now.
Richard Pombo’s response was to stick his fingers in his ears and say, “La-la-la-la-la — I can’t hear you.”

Actually, what he said, through his spokesman, is this:
Meanwhile, House Resources Committee spokesman Brian Kennedy noted that the panel's chairman, Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Stockton, is a ‘'skeptic'' when it comes to global warming.

‘‘I think there is a consensus that the earth is in a warming trend, but there is no consensus whatsoever in the minds of the Congress as to what the correlation is'' to greenhouse gas emissions, Kennedy said.
That’s a variation on the same tired argument that Richard Pombo has used for his entire 14 years in Congress, that scientific opinion is split on the issue. The simple truth is that a handful of scientists have whored themselves out to the energy industry so that the industry and the corrupt politicians on their payrolls can keep up the sham that global warming is somehow in question.
"It's false balance, and it's lazy," said Tom Yulsman, co-director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado.

After writing about the issue for years and carefully examining the evidence, he's convinced the naysayers are simply pushing an economic and political agenda to avoid making any dramatic changes.

"By sticking to the 'global warming: yes or no' debate, you can paralyze us," he said. "Until you guys figure it out, we're not going to take any action."
That has been Richard Pombo’s MO for his entire political career, and that’s exactly the strategy that he will pursue if he’s re-elected. Republican House members know who pays their bills:
Continued Republican House and Senate majorities would likely mean more of the same on climate. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said he would oppose global warming mandates if Republicans control the 110th Congress. “I think the information is not adequate yet for us to do anything meaningful,” he said.
Right now, our future lies in the hands of men like Blunt and Pombo. Voters in CA-11 and throughout America have the power to change our course, to acknowledge the problem and work toward real and practical solutions. But if Pombo is returned to Congress in November, we’d all better get used to those melting freeways and exploding cows.


Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Well hell, Babaloo that is a terrible state of affairs. It sounds like the world is comming to an end. You forget that the champion Congressman Pombo that everyone voted for is the Resources Chairman. Dead cows, dieing plants, and melting blacktop are a resource, let Pombo take care of it. Maybe he can grind up the cows and feed them to the other cows, or sell them for big Mac's in Morgan Hill. What ever needs to be done, the dead plants can be ground up for feed, and the blacktop we can use to retread our tires. To be a good Congressman you must be resorceful, Maybe Pombo fits the bill, that is what cattle farmers do.

Tommy Bananas

7:28 AM, August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we really blaming Pombo for global warming, people? C'mon. We can do better than this -- this makes the effort look ridiculous and ULTRA LIBERAL (exactly what the Pombo camp wants and needs to win).

10:13 AM, August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto. This nonsense, coupled with the terrorist risk, will send people into the GOP corner in November. I don't want the safety of my kids left in the hands of bed-wetting liberals. I want a strong Democrat.

10:45 AM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

The quality of trollery over the last few days has been so extremely poor that it actually gives me great hope. If these kinds of comments are the best rebuttal that Pombo supporters can offer, Pombo really is on the ropes in this election

Richard Pombo has continually voted at the behest of corporate energy interests. He has steadfastly refused to raise CAFE standards; he has opposed any sort of corporate carbon tax; he opposed ratification of the Kyoto Protocol; his answer to our energy needs is simply to introduce more oil drilling, both in ANWR and off our mainland coastlines.

How can Richard Pombo possibly do anything to address global warming when he has consistently denied its existence? This is from Pombo’s 2002 Earth Day Myths & Facts release:

Myth: The science on global warming is sound. […]
Fact: This is false.

Myth: We have already seen global warming in this century that is the result of man-made emissions.
Fact: There is no evidence of man-made global warming.

Myth: Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary cause of global warming, and the Earth's temperature can be expected to rise between 2.5 and 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit in this century.
Fact: There are many indications that carbon dioxide does not play a significant role in global warming.

The Republican Whip is already on the record announcing that Republicans (if they retain control of the House) will DO NOTHING to address global warming in the 110th Congress.

Look, I can’t speak for others, but I was brought up to believe that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. I just never knew until now that was an ultraliberal position. Heh.

10:54 AM, August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Veronica Corningstone said...

Wow you guys are really arguing over this? Who is this tom beningo character, I can't understand a word he says. Lets just go vote in November. I dont think nonsense like this helps.

5:55 PM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger Brian Barringer said...

Hello everyone,
I am one of the friends of Tyler Jackson, one of the accused marines dubed "The Pendelton 8".

I just wanted to make all of you aware of a fundraiser we are putting on in Tracy on behalf of the family of LCPL Tyler Jackson.

We are having a "day in the park" this saterday aug. 12th. at Clyde Bland park on west lowell. Come out and enjoy Hotdogs from the American dog, Cotton Candy and Games. Also we will have buttons and tee-shirts for sale and all proceeds will be going directly to Tylers defense fund. We all must remember these marines are INNOCENT untill proven guilty.

To read some good coverage on this check out the North County times they have been keeping tabs on this story.

Also check out the blog we have started for more info on our fundraisers.

Regardless of how anyone feels about the war, this is about our troops. Come show your support for Tyler and have some fun in the sun. Donations are very welcome and encouraged.

Brian W. Barringer

feel free to erase this if I am jumping in wrongly.

Date: August 12, 2006
Time: 11:00 - 4:00
Location: Clyde Bland Park, Tracy
West end of Lowell look for the signs)

11:01 AM, August 11, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

An article in today’s Lodi News details the latest repercussions of last month’s heatwave. How much longer will Pombo sacrifice the welfare of his constituents to the special interests? Well, at the rate things are going, he may not have that many constituents left to betray.

Cindy Mansu's thoughts turn to real estate listings after she opens her Lodi utility bills lately. As the city sizzled under the July sun, Mansu's power meter spun and the energy bill for her two-story, three-bedroom home reached $469 for the month, even with a $156 medical rate discount and blackout shutters, a whole house fan and other energy efficiency measures. […]

"It has us rethinking staying here," said Mansu, who lives with her husband, daughter and granddaughter. "It would be hard because I've lived here all my life."

6:53 PM, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

As in the movie the Water Boy Bobby's mother said, about his girl friend. She's the debil she's no good. Bobby said but mama I love her. As with Richard Pombo opposition say's he's bad, and his supporters say he's good. Pombo says but I love the money mama, and mama, says he's the debil and his supporters say. The debil made him do it. The morlal of the story is he didn't do nothing wrong. According to Abramoff.

Tom Benigno

5:42 PM, August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Hey Veronica Corn what ever? Who in the hell are you, I never heard of you. Why is it you can't understand English. Pombo is got to go, that's all you need to know. Now what did you say you guys are arguing over nothing? They are saying Pombo contributes to globel warming and they are right. It sounds like you don't care as long as you drive your Hummer or your SUV.

Were you born here?


5:56 PM, August 13, 2006  

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