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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How can we do better?

Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman tell it like it is, why we didn't get a climate bill passed: greed and laziness. We have to do better and start calling and writing and emailing our local, state and federal representatives!


Susan and about 10 others went with The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to meet with the aides to Senator Casey and Senator Specter. Casey is on board with climate legislation, but Specter's aide basically said that there wasn't anything Specter could (would?) do before he leaves office in five months, even if it means leaving a powerful message and legacy!

What Specter and his assistant don't seem to realize is that there is no other issue--just climate change! Without a functional planetary life support system, all bets are off! If we don't have clean air, then what does it matter if we have health care? If we can't grow food because we don't know when it will rain, and the aquifers are depleted, what does it matter if our educational system is producing scientists? If the honey bees are all dead, if the trees are all dying, if the ground, air and water are toxic, how will we live? How will we survive? A healthy planet is everything.

Senator Casey
Senator Specter

Senator Specter's ratings from The League of Conservation Voters:
111th, 1st Session (2009) 64%
110th Congress (2007-2008) 46%
109th Congress (2005-2006) 33%
108th Congress (2003-2004) 28%
107th Congress (2001-2002) 52%
106th Congress (1999-2000) 38%

Senator Casey's ratings:
111th, 1st Session (2009) 100%
110th Congress (2007-2008) 100%
109th Congress (2005-2006) %

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