John Shimkus, GOP Rep. Who Denies Climate Change On Religious Grounds, Could Lead House Environmental Policy
Considering how often they talk about personal responsibility, republicans usually find a way to rationalize evading responsibility for their own actions.
This is one of the most mind-numbingly irresponsible assertions I have ever heard. After all the “personal responsibility” lectures, now they give us the “hell no to responsibility, God won’t let us fail” line? No wonder they are so cool to the START treaty.
Given the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and the growing demand for natural gas, and a public programmed to believe we have easy access to huge reserves if only the government would “get out of the way”, the republicans are poised to give license the the oil industry to literally destroy this country from the ground water up.
Republicans keep coming up with new ways to hurt this country beyond the wildest dreams of our worst enemies, and still make the ideas popular with the masses.
The more religious zealots strengthen their grip on their spiritual world and loosen their grip on the physical world, the more they fit the definition of insane.
How is John Shimkus any different from a suicide bomber, when it comes to personal responsibility and concern for consequences?
This is a prime example of why religion and government are incompatible.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
It seems like for conservatives, regulatory failure is not only an option, it is a goal.
If Big Oil manages to poison the ground water in New York with their hydraulic fracturing, I cannot imagine them buying up all the worthless property they would create – including NYC – which would have to be abandoned due to lack of usable fresh water. Poisoning the ground water of an area is a disaster that cannot be recovered from.
The latest problem surfaced in Pennsylvania.
Of course, we can count on the individual State to protect the rights and safety of it’s citizens from the depredations of moneyed interests:
- Lawsuit: Gas Drilling Fluid Ruined Pa. Water Wells (nytimes.com)
- Another well blow-out during hydraulic fracturing (switchboard.nrdc.org)