Anti-climate change business groups demand Obama fix climate change problems

Ah yes, Republicans once again want stuff. Even better though, the groups that “want stuff” are deep pocketed business groups. Even better, they are demanding that Obama takes action to fix problems that are linked to climate change. As in the same climate change that they’ve fought against for years.

It’s easy to be sympathetic to Democratic Senator Tom Harkin but for the rest, it feels too easy to give them a free pass without demanding that they get their act together and accept climate change. Many of us are really tired of moochers like Carly Fiorina, Lloyd Blankfein and the GOP base always “wanting stuff” but not admitting it.

In the case of the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute, not only do they “want stuff” but they also want big government to help. Why should those groups – who complain so often about big government – get anything more than they already receive when it’s their mission to deny climate change? The drought that devastated the corn belt has been linked to climate change, so let’s move this discussion back to where it needs to be.

For the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute, they’re moochers and they hypocrites. Would someone in Washington please call them out and make them scream “uncle” before lifting a finger (or spending millions of taxpayer dollars) to help them? They can’t have it both ways.

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To hell with the deniers. Let them get their fat wallet donors fund it. Why is it so difficult for them to admit that climate change is real?

Lawmakers, including Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, and the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute urged Obama to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hasten the planned removal of submerged rocks near Cairo, Illinois, that may impede barge traffic at low water levels. The Corps also should stop its seasonal restriction on the flow of Missouri River water into the Mississippi, which it began last week, the groups said.

“We still got a lot of stuff to move down that Mississippi before winter totally sets in,” Harkin said in an interview. “They can release more water, sure they can.”

Mississippi River barge traffic is slowing as the worst drought in five decades combines with a seasonal dry period to push water levels to a near-record low, prompting shippers including Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM) to seek alternatives. Computer models suggest that without more rain, navigating the Mississippi will start to be affected Dec. 11 and the river will reach a record low Dec. 22, Corps spokesman Bob Anderson, based in Vicksburg, Mississippi, said.

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26 Responses to “Anti-climate change business groups demand Obama fix climate change problems”

  1. hollywoodstein says:

    If I live long enough to see it my end of the world kit will include a six pack of DRC and an od of morphine and a sunset.

  2. hollywoodstein says:

    People wondered whether the naked ape had the evolutionary or societal capacity to not blow ourselves up with the atom. Little did they ponder. The solutions now will likely be Malthusian.

  3. hollywoodstein says:

    Some cite the Industrial Revolution, but you could probably go back to the 1500s when massive deforestation and burning by humans started to scale up. But there is no doubt we’ve begun the begin. 2 degrees C is already baked in.
    But for the knowledge of whats behind it I’m actually enjoying 70F in December. I thought stem cell research would’ve given me a new liver by now, but alas.
    It’s the future generations that are going to be screwed by the sci fi Mad Max scenarios. I wonder what Hannity’s gonna tell the grandkids? Or Barack? ” I thought we’d have money for AC”.

  4. ARP says:

    Can you point me to your CV? I’m sure you have a PHD in some climate related science for you to make such bold assertions about climate science studies and the scientists themselves.
    Your logic leap is facinating- Obama is very liberal and hasn’t done much on climate change = climate change does not exist. Hate to break it to you. Obama is a moderate. In fact, G H Bush was probably more liberal than Obama on environmental matters.
    About 80%+ of the climate scientists are sure that global warming is ocurring and its man-made/ enhanced. Often the hedging words are put in place under pressure from lobbying groups, studies funded by energy interests, etc. Even when its not, it’s difficult to be 100% sure on these sorts of things because there are a number of variables in play.
    Did you know that it hasn’t been proven with 100% assurance that smoking causes cancer, only that it MIGHT cause cancer? There are a number of tobacco studies that say that it doesn’t. So, I assume that’s a big old hoax, right?
    Cheney had something called the 1% doctrine. We spent billions on a war because Iraq MIGHT have WMD’s. Even if there is a 1% chance that they have them, it’s worth going to war for our security. We’re spending billions on that war and thousands have died. He was wrong. So, I assume you can point me to your outraged comments on Cheney’s 1% doctrine, right?
    It’s funny how you have differing responses to uncertain things based on your pre-existing ideology.

    The rest of your comments are a typical compressed, non-sensical, ADD adled rant (e.g. That Muslim Obama is going to let illegals in because he wants your guns, Erza Klein disagrees with him, and Obama is trying to force everyone to have an abortion.)

  5. straightnotnarrow says:

    Might getcha to quit smoking though…

  6. Tor says:

    So three doctors tell you there’s an 80% chance you have cancer. In other words, you MIGHT have cancer of some sort. The percentage is not high enough to merit further tests, is it?

  7. mememine says:

    They have NEVER said a crisis “WILL” happen. Never!

    Science does NOT agree climate change is a real crisis
    because they only agree it “might” be a crisis. Prove me wrong! Find me one
    single IPCC warning that isn’t plastered in “maybe” and “could be” and…..

    Help my house could be on fire maybe? And that is good
    enough to issue CO2 death threats to your own children? Who’s the neocon again?

    *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of
    demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by

    *Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of
    the Unions addresses.

    *In all of the debates Obama hadn’t planned to mention
    climate change once.

    *Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier.

    *Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change
    denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists
    warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).

    Meanwhile, the entire world of SCIENCE, lazy copy and paste
    news editors and obedient journalists, had condemned our kids to the greenhouse
    gas ovens of an exaggerated “crisis” and had allowed bank-funded and
    corporate-run “CARBON TRADING STOCK MARKETS” to trump 3rd world fresh water
    relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 26 years of
    insane attempts at climate CONTROL.

  8. A reader in Colorado says:

    What struck me especially about this is how much Obama sounds like a goddamn Exxon commercial in this paragraph. Can you tell the difference? Except the word “I” in “I want”, I can’t tell the difference between this and an oil company commercial.

    600,000 jobs? What is he smoking? 100 years? By then, if we do only what Obama wants by taking out all that natural gas and burning it, we’ll all be dead.

  9. BeccaM says:

    …and enough CO2 to finish off what’s left of Earth’s hominid-friendly biosphere.

  10. ezpz says:

    Janet Redman:

    For United States and China, Mutually Assured Inaction at UN Climate Summit

    Update from Doha, Qatar: As countries (somewhat ironically) gather in the petro-state of Qatar for the annual UN climate summit, it’s even more apparent that economic considerations trump concerns about severe environmental disruption, and even survival.

    “…And so the two largest economies and biggest polluters on the planet — the United States and China — have somewhat cleverly staked out positions that set them on the dangerous path of Mutually Assured Inaction. Neither of them will act on climate until the other does — but neither of them really wants to anyway….”

  11. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, the yearly monsoon season down here in MM was pretty much a bust. Again. And normally we get some late autumn rains, and it’s not unheard of to get some early December snow at the mountain ski resorts. So far, nada.

  12. A reader in Colorado says:

    “And all these things have contributed to us lowering our oil imports to the lowest levels in 16 years. Now, I want to build on that. And that means, yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling. We continue to make it a priority for us to go after natural gas. We’ve got potentially 600,000 jobs and 100 years worth of energy right beneath our feet with natural gas.”

    -Barack Obama

  13. A reader in Colorado says:

    There hasn’t been a snowfall here in Denver since a single snowfall in September or October. It’s December. My weather forecast reads 50’s and 60’s all week, except Friday in the upper 40’s.

  14. A reader in Colorado says:

    Obama’s idea of battling climate change is drilling more for “cleaner” (his word) natural gas, drilling in the Arctic, drilling everywhere, and pumping that CO2, along with leaking methane, into the atmosphere. Why wouldn’t all of Washington D.C. come running whenever the API or the CC crook a finger? It’s not like they’ve not done so (both parties) so far.

  15. BeccaM says:

    I’d suggest we’re well past the beginning of the climate catastrophe.

    Visual photographic evidence of glaciers disappearing. Northwest passage now navigable. Arctic sea ice at record lows and falling. Sea levels rising even faster than anticipated. Monster hurricanes and superstorms (Katrina, Sandy). Multi-state derecho stormfronts. Lethal multi-state tornado swarms. Extended droughts affecting nearly half the country.

    In a way, the Mississippi drying up is a secondary effect of the extreme drought conditions.

  16. BeccaM says:

    I think the commenter has the answer to the question posed by his username, ‘whyduzmyheadhurt’.

    Cognitive dissonance and double-think will do that to someone.

  17. hollywoodstein says:

    Mississippi is only the beginning…

  18. silas1898 says:

    Good article. Thanks

  19. Indigo says:

    I enjoy the irony of the advertisements that underscore the topic. Today’s specialty is “This is Pebble Beach/ Complimentary Golf Offer! Book Now!” as a segue into how the (rich?) Republicans want the problems of climate change to vanish. It reminds me of another one about how to survive the coming liberal crisis as a sop for Romney supporters that showed up on pages about Romney before the election.

    In one of them, I kid you not, the slogan was “KIll a liberal!” but I failed to make a PrtSc of it even though I did report it to John. No PrtS, no evidence. Poof! go the pixesl! That particular icon disappeared before I could get back to it and make a copy. Oh, well. I trust the Reich Wing to continue to spew nonsense. Meanwhile, climate change is so real that even the NBC Evening News is reporting about it near the end of the show, just before the cute puppy report.

  20. lilyannerose says:

    I fear that it will take a major weather catastrophe killing thousands before anyone wakes up. I came across this article last night on “atmospheric rivers” which apparently are not included on the climate change models. I lived in CA for over 30-years and I never once heard of this storm that the article references. It rained in CA for 43 days, left the valleys and flood plains months to dry out. If another of these superstorms hit (looks like a 200 year pattern) the loss of life, croplands, homes, industry will be wiped out.

  21. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Why don’t they ask Rupert Murdoch for help?

  22. thaneb says:


  23. caphillprof says:

    There is no news anymore; it’s just propaganda.

  24. confusion says:

    FOX News..:-)

  25. whyduzmyheadhurt says:

    The more money you make available for something, the more of it you get. This is just Econ 101. We’ve seen this in the past with unemployment benefits… extending them just raises unemployment further, as reported extensively on Fox News. In the present case, these low-water remedies — dredging and blasting the river bottom — will simply cause the water level to drop lower. Counterproductive.

  26. confusion says:

    All network and print news should everyday lead with global warming and climate change otherwise any other news and fluff really doesn’t matter..a dying planet wants to know.

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