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.
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.