November 07, 2014, 07:30 am By Rona Fried, contributor
The outcome of the midterm elections represents a stinging loss for many issues I care about, but one thing is for sure — strong Republican control of the House and Senate is bad for the environment and growth of renewable energy. Sadly, these essential concerns have become partisan along, with too many other issues.
There’s already talk of Senate Republicans having the filibuster-proof majority they need to force through the Keystone pipeline, their No. 2 priority, says Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee (I assume repealing ObamaCare is No. 1). “I actually think the president will sign the bill on the Keystone pipeline because he’s going to be boxed in,” he said on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.”
Some quotes from our new “leaders” in the Senate give you an idea what we are up against.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who will chair the Environment and Public Works Committee: “Catastrophic global warming is a hoax. That conclusion is supported by the painstaking work of the nation’s top climate scientists.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who will chair the Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation: “The EPA has adopted greenhouse gas regulations on the basis of scientific assumptions that have been totally undermined by the latest science.”
The irony of these false statements is that a day before the election, the world’s leading climate scientists — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — released their Synthesis Climate Change Report, summarizing three reports issued in 2014: “Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”