Devastating, that is, to us: To our coastlines, fisheries, food prices, AC bills, vulnerable elderly, and on and on.
The Globe sets it out today:
Brown, who says he now regrets supporting the region’s effort to cut greenhouse gases, has dismayed environmental advocates over the past two years by voting against multiple efforts to eliminate billions of dollars in federal subsidies for oil companies, and against requirements to improve auto fuel-efficiency standards.They also lament his votes for blocking the US Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, and for slashing the agency’s budget by nearly a third — a bill the League of Conservation Voters described as “the greatest legislative assault ever on the environment.”
“He left Massachusetts with a strong environmental record, and he abandoned it when he arrived in Washington — and that’s disappointing,” said Jack Clarke, director of public policy for Mass Audubon, the largest and oldest conservation group in New England. “I think the voters in Massachusetts supported him for, among other things, his strong environmental record. We need leadership in Washington to deal with climate change, especially in the Senate.”
(Note to Globe: MORE, WAY WAY MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE!)
That’s what’s so tragic: Brown used to be an enviro Republican, kinda. And he turned way, way, way over to the right, voting with the Inhofes and McConnells and spouting denialist goofball stuff along the way. And it’s been totally unnecessary: For some reason he may have thought that going anti-enviro was an opportunistic political play at the time, but I’m pretty damn certain it’s been out of step with his constituency.
We noted that he’s recently tried to flip-flop-flip back into acknowledging global warming as real, and said he looks forward to working on it next year. Gosh golly, we’re so thankful! The fact is that he’s had many, many chances to do really significant work, to show leadership, to move his caucus in the direction of sanity — And he caved, epically.
It’s a tragedy. For us, not him.