“I recycle all the time … “

Oh sweet mercy. Is it possible that this dude has become a United States Senator?

After touring a seawall at Long Beach in Plymouth battered during the hurricane, Brown said, “I’ll leave that up to the scientists, as to where we stand” on the relationship between climate change and ­violent weather.

“But I believe in climate change,” said Brown, who had expressed ­uncertainty on the issue during his 2010 campaign. “I believe man and nature play a role. It’s a question of how do we step back and try to ­address it. I recycle all the time. . . .’’

via Sandy thrusts debates over climate change, FEMA into spotlight in Mass. Senate race – Politics – The Boston Globe.

I think it was the cartoonist David Rees who once wrote, “If I jump up and down in my office chair, does that make me a f@#$ing astronaut?”

We’re dealing with the aftermath of a climate-fueled crisis — one that will inevitably repeat itself on the shores of our state, costing big money, jobs, and lives.

And all our junior Senator can do is make sure he puts his Coors Lite empties in the right bucket.

Did you need further proof that this fine fellow is not exactly up to the job?


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  1. meanwhile, Bloomberg gets it

    Nothing like having your city threatened. Bloomberg endorses Obama. Why?

    “Over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks,” Bloomberg wrote on his website. “His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.”

    What about that other guy?

    “I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office,” Bloomberg wrote. “He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”

    Bloomberg also faulted Romney for “abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported” as an energy policy.

  2. This seems a bit of a stretch.

    He says he believes in climate change, he does his part, and the linked article cites an example of him bucking his party. There’s still the issue of his leadership vote having the effect of putting Inhofe in the Environment Committee Chair, but all in all I would put this issue set in the reasonable column as opposed to extreme column for him.

    • Let's look at the last two years, not

      the last two months. Also from the Globe:

      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.”

      Blocking the EPA from regulating greenhouse emissions and trying to cut the EPA budget by almost one-third. That’s our current definition of “reasonable” on environmental issues? Richard Nixon was for the EPA.

    • But dude, I recycle!

      There are 100 US Senators, and they have a massive influence on how the United States will deal with man-caused climate change.

      He connected climate change with recycling for God’s sake. Recycling is important to be sure, but *that’s* his link with climate change? Not heating buildings, not electricity generation, not transportation fuels. Not EPA regulations, not subsidizing green technology research, development, nor deployment. Not energy efficiency standards for appliances, CAFE standards, improved transmission lines. Not programs which weather seal and insulate homes, not increased building codes, not even natural gas instead of coal. Not nuclear power, not OPower, not mass transit, not bicycles and sidewalks.

      Recycling? The dude clearly has no idea how this works, or just doesn’t care. Either way, it’s a problem.

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