Thursday, June 11, 2015

Republican Rep. Sensenbrenner blocks climate change provisions in trade deal.

Because Republicans can’t win over the public with the oil industries irrational argument against climate change, the next best step would be to censor speech specifically addressing climate change. Yes, this is actual government censorship of free speech. Remember?
Bloomberg News: Discussing climate change is out of bounds for workers at a state agency in Wisconsin. So is any work related to climate change—even responding to e-mails about the topic … Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands overseeing an agency that benefits schools and communities in the state, enacted the staff ban on climate change. 
That’s just the tip of the melting iceberg. 

When it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, our own Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner is determined to make a really bad trade deal even worse, by making sure we never have to deal with climate change, ever...
NY Times: For Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, there is language promising that no trade deals can compel the United States to address climate change
Really, not even to play it know, just in case? Nope, nothing, nada, zip it.

The Republicans have devised a sneaky way to move wish list lunacy like this into a separate “enforcement” bill on trade:
A separate bill, on customs and trade law enforcement, would move in concert with those (the trade bills) as a catchall for pet provisions.
So Sensenbrenner is happy the devastatingly costly effects of climate change won't be solved anytime soon. 

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