Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Another environmental plug

It was pretty quiet on the campaign trail today for CT-Sen, with most media coverage remaining firmly on the fighting in Israel and Lebanon and the insane heat wave. Temperatures soared over 100 degrees in many places across the country, and over 110 in many areas in the Mountain West.

It hit 97 yesterday in Philly, with a heat index in the triple digits. I had to make a one-hour drive yesterday in my non-air conditioned car in order to get from Job 1 to Job 2. I weighed myself when I got home and discovered that I had lost 4 pounds...over the course of the day.

Now I know that one heat wave can't be taken as evidence that global warming is indeed happening. But this most certainly is:
Scientists have for the first time found evidence that polar bears are drowning because climate change is melting the Arctic ice shelf.

The researchers were startled to find bears having to swim up to 60 miles across open sea to find food. They are being forced into the long voyages because the ice floes from which they feed are melting, becoming smaller and drifting farther apart.

Ironically, the House approved a treaty with Russia yesterday designed to protect polar bears from "overhunting and other threats to their survival." But without taking steps to prevent global warming, it all could be for naught.

Joe Lieberman has been one of the most tireless advocates of environmental protection in the Senate. He has earned the endorsements of America's two largest environmental advocacy groups - the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. Here is an excerpt from the LCV endorsement:

As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Lieberman has worked hard to preserve and strengthen our nation's clean air and clean water protections, opposing attempts by the Bush Administration and corporate polluters to rewrite our environmental and public health laws. In particular, he is one of the lead sponsors of a tri-partisan bill to clean up dirty coal-fired power plants. Sen. Lieberman is also fighting against attempts to gut the Endangered Species Act.

Sen. Lieberman continues to be a champion in protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, helping lead the fight against multiple efforts in the Senate to advance fiscally irresponsible and environmentally damaging drilling proposals in this national treasure.

It is not insignificant that Senator Lieberman has served on the Environment and Public Works Committee and has considerable seniority there; in fact, he will be second in seniority behind only Max Baucus after the end of this term (the ranking member, Jim Jeffords, is retiring). Lieberman has used his position on the committee to push for conservation efforts at every level, from protecting the fishing areas and wildlife refuges in Connecticut to working on measures designed to reverse global climate change.

The loss of not only Lieberman's voice, but also his seniority would be an immeasurable loss to the environmental movement at a time when Democrats may finally be in a position to push tougher environmental protection legislation. Lieberman's seniority may be particularly important since the heir presumptive (Baucus) is known to be somewhat cooler towards environmental protection legislation than most Senate Democrats.

The world that we leave to our children is the true legacy of every generation, and Sen. Lieberman's environmental record proves that he has the means and the will to work hard on these vital issues.

25 Comments:

Blogger SeedFreak said...

Through my nfp I am keenly aware of the subtle changes in our Winter Environment. The Polar Bears are a very saddening example of how changes in the climate are effecting our natural world. The change effects not only animals but the plant kingdom as well. Many fruiting species require prolonged periods of cold, chilled/frozen dormancy in order to set bud and then fruit. The crop loss in the wild of nuts, stonefruits, apples and persimmons, berries, etc etc are going devastate the wild population. Those trees that can set seed--their fruits, nuts and berries are their seeds--often require cold-stratification, especially with nuts, to break open the seed coat so that the seedling can emerge. This prolonged period of freezes and thaws works to breakdown the cellular walls of the nut shell and weaken it sufficiently that an emerging sprout can break through and thus shoot to the surface and begin to gather sunlight for photosynthesis and growth. If the period is too short, then the seed coat is not softened enough for the seedling to break through and emerge.

Info link about cold dormancy and germination.
http://www.enaturalist.org/unit/130

Quercus rubra ~ The Red Oak, is one of the greatest food sources on our planet for land-based animals. Without cold-dormancy, acorns will not germinate to grow into mighty oaks. Without oaks their cannot be acorns. Without acorns, billions of animals will starve to death because one of the most important food chains on this planet will be destroyed. We live in an ecological world where all our lives as plants and animals are intertwined. Global warming is an extremely serious problem for our society. Locally, it may mean ice storms instead of snowfall, it may mean January thaws that rapidly overflow streams and lakes and take out towns instead of gently filling into natural basins. The financial strain to local towns and emergency crews will have to be paid for somehow--middleclass homeowners are likely to be the first to feel that financial bite when their escrow increases to cover the tax revenue needed to pay for these town services.

Joe Lieberman has had a pro-environmental policy spanning decades. To lose him in the fight to save our natural environment means a devasting loss to that environment if polluters will have many of the safeguards he helped build swept away by inept committee work and inferior laws. The devastation to our natural world will be echoed by the devastation to the townships that must pay to repair the damage, and ulitmately, that funding burden will be placed upon the citizens.

7/18/2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Want to relive those halcyon days of just a few years ago, back when Joe Lieberman was still a successful US Senator?

Well, now you can. Joe2004 Gear is actually still available! You can get it here:

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7/18/2006 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but, but, joe marched for civil rights in 1800!

7/18/2006 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Seniority is not worthwhile if you're often on the wrong side of important issues".

thus sayeth ned lamont... and i agree.

7/18/2006 10:21 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Hartford Democrats say "No" to Joe:

http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/07/lieberman_organ.html

7/18/2006 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Reactions ranged from support to nods to hostility."

And you said they said "No" to him. You are a bad spinster and an ever worse liar liar. What a joke.

7/18/2006 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

liebermanforlieberman: i think you are right since nobody showed up

7/18/2006 10:57 AM  
Anonymous leksah said...

the anti-lieberman commenters show they're politicly stupid, hateful, and dishonest.

they're going to keep Dems in the minority.

7/18/2006 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pro-Lieberman commenters show that they can't spell.

7/18/2006 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooo...spelling errors. Now there's a big campaign issue for the Lamontistas.

7/18/2006 11:20 AM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Another terrific endorsement for Lieberman!

Rush Limbaugh, one of today's best conservative minds, has come out with a strong endorsement for Joe:

Streaming audio:
http://mfile.akamai.com/5020/wma/rushlimb.download.akamai.com/5020/clips/06/07/071706_4_lieberman.asx

Audio download:
http://a346.v50201.c5020.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/346/5020/v0001/rushlimb.download.akamai.com/5020/clips/06/07/071706_4_lieberman.wma

On his home page, Limbaugh calls Joe the "Voice of Sanity in His Party".

I wonder if he means the LiebermanForLieberman party or the Democrats?

Anyway, with conservative endorsements like these, Joe is sure to sail to an easy primary win over that pesky Lamont!

7/18/2006 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, liebermanforlieberman calls any praise that Lieberman receives from a conservative "an endorsement."

Lying must run in his blood on the same gene as his stupidity.

7/18/2006 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the point is that lieberman should not be getting praise from rush limbaugh and i agree.

7/18/2006 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beethoven drew praise from Hitler. Should people stop playing Fur Elise?

The praise Lieberman draws from conservatives is based solely on his support for the war:

http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/16194.html

It's ok. I know that liebermanforlieberman is incapable of thinking in more than one dimension at a time. It's the reaseon he, like conservatives, just aren't able to consider anything other than the Iraq war. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

7/18/2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger SeedFreak said...

The anons are endless ;-)

The Lamonistas cannot comment because they CANNOT form a thought into a sentence of words for discussion. This is so because they have been subjected to coercisve persuasion to only recite their doctrine and they are trained to do so without thought or question.

Should the far left be held accountable for it deceitful use of coercive persuasion to corrupt and control the innocent?

7/18/2006 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIEBERDEMS: Iraq isn't a significant issue. Iraq is the issue. Lieberman's war is tearing America apart.

7/18/2006 12:35 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

"Iraq isn't a significant issue. Iraq is the issue."


So we should forget about...

1) Educating our children
2) The environment (global warming will kill far more people than the Iraq war ever will)
3) Protecting Medicaid and Medicare
4) Extending rights to LGBT families
5) Creating jobs

Lamontistas are starting to look a lot like Republicans with their one-dimensional, broken record mentality and speech and their blatant dishonesty about people they disagree with.

7/18/2006 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow - that's a great agenda there. sound's just like lamont's. i think i'll vote for him.

7/18/2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Hahaha. What a joke. So first, you claim that Iraq is the only issue. THEN you claim that all those issues are important.

Lieberman is the one who has focused on those issues throughout not only his campaign, but his 18 years in the Senate.

Lamont's agenda consists of: Bash Lieberman on Iraq.

7/18/2006 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Leksah said...

If the vicious, destructive, anti-Joe kooks would aim their energy towards defeating the folks who REALLY are on the opposite side of the political spectrum, we might just gain power one day again.

7/18/2006 1:23 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Amen to that.

7/18/2006 1:24 PM  
Blogger LiebermanForLieberman said...

Could Lieberman run as a Republican after he loses in the Aug 8th primary? People seem to think so:

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2006/07/18/in_connecticut_can_republicans_push_schlesinger.html

Wow - it looks like Lieberman may cut-and-run from his own party of one. I sure hope I can change my blogger.com handle somehow.

I guess jumping ballot lines to run as a Republican and being flexible about torture are just part of being a "practical progressive". In fairness, at least Joe would be a little less disingenuous if he ran as a Republican.

7/18/2006 1:54 PM  
Blogger SeedFreak said...

About those JOBs--

two points need to be made.

1) those earmarks--you remember, the items that create work for Conn citizens, does Lmaont understand yet how they work? I mean--that's actual Senator stuff and he wants to be an actual Senator, it would be nice is he actually knew what he was talking about.

2) Why did Campus Televideo partner with Vonage, a notorious outsourcer?

http://www.campustelevideo.com/
http://nojobsforindia.com/ViewStory.aspx?storyid=60
http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:Kuvk5xXjkHAJ:vonage.com/media/pdf/pr_04_14_05.pdf+campus+televideo+vonage&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2&client=netscape-pp

7/18/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand corrected on Lieberman's out-of-state campaign contributions.

Lieberman receives 80% (not 74%) of his campaign contributions from out-of-state compared to Lamont's 70%.

My apologies, sorry for the error.

7/18/2006 2:35 PM  
Anonymous CentristDem said...

Nice try. Actually, it was pretty lame. Like your sense of honesty.

Did Joe ever say he was interesting in running as a GOPer? Nope. He has always said he will caucus with the Democrats, no matter what.

Everyone has a skill. Yours is lying.

7/18/2006 2:44 PM  

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