West Virginia Congressman: Obama climate plan ‘disenfranchises’ coal states

Daily Political reports:

Republican Representative Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said that the plan President Barack Obama proposed to curb carbon dioxide emissions would disenfranchise coal states such as West Virginia and lead to job losses across the nation.

Capito’s remarks were made in response to the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report that showed 195,000 jobs were added in June and unemployment rate stayed at 7.6 percent last month. She said that the report showed a glimmer of hope for the economy.

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7 thoughts on “West Virginia Congressman: Obama climate plan ‘disenfranchises’ coal states”

  1. Yes!!! Enjoy
    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older
    woman, that she should bring
    her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
    The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back
    in my earlier days.”
    The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did
    not care enough to save our
    environment for future generations.”

    She was right — our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in our day.

    Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the
    store. The store sent them back
    to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the
    same bottles over and over.
    So they really were recycled.

    But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

    Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for
    numerous things, most
    memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as
    book covers for our
    schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided
    for our use by the school) was
    not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books
    on the brown paper bags.

    But too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

    We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and
    office building. We walked to
    the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time
    we had to go two blocks.

    But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

    Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway
    kind. We dried clothes
    on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind
    and solar power really did dry
    our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their
    brothers or sisters, not
    always brand-new clothing.

    But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our
    day.

    Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room.
    And the TV had a small screen
    the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the
    state of Montana.

    In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have
    electric machines to do everything
    for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded
    up old newspapers to
    cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire
    up an engine and burn gasoline
    just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We
    exercised by working so we
    didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on
    electricity.

    But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a
    plastic bottle every time we
    had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a
    new pen, and we replaced the
    razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
    because the blade got dull.

    But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
    school or walked instead of
    turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV
    or van, which cost what a
    whole house did before the “green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a
    room, not an entire bank
    of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized
    gadget to receive a
    signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the
    nearest burger joint.

    But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks
    were just because we didn’t
    have the “green thing” back then?

    Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in
    conservation from a
    smartass young person…

    We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss
    us off…especially from a
    tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash
    register telling them
    how much.

  2. Those reusable bags are turning up in cases of gastroenteritis because they’re dirty.
    Also, the reusable bags have to be reused hundreds of times before their environmental impact is smaller than that of using plastic or paper.
    We have a cat and a litter box, which is one way of recycling the plastic bags. We also store them up and return them now and then, but that turns out to be a feelie-goodie thing rather than useful.

  3. Oh, wait, disenfranchising coal…the whole green agenda disenfranchises the middle class and the poor. Why should coal states be left out?

  4. Slight quibble: Ms. Capito is a Member of Congress or a Representative or a Congresswoman — a Congressman she is not.

  5. Jeeze. She’s a Congressbeing . . . that way we don’t discriminate against aliens.

  6. Howdy Gamecock
    I’ll stand by my comment. I dislike “xx-person”, like “fireperson” or “policeperson”, but the terms “firefighter” and “police officer” are inclusive.
    I’d like people to choose their own paths, as far as their own abilities will support them, and I think inclusive terminology helps.

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