Archive for category Bob Bennett
If you’ve been following the news lately, you will know that Count My Vote is attempting to be a citizens initiative to change Utah’s caucus system to a primary system. At a minimum, it’s gotten Utahns talking about how we select our candidates for public office which is good. I’m not convinced Count My Vote’s solution solves the problem they claim to want to solve. Will switching from the current caucus system improve voter engagement and turnout? That depends on whether it addresses the reasons people don’t vote.
Usually, if you want to attack somebody effectively in public, you first embrace their integrity, briefly, before laying into them.
That’s why I find this article in the Washington Post so interesting.
Former senator Bob Bennett from Utah doesn’t embrace former president Jimmy Carter briefly, but embraces him for about three fourths of this article before going where he really wants to go:
I urge all of the Tea Partyers to follow Reagan, not Carter. If they want their movement to be more than a wave that crashes on the beach and then recedes back into the ocean, leaving nothing behind but empty sand, they should stop the “gloom talk.” These are not the worst times we have ever faced, nor is the Constitution under serious threat.
Our economy is still the strongest and most resilient in the world. Our government is still capable of responding to the leadership of men and women who believe our problems can be solved. We must not follow the siren song of those who are in a frenzy of despair.
Just can’t get away from that 11th commandment, can you Bob?
In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, under the stipulations in the Clean Air Act. New regulations are expected to be phased in over the next few years.
Interviewed by Megyn Kelly on Faux News, Senator Bob Bennett repeated the standard climate change denialist claim that too much atmospheric carbon dioxide is nothing to worry about. He picked the perfect day to say this.
KELLY: Back in 2007 the United States Supreme Court basically issued a decision saying it was OK for the EPA to start putting its nose into other peoples’ business in this way if it so desired. […]
BENNETT: Greenhouse gas emissions have absolutely nothing whatever to do with clean air. CO2 does not add to pollutants or cause asthma or any of the other things you think of with dirty air. CO2 is actually a nutrient for plants and helps some parts of the continents grow more and have greater vegetation.
Senator Bennett is wrong. Atmospheric CO2 has been linked to elevated ground-level ozone concentrations, which cause 40 percent of the deaths from air pollution. CO2 is a principal greenhouse gas and a cause of anthropogenic global warming.