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Union of Concerned Scientists


Have you seen our latest report? It documents precisely how some of the nation’s top energy companies—such as ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips—have managed to stall progress on national legislation to rein in global warming emissions by inserting large amounts of money and misinformation into government policy making and politics.

“There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.” —Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

You can help end the disinformation on global warming.

Together, we can fight back against efforts to undermine our democratic system. Join us, and become a full member of the Union of Concerned Scientists today.

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The report’s findings are truly eye opening, even for people like me who work on these issues every day. Consider, for instance, that: The 28 companies we investigated spent more than $300 million lobbying Congress in the run up to possible climate legislation; Koch Industries alone has spent more than $55 million since 1997 to misrepresent climate science or oppose safeguards to rein in global warming emissions; and The oil company ConocoPhillips has backed the campaigns of anti-climate candidates for Congress by a ratio of more than 15 to 1 over candidates who have supported science-based climate policies.

The numbers might sound discouraging, but while companies like these have money and influence with people in Washington, we have two ingredients on our side that they don’t: rock-hard scientific evidence and support from people like you.

Become a full member of UCS and make a vital contribution to the fight for a healthy environment and a safer world.

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UCS is working to reduce global warming emissions by accelerating the transition away from dirty coal-fired power plants and oil-reliant vehicles, building support for stronger power plant emissions standards, and working at the state and federal level to increase use of clean, renewable energy.

But oil companies and corporate lobbyists continue to attack these critical efforts to protect our health and environment. That’s why we really need your help more than ever. Please become a member of UCS today.

Thanks in advance. And welcome aboard!

 

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Knobloch President

 

P.S. Remember, when you give to the Union of Concerned Scientists, you join a team more than 400,000 strong from all walks of life—scientists, teachers, business people, parents, engineers, and many other actively engaged citizens—working together to build a healthier environment and a safer world.

President Obama- Calling on Congress to Prevent Student Interest Rates from Doubling


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President Obama calls on Congress to act before student loan interest rates double for more than 7.4 million students, adding an average of $1000 to their debt.

Congress: the Republican led House & HR1837 – the Senate considers S.1813,Surface Transportation bill &Sen.RoyBlunt’s war on Women- Amendment#1520 continues on 3/1/2012


  • Today‘s Reminder  …On 2/28/2012

  • The Senate has reached an agreement that it be in order for the Blunt amendment #1520 (contraception) to be called up. Further, at a time to be determined on Thursday, March 1, the Senate will proceed to a vote in relation to the Blunt amendment. No other amendments are in order prior to the vote in relation to the Blunt amendment.The Blunt amendment is now pending.
  • Please tweet email call Senator Roy Blunt …Tell him to Stop using Women’s Health Care Rights as a political football
  • Today – On this Leap Day
  • the Senate Convened at  9:30amET February 29, 2012
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1813, the Surface Transportation bill.

WRAP UP FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res. 382, designating March 2, 2012, as “Read Across America Day”.

Adopted S.Res. 383, designating February 29, 2012, as “Rare Disease Day”.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF FEBRUARY 29, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION.

-The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 1, 2012.9:02:10 P.M. -On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.9:02:00 P.M. -Mr. Gardner moved that the House do now adjourn.8:10:51 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.8:08:19 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.8:07:26 P.M. -Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy – Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 4355(a), Clause 10 of Rule 1 and the order of the House of January 5, 2011 the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy: Mr. Hinchey(NY) and Ms. Loretta Sanchez(CA).8:06:47 P.M. -H. Res. 556At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.7:46:18 P.M. -Pursuant to clause 8, Rule XX, the Speaker postponed until a time to be announced, the roll call vote on the motion to suspend the rules and pass S. 1134 and the motion to suspend the rules and agree to H. Res. 556, as amended, which were ordered on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.7:43:20 P.M. -H. Res. 556DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 556.7:43:19 P.M. -H. Res. 556Considered under suspension of the rules.7:43:02 P.M. -H. Res. 556Mr. Pitts moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 556 — “Condemning the Government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment, and sentencing of Youcef Nadarkhani on the charge of apostasy.”7:42:32 P.M. -H.R. 3902Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.7:42:16 P.M. -H.R. 3902On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.7:33:05 P.M. -H.R. 3902DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3902.7:33:04 P.M. -H.R. 3902Considered under suspension of the rules.7:33:00 P.M. -H.R. 3902Mr. Issa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3902 — “To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia.”7:32:30 P.M. -S. 1134At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.6:39:46 P.M. -S. 1134DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1134.6:39:45 P.M. -S. 1134Considered under suspension of the rules.6:39:34 P.M. -S. 1134Mr. Petri moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 1134 — “To authorize the St. Croix River Crossing Project with appropriate mitigation measures to promote river values.”6:38:24 P.M. -The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.6:35:19 P.M. -H.R. 1837Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:35:19 P.M. -H.R. 1837On passage Passed by recorded vote: 246 – 175, 1 Present (Roll no. 91).6:28:48 P.M. -H.R. 1837On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 248 (Roll no. 90).6:12:40 P.M. -H.R. 1837The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.6:01:22 P.M. -H.R. 1837Floor summary: DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi motion to recommit. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add a section titled Protecting the Constitution and States’ Rights.6:01:06 P.M. -H.R. 1837Mr. Garamendi moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources.6:00:07 P.M. -H.R. 1837The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.6:00:01 P.M. -H.R. 1837The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.5:59:10 P.M. -H.R. 1837The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1837.5:58:47 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the Markey amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 180 – 244 (Roll no. 89).5:54:18 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 247 (Roll no. 88).5:50:46 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the Napolitano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 250 (Roll no. 87).5:46:45 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 181 – 243 (Roll no. 86).5:43:27 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the McNerney amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 – 243 (Roll no. 85).5:39:50 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the McNerney amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 242 (Roll no. 84).5:36:01 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the Thompson (CA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 239 (Roll no. 83).5:10:15 P.M. -H.R. 1837UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.5:09:29 P.M. -H.R. 1837The Chair announced that it understood that amendment No. 9 offered by Mr. Garamendi, made in order by the provisions of H. Res. 566, would not be offered.5:08:57 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:55:48 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey amendment No. 8.4:55:45 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. Markey,  numbered 8 printed in House Report 112-405 to replace provisions in H.R. 1837 that override state law with a provision upholding state law and requiring use of the best available science.4:54:03 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Garamendi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Garamendi demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:44:39 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment No. 7.4:44:36 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi,  numbered 7 printed in House Report 112-405 to remove provisions of the bill that seek to decrease the current supply of water to the Delta region.4:43:04 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Napolitano amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Napolitano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:31:50 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Napolitano amendment No. 6.4:31:48 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mrs. Napolitano,  numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-405 to create a revenue stream through the elimination of a subsidy that allowed irrigators to repay project debt with no interest.4:30:21 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Garamendi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Garamendi demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:19:11 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment No. 5.4:19:09 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi,  numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-405 to remove provisions of the bill that seek to privatize a public resource and restore the Secretary of the Interior’s discretion over water contract renewals.4:18:36 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McNerney amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McNerney demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:07:21 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McNerney amendment No. 4.4:07:18 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. McNerney,  numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-405 to prevent several provisions of the Act from taking effect until it is determined that it will not harm water quality or water availability for agricultural producers in California’s Delta region (Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties).4:06:48 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McNerney amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McNerney demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:55:16 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McNerney amendment No. 3.3:55:13 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. McNerney,  numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-405 to prevent several provisions of the Act from taking effect until it is determined that it will not harm the quality or safety of drinking water supplies for residents of California’s Delta region (Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties).3:54:38 P.M. -H.R. 1837POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Thompson (CA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (CA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:42:40 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (CA) amendment No. 2.3:42:34 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. Thompson (CA),  numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-405 to prevent several provisions of this Act from going into effect if any agriculture, agriculture-related, fishery, or fishery-related job is lost North of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.3:42:21 P.M. -H.R. 1837On agreeing to the McClintock amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:33:57 P.M. -H.R. 1837DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 566, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment No. 1.3:33:26 P.M. -H.R. 1837An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock,  numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-405 to make several technical and clarifying changes to the bill.2:22:57 P.M. -H.R. 1837GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1837.2:22:32 P.M. -H.R. 1837The Speaker designated the Honorable Kevin Yoder to act as Chairman of the Committee.2:22:31 P.M. -H.R. 1837House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 566 and Rule XVIII.2:22:16 P.M. -H.R. 1837Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1837 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. All points of order againist consideration of the bill are waived. In lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-15.2:22:11 P.M. -H.R. 1837Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 566. H.R. 1837 — “To address certain water-related concerns on the San Joaquin River, and for other purposes.”2:21:09 P.M. -Mr. Hastings (WA) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on March 1. Agreed to without objection.2:21:08 P.M. -On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 283 – 127, 2 Present (Roll no. 82).2:15:55 P.M. -UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the vote on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which had been postponed from earlier in the day.2:14:07 P.M. -H. Res. 566 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:14:06 P.M. -H. Res. 566On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 245 – 173 (Roll no. 81).2:06:10 P.M. -H. Res. 566On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 241 – 178 (Roll no. 80).12:39:00 P.M. -H. Res. 566DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 566.12:36:53 P.M. -H. Res. 566Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 566 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1837) to address certain water-related concerns on the San Joaquin River, and for other purposes.”12:36:27 P.M. -H. Res. 562ORDER OF BUSINESS – Mr. Bishop (UT) asked unanimous consent that it be in order at any time through the legislative day of March 1, 2012, to consider in the House H. Res. 562; the resolution shall be considered as read; the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the resolution and preamble to adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their respective designees. Agreed to without objection.12:03:09 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.12:02:50 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Crawford to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:02:22 P.M. -POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Lance demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Lance objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.12:00:50 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Gerald Theriot, The American Legion, Schriever, Louisiana12:00:30 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 29.11:13:48 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:02:00 A.M. -MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.10:01:54 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Woodall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:00 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Welcome your freshman class of climate deniers


Last night an unprecedented number of climate contrarians were swept into office.

How did we get to such a place where attacking scientists and their work is not only acceptable, but helps win elections? And more importantly, what is UCS going to do about it?

First, we must acknowledge that these people didn’t get into office on their own. They are backed by big oil, the coal industry, and electric utilities—opponents who have deep pockets and a singular goal of protecting their own interests.

UCS is going to continue to expose these polluting industries and their cronies who knowingly mislead the public about climate science. And we’re going to challenge them to get their facts straight.

Because when it comes right down to it, the public’s confidence in science and scientists remains high. In fact, just last night in California we saw a tangible example of science trumping industry spin, when voters thwarted an aggressive attempt by out-of-state oil companies to kill the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act.

It’s examples like this that give me hope and remind me that we can—and will—still achieve concrete victories.

The truth of the matter is that it’s been difficult to move Congress for months. The people who are supposed to be representing our interests in the nation’s capitol have been too busy carrying water for narrow corporate interests rather than coming together to make real, positive change.

So we’re moving forward, with them or without them. As the victory in California yesterday reminds us, there are plenty of other ways to effect change on the issues you and I care about. In the coming months, UCS will:

  • Defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to reduce power plant, transportation, industrial, and agricultural global warming emissions;
  • Push state utility commissions to shut down the oldest and dirtiest coal power plants;
  • Pressure the administration to further boost fuel economy for cars and trucks and decrease tailpipe pollution, and cut our nation’s oil use in half by 2030;
  • Advocate for strong, science-based state and regional climate programs that can reduce heat-trapping emissions at the local level;
  • Bring agricultural experts and scientists together with government officials to build support for scientifically sound, forward-thinking farming practices that can improve our air, water, and climate; and
  • Reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. security policy, further reduce their numbers, and prevent the development of new weapons.

No matter what changes happen in Washington, D.C., UCS will continue to do what we do best: develop and advance science-based solutions to major environmental and security issues.

I am deeply grateful for your support of our work and look forward to tackling the challenges we have ahead of us together!

Our New Freshman Class
In Their Own Words
“With the possible exception of Tiger Woods, nothing has had a worse year than global warming. We have discovered that a good portion of the science used to justify “climate change” was a hoax perpetrated by leftist ideologues with an agenda.”
—Todd Young, new congressperson from Indiana 

“I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I think it’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate.” —Ron Johnson, new senator from Wisconsin

“I think we ought to take a look at whatever the group is that measures all this, the IPCC, they don’t even believe the crap.” —Steve Pearce, new congressperson from New Mexico

“It’s a bigger issue, we need to watch ’em. Not only because it may or may not be true, but they’re making up their facts to fit their conclusions. They’ve already caught ’em doing this.” —Rand Paul, new senator from Kentucky

“There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.” —Roy Blunt, new senator from  MissouriKevin Knobloch

Sincerely,
Kevin Knobloch
Kevin Knobloch
President