Who speaks for the environment?

Listening to pundits and some Republican advocates, I keep hearing the opinion that big money authorized by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision will not really make a difference in politics. When I hear this, I am reminded of a common saying I’ve heard for many years: “Money talks and BS walks.”

The axiom, though crudely stated, could never be truer. All we need to do in order to tell the power of money is to look around at what is happening today. A recent example of how big money can affect relatively smaller offices is the case of Texas state Rep. “Tuffy” Hamilton. Tuffy was not defeated because of superior intellect, experience or representation of constituents. He was drowned by money. Television ads, which are very expensive, were run sometimes three times, back to back in prime time. This example is further proof of what Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister once said. If you tell a lie big enough, loud enough and enough times, eventually people will start to believe it. What he could have added was that if you are able to promote the lie on the media with unlimited funds, too many people will begin to believe the lie.

The power of money has been amply displayed, along with its effectiveness, by the public relations program put on by British Petroleum. There are a constant series of ads touting how well Gulf Coast states are doing since the terrible oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Slick and beautiful TV ads claim that never before have Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama done better than they have since the disastrous oil spill. Unfortunately, it’s a one-sided fight. Advocates of the ecology do not have the wherewithal to compete with such a well-orchestrated and well-funded public relations program. No one is telling the story of how many estuaries and hatching grounds for sea life have been destroyed or what impact the residual chemicals placed in the Gulf of Mexico will have on supplies of seafood, game fish or recreation well into the future.

Another example of a one-sided fight is the constant TV ads now being run condemning the Environmental Protection Agency for overbearing and job-killing regulations that the ads claim are holding the price of electrical power hostage. The ads begin with the phrase that clean coal is being picked on by an over-aggressive environmental agency that has put in place overbearing, unnecessary regulations concerning air emissions.

How soon we forget! I recall when the entire family of one of my first cousins needed to move from Port Arthur because they would periodically be beset with life threatening asthmatic attacks. I had the misfortune of having to witness some of these attacks when I thought surely my cousins would die as they lay gasping for air unable to breathe. Science has told us since that it was because of the unregulated and incessant emissions from the refineries that made a living for so many of us. How soon have people my age forgotten the insidious odors of pogie plants and refinery emissions that have all but disappeared because of government regulation.

Unfortunately, the power of money probably can sell the concept of clean coal and cause more animosity to the regulators than to the polluters. No one will be there with the funds to buy equal time to remind us of cancers, leukemia, breathing problems and a multitude of other health hazards that are prevented by decent and reasonable regulations concerning emissions into the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil upon which we walk.

Carl Parker has practiced law in Port Arthur since 1958. He is a 1958 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1962 and the Senate in 1976, Parker continued to practice law while writing and sponsoring hundreds of bills that became laws relating to every aspect of life in Texas, including many regarding consumer safety. His e-mail is cap1934 [at] aol [dot] com.

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If Only We Could Revise ALL of History.

Sorry, no reason not to tag the post with a 'real' name. . . . especially when presenting a substantive viewpoint.

If Only We Could Revise ALL of History

Should we forget that Obama tapped Stephen Chu to be the Director of Energy. Soon thereafter, Dr Chu brought Steven Koonin, a former Chief Scientist for BP, to be Undersecretary of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. And, it should be remembered that three years prior to the BP oil spill the national laboratory then headed by Steven Chu received the bulk of a $500 million grant from the British oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources through a new Energy Biosciences Institute.

Point is: Obama had 'his' appointees in a position to oversee the energy industry prior to, during and after the BP oil spill.

Should we also forget that the EPA disallowed a family to build a home in Washington state because the EPA deemed the land to be a wetland. Long story short: the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Washington state family to allow the construction of their home on their own land that was not truly a wetland. But, the EPA is currently ignoring the Supreme Court verdict and disallowing the family (the Sacketts) from building on their own property.

Point is: The EPA is implement over zealous policies that adhere to the Obama administration. . . . an administration that identifies to the Democrat party . . . a party that has been hijacked by those who adhere to the same ideals that Obama wisely will not openly discuss. . . . questionable ideals, associations and appearances that could easily be raised that would make even a Blue Dog Democrat blush before dragging any Republican through the mud on the path to fundamentally transform and redefine the United States of America.

Both parent's of Obama were communist or socialist.
Obama's grandparents were socialist.
Obama's friends, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn are communists.
Obama taught the organizing principles of communist Saul Alinsky.
Obama actively sought out Marxist and communist professors in college.
Obama told Joe the Plumber that it is a good thing to spread the wealth around (a socialist principle).
Obama’s cousin Raila Odinga was a Muslim extremist who sought Sharia for Kenya.
Obama’s former Green Czar, Van Jones, is an admitted communist
Obama’s former White House communications director Anita Dunn said Mao Tse Tung (communist) was one of her two favorite political philosophers.
Obama’s friend Rashid Khalidi is a supporter of Palestinian terrorist.
Obama’s White House Christmas tree carried a communist ornament featuring Communist dictator Mao Tse Tung.
Obama was a member of the New Party, a socialist party founded in Chicago.
Obama was supported in 2008 and is supported in 2012 by the Socialist Party of America.
Obama was supported in 2008 and is supported in 2012 by the Communist Party USA.
Obama has installed numerous members or sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood into his Administration
Obama’s policies since taking office mirror the steps taken by socialist, communist or Marxist leaders ( take over of a nation’s economy by the centralized government)
Obama has several members of his staff and cabinet with socialist or communist connections in either subscribing to communist principles or supporting known communist or radical organizations.
Carol M. Browner, White House Energy/Climate czar, was a member of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society (SWS) at Socialist International (SI).
Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s regulatory czar, openly promotes a socialist “bill of rights,” supports the abolition of marriage as a legal institution, and advocates a “New Deal Fairness Doctrine” to regulate the news media.
Obama’s friend Professor Derrick Bell was a racist and promoter of racial strife.
Obama supporter Carl Davidson was a former leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and a Maoist.
Obama Campaign supporter, Sam Graham-Felsen — Socialist/Communist, ran the Obama’s 2008 campaign’s blog. He spent time in France taking part in labor riots, has written for a socialist magazine, hung a communist flag in his home, and was a fan of Marx while at Harvard.
Obama associate Mike Klonsky is an unabashed communist whose current mission is to spread Marxist ideology in the American classroom. Obama funded him to the tune of nearly $2 million. Obama, moreover, gave Klonsky a broad platform to broadcast his ideas: a “social justice” blog on the official Obama campaign website.
Obama Associate Alice Palmer. In 1995, Alice Palmer represented the state’s 13th District, and decided to run for the United States Congress. She hand-picked Barack Obama to run to replace her. She was an executive board member of the U.S. Peace Council, which the FBI identified as a communist front group, an affiliate of the World Peace Council, a Soviet front group.

And, the moral of the story? Democrats, just like Republicans, had best bury the demagogue posturing, the practice of crony capitalism, and preaching faux, bleeding heart/emotional positions in the name of every man within 'the state' . . . . ignoring the true course of rectitude that would be best suited by focussing on the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights; a limited government that treats each and every individual equally and fairly; providing a safe and secure sovereign nation that embraces the free market place powered by 'sound' money.

If only Democrats and Republicans would remember and embrace the ideals of the founding fathers.

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