Spinach lovers. It’s been a while since I’ve provided you with some munchies. I’ve been lacking in a green diet myself lately, after having slipped into somewhat of a coma. But I’ve emerged! And boy, was there lots to catch up on.
I was quite tempted, for selfish purposes, to dedicate today’s post to catching you up on Congressional activity of interest–because there will be lots of interesting goodness this week. We’ve got the transportation reauthorization conference kicking off on Tuesday. Let me just say very quickly that while there is plenty to be concerned about there (coal ash regulation and NEPA “streamlining”), everyone’s favorite pipeline will also be back. I’ve come to realize that Republicans believe that everyday is Halloween and therefore we should be constantly trying to resurrecting the dead. Good thing they brought me back instead.
The appropriations process is well under way, too. For those who don’t remember, last year’s Interior-Environment bill was chocked full of nuts, particularly trying to strangle-hold the EPA. House Interior-Enviro Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) doesn’t think this year will be any prettier.
Then of course, we’ll begin preparing for what is now being dubbed Taxmageddon. Expiration of the Bush tax cuts, payroll tax reduction, sustainable growth repayment formula for physicians, and, for our purposes, many energy tax provisions = Taxmageddon. (See my previous post “Year of the Tax” for more info.)
So I was in the middle of muddling through these waters when I stumbled across this. Have your vomit bag near or finish eating, take a walk, and then read this.
You all may remember sometime back hearing about the infamous Heartland Institute (see El C’s post) and their funding of projects to debunk climate change. Well, if that wasn’t bad enough, Heartland has apparently said, “To hell with our tarnished image,” and decided to be up front about their views. With that, I leave you with this image.
For those with strong stomachs who want to know more, see this from Think Progress.
Welcome back to the battle lines friends.