by Jerry Alatalo
he first action taken up by the Republican controlled House of Representatives and Senate was the Keystone XL pipeline. Billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch stand to make billions of dollars in profits if the pipeline from Canada across the center of the United States to Texas refineries becomes built. That’s because, if reports are correct, the Koch brothers own gazillions of acres of land in Canada where large amounts of tar sands oil exist.
Charles and David Koch provided strong financial backing to 44 year-old Iowan Joni Ernst in her successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in America’s 2014 mid-term elections. Freshman Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa became the choice of Republican leadership to give their party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The one – and only – specific domestic or foreign policy issue Senator Ernst addressed in her response was the Keystone XL pipeline.
Oops. Correction. Attentive observers of Senator Ernst’s Republican response couldn’t help but catch her bold, newly insightful and absolutely innovative remarks about “climate change”. However, Senator Ernst’s perception of climate change is slightly different from most Americans’, and perhaps not quite as consequential and worrisome as the scientists assert.
Ms. Ernst doesn’t see Koch Industries’ ravaging of their gazillions of Canadian acres for the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels as any concerning issue for Americans or humanity. She sees climate change as something very simple, without the need for complex explanations from scientists but easily understood by everyone:
One school day it’s sunny, the next school day it’s rainy. See, the climate changed.
She went into great detail for the American people about her own personal experience with “climate change”. When she was a youngster, she had only one “good pair of shoes”, so on school days when it was raining her mother would give her plastic bread bags to protect those shoe from water damage.
So, there’s no need to listen to any geeky, pocket-protector wearing scientists for ways to effectively deal with climate change. It’s soooo much simpler than that.
Just save those bread bags.
(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)