Paper Argues Liberals Should Boycott States Opposing EPA Regulations

boycottA liberal writer is calling for “progressives” to boycott states that challenge EPA regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, mimicking the tactics used by LGBT activists last week to boycott Indiana over the state’s new religious freedom law.

In recent months, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been urging states not to implement EPA rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. The so-called “Clean Power Plan” is expected to force more coal plants and mines to shut down and raise electricity prices.

ThinkProgress writer Joe Romm says liberals should not stand idly by while states nullify the EPA’s will.

“For progressives to win this fight — and the fate of literally billions of people hangs in the balance — we will have to match the state-level success the LGBT community and its allies recently showed in changing a discriminatory Indiana law,” Romm wrote in ThinkProgress.

“Imagine if there were a devastating global avian flu pandemic, and McConnell was urging the world governments not to come together to fight it aggressively because some U.S. states — egged on by McConnell himself — opposed the plan,” Romm added. “That is how shocking McConnell’s effort to stop global climate action is.”

Romm was careful not to equate fighting global warming with the battle over gay marriage, but said the “harm that climate inaction will bring to billions in the future is just too different from the extensive past and present discrimination and harm gays suffer.”

“The LGBT community did not win by asking by asking for ‘tolerance,’” Romm wrote. “No: ‘the lesson that the gay revolution holds for any progressive movement’ is that ‘they set out to change people’s minds about what is moral.’”

Romm’s boycott of anti-EPA states would be quite an expansive one — much more so than the Indiana boycott. So far, about one dozen states are suing the EPA over its carbon dioxide rules that aim to reduce emissions 30 percent by 2030. States say this rule invades state sovereignty and will hurt the economy.

“Our system doesn’t allow federal agencies to ‘improve’ or ‘fix’ laws to advance an agenda,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement in 2014. “But that is what happened here: the EPA made a promise in 2011 to expand its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.”

West Virginia, a Democrat-led state, is leading 11 other states in a lawsuit against the EPA rules. More recently, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined the suit of against the EPA, saying the agency’s policies could have “a devastating impact on Wisconsin because we are so heavily dependent on manufacturing.”

But those states are just getting in the way of progress, Romm argued. To him, “states that join the effort to block serious climate action are making the choice for themselves, and that is a choice anyone who understands climate science should oppose.”

“Those who seek to block action to preserve a livable climate have chosen the battlefield. And that means it is fast approaching the time when all those who say they care about the climate, their children’s health and well-being, and future generations will have to stand up for their values state by state,” Rome wrote.

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    Gator

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    It’s much easier to just stop using fossil fuel based products, than to try and boycott every state that… oh hang on… we are dealing with insane hypocritical fascists.

    Never mind.

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    Robert

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    Well Romm needs all of this to continue, it is his only claim to fame. Without the entire AGW/ACC/whatever it is “threat” to harp on and on about his destiny is the sh–can.

    Which is where he should have been tossed long ago.

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      Gator

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      Hey Robert! I’m all for creating a penal colony on Antarctica for the climate criminals, once the scam is finally recognized by the courts.

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    amirlach

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    We should all boycott each other. All the self loathing lying leftist losers in one camp and the rest of us in the other.

    They can build a fence to keep us out and we can send them aid so they don’t starve and have to resort to cannibalism… Again.

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        Gator

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        Speaking of vacuous leftists…

        [img]https://suyts.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/image8.png[/img]

        Another “Climate Expert”!

        [img]http://www.quickmeme.com/img/0d/0dba2182baaf567abd272100817df53f3169d7449aa5d1a98235d2f885163a1e.jpg[/img]

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          Robert

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          The person obviously cannot spell, which is no surprise considering Twitter, Facebook, et al. are where all the “How r u doing” types are rapidly losing any ability to have a meaningful, written conversation that they may perchance have been taught to do at some point.

          I also notice that our LGBT activists who are so concerned that they aren’t discriminated against don’t have a problem in the least in discriminating against anyone who might be religious, especially if that religion is Christian. Hell they don’t have a problem discriminating against anyone period, you just can’t discriminate against them or they throw fits.

          Now, even with what has been happening in this country I still care for it, I still have some respect for the flag of our nation which those activists obviously don’t.

          I can’t put rainbow stickers on my car anymore or hang rainbow air fresheners in it because it no longer means that I just think they look cool and I like colors. No, rainbows have been taken over by the idiots above and as you can see by the upside down abortion of the US flag they created it is obvious they don’t give a damn about the country either.

          I don’t care who someone wants to sleep with, who someone wants to marry, or whether someone wants to be convex both above and below the waist, I really don’t. Just shut the hell up about it.

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            amirlach

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            A little Ghey Hitler to lighten the mood. Oh the Ironing. 😀

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            Gator

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            Absolutely love it! That just went out via Gator-mail to the posse.

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            amirlach

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            Best line was… “It has Socialist in the F***ing name!” 😀

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            Gator

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            Agreed! They just don’t get it, but we do… 😆

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            amirlach

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            Oh! And send them a link to the Rebel Media as well. http://www.therebel.media/

            It is mostly for a Canadian audience, but there is still a lot of interest to Americans there as well.

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            Gator

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            I have already passed along some of your rebel gems, keep ’em coming.

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    Robert

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    BTW, look at the picture above. Don’t you find it ironic that the crowd shown there is gathered in hatred of Christianity while waving their “No Hate” signs around?

    “Hate Speech” laws, “Hate Crime” laws, all they do is make something that was already a crime more of a crime if it can be shown that it was directed towards one of the “protected” LGBT crowd.

    And in giving them a special “proteced” status our wonderful government lackies have shown us that if we don’t belong to a special interest group whose vote they can buy through special laws tailored exclusively towards said group then they really could care less about us.

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      Gator

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      Hey Robert! Like most of our social ills, I blame the government. They have no business ‘codifying’ marriage.

      Marriage is a religious ‘rite’, and not a ‘right’ of citizenship. This all started with ‘Marriage Licenses’, tax breaks for married couples, and then spousal rights.

      Even though there never was a ‘separation of church and state’ in our Constitution, it did dictate that the state shall establish no religion, and by giving ‘rights’ to those who took part in a religious ‘rite’, they entered into an area in which they have no business.

      If the state had issued ‘civil union licenses’, and given ‘partner’ rights as well as tax breaks to ‘partners’ regardless of sexual orientation, we would not have had this divisive issue. But the state does what it does best, and that is to get into the personal lives of its citizens, and create a wedge with which to divide us.

      But because the way the laws were written, they ultimately led to attacks on churches and required the state to intervene, but not on behalf of the churches because the state is not allowed to endorse a religion.

      Our founders worked hard to get it right, and then busybodies elbowed their way in with unconstitutional laws that created the messes we see today.

      As Jefferson argued that the state’s powers were limited to protecting citizens from ‘injurious acts’, he said…

      [i]”The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God. The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”[/i]

      Our government created this mess (along with many others), and instead of fixing it (simple), they are only making it worse by ever increasing intrusions into our personal lives.

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