Rep. Barbara Lee: Stop Global Warming Before Everyone Gets an STI

leeI don’t delve much into the Global Climate Change debate, mostly because it seems like there’s no real way to be part of the conversation on either side without looking like a complete lunatic, and I already do more than enough of that. While I believe that stewardship of the environment is a very important thing, I’m not sure how the government, which can barely deliver the mail correctly on a good day, and frequently spends thirty times more on an item from a hardware store than it would cost on the black market in North Korea, is qualified to address the tragedies associated with a burning atmosphere and a rising ocean level.

I could be wrong. John Kerry could surprise me. But I doubt it.

Anyway, the attempts to prod Congress into doing something about our involuntarily sun-tanning penguins at the South Pole, are always entertaining at least. Today’s gift to our collective consciousness is from Rep. Barbara Lee, who is very worried that Global Climate Change means women will have to start finding other methods of employment in order to put food on the table.

As resources dwindle, it could force many women to barter sexual favors for food and water, the resolution stated.

“[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,” it read.

The resolution concluded by saying Congress must recognize the “disparate impacts of climate change on women,” and must encourage the use of “gender-sensitive frameworks in developing policies to address climate change.”

Lee introduced a similar resolution in the last Congress, but it didn’t go anywhere. Lee said in 2013 that her resolution is meant to remind policymakers that more women need to be included in discussions about how to respond to the changing climate.

The Earth is burning up, women are hardest hit. But the apocalypse is going to be great for dudes, who apparently don’t have to worry about any negative effects of the transactional sex they engage in as a result of the warming climate. At least we know Planned Parenthood, which can take care of everything from your run of the mill STI to your Climate Change-induced unplanned pregnancy, will survive, like a cockroach, past the end of times. 

Oddly enough, the proposal is not expected to go much further than sub-committee.

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