Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change

posted at 4:41 pm on September 6, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Oh really, Rep. Markey? Tell me more:

Markey jabbed Romney by recalling Clint Eastwood’s rambling speech at last week’s Republican convention, where Eastwood used an empty chair to have an imaginary chat with President Obama.

“[Romney] actually used to talk about climate change when he was the governor of Massachusetts and not make jokes about it,” Markey said at a Thursday event hosted by The Hill.

“But talking to that Governor Romney today would be like talking to an empty chair. There is no conversation you can have with him,” the Massachusetts Democrat added at the event on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention.

One step at a time here. First of all, Mitt Romney does and will engage on the issue of climate change. The eco-trendy crowd was up in arms over this money line from Romney’s RNC speech last week: “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family,” pointing to it as in indicator that all of us toothless, science-hating, fundamentalist Republicans are dismissive and even scornful of the very idea of environmental stewardship. Hogwash. Just because Mitt Romney’s plan doesn’t include bankrupting us with more taxpayer-funded “investments” in renewable energy ventures and costly, arbitrary emissions standards, doesn’t mean that he’s being totally blasé about the possibilities of climate change.

Has anybody stopped to notice that all of the Obama administration’s piddling clean-energy projects have either failed on the business end or done jack squat to actually combat global warming on a large scale and in the long run? The best new technology that actually has helped us reduce our carbon emissions was born entirely of free enterprise and is one of the biggest things environmentalists and regulators have been fighting tooth-and-nail to thwart: Natural gas. Bam. Greenies really need to wake the heck up and realize the wealthier societies are healthier societies. Not only do wealthier people have the luxury to devote some of their time and resources to environmental awareness (or, in other words, a society’s environmental concerns tend to wane in the face of economic downturns), but a robust and prosperous society is what’s going to produce the efficiencies and innovations that will bring about real environmental progress.

Secondly, the Obama camp has been gettin’ awfully quiet-like about climate change, an issue that Barack Obama championed in 2008 and toward the beginning of his presidency. Not so much, these days. And for such an ostensibly “urgent” matter, the Democrats are certainly giving the matter pretty short shrift

Though the 2012 Democratic Party platform declares that the “national security threat from climate change is real, urgent, and severe,” it is apparently not urgent and severe enough to merit mention by speakers at the Democratic National Convention during the past two days.

The Daily Caller reviewed the speech transcripts of the over 80 speakers who took the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena here in Charlotte on Tuesday and Wednesday, and only one mentioned climate change — and even he only mentioned it in passing.


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Great…so you tell me how to change the climate…the liberals can’t even tell you it’s not going to rain tonight because it would be political suicide.

right2bright on September 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Climate change is an empty chair unto itself.

bernzright777 on September 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

And who said the empty chair thing was stupid? ;)

lorien1973 on September 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

ROFL

Even the ‘rats have incorporated the empty chair and now it will stay in the public consciousness until November. Fools.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

The eco-trendy crowd was up in arms over this money line from Romney’s RNC speech last week: “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family,” pointing to it as in indicator that all of us toothless, science-hating, fundamentalist Republicans are dismissive and even scornful of the very idea of environmental stewardship. Hogwash. Just because Mitt Romney’s plan doesn’t include bankrupting us with more taxpayer-funded “investments” in renewable energy ventures and costly, arbitrary emissions standards, doesn’t mean that he’s being totally blasé about the possibilities of climate change.

I had a discussion with some mouthbreather on Twitter about this. He heard a dog whistle that Romney was pandering to “deniers.” I told him it was as simple as pointing out the pitfalls of overpromising.

Red Cloud on September 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Markey, the expert on “Climate Change”, knows no chemistry or physics, but eats arugula religiously.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Markey’s like a Kennedy, without the money.

fogw on September 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Watermellons (Green on the Outside, Red on the inside) are not interested in Environmental Solutions.
Watermellons are interested in Communist Implimentations using Environmental issues as a Cause Celeb to bring them about.

jaydee_007 on September 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Ummm…Perhaps Mitt Romney is comfortable delegating the issue of “Climate Change” to G0D?

wren on September 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I had a discussion with some mouthbreather on Twitter about this. He heard a dog whistle that Romney was pandering to “deniers.” I told him it was as simple as pointing out the pitfalls of overpromising.

Red Cloud on September 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You should have pointed out that since only dogs can hear a dog whistle, that made him a dog.

jaydee_007 on September 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change

Good. So that means he won’t be wasting tax payer dollars on “green jobs”

heretic on September 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Romney upm4 in Ohio http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/247805-poll-romney-up-three-in-ohio-best-showing-since-june

Let the trolls begin

Conservative4ev on September 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Vote for not more than 1 for President of the United States

* Mitt Romney ( )
* Gary Johnson ( )
* Empty Chair ( )

Varchild on September 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Wow, these Commie apparatchiks are really original, aren’t they?

“Empty chair,” wow. Haven’t we seen that, really recently?

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Boy the Dems aren’t too bright to keep bringing up the Eastwood empty chair.Personally if you wanted to see something “rambling” look at Clintons speech last night. Eastwood was brilliant in comparison…

sandee on September 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

@Conservative4ev

Romney upm4 in Ohio http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/247805-poll-romney-up-three-in-ohio-best-showing-since-june

If Mitt Romney is surging in Ohio, then that will carry into Michigan. He’s only behind Obama by 2.3 pts in Michigan (my home state).

Varchild on September 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Image is everything ???

FlaMurph on September 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Algore must be caught in a snowstorm somewhere.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/06/i-love-the-smell-of-climate-desperation-in-the-morning/#more-70488

pedestrian on September 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change

And the downside to that exists exclusively in the heads of freak frauds and the lying liars in the Fifth Column Treasonous Media.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

BREAKING: DNC voice vote removes “Gaia” from platform.

Christien on September 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Has anybody stopped to notice that all of the Obama administration’s piddling clean-energy projects have either failed on the business end or done jack squat to actually combat global warming on a large scale and in the long run?

To be fair, I don’t think the aim was ever to have successful clean-energy projects. The projects were transfer devices to move money out of the government coffers and into the hands of Democratic political operatives and supporters.

From that standpoint, the projects have been immensely successful.

Let’s give credit where credit is due.

MessesWithTexas on September 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

If climate doesn’t change, we are dead meat!(Mohave residents)

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

@Conservative4ev

Romney upm4 in Ohio http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/247805-poll-romney-up-three-in-ohio-best-showing-since-june

If Mitt Romney is surging in Ohio, then that will carry into Michigan. He’s only behind Obama by 2.3 pts in Michigan (my home state).

Varchild on September 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Andnhendidnt even drop a money bomb in ads yet

Conservative4ev on September 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

And what ever happened to global warming? Oh, yeah since the Earth didn’t dry up and blow away they had to change it to something easier to fake…

sandee on September 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change

And the downside to that exists exclusively in the heads of freak frauds and the lying liars in the Fifth Column Treasonous Media.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I say who cares its the economy stupid,

Conservative4ev on September 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Hide the recliner.

Christien on September 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

BREAKING: DNC voice vote removes “Gaia” from platform.

Christien on September 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Jesus Chri….er…

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I say who cares its the economy stupid,

Conservative4ev on September 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

And that attitude is exactly how we got where we are today.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Clint’s agent should tweet, “This gag is taken.”

Christien on September 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Vote for not more than 1 for President of the United States

* Mitt Romney ( )
* Gary Johnson ( )
* Empty Chair ( )

Varchild on September 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Um, you fogot…

* Roseanne Barr ( )

Fallon on September 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

BREAKING: DNC voice vote removes “Gaia” from platform.

Christien on September 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Jesus Chri….er…

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

BREAKING: DNC Voice Vote transforms “United States of America” into “New Kenya.”

Varchild on September 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I had a discussion with some mouthbreather on Twitter about this. He heard a dog whistle that Romney was pandering to “deniers.” I told him it was as simple as pointing out the pitfalls of overpromising.

Red Cloud on September 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

That’s pretty much how I interpreted it when I heard it. I though Romney was basically poking fun at Barack’s, uh, ‘lofty oratory’ habits, while throwing a little common sense statement of his own at the end.

J.H. on September 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

If you want to see empty chairs, call for a high-level public debate on the scientific merits of the theory of Global Warming. It’s been tried several times, and the warmies refuse to engage. They’ll just argue their authority rather than their theory and say “the science is settled” in an age when Newton’s and Einstein’s “settled” science is constantly being tested.

I think the thing is that liberals think they are the real patriots here because they believe the US Government can do anything. Spend money we don’t have on things that don’t work? Why not! We’re America, we have endless supplies of money, don’t we? (But only limited natural resources, so don’t you dare use them.) One of these crazy ideas might just work someday, somehow. They see Republicans who remind them of the debt and falling revenues and unemployment and jobs migrating elsewhere, and they just think we’re a bunch of nattering nabobs of negativity, bad-mouthing our country and holding us back. Who’s the patriot? The guy who says we can’t do it? Or the guy who looks at abject failure and says “we just need to pour more of our treasury into this and it’s bound to work”?

Socratease on September 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change

No doubt Romney wants to give “global warming” all the seriousness and effort that it deserves – None.

RJL on September 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I wish an empty chair were in charge of climate change legislation.

Then the proper amount of attention would be given to the matter.

MadisonConservative on September 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Just in. Post convention many participants plan a trip to Stonehenge accompanied by a troop of Nymphets mounted on symbolic chairs.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Romney should be saying he’s going to see that all the funding is CUT for the man-made Global Warming SCAM. This FRAUD has gone on long enough, 30 years and about 80 BILLION U.S. tax dollars to take the Earth’s temperature. We spent a lot less to put a man on the moon.

I’ll say one thing for Leftist, they know how to create an illusion and maintain it. If there was any justice in the world, there would be a host of people going to jail over it.

Axion on September 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

If the liberals don’t like “Global Warming” – then I do

redguy on September 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Romney’s climate change position is “Keystone pipeline: approved!”

Khun Joe on September 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Why is this money and power grubbing fraud not still called “Global Warming”? Oh that’s right, it’s now called “Climate Change” because it has become obvious that there is no Global Warming.

VorDaj on September 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Grist not happy with markely

tmitsss on September 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

When the time comes that climate stops changing, the earth will have become a dead shell.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Why waste time on a myth?

Pork-Chop on September 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Good. The climate changes. Nothing we are going to do about it.

JAM on September 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

That chair better not be a steel chair.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Actually, Romney’s apparent tolerance of ecofascism is one of the big concerns that I have with him being the GOP nominee.

besser tot als rot on September 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The best new technology that actually has helped us reduce our carbon emissions was born entirely of free enterprise and is one of the biggest things environmentalists and regulators have been fighting tooth-and-nail to thwart: Natural gas.

For an equivalent amount of electrical energy produced, natural gas emits about half as much CO2 as coal or diesel oil, so that replacing coal-fired power plants for with gas-fired plants would reduce total CO2 emissions for the United States.

Since the discovery of the Marcellus shale formation in PA, southern NY, and eastern OH, and the Bakken fields in ND, natural gas has been plentiful and cheap, when the Government allows it to be extracted by “fracking”.

But not many voters know that the EPA under Obama instituted a “rule” by which any process that generates more than 250,000 tons/year of CO2 must employ Best Available Control Technology to reduce CO2. The trouble is, there are no commercially “available” technologies to absorb, purify, and “sequester” (compress and bury underground) such a tremendous volume of gas (130 cubic feet per SECOND at atmospheric pressure). Since this was an Executive “rule” not passed by Congress, would-be power-plant builders sit on the sidelines waiting for a new President, rather than invest hundreds of millions of dollars in control equipment which may later be unnecessary.

The EPA “rule” is very perverse, because it penalizes the gas-fired power plants which would, if the market were allowed to operate normally, greatly reduce US CO2 emissions. The rate of natural gas that produces 250,000 tons/year of CO2 when burned has a heating value of about 113 megawatts (MW). Since gas turbines reach a maximum efficiency of about 60%, this would correspond to about 80 MW of generated power.

Most commercial-sized power plants use gas turbines that generate 200 to 300 MW each, sometimes with several turbines in parallel that can be started or shut down according to power demand. So the “rule” actually prevents the construction of the gas-fired power plants which COULD reduce CO2 emissions!

Instead, large department stores, schools, and hospitals tend to build small, diesel-fired generators producing a few megawatts when grid power is unavailable or insufficient. These are not subject to the EPA rule, but they produce nearly twice the CO2 per unit energy produced. The EPA Rule actually encourages producers to emit MORE CO2 using many small diesel-fired plants, instead of large, clean, and efficient gas-fired plants.

We need to get the word to Romney that he needs to rescind this EPA Rule if elected!

Steve Z on September 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

the Obama camp has been gettin’ awfully quiet-like about climate change

President and Mrs. Jet-to-NY-to-pick-up-supper still CARE about it.

LetsBfrank on September 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

No sign of convention bounce for Obama: Reuters/Ipsos poll

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/06/us-usa-campaign-poll-idUSBRE88513B20120906

The often hard to locate Reuters/IPSOS poll resurfaced again today. In the tracking poll, Romney bounce was a +5 or +6 from just before the RNC Convention.

The latest daily tracking poll found Republican Mitt Romney still clinging to a narrow lead of 45 percent to Obama’s 44 percent among likely voters. Romney had led by 46 percent to 44 percent in Wednesday’s poll.

Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, delivered an electrifying speech on Tuesday, and those polled for the Thursday poll would have had the chance to have heard her.

Clark said Obama could get a delayed bounce. Romney began his Tampa convention last week behind Obama, 46 percent to 42 percent, before taking a small lead.

“I do think we probably will see a small bump still. Maybe we won’t start seeing it until Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I think it will be very modest,” Clark said.

For Romney, Thursday’s poll was good news. He is holding steady so far despite rampant criticism of him at the convention.

Of all the tracking polls, Reuters/IPSOS is probably the most biased in favor of Barry. Any pro Romney result is buried, and any result that can be exaggerated in favor for Barry is played up.( Yesterday, when Romney was up 2, the poll result was not published)

Rasmussen still has Romney +3
Gallup Barry +1

bayview on September 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Actually, Romney’s apparent tolerance of ecofascism is one of the big concerns that I have with him being the GOP nominee.

besser tot als rot on September 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Not that he thinks government’s job is to force you to buy stuff?

lorien1973 on September 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Markey is the perfect example of an empty suit. Devoid of ideas, complete lack of authenticity, no morals and totally dishonest when it comes to virtually anything the fool says, including the words and and the.

Webrider on September 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

We need to get the word to Romney that he needs to rescind this EPA Rule if elected!

Steve Z on September 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

A good general suggestion would be “Suspend or rescind all bureaucratic rules put in by agencies, czars, and Obama himself between 2009 and 2012.”

teke184 on September 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

The best new technology that actually has helped us reduce our carbon emissions was born entirely of free enterprise and is one of the biggest things environmentalists and regulators have been fighting tooth-and-nail to thwart: Natural gas. Bam.

…Misfit Markey!…H E L L O…!!!

“empty chair head” on climate change!

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

We need to get the word to Romney that he needs to rescind this EPA Rule if elected!

Steve Z on September 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

This would have a positive effect, but does not get to the root cause of the problem. It could simply be reimplemented with the next Democratic Administration.

We need to have a genuine reform to the Clean Air Act to take some of the rulemaking authority of EPA out of their hands and put it back into the hands of Congress where it belongs.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Actually, Romney’s apparent tolerance of ecofascism is one of the big concerns that I have with him being the GOP nominee.

besser tot als rot on September 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

That is a woorisome thing. Bush also bought the nitwittery about us and Mama Earth. The fools should realize that Mama Earth takes care of us and not the other way around.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

We need to get the word to Romney that he needs to rescind this EPA Rule if elected!

Steve Z on September 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

On a side note, I believe the Supreme Court mandated that EPA regulate Greenhouse Gases back in 2007. Not sure if Romney could just straight up rescind the GHG regs.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

That is a woorisome thing. Bush also bought the nitwittery about us and Mama Earth. The fools should realize that Mama Earth takes care of us and not the other way around.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

See my previous post on the Supreme Court mandating Bush to regulate GHGs.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

On a side note, I believe the Supreme Court mandated that EPA regulate Greenhouse Gases back in 2007. Not sure if Romney could just straight up rescind the GHG regs.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Sure he could, all he has to do is FIRE everyone employed by the EPA. Rumor has it Mitt likes firing people.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

See my previous post on the Supreme Court mandating Bush to regulate GHGs.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Ok, I understand that Bush was under legal constaints, but he seemed to have swallowed the pseudoscience aspects, at least in lip service.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Climate change was resolved when Obama was nominated in 2008.

Anyone saying that it’s an issue now is a racist.

malclave on September 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

…But not many voters know that the EPA under Obama instituted a “rule” by which any process that generates more than 250,000 tons/year of CO2 must employ Best Available Control Technology to reduce CO2…

Steve Z on September 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Actually it is called the “Tailoring Rule” and the CO2 emissions are even less than what you stated. Link:

This is the third step in EPA’s phased-in approach to greenhouse gas permitting under the Clean Air Act. Currently, new facilities with GHG emissions of at least 100,000 tons per year (tpy) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and existing facilities with at least 100,000 tpy CO2e making changes that would increase GHG emissions by at least 75,000 tpy CO2e are required to obtain PSD permits. Facilities that must obtain a PSD permit anyway, to cover other regulated pollutants, must also address GHG emissions increases of 75,000 tpy CO2e or more. New and existing sources with GHG emissions above 100,000 tpy CO2e must also obtain operating permits.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

One can only hope (he remains silent on this huge hoax which will give us more regulations, higher prices, and more government).

Climate change has been with us since the beginning and will be with us till the end. Puny little man cannot alter it–no matter how much hot air the libs produce.

californiacitizen on September 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Not that he thinks government’s job is to force you to buy stuff?

lorien1973 on September 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Key phrase, “one of” :)

besser tot als rot on September 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is more passionate about climate action than almost anyone else in Congress. He cosponsored the Democrats’ embattled cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the so-called Waxman-Markey bill. He was the first and only chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming up until Republicans took control of the House after the 2010 election. And he hasn’t let up since losing his chairmanship; he’s continued his tenacious fight for clean energy and against fossil fuels.

So it was disorienting to hear him wax enthusiastic about Obama’s pro-drilling policies on Wednesday:

Let me say this because I think it’s important: When George Bush left office in January 2009, we as a country were 57 percent dependent on imported oil. Today we are 45 percent dependent on imported oil. That’s Obama drill, baby, drill! Why do I say that? We are at an 18-year high for oil production in the U.S.! Let me say that again: We are at an 18-year high for oil production in the U.S. right now! And we are at an 18-year low with greenhouse gas emissions [thanks to Obama’s push for] natural gas, wind, solar, and new vehicle standards.

J_Crater on September 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Stephen Goddard did a piece talking about the leftist loon Ed Markey making a big squawk about climate change (agw). My comment:
The National Journal gave Ed Markey a Composite Liberal score in the mid-nineties, close to the most left wing congressman in the country. Chuck Slowe put it this way:.

Markey is a blatantly liberal ideologue. As he rides around in his gas guzzling super-sized SUV, he disdains that the regular, man on the street has the audacity to be driving on the same roadways…

He loves to think of himself as a thoughtfully learned man, in all matters pertaining to the world. Unfortunately, Markey is a typical blowhard of the political left. He is also an alarmist with his sites set on crippling the country’s economy in typical Obama fashion. As long as we continue to send such idiots back to Capitol Hill, we will continue to have the same level of insanity heaped upon us in the form of higher taxes, bigger government and a far less responsive bureaucracy.

It seems that the only ones now that are making a lot of noise about AGW theory are these wacko leftists like Markey. If the warmists want to gain some needed credibility, why not try to get some mainstream types to stand up for their cause? Try to avoid always relying on these extreme leftists to make their case.

anotherJoe on September 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

it’s possible to get the language change by requiring a scientific process in order to determine a pollutant.

blink on September 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Yes! Denoting C02 a pollutant is appalling ignorance. This country is overrun by Lawyers, who took law because they lacked mathematical skills required for Science and Engineering; yet they are writing the standards that only a Scientist or Engineer have the expertise to devise.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

See my previous post on the Supreme Court mandating Bush to regulate GHGs.

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The SCOTUS ruled that GHGs could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

J_Crater on September 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Wow, these Commie apparatchiks are really original, aren’t they?

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

And to think they’re bringing out Hollywood tonight. There’s no original thought there, just makers/actors/rehashers of older movies disguised as a sequel/remake.

Losers buying the name of more losers. Loser, Loser…Double Losers

skeeterbite on September 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

The Supreme Court ruled that the current language of Clean Air Act allows EPA director to randomly determine what is and isn’t a pollutant.

1. Changing EPA directors can certainly change these random determinations. Romney has that power.

That first part is incorrect.

The D.C. Circuit ruled that under the Clean Air Act the Endangerment Finding must be a purely “scientific judgment” of the EPA’s administrator to which the court must defer as long as the decision passes rational muster. That is why the courts upheld the Endangerment Finding on Greenhouse Gases. Romney would have to go against the courts in order to change this.

There was a really good article on National Review

weaselyone on September 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Does not matter – Obama lowered the seas and cooled the earth.

It was one promise he kept.

Wander on September 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Markey is a capon.

kenny on September 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Silly D-Rats! Malarkey has an “L” in it!

Benedict Nelson on September 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

“Markey: Romney’s an “empty chair” on climate change”

…more proof that most lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists are MENTALLY INCAPABLE of original thought (even those who don’t have a choom-induced addled-brain mental deficiency like OBOZO or a debilitating brain aneurysm like bumbling Bite-Me biden, who is ONLY a heartbeat away.)

TeaPartyNation on September 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I wish Romney were an empty chair on the climate change SCAM…but unfortunately, it just ain’t so. See Romney speeches and record as MA Gov.

aposematic on September 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Get a haircut, and start campaigning, as your time is getting short.

Amazingoly on September 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

The two biggest threats to our society are climate change and unchecked deficit spending.

And there are denialists aplenty that contend that either one or the other – or both – are non-issues.

Mr. Obama has been a dismal failure at dealing with either one.

oakland on September 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Clown tries to put Romney on the Hot Seat (AGW joke).

profitsbeard on September 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Bookmark the page oakland made a comment that was 50% right.

Slowburn on September 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM