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03:12 PM on 11/20/2008
I don't mind Waxman getting the chairmanship, but I would like to know why he has continuously blocked federal funds to the Los Angeles Metro Rail System preventing them from building a light rail from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, something that is desperately needed in L.A.

Might it have something to do with the rail going through Westwood and Beverly Hills???
03:27 PM on 11/20/2008
There was an e x p l o s i o n of natural gas which made him very scared of drilling through that corridor. I believe he has changed his mind.
03:12 PM on 11/20/2008
You know, it's easy to cheer this, but I'd like to remind everyone that the American auto industry is responsible for 1 in 10 jobs in America (Big 3, large suppliers, mom and pop suppliers, services, etc...). John Dingell has a strong record supporting the environment as well as American manufacturing.

Additionally, I'm concerned about the growing non-science based ideology of 'sustainability' on the left. While sustaining our civilization long-term requires changes, many of my fellow progressives believe things that are scientifically invalid because it fits in with a rigid view of the world based on environmentalism and alternative lifestyles. Let's not become rigid ideologues to match our friends on the right, please.
03:31 PM on 11/20/2008
John Dingell let the industry pursue the SUV when people like Arianna Huffington pointed out a long time ago all of the economic, political, and environmental effects of continuing that policy. Giving the industry what they wanted only made them and the country weaker.
03:58 PM on 11/20/2008
John Dingell didn't 'let' the auto industry pursue the SUV. The auto industry made millions and millions of them because Americans wanted to buy them. That's called 'fulfilling a need or desire,' and it's one of the tenets of the free market. We can argue about whether or not a free market is a good thing all day and nobody would come out on top because it's a complex issue that requires a complex answer.
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Bullwinkie
03:32 PM on 11/20/2008
So you don't think environmental science is valid?

Do you believe in economics? that one I have doubts about and is called a soft science, but E S is considered a hard science.
04:05 PM on 11/20/2008
Environmental Science is certainly a science, but many people I know favor environmental policies based on much softer evidence than I believe is required in order to make good policy decisions.

I'll take organic food as an example. Many (most?) progressives I know believe organic food is better for their health and tastes better, when multiple studies have shown that organic food appears to have no short or medium term impact on health, and that people simply cannot tell an organic fruit or veggie apart from a conventional one in a blind taste test.

Moving beyond the health of the individual, organic food is really a luxury of the west that the third world simply cannot afford. If Americans began consuming only organic food, we would have to dramatically increase the acreage of farmland required to feed ourselves, completely offsetting the environmental benefits of lower pesticide use. If the world consumed only organic food, we would have to convert an area equal to the brazilian rain forest in order to meet the worlds food demands, and that food would be priced out of the range of hundreds of millions of people who live near starvation.

I have had this conversation with people who simply refuse to accept that what I am saying can be true, even after I present well sourced evidence. When you ignore well sourced evidence in favor of your gut feelings, you are guilty of putting ideology over science.
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lonnywinn
When alls said and done, a lot more gets said than
03:09 PM on 11/20/2008
Waxman looks like the pet rat that turns into the bad guy in Harry potter.
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DarthDerisive
I'm black, gay, Christian and Democrat. Go fig?!
03:16 PM on 11/20/2008
Peter Pettigrew aka wormtail!
03:34 PM on 11/20/2008
He's not a beauty, but he is a really good guy. Have some respect.
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lonnywinn
When alls said and done, a lot more gets said than
06:14 PM on 11/20/2008
I like him and respect him.

He still looks like the Harry Potter guy.
03:09 PM on 11/20/2008
ok, wth is going on with this guy's face?
04:33 PM on 11/20/2008
This kind of attitude is why we end up with pretty politicians instead of thoughtful leaders. You who think there is some kind of correlation between what one looks like and what one's intelligence is astound me. The relationship between the two attributes is as often inverted as not. And btw, what do you see when you look in the mirror? Immaturity that judges by appearances, or thoughtful intelligence? Just asking.
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03:07 PM on 11/20/2008
This great, We are getting the pieces into place to move quickly the moment Obama is in office!
02:59 PM on 11/20/2008
Way to go HOUSE Dems! Now Senate, how about Chris Dodd? I think it is time for change there. I can't believe he pushed through a huge AIG bail out but refuses to loan $25B to the auto industry so they can finish making a plug in hybrid! Japan and China are already on their way and we are going to let them steal it from underneath us? Its time for change and that also means the Chairs of Congress! Promote for performance, not on senority!
02:56 PM on 11/20/2008
It is CLEAR by the comments that the new direction the country is taking is RIGHT ON!!!!!

The more they complain about the Good Ole Boys loseing control over us all the better it means things will be for US!!!!
02:56 PM on 11/20/2008
Hell yeah more cowbell! This is what I am talking about! Wax on wax off... it's time to get the energvironmental agenda moving in the right direction and this is a most excellent choice! OK Pelosi, that's one demerit removed from your otherwise below average performance... keeping going Grandma California and get some more demerits removed!!!
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02:53 PM on 11/20/2008
"Driving Waxman's bid was the issue of global warming, a pet cause of President-elect Barack Obama."

Pet cause? Who writes this stuff?
03:07 PM on 11/20/2008
Good question.
03:08 PM on 11/20/2008
Yeah... you know... thee environment is like getting new uniforms for the high school football team.
02:51 PM on 11/20/2008
The vote was via secret ballot. Too bad the Dems want to take the secret ballot away from union membership voting.
02:50 PM on 11/20/2008
Another arrogant "progressive" who refuses to look at science before he legislates
02:53 PM on 11/20/2008
Specify, please?
03:13 PM on 11/20/2008
Scientists like Limbaugh and Hannity will fill you in.
03:13 PM on 11/20/2008
That's right. Global warming is only just one theory. Like evolution and gravity.
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flabingo
03:22 PM on 11/20/2008
I am reading "Friedmans book, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" Every American should have to read this book to get a driver's license
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crablover
02:49 PM on 11/20/2008
Congratulations, Congressman Waxman. I hope you continue to expose the failure of the Bush administration to protect America from eco-hazzards.

As for Dingell -- for heaven's sake man, you're 82 years old! Haven't you been in the Senate long enough?
Michigan could use some younger bodies and sharper minds in that Senate seat.
02:52 PM on 11/20/2008
House. Not Senate.
03:14 PM on 11/20/2008
This guy is another example of why we need term limits. If not, could we at least have mental status testing for these old dinosaurs who are making decisions about our futures? Is he still competent???
02:48 PM on 11/20/2008
Waxman looks like he should be gnawing on a big hunk of cheese.
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bmwracer
In the LEFT lane.
02:56 PM on 11/20/2008
LMFAO.

Or a carrot... "What's up, Doc?"
03:40 PM on 11/20/2008
Not nice.
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WalterNeff
Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?
02:47 PM on 11/20/2008
The photo on the homepage reminds me of Tubbs and Edward of BBC's League of Gentlemen- "Are you local? This is a local shop for local people. We'll have no trouble here!"
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flabingo
02:46 PM on 11/20/2008
This is the most important news of the day!!!! Great for America. Democrats got it right