Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R, TN-7) has performed a remarkable scientific feat, eliminating the polluting and climatic effects of carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride. She did so at a single stroke by introducing H.R. 97, the “Free Industry Act.”
The act would deny the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to enforce control of those harmful substances by declaring the overwhelming body of scientific evidence to be erroneous. The Republican justification for H.R. 97 is the claim that EPA regulation of the aforesaid substances would be “job-killing.” As Dean Baker puts it, “Republicans call … policies ‘Job Killers’ because the media might ask for evidence if they called them ‘Baby Killers.’”
Rep. Blackburn received her scientific training at Mississippi State University as a member of the Chi Omega sorority, achieving the Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She later worked in the research labs of the Southwestern and Times Mirror corporations and was Scientific Director of the Retail Fashion and Events lab of the Castner Knott Division of Mercantile Stores. While in the Tennessee State Legislature, Mrs. Blackburn conducted an historic experiment which conclusively proved beyond all doubt that people in Tennessee do not want to pay income taxes.
Rep. Blackburn has represented her suburban constituency in the U.S. Congress since 2003. She has a perfect record in Congress: of the 12 bills she has sponsored and 26 she has co-sponsored, none have been enacted into law. The legal wisdom Rep. Blackburn acquired in Congress allows her to contradict the 2007 Supreme Court decision that the Clean Air Act applies to greenhouse gases. No wonder she has been appointed vice-chair of the House Energy Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT).
The intent of the Clean Air Act is to improve public health and save lives, and it has done so. There are also sound economic reasons, since clean air technology products are some of the nation’s few exports, and create American jobs.
Rep. Blackburn may have personally contributed to Global Warming. She was named “The Hottest Woman in Politics” in a 2006 Politics1.com poll.
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