United States Representative Blackburn, a conservative representative from Tennessee, recently been the darling of the Network and Cable News programs, touting the Right-Wing views of the Republican Party. She does not mention that she has a consistent record against the environment, in favor of big business.
Congressperson Marsha Blackburn failed to co-sponsor H.R.601, End Big Oil Subsidies Act. This House Resolution if enacted would have cut $40 billion dollars of corporate welfare currently going to the wealthiest corporations in the world. As an obvious friend of Big Oil, Representative Blackburn also failed to co-sponsor H.R.492, which would put an end to a little known law that caps oil company liability. When offshore disasters happen to oil companies, there is a law that caps the company’s liability to no amount over $75 million dollars. H.R.492 would remove any financial cap, and make the oil companies fully culpable for damages to the environment. H.R.1084 is another Bill, she failed to co-sponsor. H.R.1084 would require the ingredients in the mixture of chemicals added to high-pressure water when fracking, a process to release natural-gas deposits. Interestingly in all other industries, hazardous waste has to be labeled and disposed of properly. Fracking, is relatively unregulated and there is more than circumstantial evidence the procedure has damaged water tables in areas of the country where this technique is prevalent.
Marsha Blackburn, however, did sponsor H.R.391 (To amend Clean Air Act). This congressional bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating CO2 emissions. It is the number-one greenhouse gas and the largest single contributor to global warming. This regulation would remove any government control of Carbon Dioxide pollution by industry. The good news, she could not get support for the bill, and it died. Another bill she supported is H.R.509 a House Resolution to amend the Endangered Species Act, to allow wiping out the Grey Wolf population. The Grey Wolf Packs in the early 20th century hunted nearly to extinction survived only with help. The remaining bred in captivity and released back to the wild, when scientists believed significant numbers of the pack established themselves enough to live without human aid or interference. The Grey Wolf is a naturalist’s success story. It will be in the wild for our country’s children, and hopefully their children to see and admire, in large part, due to the Endangered Species Act.
The US Representative from the Franklin area of Tennessee, by her voting record, certainly does not appear to be a friend of nature, or the global concerns of climate change. If you believe strongly about the environment, then let Representative Marsha Blackburn know how you feel. The Congressperson represents all of us in Tennessee, and not just the lobbyists who fund her reelection campaign. Her email address is www.blackburn.house.gov