Sen Manchin’s foot

Note: The Senate has passed into recess without acting on the “Build Back Better” bill – solely due to ONE person: Sen. Joe Machin

by Jim K.

Dec 18th, 2021  at 3:15 PM
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Joe Manchin, your slow walking and supposed ‘fiscal’ responsibility arguments are in effect, a ‘penny-wise, hundreds of trillion-dollar foolish’ position. Changes are coming that none of us like or want, but no one currently has the means to stop. The Build Back Better program did all of the things needed for a unified, healthy, educated, and empowered public to find needed solutions to minimize the coming ravages of the increasingly out of control Climate Crisis – and still does these things at an albeit slower pace. … … …

No one currently knows all that it will take to slow the acceleration of climate change nor ways to restore our climate – and there has been no fully coordinated effort or needed funding to prevent the massive human suffering and quite literally, hundreds of trillions in long term economic loss. Slowing and controlling climate change is our Country’s and the world’s hope for a future. Our Country has always been able to meet ‘impossible’ challenges when our government and our people work together with a common cause. It will take the equivalent effort of concurrently fighting several world wars at once to meet this challenge, yet Sen. Manchin feels compelled to not even let us begin the process. Had we not entered an uncertain and very costly World War 2 in order to protect our profitable German manufacturing contracts, we would all be speaking German today and the world would be a much darker place. Here are some very recent facts for you: … … …

The Antarctic 1,260 square mile 700 feet thick Larson B ice shelf has suddenly shattered intro pieces surprising both glaciologists and climatologists alike. They knew it was melting but did not expect it to break away for many years, let alone shatter into pieces. The rise in sea levels from the Larson B collapse will accelerate the rate of climate change and increase the severity of storms faster than anticipated. … … …

Behind Larson B, the Thwaites glacier, 100 times bigger than Larson B, has been rapidly melting for years with large fissures and cracks both on the surface and at it’s base. It is one of the largest Glaciers on the planet and has been dubbed the ‘doomsday’ glacier. With a surface area the size of Great Briton and an average 1,000-foot depth, there is enough meltwater within the Thwaites glacier alone to raise sea levels by 20 inches. When the Thwaites glacier collapses as the Larson B ice shelve did, much of the rest of the West Antarctic glacial ice will no longer be held in place and is anticipated to melt much faster than prior estimates – raising sea levels somewhere between 60 and 90 feet. … … …

The miles-deep ice pack covering Greenland in the Arctic is also melting much faster than anticipated due to soot deposits from worldwide wildfires in drought stricken areas (soot deposits may be affecting the Antarctic ice melt as well) – and when it alone melts, it will raise sea levels by 23 feet. … … …

Forgetting about all of the other stuff associated with the Climate Crisis, an increase in sea levels of over 100 feet will destroy all coastal cities, most island economies and devastate surface life with extreme heat, drought, flooding and intense weather severity. … … …

Yet, we do little to nothing because of people like yourself who want to protect ‘what was’ instead of protecting our country from what is assuredly coming. … … …

I am reminded of the story of the man who uncontrollably farted all of the time. He was not too worried because his farts did not smell bad nor make much noise. During a visit to his doctor, he mentioned the problem. His doctor gave him some medicine and told him to see him again in a week. Suddenly his farts smell horribly bad and he went angrily back to his doctor demanding an explanation. His doctor calmly stated that since his olfactory problem was now fixed he would next begin to work on his hearing. … … …

The point is that no one should think that they are getting away with anything because of decorum or people being polite and not calling out the farting man who thought he was getting away with something that no one noticed. They did. I believe that someone should tell Sen Machin that he is raising quite a stench while presuming that no one notices or cares about your recent $1.5 Million donations from big oil or your profits from selling dirty coal to power plants. We do. It stinks!

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