Typical For GOP: U. S. Reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carlos Curbelo Duck “Global Warming”





How do you seriously write about a serious problem without mentioning the cause or the cure of the problem?

Check out the article in the July 12th Herald by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo, Republican members of Congress from Dade.

The article deals with the impact of the growing acidity of our oceans and specifically the impact on South Florida’s economy.

It describes how growing ocean acidity is damaging our coral reefs. Healthy reefs ultimately generate billions in tourism for fishing, diving, etc. As far as it goes, the article correctly describes how acidity affects the oceans and the economy:

“Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide is absorbed by seawater and the resultant chemical reactions increase the concentration of hydrogen ions in the water, making it more acidic. When the ocean becomes more acidic, animals like stone crabs, lobsters, and corals have trouble building their own natural defenses that they rely on for survival. The impacts on these species and our treasured coral reefs can ripple out to touch all our lives.”

It could not be said better…as far as it goes.

However, the article never once mentions where all this excess CO2 is coming from…think fossil fuels.

The article never once mentions what we need to do to reduce excess CO2…drastically cut back on fossil fuels.

Following the Political Correctness of Gov. Rick Scott, the article never once uses the terms “global warming” or “climate change” or how humans conduct is causative.

It’s like writing a book on Cuban totalitarianism without mentioning the Castro brothers.

South Florida is the canary in the mine for the rising seas caused by global warming.

But Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo are trying to have it both ways by writing and talking pro-ocean and at the same time ignoring the cause. That way they get oil money and use it to keep the Republicans in control of the House.

If they are re-elected, the first meeting they will attend will be the GOP Conference in December. They will undoubtedly support the kind of leadership that will make sure that nothing is done to protect the environment if it takes 5 cents out of the pockets of the fossil fuel companies, be they oil, natural gas or coal. That’s from Speaker Paul Ryan on down.

Look who they will most likely put in charge of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee…U. S. Rep. Lamar Smith from—guess where—Texas. He denies the existence of global warming and has attacked NOAA and The National Academy of Science for its studies that contradict what the oil industry says.

Put another way, the legislation that Ros-Lehtinen and Curbelo refer to in their article has the same chance of passing a GOP controlled congress as the NRA holding a convention without guns.

Now I know that some of you are going to write me about Republicans environmentalists like Nat Reed. He supports cutting back on fossil fuels and cleaning up the environment.

Save your “Send” key. That’s like pointing to Oscar Schindler to argue the Nazi party was not anti-Semitic.

Congress will NEVER seriously address the subject as long as the Republicans are in charge… political power that Ros-Lehtinen and Curbelo prize above all.

For them GOP control of the House is more important than saving our coasts, oceans and the lifestyle that makes South Florida such a great place to live.



2 Responses to “Typical For GOP: U. S. Reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carlos Curbelo Duck “Global Warming””

  1. Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz says:

    1. Yes Counsellor Fields n science have raised FACTS about Global Warming


    3. of looking for FACT BASED SOLUTIONS

    White especially retired n student liberal Democrats SEEM NEVER TO CONSIDER WORKING or MIDDLE CLASS people.

  2. Snott VV Rothstein says:

    Dear Sham,

    You pontificate against these elected representatives because there is an R associated with them.

    Where was your “Ecological” disdain for the Fort Lauderdale Mayor & City Commissioners who after receiving campaign contributions [bribes ?] presented false reports to accommodate the wishes of the developers?