Monday, April 30, 2012

Smokey Joe's Back and He Won! **Update**

**Update** ~ Just a reminder of another Congressman Joe Barton "moment" earlier this year. He must be choosing his battles.

Click Here for that quick reminder.

**This just in...Dr. Al Armendariz Resigned Today.**

We were wondering why Congressman Joe Barton has been so quiet since the feeding frenzy began. But now we find this 7-Pages of correspondence sent to Dr. Armendariz from Joe Barton this past Friday (April 27, 2012)...and we see that Congressman Barton is front and center with all the hoopla.

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Flashback ~ This is what our Texas Congressman, Joe Barton, said in 2009:
"CO2 is odorless, colorless, tasteless – it’s not a threat to human health in terms of being exposed to it. We create it as we talk back and forth. So, and if you go beyond that, on a net basis, there’s ample evidence that [global] warming generically — however it is caused — is a net benefit to mankind." [emphasis added]
Let's remember that.

Okay. So, now why don't we watch and remember another classic Joe Barton moment ~ the apology to BP's Tony Hayward in June of 2010:

Joe says he doesn't like "shakedowns" or "slush funds." Let's remember that, too.

Here's an important excerpt from that story:
Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, has called for Barton to resign as the ranking Republican on the committee, Politico reports.

"I condemn Mr. Barton's statement," Miller said. "Mr. Barton's remarks are out of touch with this tragedy and I feel his comments call into question his judgment and ability to serve in a leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee."

According to the Associated Press, Barton has taken more than $100,000 in political contributions from oil and gas interests since the beginning of 2009 [slush fund?], more than all but one other member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. [emphasis added]

Whew! Why don't we just pause for a quick Looney Tune?

So, now, at this very moment, please write or call  Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the EPA, TODAY 
Click Here.


Here's an example of an e-mail that you may wish to use or add your own thoughts to it as well:
Dear Ms. Jackson,

The current Region 6 EPA Administrator, Dr. Al Armendariz, has been working diligently for those of us in Region 6 since 2009. As you know, the Gas and Oil politicians are using a video (taken out of context from a very serious situation, by the way) to smear and diminish the work of the EPA in Texas. These politicians are NOT advocating for We, the People. In fact, based on what we have learned, they are more likely working for They, The Oil and Gas Industry.

Many individuals and families are suffering because of the lack of adequate regulation of the shale gas industry in the Barnett Shale, the Haynesville Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale.  This build-out of drilling operations so close to where people live and breathe has created problems for so many of our communities.  We believe that Dr. Armendariz is uniquely qualified to head up Region 6 of the EPA. We know that he cares about the health effects many are experiencing now, and will, more than likely, experience in the future.

Thank you, Ms. Jackson. Please continue to employ Dr. Armendariz as Region 6 EPA Administrator no matter what congressional politicians like Rep. Joe Barton or Senator James Inhofe say or do with this "shakedown."


[Your Name, City and Phone #]

Stay tuned to this developing story...(and be sure to write that letter.) Thank you! Update: Dr. Armendariz Resigned Today (April 30, 2012).  Joe Wins.


  1. Wow. Things are certainly turned upside down in this country.

  2. In this country of Texas our lawmakers are protecting the wrong folks. This is all too sad for words.

    The uncanny resemblance of those two characters in the videos was quite remarkable. Thank you, Westchester neighbor, for making us laugh when we feel like crying.

  3. Just thinking about who Congressman Barton would like to have come on board as our "new" Region 6 EPA Administrator? I wonder who would make his list. Let's think about that, shall we?


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