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Blog: Waxman Is Wasting Green to Protect the Green

A resident of the 33rd Congressional District, Arthur Christopher Schaper is informing all voters to reject Congressman Waxman in favor of Independent Bill Bloomfield.

I respect the "green" (as in "environmental") initiatives which are emerging in Hermosa Beach and elsewhere in the Beach Cities. Frankly, I believe that private enterprise better serves the environment than local government telling individual citizens what they may purchase and how much land must be relegated to green space. Nevertheless, city leaders and like-minded voters, if they support such regulations, are entitled to endorse, enforce, and enable such policies.

Protecting the environment is a worthy cause, provided that we do no harm to ourselves or our economy. Going green without going into the red is the way to go.

I am more concerned when state and federal officials dictate environmental policy to our hurt, officials like Congressman Henry Waxman, who is running for reelection in the newly-drawn 33rd Congressional district, which includes the Beach Cities all the way to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He has advanced an idealized agenda which contributes little yet damage so much more in an attempt to save the environment.

After 38 years in office, Congressman Henry Waxman has to his credit inane hearings into steroid abuse and banking fallouts (even though he twice supported the TARP bailouts). He also authored the federal version of Cap and Trade, also known as Waxman-Markey.

Waxman-Markey was so unpopular, even in Congress, that the bill barely passed by a 219-212 vote, then quickly died in the Senate. This disastrous piece of legislation would have expanded the powers and bureaucracies of the Environmental Protection Agency, one of the growing "Fourth Branches of Government" which remains nominally accountable to the federal government and interminably unfruitful in protecting the environment. Industries throughout the Great Lake states and the Northeast would have been forced to close down if Waxman-Markey passed, as the costs for purchasing carbon credits would have further diminished their profit margin. An average of 2 million jobs would have been lost, and at the time (2009), the country was in the deeper grips of the Great Recession.

During the mark-up of Waxman-Markey, Congressman Waxman admitted in open committee that he did not know what was in his own bill! He failed to gather any support from the opposition, and even a significant minority in his own party voted against the measure. Imagine the job growth that would have followed had Waxman, Markey, and the rest of their caucus had spent more time attacking corporate welfare and tax subsidies for large firms instead of pursuing abortive Cap and Trade, a bill which even Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia pledged to filibuster before his election.

To this day, Waxman stands by multi-million dollar, taxpayer-funded loan guarantees for failing green tech companies, like Solyndra, yet demagogues the Koch brothers as the prime-evil force behind the XL Keystone Pipeline, an extensive project which would create jobs, increase our country's energy independence, yet minimize health and environmental hazards.

Henry Waxman has demonstrated neither the comity nor the respect to advance legislation which protects the environment without harming his constituents or this nation's economy. The Beach Cities deserve a legislator who understands the care needed to maintain a sustainable economy without harming the environment or private enterprise. Manhattan Beach resident and Independent Congressional candidate Bill Bloomfield respects this country's need for energy independence and sustainability, yet he has no interest in grinding Congress into further gridlock and further bankrupting this country in the process.

It's time for the Beach Cities to tell Congress to save our green—both in our backyards and in our back pockets. End the 38-year tenure of Congressman Henry Waxman and elect Bill Bloomfield for the 33rd Congressional District.

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Arthur Christopher Schaper August 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Please visit "Waxman Watch" -- waxmanwatch.blogspot.com For more information. 38 years is enough!
Brian Newman August 01, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Henry Waxman has done more in his 34 years in office to protect the poor, the environment, the disabled in helping get medicine that big business & industry have washed their hands of. Henry Waxman deserves the support of the Beach Communities as he is a strong supporter of laws protecting the environment from businesses who would have no reluctance to spill oil, foul beaches, kill off fish, in the name of narrow economic benefits, ignoring the long term economic impact these industries would have on other industries & the public at large from enjoying our natural resouces.
Joe Galliani August 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The author of this piece couldn't be more wrong or off course. He completely ignores the dire straights our climate is already in and the exponentially rapid acceleration of global warming and climate change. Only the most arrogantly ignorant among us are willing to still shill for the fossil fuel industry in the face of scientific facts. If the Republican party, with help from too many Democrats, hadn't sold their soul to the fossil fuel industry and rejected the greatest scientific consensus in our history, they would have passed Cap and Trade and the industries who are killing our younger generations future - as well as our present - would be rightfully paying for the crap and poison they spew into the air every day. Instead, parrots, like the author of this piece merely repeat political talking points at the expense and harm of all the rest of us. It's a shame they aren't being held financially responsible, as well as socially responsible for the damage their propaganda causes. But that time is coming as is the wrath of everyone under 40 once the hell and high water are part of their everyday existence. The time is long overdue for this country and our local beach cities to stop burning fossil fuels and acknowledge the climate reality. Cheap, dirty, polluting, climate-killing fuels are not worth the price we are paying and will continue to pay for the devil's bargain they truly are.
Tim Sole August 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Let me help here, if we do not fix the economy, meaning restoring American manufacturing prowess, thereby creating wealth in America. Creating wealth, creates a sustainable middle class, which creates a sustainable tax base. A sustainable tax base creates dollars to pay for the social needs of this country. If Mr. Waxmen actually understood this, we wouldn't be having this discussion and he would be finding ways to create jobs without destroying the environment. The EPA has no idea how to do that. With watchdogs like Waxmen, no need to lock the barn door. The under 40 crowd won't need to worry about climate change or any other social issue, without understanding this. They will be to busy brewing coffee at Starbucks.

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