Letter: Rohrabacher is Not Protecting the Planet

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Editor:

Many of you probably received the newsletter from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the mail in the last week or so.

I was completely flabbergasted when I saw a section highlighting Dana’s work in “defending the planet,” mainly because Mr. Rohrabacher is not known to be a strong defender of the planet and has a lifetime 10/100 score from League of Conservation Voters. But as I began to read more carefully, I noticed this had nothing to do with environmental protection, but rather protecting the planet from “asteroids and comets!” It absolutely blows me away that our representative in Congress believes that asteroids are a greater threat to our planet than climate change.

While Rohrabacher continues to be a climate denier, the rest of us are experiencing real time the impacts of a warming planet—record-breaking temperatures, devastating fires and drought are just some of the impacts felt in the last few weeks alone. Sure, an asteroid hitting earth would be unfortunate—the last major meteorite to hit earth in 2013 led to the death of 1,400 people—but the World Health Organization estimates that an additional 250,000 people per year will die from impacts of climate change between 2030 and 2050. About 70,000 people died in Europe in 2003 during a summer of heat waves. The economic impact alone will be off the charts (Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused $200 billion in damage).

This focus on defending our planet from asteroids is just another example of how Dana Rohrabacher is out of touch with the real needs and issues impacting this district and is unfit to represent us. Time to vote him out in November!

Sara Lowell, Laguna Beach

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, Sara, for looking up all those facts. This is my biggest difference in policy from the GOP. We had made good progress towards the use of renewable energy that also does not pollute. What we can’t seem to stop is big oil donations to GOP candidates followed by their predictable feigned innocence about climate change. I hope Democrats know enough not to accept that money because we will VOTE OUT whoever does take that money.

  2. With all that visceral crap. Let me guess..You are a division maker Democrat & think Jerry brown is a good governor…Right??

    UUUUUUUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Does the definition of facts and the truth confuse liberals? Facts are things that have happened not a projection by a single organization. Real facts and figures below no projections

    Total Gas and Oil contributions to members of the house:
    Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) $110,998
    Rohrabacher, Dana (R-CA) $107,304

    Here’s the list of the top recipients of Oil and Gas $ to Senators.

    Obama, Barack (D) $1,974,666
    Clinton, Hillary (D) $1,467,547
    Dole, Bob (R) $872,595
    Santorum, Rick (R) $757,931
    Thompson, Fred (R) $437,913
    Brownback, Sam (R) $416,039
    Gore, Al (D) $170,539
    Bradley, Bill (D) $169,092
    Biden, Joseph R Jr (D) $89,300
    Edwards, John (D) $81,558

  4. Not sure what a partial list of contributors may change in the debate anyway. Dana R. has a track record of denying the basic science behind the use of environmental attentive options. So, either he is a scientist, or he is a dangerous lunatic. Tertium non datur. (Latin for no other option is on the table).

  5. Thank you. However, I point out that these figures (while absolutely concerning) have no relevance on my letter. The point is that Dana Rohrabacher does not believe in climate change and as a coastal district, we are on the frontline of sea level rise, hazardous coastal flooding, storms, impacts to local fishing, whale watching, and tourism businesses and private property. He is not going to help us prepare to tackle this problem and needs to go.

  6. Please site your source for source for 70,000 deaths or was it 35,000? Also how did the dinosaurs die? Please explain the European heat wave in 1540?

    By the way you don’t love the ocean you’re probably afraid of swimming in it. Any waterman will tell you the fisherman love clean water and have a greater understanding of ocean than most. I am also guessing you don’t know of the great work of Capt. Dave Anderson of Captain Dave’s Dolphin And Whale Watching Safari a disentanglement expert. I am skeptical about rising sea levels the 50+ year old saltwater pools still only fill up on high tides 😉

  7. Inconvenient Facts: Proving Global Warming is a Hoax…Aug 30, 2017
    by Jack Madden

    Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know…Oct 24, 2017
    by Gregory Wrightstone

  8. BD: Same website, same facts, but a different and unsurprising look at where the Oil and Gas industries spends there money.
    “All Cycles, Top 20 members of Congress.”
    McCain, John (R-AZ) $3,308,496
    Cornyn, John (R-TX) $3,286,515
    Cruz, Ted (R-TX) $2,719,783
    Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R-TX) $2,269,371
    Barton, Joe (R-TX) $2,162,387
    McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $2,113,344
    Pearce, Steve (R-NM) $2,074,143
    Obama, Barack (D) $1,974,666
    Inhofe, James M (R-OK) $1,877,610
    Gramm, Phil (R-TX) $1,799,554
    Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA) $1,770,667
    Ryan, Paul (R-WI) $1,762,995
    Boehner, John (R-OH) $1,698,214
    Brady, Kevin (R-TX) $1,665,862
    Boustany, Charles Jr (R-LA) $1,484,327
    Clinton, Hillary (D) $1,467,547
    Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) $1,431,294
    Young, Don (R-AK) $1,405,113
    McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $1,391,975
    Conaway, Mike (R-TX) $1,379,242

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