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An open letter to Brian Bilbray

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
August 6, 2008


Brian, It's me Bob. I'm writing at the request of some of your young constituents and Greenpeace activists to encourage you to take a leadership role in the fight to reduce the economic and ecological impacts of climate change resulting from human induced global warming.

Yeah, I know. Crazy huh?

Of course I told them your support for California's continued reliance on fossil fuels and your lack of environmental leadership should give you a pass. As ranking member of the subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement and Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus, you have other priorities. But Jenny at Greenpeace insisted, so I joined Project Hot Seat and agreed to write you, my congressman, a letter.

This is that letter.

Certainly this is not your first correspondence from environmentally progressive constituents, the 50th district is a ecologically aware region with a population of active nature enthusiasts. Contrary to what the voices in your head are saying your constituents have no desire to see their quality of life sacrificed to your desire to talk tough on illegal immigration without actually doing anything about it.

Looking at your congressional voting record it's clear the chance of you taking a leadership role on anything remotely associated with environmental stewardship is as likely as you coming clean about your lobbying efforts on behalf of the Bajaqua boondoggle and your financial interests in bringing raw Tijuana sewage across the border to be treated and released.

In 1995 you voted with other Republicans to weaken the Clean Water Act. In 2007 you voted against HR 569; Water Quality Investment Act. Which provides federal assistance to state and local governments to control overflows of untreated wastewater and the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. HR 1495 allocates funds for shoreline protection, flood control and environmental restoration.

In 2007 you also voted against the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (H.R. 6), No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 (H.R. 2264) and the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act (H.R. 1252) Your no votes were votes against increasing clean renewable fuels and fuel efficiency, amending the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal, and protecting consumers from price gouging of gasoline and other fuels.

You also voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 and the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 These bills will provide incentives for energy production and conservation; extend tax credits for wind, solar & other renewable energy development projects and provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy.

Knowing any letter sent to you would be a waste of time and postage I called the campaign office of Democrat Nick Leibham who is seeking to replace you as the 50th District congressional representative to ask about his approach to addressing global warming. Team Leibham is promoting conservation, innovation and on site solar generation as key to combating fossil fuel induced climate change.

I'm encouraging everyone to write or call Nick Leibham and thank him for attempting to bring Environmental stewardship to Washington on behalf of the residents of the 50th congressional district.

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