Perriello foresees jobs in climate changeMy head hurts.
By Olympia Meola, Richmond-Times Dispatch
An effort to combat climate change and its effects on the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet has attracted support from an unusual coalition of religious and retired military leaders.
While they view the issue from different perspectives, be it protecting God's creation or bolstering national security, they all want climate-change legislation being negotiated on Capitol Hill to provide protections for the less fortunate.
For one of Virginia's newest congressmen, Tom Perriello, D-5th, the legislation would ideally fill an obligation not only to the planet but also to its inhabitants. And in his district, he hopes combating climate change will translate into putting people back to work.
"I believe the new energy and energy efficiency [industry] is one of our greatest chances to bring jobs back to Southside Virginia," he said. "I see this as a great opportunity to create jobs and rebuild some of the manufacturing bases in this country."
Job creation is high on the mind of Perriello, who represents some of the state's most economically depressed areas, including Martinsville, which registers the highest unemployment rate in Virginia.
The devout Catholic has the added perspective of having worked in some of the world's hot spots, including Darfur and Afghanistan ... [blah blah blah]
He wants any climate-change bill to include direct rebates to help offset increased energy costs and to encourage spending on energy efficiency, among other things. [link]
Let's see: Climate change is going to have an adverse effect on "the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet," so, in response, this Perriello character is supporting legislation that is going to have an adverse effect on the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, prompting him to propose legislation that will offset increased energy costs that will be incurred as a direct result of his legislation intended to combat the effects felt by the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet.
Can we just imprison these two before any further damage to my brain cells is done?
As a side note, what, dear Olympia (and editor, ahem), does Perriello being a Catholic and having worked in Darfur have to do with his climate change legislation?
And, ma'am, did you bother to ask Boy Wonder why he's involving himself in this bit of foolishness at all since the "climate" isn't "changing"?
And did you ask him what kind of jobs he's thinking will be coming to Southside? What, windmill manufacturing jobs? Five? Six? Are either of you in your right minds?
Better yet, did you ask him if he lost his ability to think when he moved to The Magic Kingdom?
Did you ask him if he's aware of the fact that other countries have adopted plans intended to grow "green" jobs and found that the efforts destroyed more jobs than they created?
Or did the fact that your lips were (apparently) planted on his backside prevent you from asking too many questions?