She knows the Buzzwords
It stands out in bold in McMorris Rodgers’ response: “We must be good stewards of our public lands, resources, and wildlife.” Stewardship. A great concept. McMorris Rodgers must really “get it”. You might be lulled into believing she will carefully consider, offer constructive amendments to, and vote for legislation that might positively benefit “public lands, resources, and wildlife.” But that is never, ever what she actually does. Inevitably she pivots away with a statement like the one she offers in the email copied below my sign-off: “I agree we should reduce our plastic waste and encourage the use of recyclable paper products, but I don’t believe heavy-handed government mandates are the best way to achieve that goal.” For emphasis this quoted sentence was printed in red in the email.
Let’s unpack that. “We should” reduce plastic waste. Yup. Think of all the persistent plastic materials blowing around on the landscape and, worse, polluting the oceans on a grand scale with ecologically harmful microplastics. We “should” do something about that. We the People “should” preach to each other and voluntarily agree to move away from plastics to more environmentally friendly materials, but government should never, ever regulate corporations use of plastics or create incentives to ramp up the use of other materials nor should corporations be forced to take responsibility for the pollution they produce.
McMorris Rodgers registers 100% agreement with this statement in her WeBelieveWeVote.com Candidate Survey:
11. The Environment
God’s creation should be properly protected and stewarded. The environment is provided for our use to produce food and provide resources for abundant life. We have a duty to protect the environment for its beauty, provisions, and sustainability.
Genesis 2:15; Ezekiel 34:18
Issue Application: Prior to 2020, the USA had achieved energy independence. However, over the past two years with the shutdown of pipelines and fracking, America has, once again, become dependent on foreign energy sources, causing gas prices to double. A bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in April 2022 requires all new cars in WA State to be 100% electric by 2030. Ironically, pioneers in green industry technology favor increased oil and gas production because: a) green energy development requires fossil fuels; and, b) the transition to clean energy will take longer than predicted.
Response: Many current “green” initiatives are based on faulty models. They need to be reevaluated, restructured, and in some cases, eliminated. American needs to become energy independent again.
Right out of the box the “Issue Application” section is, to put it gently, intentional misinformation meant to fire up the deluded. First off, according to Forbes, a right of center magazine that still deals with facts, “Surprise! The U.S. Is Still Energy Independent.” “America” has NOT “become dependent” on foreign energy sources. The price of gasoline is determined on a worldwide free market—the supposed Republican ideal—not by minor regulations on the petrochemical industry. For McMorris Rodgers to blindly indicate her agreement with these statements is either a display of her woeful economic ignorance or an intentional pandering to the ignorance of those of her followers who rely on WBWV. You chose. Either alternative is a damning condemnation of the woman who pretends to represent eastern Washington in Congress.
Keep to the high ground,
McMorris Rodgers’ email response to a request that she support a bill submitted to Congress to nudge us away from plastics:
Thank you for contacting me about the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 (H.R. 2238). It’s good to hear from you.
We must be good stewards of our public lands, resources, and wildlife. We can strike a balance between effectively managing waste and promoting economic growth to ensure our local communities continue to thrive.
The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 was introduced by Rep. Alan Lowenthal on March 26, 2021. This legislation would aggressively reduce the use of plastic in everyday products and significantly increase producer responsibility for plastic waste. I agree we should reduce our plastic waste and encourage the use of recyclable paper products, but I don’t believe heavy-handed government mandates are the best way to achieve that goal.
H.R. 2238 has been referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Foreign Affairs. At the Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I will remember your support should this legislation come before me for a vote.
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Member of Congress