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MoveOn slams Lincoln, Landrieu and Nelson

By Juliet Eilperin

MoveOn.org is launching a series of hard-hitting ads this week targeting the three Senate Democrats--Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.)--who've co-sponsored Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) resolution blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

The television ads, which will amount to a six-figure buy and run in Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska, feature unsettling images of Americans smoking to highlight their exposure to air pollution. The shots include not only a Little League team puffing away, but a woman giving birth and a woman holding her baby--in which BOTH the mother and baby are holding cigarettes. (That's what parents of infants call a serious--if dangerous--party trick.)

The transcript is as follows (with the name of the senator switching depending on the state): "While Senator Nelson works to roll back the Clean Air Act/Many Americans are already smoking the equivalent of a pack a day/Just from breathing the air/Senator Nelson: We need the Clean Air Act/Leave it alone."

Take a look at their Nelson video:

To see the rest of the videos on YouTube, click here for Lincoln, and here for Landrieu.

None of the three senators could be reached for comment Monday morning.

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Juliet Eilperin

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Sorry, but greenhouse gases (CO2) per se aren't pollutants. Plants breathe them, it's why they get green. So why confuse the issue of pollutants with global warming? Instead of reducing CO2 in the atmosphere, we need a global effort to increase it by 10x-100x to turn the deserts green and feed the teeming billions. I propose the multinational Antarctic Volcanoes Project to reactivate as many as we can in an ideal place to distribute CO2 worldwide.

Posted by: tlwinslow | February 1, 2010 10:53 PM
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To "THESTORYPLEASE" - I hate to be a "bummer", but the "indigenous" folks who lived in and around the Los Angeles "basin" a millennia before those nasty Euros showed up, called it the "Valley of Smoke".

I'm sure you are well-versed in Geology, so you understand that the mountains creating the "basin" also created "inversion layers" and that "smoke-smog" from the constant forest fires would accumulate over that area and be accelerated by the winds from the Pacific.

The "smoke-smog" would not dissipate until the warm desert winds blew. We call those winds "the Santa Anas". I wonder what they were called 2,000 years ago?

No doubt your intentions are noble. However, that's insufficient.

So many "activists" remind me of the Texas City Councilman who exploded all over national TV with accusations of "racism" because another Councilman said this "budget will take us into a black hole."

OH YES. This is true. This genius had never heard of black holes, white dwarfs, red giants or anything else. He would probably take offense at "The Milky Way".

Consider - "There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy".

Shakespeare hasn't been famous for 500+ years because he was a dumb bunny. But, you are a dumb bunny if you do not study and research with an open and critical mind. Then, perhaps, people will listen to your opinions.

Posted by: nanda1 | February 1, 2010 9:09 PM
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No one is fooled by MoveOn.org. They announced, right after Obama's nomination, that they "owned the Democratic Party". It was a scandal to say such a thing, but people were too happy to notice. They've noticed since then and are NOT happy.

THING IS, MoveOn is funded by George Soros and he keeps falling in bed with Putin, known famously for his comment - "Once KGB, always KGB".

Can't imagine what MoveOn intends to accomplish? Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson were already in trouble.

OH, I'VE GOT IT! Sarah Palin bought out George Soros and MoveOn is now a Republican shill. Gee, life is so interesting.

Posted by: nanda1 | February 1, 2010 8:16 PM
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After years of being gutted by the Bush Administration, it is appropriate to put the teeth back in the EPA. Those comments that cite lowered pollution fail to recognize the decades-long regulation that resulted in those improvements. By dialing back enforcement, as we did under Bush, trusting industry to police itself and increased numbers of industrial we risk a return to the skies of the 70's & 80's.

I do not understand where MoveOn.org got its data that lead to the conclusions of this commercial. However, that does not allow me to discount the dangers of overwhelming the planet with CO2: the warnings have been around since I was in grade school 40 years. And, the studies have become more specific. Stanford's Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, predicts in a precise model, worldwide, upward of 20,000 air-pollution-related deaths per year per degree Celsius may be due to this greenhouse gas.

Posted by: ricknettles | February 1, 2010 6:34 PM
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If air pollution is killing so many of us and it is getting worse, why is it that we are living longer and healthier lives every year.

If air pollution is killing so many of us why does EPA estimate that the worst pollution in America (New York City) causes just 60 excess deaths per million inhabitants over a 70 year lifespan?

Remember that during derivation of these estimates, EPA uses risk factors that they derive by extrapolating the results of high-dose animal studies (during which up to 50% of the experimental animals die) over many orders of magnitude using an archaic and discredited toxicity model (the linear no-threshold model) and making conservative assumptions (e.g. a factor of 10 to account for unknown inter species variations and another factor of 10 to account for the most sensitive individuals) at every opportunity. They also assume that everyone stands outside for 70 years breathing air with high concentrations of the pollutant.

In short, the EPA risk assessments are fiction. They overstate toxicity by huge margins and in spite of those gross exaggerations, still can attribute less than one percent of deaths to pollution.

Posted by: snorbertzangox | February 1, 2010 4:39 PM
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Apparently many of the folks commenting here do not understand the difference between "pollution" that affects health and greenhouse gases that may affect climate.

Posted by: skipreber | February 1, 2010 4:28 PM
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Yes attack, attack, attack the people who are right. Yes attack, attack, attack the people who care. How's Reverend Moon doing and Rupert Murdock over there at Fox disinformation channel? Oh, almost forgot Roger Ailes. All rich fat cats who could care less about pollution, effects on people's health, and the long term harm for us and the rest of this earth.

Posted by: equalon | February 1, 2010 4:12 PM
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It is official. These three Senators are not Democrats and have been the problem for the President and his goals to help this country from the beginning. When there are Democrats like this we are in big trouble. We need our environment protected. It is so important for the young. They will be growing up in a more and more polluted America if steps are not taken. Yes, it will be a thorn in the side of big industry, but after Bush let them do just as they pleased and handed out giant bonuses some restriction are needed. Moveon.com is a great organization that fights for the people. At least the people who have a brain that is not full of Fox fed lies and distortions.

Posted by: equalon | February 1, 2010 4:05 PM
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Here's a challenge to you who think there should be no regulation of pollutants. On any day when there is no wind, go to a place where you can get a full view of ANY city with a population of 100,000 or more. Notice the rust colored haze in the air. Now go to a larger city on a summer's day when there's a thermal inversion (look it up)and jog a few blocks and notice how your lungs are burning. Look up the rate of kids developing asthma, kids that trust you for their well being, growing at an alarming rate. Experience that and then tell me we don't need regulation and I'll tell you, you are the enemy of the United States of America and every living thing in it.

Posted by: thestoryplease | February 1, 2010 3:51 PM
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Far too many commentators mask a political purpose behind unsupported statements that are essentially scientific assertions, - without citing their sources. This is bogus opinion with no backup in reality. If we hope to get a realistic handle on our problems with climate and energy change, we have no alternative but to rely on the top credentialed scientists. Who else would you suggest we can rely on? Please don't cite Rush, Sarah, some maverick scientist, or your favorite extreme right senator! Hard facts, developed by the overwhelming majority of the world's, and this country's, acknowledged best scientific authorities have to be our source of information on these issues.

Posted by: CHForbesSr | February 1, 2010 3:45 PM
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Say, no surprise here. What do you expect from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Georg Soros? No doubt this international currency speculator stands to profit from the EPA's attack on American energy sources. So naturally, his MoveOn front swings into action against any threat to Soros' scheme.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | February 1, 2010 3:24 PM
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The poor EPA was naive.

Global Warmists they had to believe.

They swallowed their scams

Just like sacrificed lambs.

And now they need us to deceive.

Posted by: RobertAJonesJr | February 1, 2010 3:22 PM
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I love moveon.org, a bunch of far left looneys, so far out of touch they are attacking their own.

For those out there in looney land, I would like to point of a few simple facts. The EPA and its associated budgets has only grown since its inception. CO2 is produced by every breathing animal on the planet. Contrary to popular mythology, anthopogenic warming, to the extent believed by the "overwelming concencus" is not settled science. Further regulations and taxes (cap and trade) will have a significant negative impact on our ecomomic recovery.

It's about time we stepped in a put a halt the ever expanding reach of the federal goverment.

Posted by: grfeltis | February 1, 2010 3:18 PM
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While I agree that Move on Org built a bridge too far when they tried to connect carbon dioxide emissions to harmful pollutants, I also believe that the nature of the bald-faced lie that they included in the ad is also important. Their claim that persons may receive a pollutant dose the equivalent of smoking one pack of cigarettes per day is egregious. Estimates that I have seen equate the air pollution exposure in Los Angeles to smoking one pack of cigarettes per YEAR. The smoke exposure to those who tend bar in bars that allow smoking were of the order of smoking one-half pack of cigarettes per week.

Posted by: snorbertzangox | February 1, 2010 3:07 PM
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Sorry, bnegaard, we exhale CO2 and not CO. The EPA already reulates CO emissions and has for years. The EPA wants to regulate CO2 emissions. The folks at the EPA are just looking for ways to increase their budgets and if Congress buys into their nonsense, we'll all suffer the consequences of their "We should control everything delusions."

Posted by: WriterDude | February 1, 2010 2:56 PM
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The uber-left will not be satisfied unless they can tax the CO2 that we exhale. I honesty don't see any onerous Cap and Trade legislation passed while we are still in a recession/depression. If they try, they will regret it; the people are very angry at the tax and spend crowd; fair warning.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | February 1, 2010 2:51 PM
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I see that George Soros own "partial birth abortion" (moveon.org) is at it again. They want the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide which tells me none of these elitists at MOVEOUT.ORG or the EPA ever took high school biology, because if they had they would understand that humans produce the bulk of carbon dioxide in each breathe they exhale. It makes you wonder how they will enforce this then, late-life abortions, maybe? These liberals do not have a clue!

Posted by: ROYSTOLL2 | February 1, 2010 2:50 PM
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Replacing Lincoln, Landrieu, and Nelson with Republicans is a worthwhile endeavor. So in this particular enterprise -- and in no other -- I am in total agreement with the MoveOn loonies.

Posted by: JBaustian | February 1, 2010 2:44 PM
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There is one heck of alot of difference in CO2 that we exhale and industry polutes. There is also what is called a balance. Industry is definately throwing that balance out of whack.
It is time for some type of control, similaer to the clean air act. Maybe even that bill entirely.

Posted by: Gordie2 | February 1, 2010 2:40 PM
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Typical of MoveOn.Org- They completely miss the issue. The EPA is going to regulate CO (CarbonMonoxide) which is crazy-it is the air we expel when we breath-while NOT smoking. They create a fake ad which has no relation to reality. What a waste! If they want to help, lets focus on old cars and polluting engines. Labelling CO as a greenhouse gas shows how out of touch the left/environmental fanatics are. I agree with the previous poster: MoveOn.org should do just that!

Posted by: bnegaard | February 1, 2010 2:20 PM
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Awesome! I hope MoveOn succeeds and my air becomes cleaner. All I want is to live a healthy life.

Posted by: ellocin1 | February 1, 2010 2:04 PM
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Time for Moveon to do just that!

The only pleasure I got from the State of the Union was the quickly stated "nuclear, offshore, coal" phrase. At least on these issues Obama has accepted realities over ideology.

Now that the Supreme court has allowed citizens to hear both sides... Moveon may finally do so... good riddance semi terrorist organization using threats and untruths to advance the opinions of less than 20% of citizens!

Posted by: sally62 | February 1, 2010 1:56 PM
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The ecos could care less about the fact that only Congress can make the laws that the EPA must enforce. Whatever scare tactics work is their mantra.

Posted by: FLvet | February 1, 2010 1:24 PM
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According to Mary Landrieu: The Clean Air Act was designed to reduce smog and acid rain that was choking cities in the 1970s and 1980. Greenhouse gases do not harm our lungs and pollute our air. To regulate carbon emissions with the Clean Air Act would be to jam a square peg into a round hole.

According to Vitter: This move could have a profoundly negative impact on Louisiana’s economy in particular, bringing about significant job loss and increased energy prices, neither of which we need during these trying economic times.

Lisa Jackson is fraudulently using the EPA to regulate so-called greenhouse gases to circumvent Congress and the American people.

Posted by: alance | February 1, 2010 1:20 PM
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I'd love to know what kind of loony math the loony left over at MoveOn.org used to come up with the one-pack-a-day they are using in this ad.

As someone else wrote, I'm also an independent and like clean air, but when groups like MoveOn.org throw around their BS numbers and over dramatize situations, I react negatively for it, and actually end up supporting their opposition. In my case (being a reader and a thinker) they are actually a hindrance to any cause they support.

Posted by: urallimbeciles | February 1, 2010 12:56 PM
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First MoveOn.org might show President Obama

Walking on a beach, knee-deep in dead fish.

Smiling.

Because he supports off-shore drilling.

Posted by: RobertAJonesJr | February 1, 2010 12:39 PM
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We can guess what MoveOn.org shows next.

Obama walking across a radioactive landscape.

Smiling.

Because he supports nuclear power plants.

Posted by: RobertAJonesJr | February 1, 2010 12:34 PM
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Magox, you are so funny!!

I'm not sure where wanting to breath clean air (or drink clean water, etc) is such a looney idea nor am I sure that it is a left thing.

Heck, we banned smoking in bars for health reasons. Since many bars had already installed air cleaners, they might actually have cleaner air than there is outside.

I'm an independent and I want clean air and water!!

Posted by: Pirate2 | February 1, 2010 12:33 PM
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The Looney left is at it again!

And they say that there is an internal civil war between the GOP and the TEA PARTY.

lol

Posted by: Magox | February 1, 2010 11:43 AM
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