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186 Republicans Try To Block Efficient Transportation

What do Republicans in Congress have against efficiency? They’ve recently voted against efficient public schools, against efficient light bulbs, and against efficient crane conservation. Now, Republicans in Congress are trying to destroy legislation that would promote efficient transportation.

For reasonable people, the issues related to the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 are straightforward.

The problems:

1. The cost of gasoline and other fossil fuels is increasing at an unprecedented rate, devastating the American economy.
2. Climate change is already burdening the American economy, and cause increasing economic damage as time passes.
3. The outdated petroleum-based transportation developed in the previous century contributes to climate change

The solution:

1. Improvement and expansion of the American passenger rail system will reduce demand for fossil fuels and cut the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change.

The crux of the matter: Fossil fuels transportation systems are inefficient. Modern passenger rail transportation systems are efficient.

The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, as its name implies, would begin a transition from reliance on out-of-date fossil fuels for transportation toward more efficient transportation by train. It’s exactly what we need to deal with America’s current economic and environmental problems.

For some bizarre reason, almost all of the Republicans in the House of Representatives oppose it. Yesterday, 186 Republicans tried to prevent the legislation from being considered for passage. These Republicans, once again, voted against economic efficiency. Their names are:

Robert Aderholt
Todd Akin
Rodney Alexander
Michelle Bachmann
Spencer Bachus
Gresham Barrett
Roscoe Bartlett
Joe Barton
Judy Biggert
Brian Bilbray
Gus Bilirakis
Rob Bishop
Marsha Blackburn
Roy Blunt
John Boehner
Jo Bonner
Mary Bono
John Boozman
Charles Boustany
Kevin Brady
Paul Broun
Henry Brown
Ginny Brown-Waite
Vern Buchanan
Michael Burgess
Dan Burton
Steve Buyer
Ken Calvert
David Camp
John Campbell
Chris Cannon
Eric Cantor
Shelley Capito
John Carter
Steve Chabot
Howard Coble
Tom Cole
Michael Conaway
Ander Crenshaw
John Culberson

David Davis
Geoff Davis
Mario Diaz-Balart
Lincoln Diaz-Balart
John Doolittle
Thelma Drake
John Duncan
Vernon Ehlers
Jo Ann Emerson
Phil English
Terry Everett
Mary Fallin
Tom Feeney
Jeff Flake
Randy Forbes
Jeff Fortenberry
Virginia Foxx
Trent Franks

Rodney Frelinghuysen
Elton Gallegly
Scott Garrett
Jim Gerlach
Wayne Gilchrest
Phil Gingrey
Virgil Goode
Bob Goodlatte
Kay Granger
Sam Graves
Ralph Hall
Doc Hastings
Robin Hayes
Dean Heller
Jeb Hensarling
Baron Hill
David Hobson
Peter Hoekstra
Bob Inglis
Darrell Issa

Sam Johnson
Timothy Johnson
Walter Jones
Jim Jordan
Ric Keller
Steve King
Peter King
Jack Kingston
Mark Kirk
John Kline
Joseph Knollenberg
Randy Kuhl
Ray LaHood
Doug Lamborn
Tom Latham
Steven LaTourette
Bob Latta
Ron Lewis
Jerry Lewis
John Linder
Frank LoBiondo

Frank Lucas
Dan Lungren
Donald Manzullo
Kevin McCarthy
Michael McCaul
Thaddeus McCotter
Patrick McHenry
John McHugh
Howard McKeon
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
John Mica
Jeff Miller
Gary Miller
Candice Miller
Jerry Moran
Tim Murphy
Marilyn Musgrave
Sue Myrick
Randy Neugebauer
Devin Nunes
Ron Paul
Stevan Pearce
Mike Pence
John Peterson
Thomas Petri
Charles Pickering
Joseph Pitts
Todd Platts
Ted Poe
Jon Porter
Tom Price
Deborah Pryce
Adam Putnam
George Radanovich
Jim Ramstad
Ralph Regula
Dennis Rehberg
David Reichert
Rick Renzi
Tom Reynolds
Harold Rogers
Mike Rogers
Michael Rogers
Dana Rohrabacher
Peter Roskam
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Edward Royce
Paul Ryan
Bill Sali
Jim Saxton
Steve Scalise
Jean Schmidt
James Sensenbrenner
Peter Sessions
John Shadegg
Christopher Shays
John Shimkus
Bill Shuster
Michael Simpson
Adrian Smith
Christopher Smith
Lamar Smith
Mark Souder
Cliff Stearns
John Sullivan
Lee Terry
Mac Thornberry
Todd Tiahrt
Patrick Tiberi
Michael Turner
Fred Upton
Tim Walberg
Greg Walden
James Walsh
Zach Wamp
David Weldon
Jerry Weller
Lynn Westmoreland
Ed Whitfield
Heather Wilson
Rob Wittman
Frank Wolf
C.W. Bill Young

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4 Comments on “186 Republicans Try To Block Efficient Transportation
  1. Bilbray, as of late, has styled himself as a conservationist and a trubedour of energy independence. Then, he turns around and votes against a bill that would take cars off the road, decreasing demand for oil and reducing co2 emissions. Brian Bilbray is not the heir to TR’s conservancy mantle; TR’s rolling in his grave!

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