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E-M:/ a travesty of democracy in early a.m. committee meeting

Enviro-Mich message from KWinch5940@aol.com

Friends of the earth (and you 'spies' out there),

At the 8 a.m. meeting this morning of the House Conservation and Outdoor 
Recreation Committee :

some 45 minutes or longer were spent on the Whitetail Deer License Plate - 
road kill fund issue .....and a paltry 15 min or so on HR 98 , the anti-Kyoto 
Protocol resolution that Republicans and industry love so much.

In addition to the typical totally mis-informed position of theirs, comes 
this morning the complete subjugation of any intelligent discussion or 
contemplation of this resolution. 

Testimony was taken ONLY from the Farm Bureau and **a representative of the 
American Petroleum Institute**  .... who trotted out, among other 
stupidities, word of the anti-global warming evidence anti-Kyoto Protocol  
'petition'  purportedly signed by thousands of expert scientists.  This 
petition, authored by a 'scientist' who has not done research or been 
published for some 30 years, was basically an internet petition that could be 
signed by anyone with a B.S. degree, altho obviously little validation of 
credentials was done...as among the signatories are : Perry Mason, Hawkeye 
Pierce, and one of the Spice Girls.  This is a blatant propaganda piece, and 
was exposed as such by the New York Times and others like a year ago.  That 
it keeps cropping up is such a corruption of all the good and true evidence 
for global warming that IS out there.

Anyway, the vote was taken without hearing adequate testimony; not even from 
a member of the clergy (and Director of the Michigan Ecumenical Forum and 
Director of the Michigan Interfaith Global Warming Campaign) who had filled 
out a card, as required to get the opportunity to speak.  Common intelligence 
and decency calls for more time and deliberation to be spent on this issue.

Call Larry DeVuyst, chair of this committee, to express your disgust, and 
call your State Rep and demand this Resolution [ H.R. 98 ] not be admitted 
for a floor vote UNTIL FULL TESTIMONY IS HEARD  on this really, really 
important issue.

Kim Winchell

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