Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dirty Air Democrats

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The Clean Air Act is safe in the Senate — for now. Yesterday, four amendments attacking our clean air each failed to get the required 60 votes to pass.
But before these votes could fail, an astonishing 17 Democrats sided with big polluters and radical republicans, and cast at least one vote to undermine the Clean Air Act's ability to limit carbon pollution. What's worse, Democrats — specifically Sens. Jay Rockefeller, Debbie Stabenow, Sherrod Brown, and Max Baucus — were actually the sponsors of three of the four anti Clean Air Act amendments!1
At moments like this, we must raise our voices as activists, and citizens, to communicate our disappointment and hold these Senators accountable for their shameful actions.
Please help hold the 17 Dirty Air Democrats in the Senate — and in particular the four Democrats who actually offered up three of the four amendments — accountable for their actions.
It is truly sobering to realize how many Senators would vote against vital, proven public health protections.
Every one of the 57 Senate Republicans joined the 17 Dirty Air Democrats in voting on at least one amendment to roll back the Clean Air Act. Had those votes not been split across four dirty amendments, and mostly along party lines, these 64 pro-polluter Senators could create a filibuster proof majority to gut the Clean Air Act.
Thankfully, that didn't happen — and we were able to hold the line for clean air yesterday. But by casting their votes against clean air, these 17 Senators have empowered future efforts to weaken the clean air, and put the Clean Air Act at risk. No doubt Republicans will be emboldened by the strong showing of Democrats voting against the Clean Air Act — and they will come back with more attacks aimed at combining Republican and Democratic votes to successfully pass a bill to delay or completely defund EPA enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
What the 17 Dirty Air Democrats did yesterday was unacceptable. We can't allow them to vote to let polluters off the hook, and be let off the hook by their constituents. Let's make sure we hold them accountable.
Thanks for fighting for clean air.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager 
1. "Seventeen Dirty Democrats Join Senate GOP Climate Zombies ," Think Progress, April 6, 211

These are the Dirty Air Democrats who voted to block, delay or limit the Clean Air Act: Sens. Baucus (D-MT), Begich (D-AK), Hagan (D-NC), Levin (D-MI), Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Johnson (D-SD), Klobuchar (D-MN), Pryor (D-AR), Stabenow (D-MI), Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Nelson (D-NE), Rockefeller (D-WV), Webb (D-VA)

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