Republicans Fight Obama's (Fictional) Plan to Save Us from an Asteroid Republicans Fight Obama's (Fictional) Plan to Save Us from an Asteroid

Republicans Fight Obama's (Fictional) Plan to Save Us from an Asteroid

by Ben Jervey

February 5, 2011

In a Capitol Hill stalemate eerily similar to the partisan strife over climate change and health-care reform, America's Finest News Source has this story: "Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth."

Repealing the act, which opponents have branded 'Obamastroid,' has been the cornerstone of the GOP agenda since the law's passage last August. Throughout the 2010 elections, Republican candidates claimed that the Democrats' plan to smash the space rock and shield citizens from its fragments was "a classic example of the federal government needlessly interfering in the lives of everyday Americans."

"This law is a job killer," said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who argued the tax increases required to save the human species from annihilation would impose unbearably high costs on businesses. "If we sit back and do nothing, Obamastroid will result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs, which we simply can't afford in this economy."

"And consider how much money this program will add to our already bloated deficit," Foxx continued. "Is this the legacy we want to leave our children?"

It's pitch perfect. Those quotes might as well have been pulled from transcripts of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill, or of the House ACES debate. I can't decide whether to laugh or cry.

A couple other favorite pieces about energy, environment, and climate from The Onion:

And, my absolute favorite ever:

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Republicans Fight Obama's (Fictional) Plan to Save Us from an Asteroid