My hometown’s congressman, Fred Upton (R-MI) has become very indecisive on environmental issues lately. Actually, come to think of it, he’s also indecisive on human rights issues—back in December he voted against a Child Marriage Prevention bill he co-sponsored (?!?!?!?). More on his child marriage debacle here.
Anyway, I’ve got a new column in the Kalamazoo Gazette on Fred’s search for a backbone on energy and climate change issues…
Does Representative Upton think that we’re not paying attention? Does he think that no one notices this kind of flip-flopping? Does he think that it doesn’t matter? It’s one thing to disagree with someone else on environmental issues. It’s entirely another to disagree with yourself. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if you agree with “New Fred” or with “Old Fred.” What matters is that he doesn’t appear to have any convictions on these matters. For Fred Upton, sometimes climate change is real and serious — and sometimes it isn’t.
The rest is at the Gazette’s website.
For what it’s worth, Pete Altman over at NRDC has some interesting polling data that shows that a substantial majority of Upton’s constituents are opposed to the congressman’s new attacks on the EPA.
Being a congressman is HARD! You have to make DECISIONS and STICK TO THEM! It’s not FAIR!