And so now the Republicans are in change of the entire U.S. Congress. Good! Let the paralyzing gridlock commence! Oh wait, that’s already been going on for years. Well then, at least we’ll be treated a lot more hilarious headlines.
Many of those are sure to originate from the office of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R–Texas. Yes, one of the most outspoken climate change deniers in Congress is now the chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. This committee oversees NASA, one of the nation’s most important gatherer of climate change data and research.
What could go wrong? Then again, the U.S. is already trailing pretty much the rest of the developed world when it comes to cutting carbon emissions and stuff like that, so it’s not like the planet’s environmental news can get even more apocalyptic than it already is.
I mean, it can’t, right? Right?!
In other news, Senator Mazie Hirono, D–Hawaii, will now be the top Democrat on the Senate’s Seapower subcommittee. “I am proud to serve as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Seapower,” she said in a Jan. 8 press release sent out by her office. “There exists a strong relationship between Hawaii and the Navy and Marine Corps. Hawaii’s role is further enhanced as we continue our nation’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific. Headquartered in Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces Pacific’s area of responsibility covers more than half of the earth’s surface. I look forward to working with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), the subcommittee’s new Chairman, to ensure that the Navy and Marine Corps are capable of keeping America and its interests secure.”
Given the weight the U.S. military (and particularly the Navy) holds in Hawaii, it’s best to have a local voice who can at least speak reasonably and rationally from some position of authority, even if it is the minority party in the U.S. Senate.
Photo of U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono: U.S. Senate/Wikimedia Commons