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Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 5:37 pm

Perhaps you’ve seen the milk cartons with missing stickers on the national news. And, much to the surprise of the creator of this campaign, Jason D. Graham (coordinator of our Congressional District 8 Indivisible groups), the story has even gone international; a few days ago, BBC ran the story!

A little background: Colloquially known as a “recess,” the purpose of the district work week is for our D.C. representatives to keep in touch with their constituents at home. If you watch the news, you are probably well aware that many Republican representatives, including ours, have not scheduled town halls.

Last week, Cook spokesman Fresquez released the following statement: “He will not allow fringe groups of any type to dictate the political discourse.” No, Congressman Cook, I am not “fringe.” I am a small business owner. My husband is a retired law enforcement officer. I stand with the majority of Americans and Californians who: believe climate change is real and human caused; are against overturning Roe v. Wade; are against diminishing the role of the EPA; are against selling off federal public lands; have a low opinion of President Trump’s performance; believe he should reveal his tax returns; and believe his ties to Russia warrant investigation.

Given the opportunity, here’s one question I’d ask. Why do you pit the environment against the economy? I live in a gateway-to-Yosemite town. Yosemite, the lifeblood of my town, had 5.2 million visitors in 2016 (a 900,000 visitor increase over 2015).

Also, twice as many people now work in solar than in the coal industry. So, besides being better for the earth, sustainable energy is a boost to the economy. I live in a house completely powered by the sun, and I hired a local business to install our panels.

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  • TwoToeJoe posted at 5:37 pm on Thu, Mar 16, 2017.

    TwoToeJoe Posts: 486

    Just to let you know that "fringe" group has control of the House, Senate, and now the Executive office. I do not know how long that fringe group will be in power but evidently the other fringe groups will have to depend on what they do best and that is protest and hope their madness will spread. Perhaps the climate change people can unite with the black lives matter people and stand out on the streets and pretend their world is coming to an end for now. Pretty sure they will be back to spread their misery upon America like the other administration did for eight years.

  • AHR posted at 2:04 pm on Thu, Mar 16, 2017.

    AHR Posts: 11

    I would like to point out that Trump and all hi supporters are a fringe group..Only 26 percent of eligible voters voted for Trump. That is far from anything mainstream.

  • Josh posted at 6:39 am on Tue, Mar 14, 2017.

    Josh Posts: 263

    Winter Storm Stella Hammers the Northeast; Already a Foot of Snow Reported; Blizzard Warnings For Nine States
    Mar 14 2017 07:45 AM EDT

    DANG global warming. Bringing all that snow.

  • TwoToeJoe posted at 9:52 am on Fri, Mar 10, 2017.

    TwoToeJoe Posts: 486

    Must be the unemployed scientist and the many educated people I see taking public transportation to the welfare office in Yucca Valley. Must be those lined out at the probation office at the courthouse. Might be the ones seeking employment at the new Steak and Shake restaurant at the Walmart Center. Could be the ones who seek government subsidized healthcare that seems to be at risk because it is broke. Personally I think the scientist and those educated people do not reside in the Morongo Basin if they are really worth anything. The scientist and educated people left here in the basin have resorted to earning a living other than scientific studies and utilize their education in distorting common sense. No wonder Congressman Cook refuses to listen to those who seek solutions to problems they create. He is not the only Congressman who have discovered the purpose of the Indivisible Movement and their hateful antics. All the information you have to pass along is how our Government is the solution to problems you create and claim everyone should jump on the gravy train because of the progress our country has made in the last fifty years. Maybe you see progress but I am sure most people who earn a living sure see what is actually going on.

  • Josh posted at 5:16 am on Fri, Mar 10, 2017.

    Josh Posts: 263

    Thank you to all the resident commenters on clearing up my confusion on
    global warming, climate change, greenhouse effect, aerosols

    Oh , wait a minute I think I see big foot out side , Gotta go.

  • CheRojo posted at 8:39 am on Wed, Mar 8, 2017.

    CheRojo Posts: 188

    Shocking I know Frog, but yes, you have scientists and many other educated people in the Basin.

    I would LOVE to get this information to my congressman, but as you are aware, he won't come listen to us.

  • FrogmoreStew posted at 4:15 am on Wed, Mar 8, 2017.

    FrogmoreStew Posts: 203

    talk about fringe groups. i did not know they had that many scientist here in the morongo basin. must be the place to go to take a close look at global warming and get that information to our congressman so he can nip that problem off at the bud.

  • bill jenkins posted at 3:57 pm on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    bill jenkins Posts: 339

    i forgot to mention i avoid using the phrase climate change. it's too general and
    in a way vague. it could mean rising or lowering temps. or rising or lowering
    amounts of precip. or major wind shifts. it's, to me, not a useful, and rather
    imprecise catch all mushy term. global warming on the other hand is a much
    more precise term and that's the one i try to use.

  • bill jenkins posted at 3:01 pm on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    bill jenkins Posts: 339

    right, but the dramatic temp. rise is man made, therefore the way i look at it,
    we are causing global warming and consiquently we are causing seasonal
    or if you pefer climate change. it is not going to go away by itself.

  • CheRojo posted at 2:21 pm on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    CheRojo Posts: 188

    Apparently yes. The dramatic warming that is occurring at Earth's poles is the result of climate change. The fact that the weather is warmer today because Spring starts in two weeks is not.

  • bill jenkins posted at 2:12 pm on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    bill jenkins Posts: 339

    check out the poles. both have warmer seasons by far! are we playing with words?

  • CheRojo posted at 1:18 pm on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    CheRojo Posts: 188

    That's cause and effect though. Our resident climate scientist Josh is saying seasons in and of themselves are climate change. It's a fundamentally ridiculous statement and makes me question what we're actually teaching people in school.

  • bill jenkins posted at 9:55 am on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    bill jenkins Posts: 339

    when the seasons get warmer do to climate change they are absolutely linked.

  • CheRojo posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Mar 7, 2017.

    CheRojo Posts: 188

    CheRojo's note: climate change and seasons are two VERY different things

  • Josh posted at 7:39 am on Sat, Mar 4, 2017.

    Josh Posts: 263

    It's not mere extremism that makes folks at the fringes so troubling; it's extremism wedded to false beliefs. Humans have long been dupes, easily gulled by rumors and flat-out lies.

    There are no ties to russia .
    Climate change has been real since the dawn of the earth . Its called SEASONS .
    It s very cold , bitterly cold at times,( winter ) followed by a gradual melting of ice and snow ( spring ) , followed by extreme heat ( summer ) and gradually getting very cold again ( fall).
    I think California suffers from Geographical change also!!! OHHH NOOO!!
    The climate of California varies widely, from hot desert to subarctic, depending on latitude, elevation, and proximity to the coast.The closer to the trees and coast you are the more dope you can grow and organic food you can eat.
    Oh wait , its been like that since I can remember ( 1970) and will remain like that long after we all pass.

  • Josh posted at 6:51 am on Sat, Mar 4, 2017.

    Josh Posts: 263

    not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.

    The description I read above sounds as though one is boasting of their position and place in society .
    a small business owner.
    .a retired law enforcement officer.
    Californians who: believe climate change is real and human caused;
    Roe v. Wade;
    low opinion of President Trump’s performance
    believe he should reveal his tax returns
    believe his ties to Russia warrant investigation.

    I hate to point this out but this definitely falls under fringe
    not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.


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