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" We are here to do God's work. He's not here to do ours. "
" Not only will a carbon fee reduce carbon emissions, it will force big polluters to pay for the damage their pollution does to public health and the environment, generating billions in new revenue for the American people. "
" We cannot solve the deficit crisis on the back of our seniors. We need all Americans to pay their fair share. "
" How arrogant - how very far from humility - would be the self-satisfied, smug assurance that God, a tidy-up-after-us God will come and clean up our mess? Hope for a nanny God, who will with a miracle grant us amnesty from our folly - that's not aligned with either history or the text of the Bible. "
" Citizens United provided unprecedented political weaponry to big special interests. My personal view was it was calculated to do that. "
" If the American people make their voices heard and put enough pressure on Congress, we can restore fairness in our economic system, do what's right for the middle class, and show that Congress can stand up to special interests. "
" Educating our children and giving them the skills they need to compete in a global economy is a smart investment in our country's future. "
" Is keeping Big Oil happy with subsidies from the American people more important than addressing our deficit? Should a billionaire who makes a multi-million-dollar gift to a museum receive more tax bang for his charitable buck than a middle-class family who gives to their local church? "
" In many ways, the rotten effects of dark money are seen less in what we do than in what we don't do. "
" Frankly, we should have an ARPA-O, an Advanced Research Projects Agency for oceans research, to match DARPA for defense and ARPA-E for energy. And we should have an Oceans and Coasts Fund to match the upland- and freshwater-directed Land and Water Conservation Fund. "
" The American Republican Party is the last political bastion of the fossil fuel industry - now so in tow to the fossil fuel industry that it cannot face up to the realities of carbon pollution and climate change. "
" Protected free speech has boundaries, and one boundary is fraud. "
" I don't believe that there is anybody who denies climate change in the Democratic caucus. Everybody accepts that it is a real problem. "
" Society is indeed better off when we share knowledge with one another and have open debates about the issues in the public arena, with the hands and motives of the players identified. "
" Juries are the constitutional institution designed to protect ordinary citizens against the wealthy and powerful. "
" Muzzling our leading scientists benefits no one. "
" Implementing the so-called 'Buffett Rule' would restore some badly needed fairness to our tax system. "
" Whatever the motivation of the 'Wall Street Journal' and other right-wing publications, it is clearly long past time for the climate denial scheme to come in from the talk shows and the blogosphere and have to face the kind of an audience that a civil RICO investigation could provide. "
" Legislation to level the playing field for working families is dead on arrival in the Citizens United Congress. "
" Pell Grants aren't 'welfare,' they are a gateway to opportunity for some of our nation's best and brightest students. "
" Regulators owned and controlled by industry are not the American way. "
" You can measure the warming oceans with a thermometer. You measure sea level rise with a yardstick. You can measure the dramatic increase in acidification with a simple pH test, and you can replicate what excess CO2 does to seawater in a basic high school science lab. "
" We would like the rest of the world to look up to American democracy. So when there is this kind of folly taking place, it makes it difficult for other rational nations to look up to American democracy. "
" America has long stood before the world as an exceptional country. "
" The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. "
" Senators who once supported common-sense legislation have gone silent as stones under the threat of the polluters' spending. "
" When you don't have accountability, there's no limit to the things that people will say. One of the restraints on the vitriol and the filth that so often is part of the American political debate is that candidates have to stand by their ads. "
" Fraud investigations punish those who lie, knowing that they are lying, intending to fool others, and do it for money. No one should be too big to answer for that conduct. "
" The fossil fuel industry maintains a science denial operation and a political influence operation designed to do just that. What's good for their business is more important to them than what's good for America. "
" If you look at the casualties, the federal government isn't waging a War on Coal. If anything, coal is waging a war on us. "
" The dreadful decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission was the culmination of the Republican appointees' careful work to open American politics to corporate influence. "