How well does Representative Nathan Deal do on issues of science that come before our government?

How about an unfunded mandate passed 416-0 called the Green Energy Education Act of 2007 (H.R. 17160)? The bill would have given the Secretary of Energy tax dollars for the National Science Foundation (NSF) In 1996, NSF-funded research establishes beyond doubt that the chemistry of the atmosphere above Antarctica is grossly abnormal and that levels of key chlorine compounds are greatly elevated. During two months of intense work, NSF researchers learned most of what we know today about the ozone hole.

NSF starts the entire global warming ‘scare,’ if you believe Deal and the Republicans. But, let’s vote for their work and give them some money. Or, let’s vote for it before we vote against it. Oh heck, let’s vote for the science of global warming but not fund it.

“The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society….The pace of change and the evidence of harm have increased markedly over the last five years. The time to control greenhouse gas emissions is now.”

In August 2007, Representative Deal voted against the final passage of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 (H.R. 3221). The legislation would provide tax incentives to promote the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency, including guaranteeing up to $1 billion in loans for the development of biorefineries and biofuel production facilities.

In the 2008 election cycle, Deal campaigned for the Drill More, Drill Here, and Drill Now agenda. How did he vote on off shore drilling when the issue was forced upon him?

On September 16, 2008 the House passed H.R. 6899, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. This act allows oil and gas leasing in areas of the Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area that are more than 50 miles from the coastline and establishes a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewable Reserve. Representative Deal voted against this legislation. This legislation was passed with a vote of 236 to 189.

How about the science of cancer research? Nathan Deal votes against all the science that links tobacco to cancer.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1256) aims to increase the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regulating tobacco in America. The legislation would empower the FDA to require larger warning labels on cigarette packaging, control nicotine levels, and regulate the advertising and marketing of cigarettes. During the 110th Congress, an identical bill had passed in the House in July of 2008 but was never considered in the Senate. The current bill passed in the House on April 2, 2009 by a vote of 298-112.

Of course the free market knows more about cancer and teen aged smoking. Nathan Deal voted to let tobacco products be marketed to anyone, anywhere. Including children. Say Hello again to Joe Camel.

Not exactly a science issue but related to tobacco. How did Nathan Deal vote to spend cigarette tax dollars. Of course he voted against using the tobacco taxes for providing healthcare to the poor.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) (H.R. 2) bill was reintroduced in the 111th Congress on January 13, 2009. SCHIP provides a subsidy for children’s insurance for families that cannot afford private insurance yet earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The cost of the program is funded by an increase in cigarette taxes of 62 cents per pack. The House of Representatives voted 289-139 to pass the bill on January 14, 2009. Representative Deal voted against this bill.

Speaking of voting for something before voting against it, when funding for the National Science Foundation came before Nathan Deal in August 2007, he reversed his vote of July and voted NOT to increase funding for education in math and science, That bill was named America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) (H.R. 2272).

The question comes before GOP voters in the 2010 primaries, “Is Nathan Deal nuts or just corrupt.?” The corruption issue and the craziness issue are both in doubt. So the question for the 9th District as a whole become very simple.

Does anyone know Nathan Deal after years and years in politics?

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