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Family Member of Benghazi Victim Opposes GOP Select Committee

Family Member of Benghazi Victim Opposes GOP Select Committee

Written by Hayes Brown

A member of one of the victims of the Benghazi tragedy’s family reached out to Congress recently in support of a speech railing against the newly formed special committee in the House of Representatives, countering the conservative narrative that all of their investigations are being done in the name of the victim’s relatives.

Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that after months of refusing, he would approve with moving forward to create a select committee designed specifically to investigate the attack against a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya in Sept. 2012. “I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims,” Boehner said in a statement announcing the committee.

At a news conference denouncing the committee’s formation on Friday, however, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters that family members of two of the four Americans who died the night of the attack had reached out to oppose the formation of the committee. “(They) have called us and said: Please don’t take us down this path again,” the former Speaker said. She did not offer further details on which of the families had contacted Congress.

One of those, ThinkProgress has learned, is the family of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods. “A family member from the maternal side of Tyrone Woods’ family called Rep. Slaughter yesterday while she was on the floor to express support for the Congresswoman’s position,” a member of Rep. Louise Slaughter’s office confirmed to ThinkProgress. Slaughter’s office declined to offer more details out of respect for the family. Woods was present the night of the attack in the Central Intelligence Agency’s annex in Benghazi and was one of the security forces that responded to the original attack against the diplomatic outpost. Woods, along with fellow CIA security contractor Glen Doherty, died under mortar fire the night of the attack.

The speech that was Woods’ relative supported was delivered on the House floor on Thursday, when the New York Democrat said that Congress has “bottomed-out on Benghazi.” In lamenting the Republican politicizing of the issue, and recent fundraising initiatives, Slaughter asked why more wasn’t being done to prevent the next tragedy on Benghazi’s scale. “What the families of the victims and Americans want is to ensure it never happens again,” she said. “But we’re doing nothing in to ensure that.”

That it was the maternal side of Woods’ family who reached out is notable as Woods’ father has been active in speaking out on conservative media outlets about the administration’s handling of the attack since the days after his son was killed. Charles Woods early on repeated the claim that “the White House Situation Room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” which he first heard on right-wing media and has since been debunked.

As recently as a few days ago, Woods disagreed with the family member who contacted Slaughter. “The people of the United States as well as the families need to know what actually happened,” he told Sean Hannity, calling the select committee “an answer to prayer.”

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5:37AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

The baseline fact of climate change is not something we can afford to deny,” Obama says. He addresses the industry:



“You can’t keep dumping it out in the atmosphere and making everybody else pay for it.”

“If there’s one thing I would like to see, it’d be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions…. [The] price of inaction—that billions and potentially trillions of dollars are going to be lost because we do not do something about it—ultimately leads us to be able to say, ‘Let’s go ahead and help the marketplace discourage this kind of activity.’”

5:16AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

In the United States, electric power plants emit about 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year, or roughly 40 percent of the nation's total emissions.

Climate change is the single biggest environmental and humanitarian crisis of our time. The Earth's atmosphere is overloaded with heat-trapping carbon dioxide, which threatens large-scale disruptions in climate with disastrous consequences. We must act now to spur the adoption of cleaner energy sources at home and abroad.
When it comes to connecting the dots between climate change, extreme weather and health, the lines are clear. The earth is saying something with record heat, drought, storms and fire. Scientists are telling us this is what global warming looks like.

Carbon pollution is the main reason our planet is getting hotter, increasing the chances of weather disasters, drought and flood and hurting our health.

There are solutions. For starters, we can cut carbon pollution by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and increasing our use of clean, renewable energy. And we can implement policies that help us prepare for flooding, drought, storms and other consequences of climate change.

But first, we need national leadership that will stop ignoring what the earth and scientists are telling us about climate change -- and instead start ignoring those who continue to deny it is happening.

www.nrdc.org/globalwarming

4:57AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Once again, your dismissing the scientific evidence that NOAA has presented, that shows substantial ice loss in the Artic.

Your second mistake, is that Abbott and Harper are both hard line conservatives, who don't believe humans are the cause of climate change. Abbott is trying to stop the expansion of clean wind and solar power in Australia. Harper, supports the horrible Keystone Pipeline, because he knows that TransCanada, and Enbridge, both Canadian companies will make billions selling the oil overseas. The tar sands in Canada have trillions of dollars worth of dirty oil, and Harper will do anything to sell the dirty oil overseas, even though it will cause massive spills, and pollute the water tables in the USA. None of the dirty oil will go to the USA. The Keystone is the worst deal the USA could possibly make, and will ensure we have dirty oil spills forever. Using these two greedy corporate pro dirty fossil fuel puppets proves nothing. They are bought and paid for by the dirty fossil fuel industry.

11:07AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Read the graphs they seem to track historical records . . very similar.

https://sites.google.com/site/arcticseaicegraphs/

11:05AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

In October 2013, CryoSat measured about 9000 cubic km of sea ice – a notable increase compared to 6000 cubic km in October 2012. Over the last few decades, satellites have shown a downward trend in the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice.
Arctic sea ice up from record low / CryoSat / Observing the ...
www.esa.int/.../Arctic_sea_ice_up_from_record...
European Space Agency

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/CryoSat/Arctic_sea_ice_up_from_record_low

http://nsidc.org/greenland-today/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Greenland

10:39AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

to push back on what both Mr Abbott and Mr Harper sees as a "left-liberal agenda" to raise taxes and "unwise" plans to address the issue of global warming.

But Abbott said in a media conference that he thought climate change is a significant problem. But it's not the "only problem" the world faces. He said the problem remains significant and countries should act based on what they think is best to reduce carbon emissions.

The prime minister said he was "encouraged" that Obama is looking at what he regards as a direct action measure to curb emissions and found it similar to what he proposes in Australia.

He said policies to address climate change should not hurt the economy. Harper agreed with the statement and said they want to deal with climate change "in a way that enhances our ability to create jobs and growth."

Both leaders may not yield to pressure from the U.S. should Mr Obama revive the issue of climate change ahead of the annual climate summit.

In the previous week, Obama had flagged regulatory changes to influence U.S. states to address global warming by adopting "aggressive market interventions." as decided to take climate change off G20 agenda. In December, Australia became the chair of G20, which is a group composed of 20 countries having the biggest economies in the world.

10:37AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Again you use out of date or information that is OPINION only - no hard science to be tested. More nations are saying we will not respond to weather events described as CLIMATE CHANGE . . and we will destroy our economy or reduce JOBS.

The entire concept of AGW is falling apart as more and more real Science is showing the errors and false assumptions. It there climate change - YES - it has been changing for a few billion years.

By Reissa Su | June 10, 2014 4:59 PM EST
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking an alliance among "like-minded" nations to thwart efforts to introduce carbon pricing and American President Barack Obama's move to push climate change through global forums like G20.




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Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) talks to a guest during a lunch meeting in Shanghai April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Abbott, who is visiting Canada for talks with the country's prime minister and his close friend Stephen Harper, said efforts are underway to form a new "center-right" alliance under the leadership of Canada, UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.

According to reports, the five Commonwealth nations have "center-right" leaning governments but the closeness between Harper and Abbott is being regarded as the most significant alliance. The combination will attempt to move the pace of climate change action via policies like emissions trading or carbon tax.

Reports said the alliance is a "calculated attempt" to push

5:42AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

NOAA's 2013 Artic Report Card:

According to a new report released today by NOAA and its partners, cooler temperatures in the summer of 2013 across the central Arctic Ocean, Greenland and northern Canada moderated the record sea ice loss and extensive melting that the surface of the Greenland ice sheet experienced last year. Yet there continued to be regional extremes, including record low May snow cover in Eurasia and record high summer temperatures in Alaska.

The findings were released today by David M. Kennedy, NOAA’s deputy under secretary for operations, during a press briefing at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco. Kennedy stated the Arctic caught a bit of a break in 2013 from the recent string of record-breaking warmth and ice melt of the last decade. Kennedy joined other scientists to release the Arctic Report Card 2013, which has, since 2006, summarized changing conditions in the Arctic. One hundred forty-seven authors from 14 countries contributed to the peer-reviewed report.

www.commerce.gov/blog/2013/12/12/noaa-issues-arctic
www.natureworldnews.com/articles/5303/20131213/noaa
www.weather.com/.../environment/arctic...place-noaa-20131216

5:36AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

NOAA's 2013 Artic Report card:

In particular, 2013 recorded that: since observations began in 1982, Arctic-wide tundra vegetation productivity has increased, with the growing season length increasing by nine days each decade; caribou and reindeer herds continue to have unusually low numbers; a record low snow cover was reached in May over Eurasia; and the extent of sea ice in September was the sixth lowest since observations began in 1979.

For the first time, the report card includes information on marine fishes and fisheries and black carbon, highlighting that: the long-term warming trend is believed to be contributing to the northward migration into the Arctic of some fish such as Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic cod, capelin, eelpout, sculpin and salmonids; and black carbon originating from outside the Arctic has decreased by 55 per cent since the early 1990s.

biodiversity-l.iisd.org/.../noaa-arctic...arctic-report-card

5:32AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

(continued) rising temperatures are also playing a role in the Arctic's changing biological diversity. Continued warming has the potential to introduce new and potentially disruptive species, some of which might compete with or prey upon the Arctic's existing marine life. The most common metric for tracking changes in Arctic sea ice over time is sea ice extent. Extent approximates the sea ice you would see from a bird's-eye view, and it has been declining at a rate of more than 14 percent per decade since satellite measurements began in 1979. If you were to descend below the sea surface, your fish's-eye view would provide an equally dramatic decline: sea ice is not only shrinking across the ocean surface, it's also thinning. Directly measuring sea ice thickness is more complicated than measuring sea ice extent, but a useful proxy for ice thickness is age. Older ice is generally thicker ice. As this pair of maps shows, the amount of very old, thick ice that exists at the end of the Arctic winter in March has dropped significantly in the past three decades. White corresponds with the oldest, thickest ice. The darkest blue represents first-year ice: ice that has survived one summer melt season.

www.climate.gov/...arctic-report-card-visual-highlights

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