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house Bill H.R. 2046

Should the State Department Have Staff Focused on Advancing U.S. Energy Security Interests?

Argument in favor

The bill will help ensure that we have enough energy for both the U.S. and her allies now and in the future to help ensure global stability by improving coordination of diplomatic matters related to energy.

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08/17/2019
An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Seeks to divide instead of bring together through language that instigates violence. Racist, Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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08/17/2019
If we wait for the free market to decide saving the world will reap profits, then we’re all fucked. Government intervention in the capitalist drive to destroy the environment is justified.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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08/17/2019
Yes, this would provide a global coordination of renewable energy platforms.
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Argument opposed

If the State Department isn’t already adequately staffed to handle matters related to energy diplomacy, then it’s unlikely this bill will significantly improve America’s energy security.

jimK's Opinion
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08/17/2019
My reading of this indicates this legislation is about protecting our oil and gas interests and not about any of the ‘green’ initiatives that need international prioritization. The State Department needs staff dedicated to engaging others in energy conservation and coordinated efforts to address climate change. Not with this administration! Infrastructure cyber security to protect energy assets is not part of the State Departments mission. So, what the hell is this legislation even for? Sounds like a crony-capitalist bill that can be wrangled into support for special interests.
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Chris's Opinion
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08/17/2019
Stop trying to appoint right wing “energy lobbyists” into a system that needs real help in transforming the world to a green economy.
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Hillary's Opinion
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08/17/2019
Focus on solar and wind energy, water turbines, that are all local. Quit relying on oil from overseas, quit relying on oil at all. Save our independence and the earth at the same time.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedApril 3rd, 2019
    I don’t support any action that advances the fossil fuel industry.
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    We need to focus on solar and wind alternatives rather than supporting petroleum lobbyists. The administration’s efforts are even putting our obligations as Earth’s stewards to the back burner threatening our parks and precious animals - even those near extinction. Our greed for business profits is ultimately costing treasures that can never be replaced.
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    Considering THE FACT THAT DONALD JOHN TRUMP has sent a formal invitation to VLADIMIR PUTIN PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA AKA USSR TO COME ON IN. THE Russians are literally IN Our ELECTRICAL GRIDS. Probably in our Nuclear Facilities, Water & Only GOD knows where else. Wait, Vlad and Donny Know. So in light of the aforementioned, We Need a Pragmatic Democratic To Head up a team of Expert technology and scientific expert in which we can STOP the OLDEST AND LARGEST ENEMY TO THE UNITED STATES EVER! That would presently be @realdonaldtrump @Potus and Russia 🇷🇺 aka Vlad Putin. And to further the problem. Until Spring at least, I’m stuck with @TedCruz and @JohnCornyn rallying Trump on. In November 2020, as I have been sending $ to KY and to MJ Hagar to DELETE #MoscowMitch and John Cornyn—Please don’t forget the people in Texas that are working Hard to Turn Texas Blue. For 40ish years I’ve been trying to get the message across. Now I’m just leaving. Portland Bound! I’m just sick to death of these Redneck, crazy thinking, incestuous, heathen, largely high school educated, people—who in some parts of TX (John Cornyn’s part) It takes an entire family of 4 children to get ONE Full Set Of 🦷 teeth
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    Agree with Dr Bean. Trump must be a 1 term mistake
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    Nope. Not their job.
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    No support for HR 2046 I have lost faith in politicians advancing the agenda of the oil lobby. Ron Wright has it WRONG. Our National Security depends on keeping fossil fuels in the ground, This bill is the same ole song and dance putting more money/power/influence into the Anti American Anti environmentalists hands of super rich
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    US government should focus on ALTERNATIVES to fossil fuels. They DO exist and ARE feasible.
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    Free the markets, and energy sector will solve this problem!
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    First, I cannot believe that there is not already at least one group within the federal Leviathan already working on this (dept of energy, military, etc.). Second, we need to reduce the size of government, not continuously increase it. There’s an agenda (not national security) at play here.
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    Republicans will do anything and everything to move away from international cooperation!! That is unless they are committing treason for the Russians or. Preventing democrats from voting!! We need to stop their insanity!! We need to invest in international bodies for our survival! We need to steer away from subversion, oppression and interference with regime change tactics!!
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    This already exists.
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    Normally I would say yes, but since Trump only appoints money hungry incompetent people I need to say No.
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    The Department of Energy is crucial to the security, safety, and innovation of this nation. The fact that the transition team was ill equipped and lacking in the requisite knowledge needed to provide adequate oversight is simply unacceptable. Republicans who continue to support Trump into a second term, should be held fiscally accountable for the economic damage and criminally liable for any negligence. Republicans know the cost and yet they have done little to protect this nation. Forming a shadow government is not an option provided by our Constitution. For those of you who are skeptical please read “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis. excerpt The Trump people didn’t seem to grasp how much more than just energy the Department of Energy was about. They weren’t totally oblivious to the nuclear arsenal, but even the nuclear arsenal didn’t provoke in them much curiosity. “They were just looking for dirt, basically,” said one of the people who briefed the Beachhead Team on national security issues. “‘ What is the Obama administration not letting you do to keep the country safe?’” The briefers were at pains to explain an especially sensitive aspect of national security: the United States no longer tests its nuclear weapons. Instead, it relies on physicists at three of the national labs—Los Alamos, Livermore, and Sandia—to simulate explosions, using old and decaying nuclear materials... ☢️ With Russia ramping up its nuclear weapons programs it is absolutely critical that we not drop the ball in either the funding or staffing of the Department of Energy.
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    This is just a way to legitimize the wars we are already engaged in. No, we need to stop and focus on renewable sources of energy to save our planet rather than legitimize war for access to fossil fuels.
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    No way! It gives to much power to this administration and they are not to be trusted with our planet!!
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    Good idea. But we don’t need laws regulations from Congress to get it done. Just ask them to. You fund them.
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    Especially with this administration who has scaled back way too many departments.
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    I think we need to focus our attentions to reducing our dependencies on fossil fuels, but we should not waste money fixing the rest of the world. We could get more done unilaterally.
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    I’m for it.. they should be focused on renewable energy.
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    trump and pompeo have gutted the State Department. Now all of a sudden we need energy personnel, I think not. Restaff the department.
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