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Let’s go have a talk with Andy Harris

11 August 2013

This April 2013 photo is during an interview with Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., in his Capitol Hill office in Washington.Let’s go have a talk with Andy Harris

Andy Harris represents the 1st District and he also went to Johns Hopkins.

So when I got a message from my friend Tracey today saying that there was an upcoming visit his office on Tuesday, I realized that it is about time I went to meet him.

Here is the notice of the meeting:

Time: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Host: Lewis Givens
Contact Phone: 443-629-2359
Location: Rep. Andy Harris’s Bel Air Office (Bel Air, MD)

15 East Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21014

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Was Andy Harris really one of the "climate deniers?" I went to his website and checked under issues. Neither climate change nor energy were listed, but I found something about how he voted on these issues at Andy Harris on Energy and Oil.

There I found that Andy Harris:

Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Congressional Summary:Amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from promulgating any regulation the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change.

Excludes GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change. Exempts from such prohibition existing regulations on fuel efficiency, research, or CO2 monitoring.

Repeals and makes ineffective other rules and actions concerning GHGs.

Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP.

Harris signed the No Climate Tax Pledge

No Climate Tax Pledge: "I pledge to the taxpayers of my state, and to the American people, that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue."

Sponsoring organizations: Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEU); National Taxpayers Union (NTU); Institute for Liberty Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.

Source: AFP website 10-AFP on Nov 2, 2010

Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling.

Congressional Summary:

Makes available for leasing, in the 2012-2017 five-year oil and gas leasing program, outer Continental Shelf areas that are estimated to contain more than 2.5 billion barrels of oil; or are estimated to contain more than 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Makes the production goal for the 2012-2017 five-year oil and gas leasing program an increase by 2027 in daily production of at least 3 million barrels of oil, and 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
The closest I could find to his stand on environmental issues was a paragraph talking about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay.

Let’s see if we can have a reasonable conversation about the impact of these energy and oil polices on the climate and the environment.


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