Congress at Work

By Bill Maher

This is a terrible Congress, maybe the worst ever, but we should stop complaining that they’re not doing anything. They did do something recently, and it was an act of pure, proudly-ignorant, how-do-ya-like-me-now, anti-ecological spite. It’s called the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and the House passed it by a vote of 253 to 170. Here are some of things it does (courtesy of The Huffington Post):

1. Slashes funding for renewable energy programs in the Department of Energy by more than $100 million, while boosting funding for coal.

2. Bars the Department of Energy from enforcing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.

3. Prevents the Energy Department from using appropriated funds for its climate model development and validation program.

4. Forbids spending to "design, implement, administer or carry out specified assessments regarding climate change."

5. Slashes funding for a federal program that provides incentives for swapping low-efficiency toilets for higher-efficiency models.

I understand the laws for coal and against even studying climate change. Those are simple acts of constituent service for the extraction industry. But how can you be against making toilets work better? “Using less water is for fags. I’m an American. And when I shit, I shit up a river.”