Meet Lenar Whitney, Louisiana’s Sarah Palin

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Climate change is real. It is something that is happening whether people want to acknowledge it or not. So why are conservative politicians, pundits and the people who listen to them insisting that it isn’t happening? It’s the simple fact that you have politicians and media companies who rely on funding from fossil fuel companies to stay in office, or on the air. Not only must they deny scientific fact that the world is getting warmer, they also have to convince voters that it’s all a liberal plot to drive up prices, take away guns, introduce socialism, or whatever other bizarre story being cooked up at Fox News that day. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that climate change is happening and as coastal communities around the world face the rising ocean levels, there are still too many people (including one Lenar Whitney who is running for Congress here in Louisiana) who insist it isn’t happening.

Rep. Lenar Whitney is from Houma, LA and currently represents the 53rd District in the Louisiana House of Representatives. She recently announced her entry into the already crowded field of Republicans running to replace Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is the frontrunner in the US Senate race against Mary Landrieu. Lenar Whitney is Louisiana’s Sarah Palin, as she made quite clear in this video where she mocks climate scientists and claims climate change is part of a liberal plot to “regulate every aspect of American life.”

To be fair, nearly every politician in Louisiana owes their career in some way or another to the fossil fuel industry, especially Sen. Mary Landrieu. To speak out in any way that is critical of Big Oil is career suicide, and everyone knows that in order to get into office, they have to vote as the industry wishes or be replaced. Yet, Louisiana is one of the most vulnerable areas in the United States when it comes to climate change and rising sea levels, as noted in Lenar Whitney’s local paper,

“Large numbers of cities, roads, railways, ports, airports, oil and gas facilities and water supplies are at low elevations and potentially vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise. For instance, New Orleans, with roughly half of its population living below sea level, is especially at risk. Louisiana State Highway 1, heavily used for delivering critical oil and gas resources from Port Fourchon, is literally sinking, resulting in more frequent and more severe flooding during high tides and storms.” (Source)

Lenar Whitney’s section as to where she stands on issues looks like it could have been ripped from Sarah Palin’s cliche talking points on various Fox News appearances. In fact, the issues section looks like she has statements on each topic, but except for abortion, none of the “MORE” links are clickable.

Capture4Besides mocking climate change, the only one other area where she has any details is her stance on, you guessed it, abortion:

The great quandary of our times was best related to us by Mother Theresa, ““And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” What has happened to our country? – I am a practicing Catholic. I will never waver in my support for the unborn. I believe there is a growing, mainstream movement in America to end abortion during our lifetime, and I will work day and night to make this happen. (Source)

Even when the Fox News studio in New York is only accessible by boat and Lenar Whitney’s district is covered by six feet of saltwater, they will continue to say that climate change is just liberal propaganda. Rep. Whitney’s talking points and delivery are the same cliched, smarmy, “wink and a hair flip” style as Sarah Palin, and she’s sure to set conservative hearts aflutter in the 6th Congressional District as the leading female candidate in the race.

If Lenar Whitney were to win the jungle primary, she would likely face off against former governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards, who back in 1991 had the unofficial campaign slogan “Vote For the Crook. It’s Important.” I guess for those of you who do live in the 6th Congressional District, history has repeated itself and voting for the crook is important once again.


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