Sparks flew in a heated exchange during a House Oversight Committee hearing when a loopy leftist environmental lawyer took exception to being questioned by Rep. Clay Higgins, whining about perceived racial injustice and demanding that he repent for his state’s injuries to Mother Earth.
On Thursday, Louisiana Republican Clay Higgins bruised the ego of lawyer Raya Salter who describes herself on her website as “an environmental advocate and policy storyteller” and she showed up to tell tall tales on behalf of the Democrats. But the lawmaker whose state’s economic lifeblood is tied to the oil industry wasn’t about to put up her climate cramp.
The presence of Salter is yet another one of the parlor tricks by a party that has routinely trotted out unhinged crackpots to lend support for their transformational revolution that seeks to replace logic and science with “woke” utopian fantasies that, until the current administration, have never been considered by policymakers and for good reason.
Tempers flared during her testimony, with Rep. Higgins pointing out to Salter the essential presence of petrochemicals in everyday products.
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“Everything you have, your clothes, your glasses, the car you got here on, your phone, the table you’re sitting at, the chair, the carpet under your feet, everything you’ve got is petrochemical products. What would you do with that? Tell the world,” Higgins asked the executive director of the Energy Justice Law and Policy Center which touts itself as the “nation’s first energy justice public interest law firm and justice center.”
“If I had that power in the world. What?” Salter replied. “Actually, I don’t need that power. Because what I would do is ask you, sir, from Louisiana….”
“I’m giving you the power,” Higgins shot back.
“You, sir, from Louisiana,” Salter continued, rudely raising her voice over the congressman as she threw down the race card, “to search your heart and understand why the EPA knows that toxic petrochemical facilities are some of the most toxic polluting facilities in the world and are killing black people throughout Louisiana…”
“So my first thing would to be, you to search your heart and ask your God what you are doing to the black, poor people in Louisiana,” shrieked Salter as the two talked back and forth over each other.
Salter: The fossil fuel industry that owns your state is destroying the earth and the natural world pic.twitter.com/LqmJtyLka4
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Higgins later added, “Like from a Biblical perspective, we were given, we were given, the Lord gave us dominion over the planet and the creatures thereof. Now, the original translations of dominion means to care for and nurture. So from a Biblical perspective, I am an environmentalist. I love my planet and the people and the creatures thereof. Do you?”
“Sir. If we’re going to talk about, if we’re going to talk about the Lord. I ask that you search your heart again and think about repenting,” Salter again called for repentance from Higgins.
“The fossil fuel industry that owns your state is destroying the earth and the natural world. And that is a fact, sir,” Salter said, regurgitating talking points while never answering the question.
“You know what you got, young lady? You got a lot of noise, but you got no answers,” Higgins concluded, summing up the exchange perfectly.
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