‘Sneaky,’ ‘Crafty’ Republicans Plot Guerrilla War Over Climate Bill

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm

For a man who read the morning paper during a congressional hearing on the Waxman-Markey climate bill last week, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) sure seems to be enjoying the fight over the legislation.

Barton, the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, doesn’t have any illusions about his role in the process; he is well aware that the details of the bill will be hammered out by the committee’s liberal and moderate Democrats. But he does hope to have some fun in the process by helping spark “mass chaos” at next week’s markup, as he told ClimateWire yesterday.

“I’m not the majority, so I’m not going to be the target,” he said. “I’m going to be the sneaky little guy that pops up from behind the bush and fights the guerrilla. But guerrilla warfare does succeed sometimes.” His militant rhetoric echoed that of his colleague Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) last week.

Barton continued: “There are going to be more members who want more allowances than they have allowances to give. So then you make some member mad because he doesn’t get what he thinks is his fair share. And then the crafty Republicans will come in and say we’ve got a deal for you, if you support us, there’s no need for allowances.”

His hope, in other words, is to wreak such havoc upon the negotiations that moderate House Democrats decide to support the nonexistent Republican alternative legislation, which, if written, would almost certainly involve no carbon caps, renewable electricity standards or other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, since Barton does not consider global warming a problem.

Or maybe, after all those boring hearings, he’s just looking to have a little fun.

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Comment posted April 28, 2009 @ 11:10 am

Trust me… if cap and trade passes… fake warfare is the least of the troubles. Keep your AGW religion out of my kitchen.

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Comment posted May 1, 2009 @ 11:04 am

If Al Gore and Oshama were realy concerned with global warming,they would give back their airplanes.Just another government statist ploy to steal more cash and destroy the poor,so they can make their voting base bigger.Dig this .The poor think Democrats can help them.

Comment posted May 13, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

Even if global warming is real, it will STILL make things worse. Climate problems will get WORSE not better. More of industries will be outsourced to countries with fewer environmental regulations and carbon caps, and we will probably start buying electricity from Canada and Mexico. Unless they wish to go protectionist and impose sanctions on such countries that we trade with, it will not get better. More goods will have to be shipped overseas, meaning more fuel burned carting goods around the world…

If the US were more maunfacturing-friendly (as in, pressuring FAIR trade…like for example China charging tariffs on our goods and us not doing the same in return), there would be FEWER climate problems as we already have stronger environmental/climate protection than most other countries. We will also have more oil for the future, and burn less of it, and therefore do less environmental damage, by keeping all of our power generation and manufacturing at home…

Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

“we will probably start buying electricity from Canada and Mexico”

This is hi-larious

magic power lines from Mexico to Tennessee FTW

alex schindler
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

um… what? so is he the guerilla, or is he fighting the guerilla… i don't get it.

alex schindler
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 5:58 am

um… what? so is he the guerilla, or is he fighting the guerilla… i don't get it.

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