And the Guerrilla War Begins…

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Monday, May 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

The markup session for the landmark Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill is underway in the House Energy and Commerce Committee (live webcast from C-SPAN). And it’s sure to be one hell of a show.

Ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas), who promised to wage “sneaky,” “crafty” “guerrilla warfare” on the legislation, just delivered his opening statement. He said of the bill, “We know the cost is significant; we know the environmental benefit is practically nonexistent.”

And so he’s offering a Republican substitute bill, which he said “wouldn’t wreck the economy, would have some economic benefits and wouldn’t do any environmental harm.” If that language seems less than aggressive in combating global climate change, that’s because it is. Says Joe Romm, “You can’t really call it an alternative climate bill, since it doesn’t stop US greenhouse gas emissions from rising and the words “climate change” and “global warming” hardly appear in it at all — except to strip any authority from the EPA to address the problem.”

Barton also pledged to introduce a number of amendments to improve the legislation. In fact, he’s got 450 amendments up his sleeve, and I’ll give you a sense of their general thrust. Numbers 10 to 148 take this form:

  • #30: “Suspends the act should more than 1,000 jobs in Indiana be lost due to the implementation of this Act.”
  • #31: “Suspends the act should more than 2,000 jobs in Indiana be lost due to the implementation of this Act.”
  • #32: “Suspends the act should more than 5,000 jobs in Indiana be lost due to the implementation of this Act.”
  • #33: “Suspends the act should more than 10,000 jobs in Indiana be lost due to the implementation of this Act.”
  • #34: “Suspends the act should more than 50,000 jobs in Indiana be lost due to the implementation of this Act.”

Swap in the names of 19 other states (no idea why the remaining 30 are excluded), and you get the general idea. You also start to understand Barton’s remark to Politico last week: “This is not going to be one of those gentlemanly, pro forma markups. We’re prepared for it to take weeks or months.”

OK, maybe it won’t be THAT fun to watch. Fortunately, TWI will provide updates and save you the trouble. Stay tuned.

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Comments

12 Comments

Mike
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

doesn't it follow that if 2,000 jobs are lost, 1,000 jobs have already been lost, rendering all stipulations above 1,000 jobs redundant?


Nic
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

I think hes assuming that the lower job less thresholds will be dinged.


John
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

I think what he's trying to do is get the committee to have to vote 450 times on eavh of these crazy amendments, some of which, if you look at the whole list, are non starters even for his own party, such as cutting corporate tax exemptions… He's just trying to drag this thing on until public opinion over the House drops from 18% approval to 5% approval.


dan
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

Is this going to be like their budget that didn't have any numbers in it?

Do they want to remain in the minority for the next 50 years?


Rowdy
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

Can't a member be banned from the chamber for making a mockery of the body?


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Dash RIPROCK III
Comment posted May 18, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

Oh how I wish we could return to a more utopian time before CO2 emissions by man caused such things as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and severe drought. Before
global warming brought about disasters like famine, disease, divorce, larger snakes, larger spiders, kidney stones and the nearly 600 items on this list: http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm.

Having said that, I now feel compelled to suggest the following as required viewing, listening, and reading before the conference in Copenhagen:

http://www.hootervillegazette.com/LordMonckton….


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kasdc
Comment posted May 20, 2009 @ 7:02 am

My favorite quote on Barton was in the Economist which profiled him in its “Profiles In Stupidity” column:

“We've chronicled Mr Barton's stupidity (there really is no other word for it) before. Anyone looking for exhibit A in what's wrong with the Republican Party should start with the good congressman…

Please don't get me wrong, it's not simply that Mr Barton is a climate-change sceptic. There are plenty of those and some make decent arguments against moving ahead with measures to control emissions. The problem with Mr Barton is that he is wholly uninterested in the science and statistics of the global warming debate. He is about as curious as a dead cat, as is his colleague in the Senate, James Inhofe.”

That pretty much sums this guy up!


kasdc
Comment posted May 20, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

My favorite quote on Barton was in the Economist which profiled him in its “Profiles In Stupidity” column:

“We've chronicled Mr Barton's stupidity (there really is no other word for it) before. Anyone looking for exhibit A in what's wrong with the Republican Party should start with the good congressman…

Please don't get me wrong, it's not simply that Mr Barton is a climate-change sceptic. There are plenty of those and some make decent arguments against moving ahead with measures to control emissions. The problem with Mr Barton is that he is wholly uninterested in the science and statistics of the global warming debate. He is about as curious as a dead cat, as is his colleague in the Senate, James Inhofe.”

That pretty much sums this guy up!


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