Senators Draw Battle Lines on Cap-and-Trade

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 10:40 am

The Senate’s first hearing on climate legislation since the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act is underway. And unlike in much of the House debate, there’s little pretense of bipartisanship thus far in the Senate discussion.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) opened the hearing with a shot at her colleagues across the aisle. “Today, I expect you will hear fierce words of doubt and fear and worse from the other side of the aisle regarding our legislative efforts to move forward with clean energy jobs legislation,” she said. “This is consistent with a pattern of ‘No, we can’t.’”

Committee ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) countered, “You can be sure of this: once the American public realizes what this legislation will do to their wallets, they will resoundingly reject it.”

None of the so-called swing senators on this legislation — with the possible but unlikely exception of Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) — are present at the hearing right now, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing much common ground between the two sides in this debate.

But on the plus side, in keeping with the GOP’s newfound love of inscrutable charts, Sen. Kit Bond’s (R-Mo.) staff just pulled out the hearing’s first inscrutable chart. It’s a huge blue webbed number with the title “Waxman-Markey: A Bureaucratic Nightmare.”

More updates to come.

Update (as promised): Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), reading from his opening remarks, just stumbled over the GOP’s word of choice to describe the administration’s global warming fears. “A-pa-ca… A-pa … A-pa-ca…” he attempted, emphasizing the first syllable, confusing himself in the process and reddening visibly. A chorus of senators and audience members came to his aid.  “Apocalyptic,” they said in unison.

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4 Comments

wyohaygal
Comment posted July 7, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

I hope it doesn't pass. It will move our energy supply out of our country, where they care less about the environment. I love our world, and want to supervise pollution control. By moving the energy out of country, we hurt everyone, especially this world.


ajm8127
Comment posted July 7, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

“Committee ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) countered, 'You can be sure of this: once the American public realizes what this legislation will do to their wallets, they will resoundingly reject it.'”

This is so typical. We have to get away from the mindset that money is the most important thing we have.


jparker70
Comment posted July 8, 2009 @ 2:22 am

it is you tree hugger, global warming is a fraud.. This year is the coolest in decades


ajm8127
Comment posted July 8, 2009 @ 2:54 am

Looking at one year and claiming that you can deduce climate trends from it is incredibly ignorant. Do you only watch 30 seconds of a movie and claim you know the ending? How can you argue with the exponential increase in CO2 since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution? Do yo really believe the carbon released from fossil fuels has completely no impact on global climate? There is a reason the earth was a lot hotter before all of the plants started growing. Not only that, but my post made no mention of climate change at all. I was merely commenting on the fact that people in consumer cultures almost lay down their lives for some greenbacks that in the grand scheme of things are worthless anyway.


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