Democrats Could Stand in the Way of Energy/Spill Bill

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Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

As I’ve reported, the piece of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) energy and oil spill response bill likely to gin up the most controversy is language disposing of the $75 million cap on oil companies’ economic liability in the case of a spill. Republicans oppose the proposal because they say it would essentially be a de facto drilling ban in the Gulf. Facing potentially billions of dollars in liability, only the biggest oil companies would be able to afford to drill.

But its not just Republicans that have a problem with the proposal. Politico notes today that at least two Democrats, Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mary Landrieu (La.), are raising objections, and points to an AP report that says Begich is reviewing the Republican alternative and would be open to voting for it.

All of this makes prospects for passage of Reid’s scaled-down bill, which lacks key provisions, like a cap on emissions from electric utilities and a renewable energy mandate, seem slim.

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So their reason for not removing the liability cap is they plan to create a multi-billion dollar spill again? Sounds like a good reason for me for having a *de juris* ban on drilling in the gulf rather than just a de facto one.


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Sounds like the GOP has it. Let's continue to allow big oil to make huge profits, destroy the environment, and then pass the cost of the cleanup to the taxpayers. I wonder how much the oil companies had to pay the congressmen for that vote. We need to vote these idiots out.


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