Energy reforms being held hostage by global warming lobby?
Posted by sanityinjection on August 14, 2009
There’s been an interesting development in the debate over carbon emissions “cap-and-trade” legislation, passed by the House and awaiting action by the Senate. Four Democrat Senators are asking that the cap-and-trade bill be dropped in favor of advancing as a stand-alone bill items related to energy efficiency and sufficiency.
The Senators are concerned that the larger bill will not be able to gain enough votes to pass, and that the energy provisions are important and should be done now. They include new mandates for energy efficiency and renewable energy, coupled with an extension of offshore oil and gas drilling. Such a combination of items favored by Democrats and Republicans stands a much better chance of passage.
Of course, the global warming zealots are not giving up so easily. “I don’t think we are going to take to the Senate floor a bill stripped of climate provisions,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). In other words, the Democrat leadership would rather see reasonable energy reform fail rather than abandon their hysterical push to destroy the American economy in service of their pseudo-scientific god.
I commend the four Senators for their prgamatism and hope that their request is heeded. Although I haven’t read the bill and am not sure what the implications of the new laws would be, I would rather see the energy provisions debated than cap-and-trade. If the larger bill is defeated, the Democrat leaders will be in no mood to talk about extending offshore drilling, which is something I definitely support. Both sides would be better off spending their time on a bill that might achieve bipartisan support and allow both parties to demonstrate that they are interested in real progress rather than scoring political points.