Thursday, July 22, 2010

Political Climate Checks Climate Change


Senate Democrats today have given up on a comprehensive energy bill to limit emissions of so called "greenhouse gases" this term. Democrats will continue to press for circumscribed legislation aimed at punishing companies that experience accidents effecting the environment. The increased liability will, Democrats claim, be an incentive for business to develope natural gas powered vehicles and alternative energy consuming industries.

Democrats told the Washington Post their

decision to abandon the proposal was another concession to the difficult political environment Democratic leaders face, as many rank-and-file congressional Democrats are wary of casting any vote that could be used in political attacks by Republicans.

Democrats who advocated the broader measure didn't hide their disappointment in falling short. Carol Browner, who heads the White House's Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, said, "Obviously everyone is disappointed," while Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the primary author of the comprehensive bill, said the legislation Democrats will take up next week is "admittedly narrow."

"We know where we are. We know we don't have the votes," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Of course, Dems haven't ruled out another go at saving the 4.54 billion year old Earth from the feeble depredations of corporate greed after the August recess or into the new Congress after the November elections even though many of their number will no longer be congressional members. Ah, hope and change spring infernal.




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2 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Democrats told the Washington Post their decision to abandon the proposal was another concession to the difficult political environment Democratic leaders face, as many rank-and-file congressional Democrats are wary of casting any vote that could be used in political attacks by Republicans.

"Difficult political environment"? As in accountable to voters?

That pesky Constitution?

**smile**

Indigo Red said...

'Constitution' must be the longest four-letter word.