Isn’t This Great

The fact that oil company whore Lisa Murkowski got six Democrats to vote with her on this says nothing will be done on the climate bill this year. And really, you don’t need clean air and water, anyway!

A Senate resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases failed narrowly Thursday, providing a temporary respite to environmental activists hoping to enact a mandatory cap on emissions before the end of the year.

But the 47 to 53 vote showed that even in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Congress remains divided over how best to address climate change. The contentious debate, in which some lawmakers suggested federal regulation would strike a devastating blow to the economy, suggested the Senate is far from decided on whether to put a price on the industrial emissions that stem from everyday activities such as lighting a home or driving a car.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who drafted the resolution that would have barred the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, said the central question was whether Congress or the administration would set the rules for curbing carbon dioxide. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson has already proposed rules that would subject large greenhouse gas emitters — such as coal-fired utilities and oil refineries — to federal regulation starting next year.

5 thoughts on “Isn’t This Great

  1. Lisa Murkowski got six Democrats to vote with her

    One of them being Blanche Lincoln. Thank goodness that the White House threw its weight behind her to defeat that awful Halter person! Another few victories like this and the Republicans won’t need to run candidates at all.

    Best,
    Dog, etc.
    Didn’t the Democratic Party support Democrats once?

  2. I contacted the Socialist Party of Wisconsin, to see if they would come up here and talk, to see if I could push things a ways to the left.

    I think I just became my parents’ worst nightmare…

  3. i find it amusing (and depressing) that we continue to look to politics to solve our environmental problems (among others) when all we’ve seen of the past decade is more of the same “gamed system” continuing the corporate status quo.

    Don’t get your hopes up, as you’ll be disappointed.

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