Thursday, September 07, 2006

Inhofe seeks to punish California for global warming initiative

California, as you know, is moving ahead with a landmark global warming plan.

But now the empire is striking back!

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is moving forward with draconian new clean air legislation that would punish California businesses. The Senator says he is doing this because of his interest in clean air.

After years of scorning the Clean Air Act and trying to weaken it, we’re now supposed to believe Senator Inhofe is suddenly interested in clean air? I don’t buy it.

This is a political stunt by the Senate’s biggest champion of big polluters.

This appears to be a ham-handed attempt to retaliate against California’s recent global warming initiative, which Senator Inhofe inaccurately branded a “job killer.”

It also seems to be an ugly pre-election attempt to embarrass Senator Boxer, who is in line to become the Chair or ranking member of the committee, depending on the outcome of the November elections.

The existing Clean Air Act, when properly enforced, provides an appropriate balance between clean air and economic growth. It has led to continuing progress towards better air and permitted economic expansion. Senator Inhofe appears to be interested in harming the economy of one state – California.

And he is being duplicitous in the process, because he tries through legal mumbo jumbo – using the term “covered areas” -- to hide the fact that California is his target.

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