Thursday, May 14, 2009

Joe Barton unveils cynical Republican alternative to Waxman climate bill

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) today unveiled what I would characterize as a cynical Republican alternative plan to the compromise climate legislation being developed by Democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The document (if you check the “document properties” of the attached summary) is titled The Republican alternative should encompass the energy and technology initiatives that our Members can present as a viable alternative to a mandatory cap and trade plan.

Note: it doesn’t have to be a viable alternative – only something that can be presented as one.

In other words, this is basically a pr stunt aimed at conning the public.

The plan includes such choice items as:

Repealing the Supreme Court decision which said the US EPA could limit greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Preempting state authority. (Mary Bono Mack – are you paying attention? Is the California media? This is a direct attack on the state of California and other states that have sought to reduce climate-related emissions.)

Providing regulatory and financial rewards to coal-burning power plants that use “currently available technology.” In other words, more dirty coal.

Providing added financial incentives for new nuclear power plants. (And also promote “clean coal” along the lines suggested by the panel’s Brown Dog Democrats.)

Promoting more oil drilling off the coasts as well as “environmentally sensitive American energy exploration” [NOTE: THIS LINE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN OR INSPIRED BY CYNICAL POLLSTER FRANK LUNTZ] in the Arctic wildlife refuge.

You can see the whole document here:

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