Friday, June 06, 2008

500 page Global Warming Bill Tanks in Face of Expensive Fuel...err, reality.

The Crypt: "With little chance of winning passage of a sweeping 500-page global warming bill, the Senate Democratic leadership is planning to yank the legislation after failing to achieve the 60 vote threshold needed to move the bill to the next stage.

After a 48-36 vote on the climate change bill, the Senate is likely to move on to a separate energy debate next week. The legislation collapsed for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the poor timing of debating a bill predicted to increase energy costs while much of the country is focused on $4 a gallon gas.

On top of that, a number of industrial state Democrats like Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio were uncomfortable with the strong emissions caps that would have created a new regime of regulations for coal, auto and other manufacturing industries. Republicans, for the most part, held firm against a bill they said would cost billions in regulations while pushing the cost of gas higher.
"The message is clear: the majority can’t abandon this bill fast enough," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "On the one hand, the majority says climate change is the most important issue facing the planet. Yet they’ve rushed the debate on that topic and brought the bill to a premature end. They brought it down before we could vote on gas prices, on clean energy technology, or on protecting American jobs."

Sanity yet remains in the halls and chambers of our elected government, and it has been some time since I was reminded of that fact.
This screwball envirofascist legislation was denied, and I applaud Bush for stating well in advance that he would veto this if it passed. Good to see some real spine in the republican party, and a heart yet beats in the House of Representatives.
It's also nice to see the far left go nuts as their side backs away from 'the most important issue facing the planet' EDIT: I can't find a peep on the Huffington Post or the Daily kos on this...

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