Subtitle: After Gutenberg: Laughably Apocalyptic
After 1) stripping out the tax changes that would rescind subsidies to the oil companies and use the savings to fund investment in renewable energy sources and 2) again killing a federal mandated, Renewable energy Portfolio Standard, the bill easily passed 86-8 in the Senate, demonstrating without a doubt what is important to the Senate. And, the House had the same need to be seen as green, while taking care of business in every way. The Energy Bill passed handily, 314-to-100.
God, bless the Emperor
Fossil Fuels that I love.
Reuters quotes House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as stating the bill was “a historic turning point in America’s energy policy,” because it moves the United States away from its addiction to traditional oil, most of which must be imported, to home-grown renewable energy supplies and promotes energy conservation.
“With this legislation,” said Hoyer, “we will move toward real energy independence that results in a stronger economy.” Those advocates who have been monitoring the policy making, at least, those not dumbstruck by the , found it too late to get supporters to change the momentum that led to its passage.
For instance, It’s Getting Hot in Here participant Mike Ewall noted that “what started off as a combination of decent and dirty policies is losing some of its better aspects and picking up dirtier ones.”
Support for clean, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar were ripped out while the main dirty aspects remained present, to include massive support for inefficient corn-to-ethanol, support for dirtier coal to liquid fuel, and expansion of a nuclear industry liability cap.
Since 1970 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. vehicles have gone up 73 percent. Automakers are not doing enough to reduce carbon pollution.
Congress can seem tough by pointing to the fact that the energy bill they passed requires a 35 mpg CAFE by 2020. Of course, there will be those naysayers who will say that even this “triumph” is short shrift.
Who needs solar, geothermal, or wind power if your truck can get 22.2 mpg? Never mind the average light duty vehicle gets 21.6 mpg right now.
Hell, over in Paris, according to the International Energy Agency, the average fuel consumption is 32.1 mpg. But, by golly, we’re Americans, we like our fries honky-tonk style and we certainly don’t need to learn from Europe.
That would be utterly foolish. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing big oil wasn’t getting the tax breaks they deserve, and, ye gods, even worse, the car in my driveway was a diesel powered European Ford Focus that ticks off 46 miles per gallon.
Why would I drive that when the new energy bill says I won’t have to get 35 mpg until 2020? Wow, talk about progress…
Mr. House Democratic Majority Leader, is it true that addicts will commit crimes to support their addiction without regard for whom those crimes might harm?”
Yes, the bill was “a historic turning point”, not because it confronted the direction that the United is taking. Congress has chosen to ignore the advice that there still may be time to stop the worst of climate change, which will have disastrous consequence for the American people as well as other populations throughout the world.
The energy bill passed by Congress defeats a goal for survival of life as we know if on the planet, a goal which climate scientists now explain with a set of simple numbers — “2 and 445? and “25 to 40?.
That’s 2 degrees Celsius, 445 parts per million of carbon dioxide, and a 25-to-40-percent reduction in global-warming gases — a formula, some say, to save the planet from climate change’s severest consequences.
Rather the bill may become “a historic turning point”, when it became evident to our youth concerned with the future of their world that the established power structure is willing to sell out the people. It is evident that United States Congress, despite the knowledge that they have, will continue to act counter to the interests of the global community.
In other words, no one has “done an intervention with” Steny Hoyer. The rhetoric is nice, and it is evident that Congress is indisposed toward action of sufficient import. While people can remain stuck in a Contemplation Stage for long periods of time, we lack the time.
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