One would think that, when it comes to the Gulf spill, our top priorities would be as follows: plug the leak, mitigate and clean up the environmental damage, and provide help to those affected by it. But as President Obama indicated in his Oval Office address last Tuesday night, he sees things quite differently.
Sen. James Inhofe at Human Events
In his address President Obama found occasion to trumpet his radical cap-and-trade agenda for the nation’s energy sector. He referred approvingly to the disastrous Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, which the House narrowly passed last summer. He sent clear signals that he wants the Senate to pass a “strong and comprehensive clean energy and climate bill,” which are Obama code words for cap-and-trade, mandates, taxes, and bureaucracy.
But the Senate will pass no such legislation, because opposition to it runs deep. The vote on June 10 on Sen. Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) resolution to overturn the Obama EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases is a case in point. Though it failed, 47 to 53, it became clear as the debate progressed that there is a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate that either opposes any EPA greenhouse gas regulation, or wants such regulation delayed for two years. That latter option has been proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D.-W.Va.), who voted for the Murkowski resolution.
Thus far, at least six Democrats have pledged support for Rockefeller’s two-year delay. Those six Democrats stole victory away from Murkowski, but combined with the 47 ‘yes’ votes on the resolution (six of whom were Democrats), there are 53 members of the Senate who want to stand in EPA’s way. What’s more, these same senators want nothing to do with Obama’s radical cap-and-trade agenda.
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