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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Washington is Full of Methane Related Gas

Picture Courtesy of NREL

While both sides of the isle claim to be trying to resolve our nation energy policy the only thing really getting done is… well, nothing. Over on the right they are pushing for more oil drilling and over on the left they are pushing for alternative energy sources. What we end up with is… well, nothing.

It’s almost as if they need Moe from the Three Stooges fame to show up on the floor of the House and Senate and do his slap routine. Line up the entire crew and get a running start Moe.

Over at the Washington Post they have this to say about our nations lack of leadership on America’s energy policy…

A Wind-Powered Town, an Energy Bill and a Lot of Hot Air

By Dana Milbank
Friday, June 15, 2007

There's a certain irony in Washington's failure to devise a modern energy policy. This is, after all, the one place on earth that is powered almost entirely by wind.
Lawmakers are growing further apart on energy legislation, as Democrats demand alternative fuels and Republicans insist on more drilling. But for both sides, the ability to talk about energy is both plentiful and renewable.


Talk about a large carbon footprint. The amount of CO2 emitted from the mouths of all these lawmakers, lobbyists and activists was enough to cause part of Greenland to melt into the sea.

"This bill's going to have a tough time," said Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), demonstrating his mastery of the obvious at one of yesterday's many news conferences. "My guess is there are many hours of lengthy debate ahead." That's a safe guess, given that the Senate plans for about eight days of debate on the bill -- and Republicans such as Craig are hinting at a filibuster that could derail the whole thing.


"We do not believe in the president's theory, the Republicans' theory: Drill, drill, drill, more of the same," Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate majority leader, taunted. "It reminds me of Iraq."

The senators displayed a chart contrasting two families: The energy-efficient "Baileys," who spend $1,600 a year less than the inefficient "Martins." "You notice it's not just any old chart," said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). "There are families mentioned on that chart."

His colleagues had forgotten to tell Casey that the Martins and the Baileys were fictitious.
- Washington Post

Rather than griping and pissing and moaning how dead wrong the other side of the isle is why don’t they all just meet in the damn middle of this legislation and call it a damn day? If everyone insists on the Bush mentality of governing (My way or the highway) then we as a nation are stuck with an energy policy that favors using more of what we have less and less of.


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Blogger Just Wondering said...

It's good to see some attention being paid to this issue. One of the things I take encouragement from, when I get down about how "stoopid" we are when it comes to energy (which is daily!), is the fact that so many city and state governments are telling the feds "lead, follow, or get out of the way" on this issue. There are some things we are going to need federal regulation on, and there are some things we need for the federal government to avoid subsidizing, but maybe enough headway can be made at the local levels until we get a crop of grown-ups in Washington. Here is a short article you might like on this issue. Thanks for keeping the conversation going! Rock on, backatcha!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Michael Linn Jones said...

The energy policy of the U.S. is to have NO energy policy.

The mating of industrialization and oil was a coincidence of history. As had been said before, we are in a good position to select our energy sources instead of continuing to suck the depleting oil straw.

Whether CO2 emissions are responsible for the warming climate, why continue with them if there is a viable alternative? These emissions certainly can't be GOOD for anybody or anything. So why not use some originality in approaching our energy needs?

Because, between Bush and Congress we are going to get more of the same.

A policy cannot exist without leadership, and at present there is neither.

2:08 PM  

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