Tuesday, May 5, 2009

When it Comes to the Energy Debate, Republican’s “All-of-the-Above” Equals “More-of-the-Same”

Per this morning’s First Read:

House Republicans hit Democrats again on energy legislation currently in the House that they say would amount to a “national energy tax.”

It’s an argument they’ve made before -- notably two weeks ago when the chamber returned from Easter holiday break. Today, at a news conference following the GOP Conference meeting, Republican leadership promoted its “energy summit” to come up with alternative solutions to, specifically, the Waxman-Markey legislation that has stirred debate even within the Democratic Party.

The GOP has said it’s for an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy. It has rolled out members from Oklahoma -- pushing oil, members from West Virginia pushing coal and others promoting off-shore drilling. House Minority Leader John Boehner says the party is for alternative sources as well, but the Democrats’ plans picks the “winners and losers” and would have devastating effects on industry in certain states.

Notice that their “all-of-the-above” strategy mentions alternative sources as an afterthought.  They’re also running still running that tired “energy tax” bit that’s been disproven.  More Oklahoma oil doesn’t solve the problem.  Neither does more West Virginia coal.  The problem is our old, broken, inefficient delivery system.  If we’re going to take the time to fix that, then we might as well switch to sources that don’t cost anything, are in plentiful supply, and have zero emissions.  I’m talking about sun and wind.  Yes, it costs money to build wind turbines and solar panels.  It also costs money to build a platform off the eastern seaboard.  I say, lets spend money on the option we will never run out of.

In the meantime, we’ll have to deal with these obstructionists who continue to fight for shortsighted interests.  Remember, a new energy policy will positively affect your pocketbook and your health.  It’s worth fighting for.


  1. I am glad you got in. I arrived with a few friends, and even though I am a blogger, I was excluded because we did not have official House of Rep press credentials. As we waited outside, those running the GOP Energy Summit called security to ask us to leave that area of the Capitol Visitor Center. Not a good welcome in the new Visitor Center funded by American taxpayers!

    We need clean renewable energy and green jobs, not more oil and coal as you eloquently said.

  2. isch,

    To be clear, I did not get in, I just read about it this morning. But I do appreciate your own attempts to get in and you sharing your story. I would be interested in checking out your blog, so please send a link my way using the address in the upper right.

    Finally, thanks so much for your kinds words and stopping by!

    Andrew T.