2008 Energy Bill
The Senate Must Have a Sense of Humor
Another bill with the best of intentions bit the dust this week (at least in its original form) while big oil added another notch on its belt, squeezing out every last drop of influence from partisan politics.
In the energy bill a measure for repealing tax breaks for large oil and gas companies and directing that funding to the renewable energy sector trembled and tumbled as the opposition won by a single vote.
But no worries, this filibuster is weak in the knees and buckled by letting the CAFE Standards slide through.
And what a God send that is!
I mean nothing - absolutely nothing - could prepare us for the reality of peak oil, the caustic tide of global warming or WWIII over oil like the CAFE Standards.
Just imagine the ramifications of our national fleet getting 35 mpg by 2020.
I know what you're thinking...
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.
Exactly right! Bollocks to all that stuff.
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...
Now before you start drafting your “this is liberal propaganda” e-mails, rest assured, my only goal here is a stronger nation. I could care less which side of the aisle enables this. Bottom line: A stronger America is an America that isn’t held hostage by oil. Period.
And that ain’t propaganda. That’s patriotism.
By the way, here’s a list of all the Senators that decided to play games with our future, and continue our dangerous addiction to oil. They can also be found at www.senate.gov.
Senator Alexander from Tennessee
Senator Allard from Colorado
Senator Barrasso from Wyoming
Senator Bennett from Utah
Senator Bond from Missouri
Senator Brownback from Kansas
Senator Bunning from Kentucky
Senator Burr from North Carolina
Senator Chambliss from Georgia
Senator Coburn from Oklahoma
Senator Cochran from Mississippi
Senator Corker from Tennessee
Senator Cornyn from Texas
Senator Craig from Idaho
Senator Crapo from Idaho
Senator DeMint from South Carolina
Senator Dole from North Carolina
Senator Domenici from New Mexico
Senator Ensign from Nevada
Senator Enzi from Wyoming
Senator Graham from South Carolina
Senator Gregg from New Hampshire
Senator Hagel from Nebraska
Senator Hutchison from Texas
Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma
Senator Isakson from Georgia
Senator Kyl from Arizona
Senator Landrieu from Louisiana
Senator Lott from Mississippi
Senator Martinez from Florida
Senator McConnell from Kentucky
Senator Roberts from Kansas
Senator Sessions from Alabama
Senator Shelby from Alabama
Senator Specter from Pennsylvania
Senator Stevens from Alaska
Senator Sununu from New Hampshire
Senator Vitter from Louisiana
Senator Voinovich from Ohio
Senator Warner from Virginia
Introducing, ladies and gentleman, the class of 2008—Big Oil’s Puppets.
You vote ‘em…we stoke ‘em.
Keep your hopes in the future but your sense in the present,
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