It’s official: Lieberman works for GOP

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There’s been a lot of noise about Cap and Trade amongst Democrats  in Washington. Many Democrats from conservative areas are worried about the political consequences of passing meaningful legislation to combat climate change. As a result, it looks like Cap and Trade may not pass the Senate. However, one member of the Democratic caucus is too fearless a proponent of the environment to let public opinion guide his politics:

“We’ve got to keep them together [cap-and-trade and energy policy] because they go together,” said Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, who infuriated liberals with his opposition to the public option in the health care bill but who’s trying to keep cap-and-trade alive in a bipartisan climate bill he’s drafting with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Isn’t it curious that Lieberman only supports the liberal position when it is clearly bad politically? The public option would have passed much easier than cap-and-trade. In fact, even liberal Democrats like Russ Feingold have questioned cap-and-trade because it supposedly would unevenly target coal-dependent areas like Wisconsin.

Truth-be-told (at least my version of it) any major energy policy bill that passes through Congress is so impure and pork-laden that it is unappetizing to idealists like Feingold, however, the same can definitely be said of the health care bill.

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2 Responses to “It’s official: Lieberman works for GOP”

  1. Irish Frog Says:

    Cap and trade will pass, and the vote will be far different than the health care vote(s). I doubt very much if it will be a party-line vote. During the health care debate, those obstructing the bill were doing so in order to preserve the status quo of no change. They were happy with the way things are, or at least happier with the current system than any proposed system.

    Cap and trade is different. There is no status quo, or at least there won’t be. The EPA has indicated that it will regulate carbon emissions using the powers given in the Clean Air Act. Anything the EPA will do will be decided in the executive branch. Putting aside the fact that Congress hates with the Executive branch makes law, they also don’t want an un-elected agency to make policy decisions, as the people have little input.

    Congress will come up with something to regulate carbon. And it’s likely to be pretty far reaching because as we’ve seen with the health care debate, a few grouchy senators can prevent pretty much anything. I’m interested to see what they come up with that will get 60 votes, as the progressives and environmentalists know they can get a much better deal if the EPA is left to their own devices.

  2. Irish Frog Says:

    I should probably cite where I’m getting this nutty stuff.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703558004574582284174773944.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/08/science/earth/08epa.html?scp=2&sq=epa%20carbon&st=cse

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