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Solving climate change through oil, nukes and coal?


The three wise men? Um, no

Christmas has come early for the Trio of Polluters (oil, coal and nukes): The tripartisan committee of Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released their “framework” for legislation that proposes so many giveaways to climate culprits that I’m having a hard time finding where this legislative “framework” actually addresses climate change. For starters, the Nuclear Energy Institute gets its money’s worth as the Joe-John-Lindsey framework proclaims: “Our legislation will encourage the construction of new nuclear power plants.” Not to be outdone, the framework also boasts that their legislation will be “ensuring a future for coal.” And, apparently concerned that the hundreds of billions of dollars earned by oil companies isn’t enough profit, these 3 Senators pledge to open more oil and gas drilling offshore and on land, and promise to protect the domestic oil refining industry.

Have these Senators lost perspective? Just because they slap a “Climate Action” label on their legislative framework does not hide the fact that their proposal will enshrine into law the largest financial giveaways to the oil, coal and nuclear industries since George W Bush was in the White House.

The obsession cannot be simply to get to 60 votes in the Senate, damn the legislative details. The People’s Business before congress and our children’s future is simply too important to waste time and the taxpayers’ money on more nuclear power plants, a new generation of coal burners and the largest expansion of oil and gas drilling in two generations.

Tyson Slocum is Director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Beedy Parker permalink
    12/11/2009 5:30 pm

    Re climate change disbelief:

    Is it possible that the US population, and media, and legislators even, are having trouble with the projected climate change temperature reporting being done in the US in degrees Celsius (often unspoken), whereas we think in terms of degrees Fahrenheit in the US, and may be not aware of how much more serious the temperature rise would be? Should this be clarified in the media, as to which units we are using, and the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit?

    • 12/16/2009 12:54 pm

      Hi Beedy – I’m not sure that the Celsius/Fahrenheit issue has left folks confused . . . I think more confusing is the complexity involved with things like “cap and trade” . . .

  2. Dennis O. Jones permalink
    12/21/2009 10:49 am

    I think that going metric in the U.S. would be the smartest thing we could ever do for the obvious reasons. I am confused with Cap and Trade but I have saved many articles on the subject and need to find the time to read them.
    To many are not researching the facts.


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