After health, Obama allies zero in on climateAll lies of course.
After a hard-fought victory on health care reform, President Barack Obama's allies in Congress are setting their sights on climate change -- but some on both sides are already crying foul.
Environmentalists hope Obama will seize on new political momentum to push forward climate legislation, though some observers question whether he would seek another divisive vote as November congressional elections approach.
Senator John Kerry, who has spearheaded climate legislation, said that White House officials can now "pour their energy and attention" into the issue after Sunday's down-to-the-wire vote on expanding health care coverage.
"In the wake of health care's passage, we have a strong case to make that this can be the next breakthrough legislative fight," the Massachusetts Democrat argued.
"Climate legislation is the single best opportunity we have to create jobs, reduce pollution and stop sending billions overseas for foreign oil from countries that would do us harm," Kerry said. [link]
What an asshole.
But, like it or not, that's the same lame rationale that lowlifes like Kerry used to get ObamaCare passed. So maybe it'll be as effective.
The same rationale that our congressman - Rick Boucher - who represents the coalfields of Virginia that John Kerry and his Democrat brethren intend to turn into a wasteland - has used to support his YEA vote on cap-and-tax.
Obama vowed to seize control of our health care system. In that he has now succeeded.
He has also vowed to bankrupt the coal industry.
He now turns his attention to doing just that.
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"This is a responsible measure. It is carefully balanced; it reduces greenhouse gases by 83 percent by the year 2050 as compared to 2005 levels; it keeps electricity rates affordable; it enables coal usage to grow as the demand for electricity increases nationwide; and it opens the door to a more secure energy future and the creation of millions of new jobs, innovating, deploying and exporting to the world the new, low-carbon-dioxide-emitting technologies that will power our energy future."
-- Rick Boucher --