When we last left Bobby Jindal, oil-addicted governor of BP-ravaged Louisiana, he was demanding more deepwater drilling ASAP. Former dirty energy lobbyist Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MI) also demanded renewed drilling before the cause of disaster was found.
The White House has now responded, as HuffPost reports:
LONDON””As the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico entered its eighth week Wednesday, fears continued to grow that the massive flow of bullshit still gushing from the headquarters of oil giant BP could prove catastrophic if nothing is done to contain it.
The toxic bullshit, which began to spew from the mouths of BP executives shortly after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April, has completely devastated the Gulf region, delaying cleanup efforts, affecting thousands of jobs, and endangering the lives of all nearby wildlife.
Dense streams of shit are expected to continue spreading throughout the region and the entire United States.
In an appearance this morning on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the vice-chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, treated legislation to fight global warming as an afterthought to an energy-only bill. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) have painstakingly crafted a comprehensive climate policy bill, the American Power Act, that would build upon the legislation passed last year by the House of Representatives. Also last year, Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) energy committee passed a limited package which Center for American Progress president John Podesta described as “weak, toothless, and unacceptable.” Sitting with the Morning Joe anchors, Schumer praised the building codes in the Bingaman bill. He said that Kerry’s “thing” would be offered as an amendment to Bingaman’s “good, strong energy bill”:
In the bill that Jeff Bingaman has proposed, which is the base energy bill upon which Kerry is going to try to add his thing, we have those codes nationally. Will it immediately have an effect in the first year? No. But in ten or 15 years it will do a huge amount.
In this bill is something — it’s a little controversial: much more ability to do nuclear energy. If we standardize it and apply the same rules we talked about with oil, that you know, you got to be real careful because if you screw up, you’re going to pay the price — but do it! And people want to take that, that endeavor, they should. It’s going to be a good strong energy bill and I think it’s been given new life.
Now what do you do about, uh, climate change? Now Kerry has a proposal that has pretty broad support, it has the environmental groups, the energy companies, et cetera. And of course, the extreme people at each side say it’s not good enough. But he’s done a damn good job. He’s in my opinion going to get a chance to offer that amendment and we’ll see if it has the votes.
Evidently, Schumer is skeptical of President Barack Obama’s commitment that although “the votes may not be there right now” for a comprehensive bill like Kerry-Lieberman that puts a price on carbon, “I intend to find them in the coming months.”
,Schumer’s spokesman walked back his remarks later in the day. Schumer spokesman Brian Fallon said in an e-mail to National Journal:
To the senator’s knowledge, no decisions have been made yet on the floor strategy for legislation addressing the nation’s urgent energy challenges, nor is it his decision to make. The senator speculated on one procedural option, but make no mistake: He believes climate change legislation is vital to our nation’s energy security and looks forward to voting for it.
Kerry and Schumer “will meet later this week to talk about a possible strategy for moving a broad climate and energy plan.”
In the ongoing saga of The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley vs. reality, TVMOB tosses up an air ball in response to Prof. John Abraham’s evisceration of his standard talk. Maybe the better analogy is one of bad sportsmanship, a basketball thrown directly at the head of Abraham.
EPA’s Jackson says Sen. Murkowski’s Amendment would “allow big oil companies, big refineries and others to continue to pollute without any oversight or consequence” and “increase our dependence on oil … by billions of barrels.”
Warmer, drier air, has allowed the voracious spruce bark beetle to migrate north, moving through our forests in the south-central part of the state. At last count, over three million acres of forest land has been devastated by the beetle, providing dry fuel for outbreaks of enormous wild fires. To give you some perspective, that is almost the size of Connecticut.
By Climate Guest Blogger on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:56 am
Former dirty energy lobbyist joins Jindal in calls for more deepwater drilling before cause of disaster is found
On Fox News Sunday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) continued to aggressively downplay the massive BP oil gusher, explaining that tar balls washing up on his state’s beaches are “no big deal” because you can “pick them up and throw them in the bag.” And instead of attacking BP for causing the spill, he blamed the media for creating a “misperception” of crisis by daring to call attention to one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. TP has the story:
By Climate Guest Blogger on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:46 am
Sunday on ABC’s This Week had a must-see slugfest. In one corner was Arianna Huffington of our very own planet Earth, laying out the case for Cheney’s Katrina. In the other corner was Liz Cheney of the Bizarro World, Htrae, a planet where her father and her father’s former company are champions of the environment and public safety. In this repost, ThinkProgress has the blow-by-blow.
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