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Saturday, July 30, 2005

sound bites

From today's NYT:

"The problem is far bigger than gasoline prices tomorrow morning. It is what will be the state of energy in 5 and 10 years from now in the United States. I can tell you, we will be safer. We will have more jobs, we will have an electricity system that is safe and sound. We will have diversity of energy sources and supplies built in our country for us."

-Sen. Pete Domenici, R, NM author of the Energy Bill that passed yesterday 74 to 26 in the Senate.

"Our nation's energy crisis has reached historic levels. We need policy whose boldness is commensurate with that crisis. But that's not what we're getting. Instead, we're getting a pork-laden, lobbyist-driven dream bill."

-Senator John Kerry, D, MA voting in opposition

Which guy would you fire?


  • We desperately need a comprehensive energy policy to replace the failed mess we have now, so aside from who we should fire, who should we HIRE?

    Al Gore.

    I posted an excerpt from this Ezra Klein piece on Gore yesterday on dKos, it's just as applicable here:

    "But maybe the best argument for a Gore candidacy is that he'd be a capable president during a time when we need one. Read any biography of Clinton you like, you'll invariably exit with the impression that Gore would have been better in the Oval Office than Bill. The guy's an expert on military policy, an experienced hand at foreign policy, and understands the coming energy issues in a way few do. Indeed, with environmentalism polling as one of Democrats' top strengths and foreign oil eliciting a wholly unexpected consensus for action, Gore's credibility on earth issues might be uniquely useful."

    By Anonymous socal, at 11:06 AM  

  • Good point and link.

    However, I made the post negative on purpose. Imo, Kerry's line is pure gobbledygook.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 11:48 AM  

  • Um....make that Gobbledygook

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 11:51 AM  

  • I agree, ko. There is a lot of gobbledygook floating around on energy issues, and it is not offering effective resistance to the determined army of energy-industry special interests and pork purveyors on the other side of the fence.

    By Anonymous socal, at 1:14 PM  

  • Yep. Call me old fashioned, but I thought Meteor said it well:

    Congress Prepares to Pulverize 70 Years of New Deal Protections..

    Personally, I've come to the conclusion we need to hold our leaders responsible for how they speak. Dominici was clear. Deceptive. But clear. People can understand that.

    Kerry's not saying anything:

    "We need policy whose boldness is commensurate with that crisis. But that's not what we're getting."...???

    Ugh. That's unforgiveable.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 1:36 PM  

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