Energy Bill Brings New Meaning to “Treason”
But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases.
And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.
The headline of the linked article is “House Passes Milestone Energy, Climate Change Bill.” Obviously not happy with the AP headline, the Fox Nation writers, in order to put it in right wing terms the pitchfork gang can understand and appreciate, tweaked it thusly: “Treason? House Passes Direct Assault On Industrial Base.” It is accompanied by a photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty squarely in Krugman territory here as far as believing this legislation is badly needed. But I’m not sure why we need to call elected representatives traitors because of their vote. Idiots would work just fine. Throwing out “treason” puts you in, well, FauxNews territory. Otherwise, great piece, Paul!
Also, for the record, this was just the House vote and it was scary close (219 - 212). Getting it through the Senate will be a fight. Obama may be confident about it but I’m plenty nervous. Don’t let your senators blow this! The future of the planet literally hinges on starting to put controls on greenhouse gas emissions into place now.
Oh, and just to end on a light note, one of our favorite fruitcakes thinks the government doesn’t NEED to worry about the environment. Why? Why, because the Lord Jebus already saved our little asses 2,000 years ago, of course!