Warner-Lieberman Energy Bill is Dead

Written by Paul Zannucci on 3:50 PM

According to this story at Politico, Democrats are about to pull the “War Against Global Warming and the American Economy” bill off the table after failing to get the 60 votes needed to move the vote forward. In fact, voting came in at 48-36.

Both sides immediately tried to use the bill’s failure for political gain, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blaming the bill on Bush/McCain, once again trying to create in the voters’ minds the odd notion that these two men are on the same ticket. Reality, as usual, doesn’t matter to Reid since McCain actually favored the bill. But what does that matter when you can put out a sound bite?

For the Republicans we had Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gloating over the failure as proving that the Democrats themselves don’t support the bill or want to talk about energy at all (since they ended the debate “prematurely”). What he doesn’t say is that, counting the votes of absent senators (they already knew there weren’t enough votes) there would have been 54 in favor, a mere 6 short of the total needed. And in the current political climate, it’s only a matter of time. But for now, that’s what we’ve bought—more time.

The fact is that our economy can’t suffer through a bill of this nature right now. With $4.00 gasoline and jobs on the run, we can hardly agree to make energy more expensive and levy new taxes on businesses.

That we’ll eventually get all this shiny new legislation, oversight and taxes is almost a foregone conclusion. In fact, unless the alarming rate of Global Liberalization decreases, we can expect something next year. The only solution is to reduce our liberal emissions by voting for conservatives in November. Unlike global warming, in which the timetable for action is infinite, if we don’t decrease liberal emissions now, this very election, carbon freedom will be another patch of red, white and blue liberty that is bulldozed to make way for progressive development.

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  1. 4 comments: Responses to “ Warner-Lieberman Energy Bill is Dead ”

  2. By Jeremy Sarber on June 6, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Thank the Lord (for now).

  3. By Paul Zannucci on June 6, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    At least we have time to organize before the it comes around again. This bill gets very little publicity for how far-reaching it is, or there would have been absolute outrage over it now instead of just the soothing sounds of crickets.

  4. By D. Pitney on June 6, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    I believe our carbon footprint killed all the crickets. lol

  5. By Paul Zannucci on June 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Thinking of all those little dead crickets brought a tear to my eye. How cruel. You heartless conservative. I should have added that cruelty to animals wouldn't be tolerated in comments either.