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Old Guard or New Guard, turf is still turf
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 21, 2007

As I pointed out yesterday, Nancy Pelosi plans on introducing "groundbreaking legislation that addresses global warming and energy independence."

Er, well, maybe:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to create a new congressional panel to address global warming and energy independence, the latest in a series of moves that have created tension with some veteran Democratic committee chairmen.

The new panel will hold hearings and recommend legislation, drawing attention to the need to curb emissions of climate-changing gases, Pelosi said. It would have limited capabilities, lacking the power to approve measures for consideration by the full House.

The new Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming would encroach on the jurisdiction of at least three existing congressional panels and comes two weeks after Pelosi surprised party veterans by imposing six-year term limits on panel chairmen.

Tension between Pelosi and some of the Democratic chairmen is ``palpable,'' said House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat. ``You can feel it.''

Representative John Dingell, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said on Jan. 16 that the new panel ``won't prosper if I have anything to say about it.''
I believe him. Yup, much harder to govern than criticize, isn't it Ms. Pelosi?
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The goals of energy independence, and supposedly countering alleged global warming, have always struck me is mutually exclusive goals. They’re exec Lee counter to one another.

Thus do we see the democrats falling into the mode of talking about various problems, but being unable to do anything about them.

For example; energy independence is relatively simple to obtain; domestic drilling and refining roars to mind. We all know that is something that the Democrats would never abide.

The long run a global warming joke, meantime, isn’t even worth going into.

On both counts the fact is what is and ever show remain that the democrats are going to be completely unable to accomplish these mutually exclusive goals. This, in turn, results in a lot of talk, a lot of showmanship, and little more.

Gee, big shock.
Written By: Bithead
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The ’energy independence’ proponents are talking about aggressively lessening dependence, not becoming totally independent in the short term, because that’s just not possible. It’s never too early to start addressing this notion. We’ll never know how far we can progress unless we take the first steps.

Conservation and energy independence are not mutually exclusive to the scientists exploring new technologies. Instead of sticking to old models, we could learn a lot about what is possible from other countries. Sweden has built an apartment building complex, which itself recycles waste to produce heat for the complex.

We are falling way behind in the innovations department. The Republicans stick their heads in the sand, so the Democrats are the only hope to energize new approaches. It would be a tragic shame if fights over power in politics obscures new initiatices.
Written By: Laime
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We all agree that having our own energy is desirable and that prevent global warming is also desirable. The differences are in the means and the acceptable cost.

So far I see no reason to believe that the Democrat’s plan to have the government direct research into these things will be productive. Normal scientific and corporate research will do much better.
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Much of what you say makes some sense, but this:
We are falling way behind in the innovations department.
I see no evidence of at all.
Written By: Lance
We are falling way behind in the innovations department. The Republicans stick their heads in the sand, so the Democrats are the only hope to energize new approaches. It would be a tragic shame if fights over power in politics obscures new initiatices.
Gee, and I thought it was the marketplace that provided innovations. But then, Gore did invent the internet . . .

Written By: Don
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