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Senate Dems To Re-Introduce Energy Bill

From those eternal optimists at the Associated Press:

Senate Democrats to introduce energy bill

Mon Jul 26, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will unveil as early as Monday a slimmed-down energy bill seeking to make offshore drilling safer and convert trucks to run on domestic natural gas.

The full Senate could begin consideration of Reid’s bill on Tuesday and Democrats would like to pass it by the early part of the following week.

You really have to hand it to the Democrats. They never give up. They are simply tireless in their efforts to destroy this country.

With time running short ahead of a month-long recess starting Aug 6, Democrats abandoned efforts last week to put climate-control measures in the bill. Reid said then that he had no Republican votes for items such as carbon caps and mandates requiring utilities to generate some of their power from alternatives sources such as wind and solar…

The narrowed-down bill would hold BP Plc accountable for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and seek to prevent similar disasters, Reid said last week.

Who says you can’t legislate against accidents?

Still, this true purpose of this bill will be to get the camel’s nose of government control over energy under the tent, whether a carbon tax is currently included or not.

It will very likely include provisions to force companies to dole out more money to cover the costs of oil spills. The liability cap, which is currently $75 million, will likely be raised to $10 billion or more. One Senate committee passed a bill last month to lift all caps on liabilities.

And thereby dare any oil company to drill for oil within the area of the United States ever again. After all, who would be foolish enough to put their entire company at risk just for the privilege of drilling in the US when there are so many other countries that would welcome them with open arms?

The bill will also contain incentives to convert trucks to run on natural gas and to increase energy efficiency…

The natural gas trucks incentives could cost the government $4.1 billion…

To pay for these measures, lawmakers may consider raising taxes on the oil and gas industry.

In other words, Congress will heap still more taxes on energy, which will drive up the cost of heating and cooling our homes, as well as raising the price of practically everything we buy.

"One possibility would be to raise the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund tax from 8 cents per barrel to 49 cents per barrel, which would raise approximately $18 billion," said analyst Whitney Stanco of the Washington Research Group.

This fund, created in the aftermath of the Exxon-Valdez accident, helps pay claims for financial or property losses caused by oil spills.

Except that this fund is seldom used for that purpose. For instance, it has not be tapped to pay for the losses from the BP spill.

Many expect the bill to pass as lawmakers may be eager to take action on the oil spill ahead of the elections.

The Democrats can’t let the BP crisis ‘go to waste.’ They must get something out of it.

Interest groups are lobbying to get measures boosting various energy sources attached to the bill.

Environmentalists and clean energy advocates, in particular, are pushing to add a renewable power mandate, saying that without such measures, China would surpass the United States in alternative energy

And never mind that China has long since left us in the dust in the production of good old fashioned coal fired power plants. Plants which actually supply actual energy – as opposed to pixie dust.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Senate Dems To Re-Introduce Energy Bill”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    The whole idea of converting to natural gas is an utter demonstartion of ignorance on the part of our wonderful elected officials. Natural gas production in this country is far more harmful than producing and using plain old cude oil. Refining oil has become an evironmental no no but, the production of natural gas using the process of “fraking” causes what I think much more damage considering what has to be done in order to get the gas out of the ground. Check out a documentary called “Gasland”!!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    To the (Hnrble?) Dingy Harry Reid (D-Nev),

    You suck.

    You, like your entire assemblage of spine-free cronies, are a liar. I knew it the first time I ever heard you speak. Why so many people actually think you are vote-worthy has me stumped. For, these same people would drag their auto-technician to court for less than 1/1000000th of what you’ve done.

    They wouldn’t put up with the counter-help at Walmart doing to them what you’ve done to this nation.

    “No cap and trade” you said last week. Well, what’s this then? Warmed over cap-and-trade. Or, like the hell-care bill….you couldn’t get exactly what you wanted so you simply put it in way that will ultimately end up doing your dirty work in the end.

    What you probably call “clever law-making” I call lying and manipulation of the people. Or, more directly: TREASON.

    You are usurping our laws to enforce mandates on industries that don’t need them and on people who don’t want them. That is not how this nation was intended to be governed. Indeed, you don’t check your citizenry for anything when it comes to “passing laws”. No, you just jump in your truck and drive through the crowd at speed.

    After all, “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs”, eh?

    So I repeat, you suck.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Any problems you would like for to solve today? Think about this: 1. Cows 2. The Constitution 3. The Ten Commandments

    Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

    They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq …why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we’re not using it anymore.

    The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this — you cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians, it creates a hostile work environment.

    Also, think about this … if you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone — YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

  4. proreason says:

    They will try to slam some kind of country-destroying energy bill trough in the lame duck session.

  5. Right of the People says:

    We need to bring back the practice of tarring and feathering. I’ve got about 300 or so folks in mind for the first round and they’re all in one building.

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