Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi squashed a proposal yesterday that would have pre-empted California’s exemplar attempt to reduce carbon emissions (i.e., pretty much telling carmakers “if you want to sell cars in California, better make ‘em more fuel-efficient). The proposal, cooked up by Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., both leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (and proof that Republicans aren’t the only idiots around) would have expressly prohibited the EPA from granting the great state of California (and any other enlightened state for that matter) from enacting emission rules more stringent than those currently if effect by the Feds.
More atta-girls for Pelosi and the Dems: William Jefferson (recently arrested on corruption charges) was removed from his place on the Ways and Means Committee and the House is moving rapidly to investigate. My, what a contrast this is to how the Repubs handled DeLay (for whom they changed the rules to protect). Hopefully, the Dems will continue to show their integrity, and unlike the Repubs (who worked mightily to protect DeLay), will not shelter Jefferson from the consequences of his actions.
In the meantime, anyone as colossally bored as I am with the weak, tepid, juvenile, and less than intellectually rigorous Republican and Democratic “debates”? What’s with this trend of discussing complicated issues with a mere “showing of hands” that indicate a yes/no response, instead of a reasoned debate that explores the issues, if not fully, at least with some attempt to dive below the surface? These debates are (as they have been for quite some time) so light, they could float off into the atmosphere and with their blather and bluster – truly nothin’ but a blast of hot air – contribute mightily to the greenhouse effect. These debates may just accelerate Greenland’s rapidly melting ice (which of course, will mightily effect the East Coast, possibly requiring New Hampshirians to pull up to the polling places in boats come January).