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The House passed an energy bill last year, and yesterday the Senate abandoned their version. U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (Democrat, District 9) weighs in on this and other Congressional news.
The NYC Listener from Manhattan is absolutely right. Let's get real.
At the very end of your interview with Representative Wiener, discussing the ethics charges against Representative Rangel, Wiener mentioned that New York City was being adversely impacted by the Rangel scandal. That's because, as head of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel was able to steer federal funds to New York State and the city. Rangel waited many years to gain the seniority and to be in the majority in order to be in this position of power. As a New Yorker, the fact is I really don't care about these largely petty ethics charges against him. But I do care about losing such a powerful advocate for our region. It's amazing to me that so little has been said about this. Losing Rangel will mean the loss of literally billions of dollars. That's the real story.
All the issues Rep. Weiner says Pres. Obama should be connecting to the energy bill are the ones we all need to connect to global climate upset--& more. This is literally the most important issue in the world, because if we don't deal with it, almost every other problem in the world will get worse: health care needs, war, immigration, housing, security, infrastructure, and--both directly and via all the above--the economy, especially global poverty. This is not something to be put off, & definitely not something to be left out of the energy bill! Weiner's right that Democrats have to stand up & do what it takes to get it passed. Make the Republican opponents filibuster if they really want to--don't back down just because they're threatening.to.
[see 7/20/10 Show: "Top Secret America" Segment]
Another triumph for comprehensive governmental reform, created in response to a perceived condition of crisis or emergency, authorized hurriedly on behalf of the "public good", without taking the time for the luxury of understanding just what it is that is being authorized.
Why do we expect any better result in this area of reform? Most of the substantive terms will be written by bureaucratic congressional staffs under the supervision, care and feeding of very high paid lobbyists and advocacy groups.
Anyone in the mood for a cup of tea?
On the energy bill, why not just try a carbon tax through reconciliation and thus get something without the need for 60 votes?
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