Saturday, June 21, 2008

Democrats starting to act cornered in global warming battle

Sen. James Inhofe has been the Senate's leader combatting global warming for years. Now, as the rising price of gasoline starts to change the game, he says the Democrats are "Running on Empty" Human Events

What a difference three years makes: In 2005, I led the charge against a massive global warming cap-and-trade bill. It was a lonely battle with few GOP members willing to join me on the Senate floor to publicly oppose it. Fast forward to June 2008: Not only was I joined by dozens of GOP Senators, but nearly 30% of the Democratic Senators rebelled against their leadership and opposed the Boxer Climate Tax Bill. In the end, Senator Boxer only had at most 35 Democratic Senators willing to vote for final passage on the largest tax bill in U.S. history. The Boxer Climate Tax Bill was so thoroughly disowned by Democratic Leadership that proponents of climate taxes will now be forced to start from scratch next year.

"Thank you, Senator Inhofe. You have been one of my heros since I first heard of you in the Congress in the min-1990s." Congressmen are able to stop a bill without reason when enough of them support the effort. The list of such sponsors was secret from the beginning of time until then. Inhofe lead the charge to end the secrecy of the list and it was successful. It enabled a substantial improvement in governance by its decrease in secrecy. National Review

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