Green Villain of the Week: The American Energy Act

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06/12/2009 2:19 PM |

c448/1244744476-nuclearpowerplant.jpgWhat’s weird, among many other things, is the almost total disconnect between the neocon editorial outlook of the New Republic and the straightforward liberalism of so many of its staff writers. Like the fine folks parsing policy at their environment-and-energy blog The Vine, who earlier this week noted the release of the American Energy Act, the GOP’s energy and climate bill. This should be fun, shouldn’t it?

Nothing in the Clean Air Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming.

No of course not why would it.

The impact of greenhouse gas on any species of fish or wildlife or plant shall not be considered for any purpose in the implementation of this Act.

No of course not why would it.

But there is lots of drill baby drill oh yes drill baby drill drill until our territorial waters and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge make an oil bukkake all over America.

While the bill does include subsidies and tax breaks for some renewable energies, “the backbone of the proposal… , is a goal of building 100 new nuclear plants in the United States by 2030.” Just a goal. A few meager incentives that wouldn’t offset the cost of the facilities — and, “seeing as how the GOP would eliminate the prospect of ever addressing carbon and climate change, one likely outcome is that utilities would just keep favoring cheap, dirty coal plants.”

Well, there’s no reason why a minority party’s shadow proposal should contain any ideas worth absorbing into the bill actually being debated.