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Lessons from the climate fight: `moderate' is meaningless | Grist
The Senate is basically an oligarchic institution, so it's no huge surprise that many senators gave more weight to the interests of fossil-fuel industries than they did to the public interest in mitigating climate change and developing clean energy. Oil and gas groups outspent green groups 7 to 1 -- and that doesn't count Big Coal money. Exxon alone outspent all green groups together.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 03:22:27 PM EST
Lessons from the climate fight: `moderate' is meaningless | Grist

The top ask of Senator Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, was to insure that incentives given to farmers for emissions-reducing projects--known as "offsets"--would be decided in part by the U.S.D.A., and not just the E.P.A. "Ultimately, farmers aren't crazy about letting hippies tell them how to make money," [Lieberman aide Danielle] Rosengarten said.

Stabenow will help save the world as long as they don't let hippies tell farmers what to do. That just violates the natural order of things! Farmers don't get regulations, they get subsidies. Oh, and veto power over the nation's energy policy.

Needs reading, that post. Along with another from Grist that I put in the Salon.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 04:03:05 PM EST
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