First, the Wonk Room caught caught Rep. Mike Pence repeating his well-refuted energy policy lie on MSNBC's Morning Joe (@joenbc). Then, Brad Johnson greeted Rep. Pence with some pointed questions about the source of his information:
This afternoon, the Wonk Room interviewed Pence about Reilly's attempts to correct the false portrayals of his own study. When asked if Reilly was wrong, Rep. Mike Pence (@repmikepence) accused the economist of "making a public policy or political conclusion":
"I respect the work that he did. We took the number that he used [for the value of the cap-and-trade market] and divided it by the number of the households. What he's doing, he's not making a mathematical conclusion, he's making a public policy or political conclusion. He believes the other side's analysis that there'll going to be a rebate of these revenues and job growth."
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Incredibly, Rep. Pence appeared on MSNBC for a third time on Tuesday only to be played for a fool by Hardball host Chris Matthews:
PENCE: Well let me tell you. I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming, Chris.
Q: Then why should your party believe you're going to get serious about it, if you say the science is mixed?
PENCE: Yeah, it's a fair question. But look. I'm all for clean air. I'm all for clean coal technology. I'm sure reducing CO2 emissions would be a positive thing.
Fortunately, the rantings and ravings of anti-science legislators like Rep. Pence are irrelevant. As was the case with the economic recovery package and the budget, the party of NO will not stray from their game plan of opposing everything Democrats propose and offering absolutely zero solutions. Regardless, the House Energy and Commerce Committee - and indeed the full House of Representatives - will pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the next three weeks or so. Reports Tuesday afternoon indicate that Chairman Waxman will bypass the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in order to ensure a full committee vote before his self-imposed Memorial day deadline.
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