This is the twelfth article in a continuing series on the environmental stances of candidates in key races around the country. Energy and climate legislation is front and center in the race in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.
Today, a bunch of coal executives are congregating in White Sulphur Springs, WV. One of the primary things they will discuss is the formation of a 527 to take out candidates who may support a climate change bill.
Just when you thought the U.S. Senate couldn't do any less for clean energy and the environment than it's (not) done so far, we now face the real possibility of what would amount to a "stop-work order" on the Clean Air Act.
We need to start with comprehensive, clean energy and climate legislation. The potential for multiple, simultaneous "wins" - on national security, environment, jobs, the economy, the trade deficit, etc. - is clearly there.
On June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 in favor of HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Only eight Republicans -- we'll call them the "Enlightened Eight" -- voted "aye."
As we all know, the public was outraged at Murkowski's Big Oil bailout bill. Now, unfortunately, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is pushing Murkowski Part II, yet there's far less attention being paid to this effort.