Alberta's tar sands lobbyists must be earning a fortune these days. So much dirty oil, and so few pathways to market. And those who think it's only a matter of time until Canada bullies its way to victory might be in for a surprise.
What really screws the economy is not high oil prices, it's the yo-yoing of prices. A gas tax, phased in over several years, would gradually increase prices at the pump to make alternatives relatively more affordable.
The American people deserve a climate and energy bill that not only improves air quality, but also creates jobs that will help pull the economy out of recession. The current bill is in danger of doing neither.
Eleven days later, I'm ready to trot out the red, white and blue -- thanks to Oregon's Jeff Merkley and three other U.S. senators, we finally have a proposal that can lead us to an All-American Transportation System.
This weekend, we celebrate America's independence. But as BP's oil spill reminds us, a force just as powerful has our country under its thumb: dependence on fossil fuels. Once again, we must fight for independence.
As November draws closer, Members of Congress will be tempted to take the easy way out, by passing a bill that does little. The president, and the public, must not allow them to get away with that this time.