Another Tea Party Attack On Lindsey

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There are those who think the Tea Party Twits are harmless.  I think they are scary. They are also for the most part a bunch of losertarian Ron Paul Bots. The ones going after Lindsey are.  How Karen Floyd, the Chair of the SCGOP can even consider working with this bunch of brain-dead losers is beyond me.

Those lovable little Tea Party Twits are after Lindsey once again.  They are going to state a riot when he gives a speech over the weekend.  They are angry because once upon a time he wrote an article with John Kerry.  Problem is, they are so blinded by their hate, they are ignoring current facts.  It appears the League of Conservation Voters is giving him very low marks.

“…The League of Conservation Voters gave Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a 9 percent for his votes on environmental funding, offshore drilling, and land and water conservation in 2009.  The Senator has been developing a bipartisan climate bill with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), both of whom earned perfect scores in the same report. At a press conference, the group downplayed the implications of Graham’s ranking.

“We certainly don’t agree with him on all aspects of what we think a clean energy future looks like or what should be in a bill, but we are most excited about working with him to put a cap on carbon pollution,” Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld said.

It’s still unclear whether the Senate, bogged down by health care and jobs bills, can address climate change this year. If it does, some Republicans will have to be on board to get the bill past a filibuster….”

Funny, but Lindsey seems to be using ideas the GOP has been trying to pass for ages.

“...On nuclear power, Graham’s approach goes beyond the renewable energy standard included in legislation (S. 1462 (pdf)) passed last June by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. That legislation requires utilities to provide 15 percent of their power from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021, while allowing up to a quarter of the requirement to be met with energy-saving measures instead.

Unlike Graham’s bill, the committee’s legislation did not let new nuclear plants be counted toward the renewable standard. But it did allow capacity added through increased efficiency at existing reactors to be excluded from the power baseline used to set renewable targets. In other words, a utility that improves a nuclear plant’s efficiency could provide less energy from renewable sources to meet the standard (Greenwire, June 4, 2009).

Many of the ideas in Graham’s proposal reflect amendments offered unsuccessfully by Republicans during the Senate energy committee markup. Graham told reporters last month he could not support the committee-approved bill “because nuclear power doesn’t have the standing as wind and solar, and we can’t meet the targets in the Southeast.”

Graham’s proposal also includes placeholder language for a nuclear loan guarantee provision “sufficient to build 60 additional nuclear reactors.” A similar idea made it into a much larger draft (pdf) nuclear title written last year by Lieberman and more than a dozen other Democratic and GOP senators….”

Greenies don’t like what he is doing.

“…Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is working on a new energy bill, a draft of which was revealed last week. This new bill is a more comprehensive, but weaker version of the “ACELA” bill passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee last year. Graham’s bill includes a weak “Clean Energy Standard” (CES) that defines nuclear power and carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) coal power as “clean.” Like the other Senate energy bill, analysis suggests that it will not result in renewable energy deployment beyond business as usual. It remains unclear whether or not Graham’s bill will be incorporated into the comprehensive climate and energy bill that he is working on with Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT)….”

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