Max blows it again

by Pete Talbot

Buried in an AP story on climate change was Sen. Max Baucus saying he had “serious reservations” with a modest effort to cut carbon emissions over the next decade.

What a tool.

The bill being considered by a Senate environmental panel calls for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020. The bill might stave off catastrophic global warming … or at least it’s a start.

Here are some more choice quotes from our senior Senator:

“We cannot afford a first step that takes us further away from an achievable consensus on commonsense climate change legislation.”

There’s Max, trying to build that “achievable consensus” again. He sure did a fine job on health care. And Max, please explain “commonsense climate change legislation” to me. Would that be no legislation?

“Montana can’t afford the unmitigated impacts of climate change, but we also cannot afford the unmitigated effects of climate change legislation,” Baucus added.

Christ, I’m so sick of Max’s double talk I could puke slugs.

Compare Max’s quotes to those of the bill’s author, Sen. John Kerry. From the AP story:

… Kerry acknowledged that the bill would raise energy prices, but said the savings from reducing energy and the money to be made in new technologies were far greater.

“Are there some costs? Yes, sir, there are some costs,” he said and added that while an array of studies show restricting greenhouse gases will lead to higher energy prices, “none of them factor in the cost of doing nothing.”

Well said, John.

I’m surprised that Max stuck his neck out so far on this one. After all, his campaign contributions from the energy industry pale in comparison to the dollars he gets from the health care/insurance industry. Still, there are few Democrats out there who are as capable as Max of doing the wrong thing.

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  1. Steve W

    Max is a mess.

  2. Welcome to yesterday’s news-cycle, LULZ

    Maybe Max just needs to be “re-educated” on the issue!

  3. Matthew Koehler

    Really, while this is illustrative of Max’s general, overall lame-ness, it’s also a testament to the power that the resource extraction corporations still hold over this state, it’s people and it’s politicians (of both parties).

    On one side you have Max basically blocking efforts to put our nation on a cleaner energy path

    And on the other, you have Sen Tester telling us we need Congressionally mandated logging on national forests to save the timber industry…even though the real issue facing the timber industry is that the predictable problems associated with decades and decades of over-consumption and over-development have finally come home to roast causing lumber demand to plummet more than 55% during this continuing economic crisis. We can do better.

    • JC

      Next thing you know, Rehberg will be trying to figure out how to grow bananas, republican style.

  4. Big Swede

    Can you overdose on all this popcorn?

    • JC

      Not if you pop it first. And put plenty of fake butter on it, to ease it on through…

  5. ladybug

    Perfect. Banana Repubic with no bananas. Note to pigeons: stop eating popcorn or next they’ll want you to vote.




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