Archive for July 25th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Hey there BS Cairn. Good morning. Nice to meet you.

I didn’t mentioned our “I-sleep-on-my-couch” Rehberg’s HR 6566, otherwise known as the American Energy Act of 2008, because it wasn’t up on his website when I wrote the original piece.

How many hours did it take him to add it, once the alert went out on my post?

As for “snarky”? Sometimes truth is more humorous (if not ironic) than fiction. It’s interesting, though, that you find Rehberg’s hypocrisy “snarky”.

Now, let’s analyze the bill that Mr. “I-sleep-on-my-couch” supports – the one you suggested I intentionally did not mention. Its purpose is: “To bring down energy prices by increasing safe, domestic production, encouraging the development of alternative and renewable energy, and promoting conservation.”

Well – there we go again – increasing domestic fuel production. Translate? More drilling, more welfare-for-the-oil-corporations federally-financed refineries – lovely.

As for “encouraging development of alternative and renewable energy and promoting conservation,” I see little specifics on that. In fact, the whole so-lovely-called American Energy Act of 2008 is a shell of a piece of introduced legislation, with an extremely short list of things probably taken off of Max’s SB 3125, otherwise known as the Energy Independence and Tax Relief Act of 2008.

Why do I say that? Because the HR 6566 that Mr. “I-sleep-on-my-couch” wants to support does the following:
–Tax credit for new qualified electric plug-in vehicles
–Tax credit for new alternative fuel vehicles
–Extension of tax credits for alternative fuel refueling properties
–Extension of tax credits for energy efficient appliances

Check, check, check, check.

Clearly there’s a pattern there, BS.

As for the allegation that Baucus has a “colossal policy failure” when it comes to energy, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to what Max has been doing in the Senate. He’s stood behind alternative fuels for as long as you’ve at least been out of high school – and dare-I-suggest, probably a lot longer.

As for your “I-sleep-on-my-couch” guy? When was the last time he did anything but piggy-back on other industry lapdogs like Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO),Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and Rep. Sue Wilkins-Myrick (R-NC).

Of course – gotta give credit when credit is due, Rep. “I-sleep-on-my-couch” Rehberg did piggy-back on Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) for HR 2208, which is Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Act.

Still doesn’t make me like coal. And it still – believe it – doesn’t make me think Denny is doing the right stuff for Montanans.

On that note – let’s not leave this post without Mr. Rehberg’s grades. Here they are, from


by jhwygirl

Yesterday, in a piece criticizing Rehberg, I blogged about Baucus’ Energy Independence and Tax Relief Act of 2008, but I missed one tidbit that we’ve blogged about here in the past.

Near the end of the bill, I found this:
Amend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (SRS) to extend such Act through FY2011.

Now, Baucus has been working to reinstate this important funding. It goes to rural western counties, and is geared towards supplementing tax revenues unrealized because of the large amounts of federal ownership within their tax base – stuff like National Forests and BLM lands.

Don’t forget that Dennis “I-sleep-on-my-couch” Rehberg voted against this funding when it last came around in Congress – on a largely party line vote, too.

Rehberg should have been ashamed, but he wasn’t. He objected to the funding because it also including provisions for the establishment of conservation of resources fees for federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

SRS funding is important – necessary – to virtually all of Montana’s counties, for necessary services like police and fire and schools. The impacts of higher fuel costs have especially hit rural counties, which have to rely heavily on providing services spread out over large areas. Some areas have spent more than 75% of their fuel and energy budgets – and winter hasn’t even done its damage.

At least someone’s getting some work done while he’s in Washington – instead of sleeping on his couch.

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