From the AP:
WASHINGTON - The House by a wide margin approved a mammoth energy plan for the nation Thursday that sends billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to energy companies, but is expected to do little to reduce U.S. oil consumption or dampen high energy prices, at least in the short term.He later added, "By the way, I'm rolling in money thanks to bribes from big energy companies!! Hoo Hoo Hah Hah Hah." Barton then turned into a bat and flew away before answering any further questions.
“This is a good bill for America,” declared Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, a key author of the legislation. “It is for America’s future.”
It says a lot about Republicans... well, er... all of Congress, when, in the midst of an energy crisis (high gas prices, big talk about dependence on foreign oil), and a huge deficit, our leaders are more concerned with making sure the CEO's of big oil and electric companies get to keep their Porsches. And have some money left over to buy some for their kids.
"Daddy, I want two Porshes!!!"
"Hold on, son, daddy's on the phone arranging payment to a congressman."
It's sick stuff. Here we have congressmen taking trips to London to meet rich Saudis and then they come back $30,000 richer. ("I won it gambling," Rep. Bob Ney says.) And meanwhile, they pass a new bill that provides $2.7 billion for oil and gas, $3.1 billion for electric utilities, $2.9 billion for the coal industry.
$2.9 billion for the coal industry!!!!!
I thought we were supposed to be developing NEW energy sources. Is Congress crazy??
Well, they did "authorize" $10 million to promote bicycle riding.
Which is what we all may need to do if this sh*t continues.
P.S. Speaking of Senators who take suspicious trips... Tom DeLay has some 'splainin to do about the energy bill as well: 1.5 billion slipped into bill for DeLay