As we told you yesterday, Senate Democrats embraced a faux-filibuster tactic in an effort to reinvigorate discussion about global warming climate change. In what amounted to a 14-hour dedication to hot air, Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), among others, got busy trying to “wake up Congress” to the reality of man-made natural disasters stemming from the stuff of Al Gore’s nightmares.
Despite the Democrats efforts to garner the sort of filibuster-generated enthusiasm created when Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz employed (with regard to more concrete issues) such antics, even some supporters of climate change couldn’t get behind #Up4Climate.
Via Dana Milbank, writing for The Washington Post:
Seeking action on global warming is a worthy endeavor, and the night owls deserve praise for the enthusiasm. But burning the midnight oil in this manner is peculiar. Usually, when a lawmaker talks all night, he’s trying to stop the majority from passing something. But these guys are trying to persuade the majority — themselves — to pass something.
Joining the late-night guerilla action was Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who as the Senate majority leader is usually a target of filibusters, not a sponsor. If he and his colleagues really want action, they don’t have to lose sleep. All they have to do is bring a climate-change bill to the floor.
The problem is that Reid doesn’t have the votes in his caucus to pass such a measure. A year ago, the last time the Senate considered a fee on carbon emissions, 13 Democrats joined with all 45 Republicans in defeating it. Democrats facing difficult reelection fights this year were conspicuously absent from Monday night’s lineup.
The Democrats know that most Americans are against climate change legislation that would kill American jobs and drive industry out of the Nation. They also know that they can’t really force the issue during an election season when there are so many strongly vocal Republicans to call them out.
If the Democrat mission on climate change were popular, why the hell would President Barack Obama endlessly have to bypass Congress in an effort to solidify the legacy he hopes to cultivate as America’s great environmental executive? He wouldn’t
In an appearance on MSNBC following the Democrat’s not-so-epic filibuster, Boxer responded to Republican critics—namely Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—who called the Democrat’s pageantry in the name of job killing legislation “cruel” at a time when so many Americans are suffering economically.
Her main point seems to be that industries that create jobs cause droughts and hurricanes. And in a Democratic utopia, there will be green jobs and no hurricanes:
Well, let me tell you what’s cruel. What’s cruel is Hurricane Sandy. What’s cruel is the drought that is hurting our people so much. What’s cruel is all these impacts that are happening along the beaches and the erosion and to our way of life, and what we saw through the night when the Republicans just stayed away from us, what we saw through the night is that all across our great nation, whether it’s both coasts or it’s the South or it’s the Midwest, middle of the country, everybody is struggling. Whether it’s the problem with the fisheries in Washington State or in Maine, that’s what’s cruel. And Mitch McConnell is walking away from this in the face of 98% of the scientists who say climate change is real. Here’s the great news, the solution is, essentially, moving to clean energy. Many, many thousands of jobs that can’t be exported, good paying jobs, and the health of our people will improve, and if we put a price on carbon, we would use that revenues to make sure middle class families and the working poor families can pay that interim price, which will be a little higher for energy, but eventually go way down as we really look out into the future.
Wonder if the Democrats wish they could run Harry McClintock in 2014?