Barbara Boxer has been a real leader on Global Warming issues in the US Senate. A leader who suffered for far too long under the ‘tutelage’ of Senator James Inhofe (R-Exxon). Sadly, for whichever set of reasons, Senator Boxer has being working hard to corral votes in support of the fatally flawed Lieberman-Warner Coal Subsidy Act and reacting strongly against those who have the audacity to question the bill and her approach to it. The bill, however, is getting growing notice and the questioning of Senator Boxer’s approach to it is spreading.
Amid this spread, Matt Stoller at Open Left strongly makes a good point about why Lieberman-Warner, as it now stands, is worth standing against: voters don’t support the fossil fuel industry and standing up to fossil fuel polluters makes good politics.
And, perhaps the Edwards’ victory (which they helped contribute to) has emboldened the Sierra Club to speak even more forcefully against Lieberman-Warner, bringing their powerful voice to join Greenpeace in making it clear that Senator Boxer was simply wrong in stating this about Friends of the Earth:
“They’re sort of the defeatist group out there. They’ve been defeatists from day one. And it’s unfortunate. They’re isolated among the environmental groups.”
No, Senator Boxer, Friends of the Earth is far from “isolated among the environmental groups.” And, as we’re seeing with a growing amount of attention to inadequacies of Lieberman-Warner to pursue core basic principles re Climate Change legislation, these environmental organizations are ever less isolated in the progressive community.
Reason 327 to Fix or Ditch Lieberman-Warner? It’s smart politics.
And, for those of you who are Barbara Boxer constituents, perhaps you might want to pass the following message to her from D-Day, me, and you:
A “deal” on a bad cap and trade bill … would lock in a giveaway to polluters on the order of trillions, and make it very difficult for the next President to do anything about it. If you care about the environment, I think you need to let Sen. Boxer know that only a real climate change bill that hits the necessary targets is sufficient. Otherwise, she has to walk away from this.
Senator Boxer, let us remind you that elections have consequences. Let’s work hard, together, to ensure that the November elections have positive implications for the planet and let the Global Warming legislation flow from that.