Republicans idea-less on energy issues

May 6, 2009 | By | Reply More

Think Progress has summarized current thinking by the GOP on energy issues:

Throughout the discussion on America’s energy future, Republicans have been notably absent. In March, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced the creation of the House GOP American Energy Solutions Group, an effort to “work on crafting Republican solutions to lower energy prices for American families and small businesses.” The man chosen to head the committee — which includes notorious climate change deniers Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and John Shimkus (R-IL) — is none other than House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN), who, just last night, refused to even admit that climate change is real. “Well, let me tell you,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, “I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming.” “Then why should your party believe you’re going to get serious about it, if you say the science is mixed?” Matthews asked. Pence replied, “Yeah, it’s a fair question.”

And what about the Chamber of Commerce? It MUST be walking in lockstep with the GOP, right? Wrong:

An analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council(NRDC) found that just four of the 122 board members at the Chamber share the group’s questioning of science and stark opposition to federal regulations to reduce global warming pollution.

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