Alternative 'Energy Only' Bill Gets Failing Score
We’ve known for a while that Republicans and clean energy go together like crude oil and water. But that doesn’t stop us from doing a double take when we run across news items that point out that a new Congressional Budget Office estimate has Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) “Energy Only” bill costing the American taxpayer nearly $14 billion a year, while the ‘Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act’ (CEJAPA) which she opposes would save the average American about $21 billion annually.
It’s also a little odd that a self described ‘small government’ Republican like Murkowski would so vehemently oppose the CEJAPA, while bringing us legislation that will actually create another agency, the Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA). The CEDA’s sole purpose would be to disperse $16 billion of its budget to different alternative energy operations, as the agency’s director sees fit.
While that dollar amount may seem large compared to our pocket books, it’s a pittance compared to what the Department of Energy (DOE) is already spending on renewable energy initiatives. Unfortunately, Republicans like Murkowski are upset with the DOE because they don’t feel it’s spending enough on fossil fuels, and nuclear power.
This seems to be a tale of two different renewable energy initiatives, one with the backing of the Obama administration and an already proven track record of moving towards green energy, and the other with Murkowski and her allies attempting to do the same old thing, but expecting brand new plaudits, and brand new, and completely illogical results. Or at the very least, an appearance of expecting new and different results.
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