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The election results are like the three blind men and the elephant, each describes what they feel at their location.

So far we have heard that the election was a mandate for liberalism, conservatism, a rebuke to the Republicans, not much of a change, all about the war, all about the economy, a vote in favor of deadlocked government, a vote in favor of change, and now concern about the environment.

As far as I can see, the long-serving old-time liberals will head many of the committees. This will allow them to stage manage a lot of political theater - some of which may even produce some rollback of corruption.

Nancy Pelosi is backing the most conservative, militaristic Dem for majority leader. He isn't upset with the military/industrial/congressional complex, he just wants his military to stop being chewed up.

Anyone talking of "energy independence" is still avoiding dealing with reality.

Perhaps what is needed is for some enlightened billionaires to fund a new think tank which is willing to do realistic ecological and economic research. The present batch of think tanks are all funded by ultra-conservatives looking for pseudo-research to justify their plutocratic self interest. I'm not hopeful.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 14th, 2006 at 10:38:22 AM EST
Colman posted this in this morning's European Salon:

New House Leadership, Same Mileage Standards

John Dingell, a Representative from Michigan, will, come January, be the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. His district is home to all three of America's top car manufacturers, and, for some reason, he's not in favor of increasing mileage standards. Some members of Congress have been walking the Treehugger line, saying that efficiency of American vehicles could easily double in every class. The benefits for the environment would be incalculable, they say, and the burden on industry would be negligible.  But with Detroit's Representative charing the House Energy Committee, those changes are extremely unlikely.

Dingell's perspective seems to be that new clean technologies should be strongly encouraged, but no regulations should be placed directly on the automakers. In a recent interview with CNBC, Dingell was asked about vehicle efficiency standards and replied, "I'm not sure that there's any urgent needs for us to address those questions."


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Nov 14th, 2006 at 04:30:50 PM EST
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That's one House Committee. Here's what McClatchy newspapers said about another--Barbara Boxer's environment committee in the Senate:

Automakers and manufacturers, beware: There's a new environmental policy boss in town, she scowls a lot, and two of her favorite phrases are "global warming" and "extensive hearings."

The U.S. political establishment has been in denial about these problems for 6 years, and the media has largely followed their lead. It won't be easy to get this going--and you can hardly expect a congressman from Michigan to say anything else--but what I believe is most important is that we've got powerful places to start.  

"The end of all intelligent analysis is to clear the way for synthesis." H.G. Wells "It's not dark yet, but it's getting there." Bob Dylan

by Captain Future (captainfuture is at sbcglobal dot net) on Tue Nov 14th, 2006 at 10:13:32 PM EST
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