Senator John Walsh’s Baffling Position On Coal
Just when I think I can't get any more cynical about politics... In the July issue of Rural Montana, a newsletter published by the Montana Electric Cooperative Association, John Walsh states,
"The federal government should stay out of the business of requiring particular energy sources for electricity generation.."He then states that each energy source should be able to "compete based on their cost." But yesterday in the Laurel Outlook, he stated,
"That’s why I’m introducing a bill in the Senate to force the Obama Administration to protect coal jobs by building 10 carbon capture and sequestration projects within 10 years."Whoa. Stop the presses. His energy policy seems to boil down to promoting diametrically opposed positions and hoping that no one notices. What he conveniently leaves out of the Laurel Outlook Op-Ed is that he is also advocating that taxpayers, you and me, spend $10 billion dollars to build the 10 CCS projects in 10 years. Let's be clear here. He isn't introducing a bill to force Obama to do anything. He is introducing a bill to force you, the taxpayer, to spend $10 billion dollars to subsidize coal companies. I'm sorry but you can't tell the government to get out of your business and then demand that it fund your business. Some intellectual consistency would go along way here.