ConservaDems in the Senate like Blanche Lincoln have been almost as big a problem for enacting the agenda voters elected President Obama to advance, particularly, as we've seen, on health care.
Now, with Tea Parties on everyone's mind, they're making sounds like they are getting ready to cave to the Republicans on clean energy legislation like cap-and-trade.
Lincoln, for instance, has issued press releases claiming that such legislation "places a disproportionate share of the economic burden on families and businesses in rural America" -- without any evidence to support this claim.
This is simply buying into right-wing rhetoric about clean-energy legislation. Similarly, Sen. Claire McCaskill has tweeted about cap and trade thus:
Anticipating their weakness in the coming debate over cap and trade, Al Gore's Repower America organization has prepared a series of ads featuring constituents in states like Arkansas and Missouri reminding their senators that they strongly support clean energy efforts.
The ads are taken from the Repower Wall, which enables ordinary citizens to upload messages declaring their support for creating clean-energy jobs, as well as safeguarding our nation's economic and energy future and doing our part to combat the global climate crisis.
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