October 20, 2022

Fossil fuel lobbyists are already working behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to work with a possible Republican majority against what they see as the Biden administration’s anti-fossil-fuel agenda. Via the New York Times:

The American Gas Association is helping to lead the charge, taking aim in particular at a program that encourages homeowners to replace furnaces and stoves that use natural gas with electric-powered devices in the name of fighting climate change.

Sure. Because what's more important -- fighting the extreme climate change that was covered up for decades by these same industries, or maintaining obscene profit margins? I think you know!

A top lobbyist at the powerful trade association told other gas industry executives at a conference late last month that the organization was preparing to team up with House Republicans to intensify oversight of the Energy Department, recalling Obama-era investigations by Republicans in Congress into a solar panel company named Solyndra that went bankrupt after receiving a federal loan guarantee.

Their hope is to undercut a $4.5 billion program that will give rebates worth as much as $14,000 per household to low- and moderate-income families to install electric-powered heat pumps, water heaters, induction stoves and other devices that would in many cases replace appliances that use natural gas.

I'm beginning to think my mother was right. She used to say people were much better behaved when they were afraid of going to hell.

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