Fred Upton Saying All The Right Things About Energy

You remember Fred, right? He’s the Republican that pushed through legislation to ban most incandescent light bulbs. Now, though

Rep. Fred Upton told E2 Thursday that he would not steer a sweeping energy measure through the panel if he becomes chairman. ??That would be a sharp contrast to current Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who moved a nearly 1,100-page climate and energy bill through the committee in 2009, a measure that narrowly passed the House but died in the Senate.

“You are never going to see a 1,000 page bill,” Upton said as he departed the Capitol building. “You are never going to see cap-and-trade or a carbon tax.”?? He said the country is “ill-prepared” to meet projections of rising electricity demand.

Upton — while insisting that “I’m not measuring the drapes” — said he would seek to meet demand by boosting nuclear power, “safe drilling,” “clean” coal, renewable energy, and natural gas.?? “The whole portfolio,” he said. ??“I envision lots of bills that will have bipartisan support to help meet the challenge,” he said. “I want there to be no reason for folks to vote ‘no’. . . . No one will have an excuse not to have the time to read the bill.”

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You can start by repealing that idiotic CFL legislation, Fred. BTW, I’m still awaiting a response from him or his staff as to whether he has replaced all his own lightbulbs in his office and home with CFLs. Not holding my breath, but, I will be happy to visit his Washington, D.C. office next time I am in town, to ask some pointed questions.

Deeper into the article, we learn that Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is being coy on whether or not he will challenge Princess Lisa to lead Republicans on the powerful Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach. sit back and Relax. we’ll dRive!

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