Reading Maril Hazlett's live-blogging on the Kansas coal-fired power plant debate last night I was struck by how true my comment of yesterday was*:
...Very, very sharp and a good writer (not your typical PhD. prose, eh?). Yesterday's post is worth a read even if you don't care about Kansas or coal. It's a very entertaining civics lesson....*(he said modestly)
Here's a part of today's live-blog:
...10:15 Gavel crack! Here we go.
First, they recognize a successful grade school, meeting and exceeding No Child Left Behind standards while eduacting kids in one of the poorest areas of Kansas. Then a resolution to recognize a U.S. Army Kansas veteran, Sgt. Bryant Mackie, for his death in Iraq, and the family he left behind - children, wife, father who was a Vietnam Vet, huge extended family. The House offers their deepest sympathies.
Now - recognition of the Kansas Jayhawks. I just got to do the Rock Chalk chant in the statehouse, I do not believe it.
So we all acted like groupies for a giddy ten minutes. Now, back to coal.
10:33 You’re all aware, right, that in fact today will probably drag on ad nauseum and who knows if or when they will actually get (back) to coal. So, take a break.
FYI, there are no energy lobbyists in the gallery right now.
The last line got me thinking about a part of that pesky old Amendment I to the U.S. Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I know it's the darn First Amendment but sometimes the lobbyists just rub me the wrong way.
Here's a post from the WSJ's Environmental Capital blog along with a few of the comments:
...But one crucial question is how to divvy up the permits. Both bills currently propose doling out emissions permits based on how much carbon dioxide each company has emitted in the past. That means utilities that burn a lot of coal, and have a lot of emissions, would get more permits than, say, nuclear power utilities....
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