The news today fit nicely into my recurring theme, named after the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.
Of course, I’d like to see carbon emissions reduced even further but a 32 percent cut by 2030 is the boldest plan to come out Washington, D.C., to date.
As to Planned Parenthood, only a small percentage of its mission is providing abortion services. Its focus is mostly on women’s health care issues, like screening for cervical or breast cancer. And it provides birth control (which, if one applies logic, means fewer abortions).
Sen. Jon Tester voted to continue funding and Sen. Steve Daines voted to end funding.
Both the governor and organized labor need some forward thinking along the lines of good paying union jobs in the renewable energy field. The old model of protecting any union job, even if it’s in the extractive energy business, is killing our planet. It’s time to retrain our workers for a clean energy future.
The ugly is Sen. Daines. He denies the GOP “war on women” while voting to defund Planned Parenthood then trots out the war metaphor for Obama’s announcement on reduced carbon emissions:
Today the Obama administration rolled out new regulations that threaten thousands of Montana energy jobs. The Obama administration’s war on American energy is a war on American families and a war on American jobs. The Obama administration’s so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ not only would shutter our country’s coal-fired power plants, but also hinder tribes’ and states’ ability to develop their coal resources.
Just last month, the Supreme Court issued a severe rebuke of the Obama administration’s sweeping energy regulations, yet the Obama administration continues to act with reckless disregard for hardworking families. This latest round of costly regulations has the potential to increase American energy rates and cost thousands of good-paying jobs. I will continue fighting against the Obama administration’s assault on hardworking families and the good-paying jobs it provides.
Ignoring the terrible syntax of the last sentence, we’ll first look at the “thousands of jobs” claim. I’m trying to find statistics on just how many jobs are tied to Colstrip’s coal-fired generating plants and the best I could come up with was 360 people employed at the four generating plants.
And Daines is worried about Montana tribes? That’s why he voted against increased funding for tribal health care and education.
As for the Supreme Court ruling, it was based on a timing technicality, hardly a “severe rebuke,” and may actually help to advance Obama’s climate change intitiatives.
Daines is of the “can’t do” sort. We can’t initiate innovative policy to transition from old, dirty energy technologies to new, clean ones. We can’t be a world leader in renewable energy technology.
I’m consistently shocked that Daines made his millions at a technology firm. He’s such a retrograde kind of guy.