Study It To Death

I suppose in a way it’s progress that the GOP are pretending to give a shit about the science of global warming instead of just sticking their fingers in their ears and yelling “we’re in the majority in the State Senate, so lalalala I can’t hear you.” But this seems more like a PR friendly version of that.

The GOP statement from Sen. Ericksen and Rep. Short said CLEW’s work assignment—crunching the data on any proposed solutions—needed to add another year. In their press release, Sen. Ericksen, also chair of the senate’s environment committee, said: “It is vital that legislators receive accurate information about the economic costs and the potential environmental benefits surrounding any carbon-reduction efforts.”

Some of the things in the mix: a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, expanding hydro capacity, investing in nuclear power, and foregoing “coal-by-wire”—transmitting coal-generated electricty from out of state. (The legislature passed a historic bill back in 2011 phasing out the state’s last existing coal-powered plant.)

And look, I’m all for studying things more. Yay! We can, and should continuously update legislation. But at a certain point, complaining about the fact that we don’t know for certain all of the possible impacts of a policy is just a way to kill that policy. For we also don’t know all of the impacts of doing nothing for another year. In any event, if that was a concern before, they could have raised it before.

It isn’t like we’re stuck with any policy for ever. If a cap and trade strategy is as bad as Ericksen pretends to fear, it can be adjusted or gotten rid of. I’m glad to see that the Democrats will actually push for something.

Ranker’s press release, which came second in the volley (he says he got a text from Ericksen the previous night alerting him that the Republicans thought the CLEW process should continue, but was caught off guard by the press release which he disparaged as “negotiating in the media”), was brief:

“I was surprised to see the press release from the Republicans on the CLEW committee, especially considering all sides were still talking and weighing options. While I’m disappointed, I’m also optimistic that Gov. Inslee, Rep. Fitzgibbon and I can continue to work on solutions to this very serious issue that impacts every person in our state and planet. Doing nothing is the only option not on the table.”

If the GOP were willing to show themselves as good faith actors, their let’s wait another year theatrics might be worth something. As it is, it’s probably fair to say they’re hoping to have an excuse to not do anything until the next election.

I suspect there will be more and more demands to study things as an excuse for inaction in the coming session. That’s really too bad.


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    SJ spews:

    For a pet bunny you sure have odd ideas about free food! Someone ought to tell you that white bunnies like you are pets! Wild bunnies have a lots better idea of where their cabbage comes from! Oh yeh, they do not get to choose what they eat .. their owners tell them that. Your owner, as I well know, only buys oyu the best savoy cabbage and heirloom carrots!

    So lessee, this charter school wuz bad becuz it was giving free food to the baby bunnies? Or wuz it bad cuz the bunnies were white and got their pretty fur tinted with a marker so the food folk would know who gets the freebie greens?

    Of course you do know that roc (rabbits of color) don’t get to choose what they eat? They eat what they can get! Usually the stuff Safeway throws away!

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    SJ spews:


    Sending poor kids to schools where their parents hove no input into how the kids are taught or who teaches them is pretty damned white. But then you are a white rabbit!

    I would take the liberal angst more seriously when liberal parents stop moving to Mercer Island and Shoreline or sending their bunnies to the Northwest School and Lakeside!

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    ekim spews:

    SJ, in case you don’t remember, RR is a ‘Nam combat vet and that makes him as tame as a rattle snake in a bad mood.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 No, it was bad for branding kids who can’t pay with a scarlet letter, to encourage their classmates to bully them because their families are poor.

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    Very Severe Conservative spews:

    @2 It’s obvious that since they are poor, the rich should be allowed to do any damned thing they want to them. God rewards the good with wealth, and since they are poor, they are not worthy of compassion.

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    SJ spews:


    I rather doubt that the intent was anything more that a way for assuring the kids could get a meal without paying for it.

    If you had the intelligence of a duck instead of the dullness of a rabbit, you would have figured this out. Ducks make great lawyers because the quack so elegantly.

    What I can guarantee you that pigs, liberals or conservative, ain’t giving up their freedom to choose where their kids go to school.

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    Ekim spews:

    9. SJ spews:


    I rather doubt that the intent was anything more that a way for assuring the kids could get a meal without paying for it.

    Are you really that stupid?

    Noelle Roni was the principal of Peak to Peak Elementary School for more than eight years before being abruptly fired last November. Roni says that higher-ups at the school became angry with her when she demanded that cafeteria workers stop stamping the hands of children who did not have enough money in their account to pay for lunch, according to CBS Denver.