Is Tackling Climate Change a Third Rail for Republicans?

Bring Me the Heads of the GOP 8!

In late June of 2009, conservative and new Tea Party bloggers promised swift retribution for the eight lone Republicans who had voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (a.k.a., the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill).

Pundit Michelle Malkin circulated a “wanted” poster with headshots of “The Cap and Tax 8” which was widely reprinted throughout the Tea Party blogosphere.

“We must make examples of the Capntr8ors,” one blogger ordered the troops.

So, with the dust settling from the general election, how did it go?

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That’s the beginning of my first post to a blog called “Edison 2.0′ that I started at Forbes online. I’ll be writing on cleantech issues, especially those dealing with energy. It’s exciting (and challenging) to be writing for a new and potentially different audience than you good folks who follow The Phoenix Sun, or my posts at OnEarth, Grist, The Energy Collective and elsewhere.

This doesn’t mean I’ll be closing shop here, however. This is MY baby, and I ain’t giving it up.

But, please do check out the post at Forbes and, as always, I welcome feedback, discussion, kudos and bills of any denomination.

Really.

The Elephant in the Gulf: How the GOP Caused the Oil Spill

When Ronald Reagan declared that “government isn’t the solution; government is the problem,” he probably wasn’t thinking about a blown oil well on the seafloor.

He should have been.

The crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is brought to you by the anti-regulatory movement that Reagan championed and George W. Bush rode into the White House. Now, tea-party Republicans are hoping to rack up victories in November so that they can get back to cutting what little regulatory oversight still exists in the U.S. The document below was written as a primer on the effects of anti-regulation focusing on the actions (and inactions) of George W. Bush during eight years in the White House. It should also be read as a cautionary tale. Ronald Reagan was right about one thing: the problem with the Republican party, he said, was that the right hand never knew what the far-right hand was doing. It’s just as true today.


The Bush Anti-Regulatory Legacy