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June 20, 2009

Lobbyists Laughing At Dems

-- by Dave Johnson

Here's a story about lobbyists getting Democrats to weaken the climate change legislation, and laughing about it.

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Excuse me! Lobby wins on burps


The message circulating in Internet chat rooms, the halls of Congress and farm co-ops had America's farms facing financial ruin if the EPA required them to purchase air-pollution permits like power plants and factories do. The cost of those permits amounted to a cow tax, farm groups argued.

"It really has taken on a life of its own," said Rick Krause, a lobbyist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, which coined the term cow tax and spread it to farmers across the country. "This is something that people understand. All that we have to say is that (cows) are the next step with these proposed permit fees. And people are still talking about it."

Administration officials and House Democratic leaders have tried to assure farm groups that they have no intention of regulating cows. That effort, however, has done little to ease the concern of farmers and their advocates in Congress about the toll that regulating greenhouse gases will have on agriculture.

[. . .] The climate bill specifically excludes enteric fermentation — the fancy term for the gas created by digestion and expelled largely by burping — from the limit it would place on greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation directs the EPA not to include it among the various sources that could be subject to new performance standards.

Read the whole article, how it mocks Democrats and praises lobbyists for how effective they are at blocking important legislation.

But it's not like climate change is serious or anything...

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 20, 2009 8:42 PM


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