Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MN-02 : Lonely Kline Votes Against Gas Price Relief

Why does John Kline stand alone against the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act of 2008 ?

When 7 out of 8 members of the Minnesota’s Congressional delegation agree that a piece of legislation would be good, why doesn’t John Kline ?
That’s right, Michelle Bachmann, Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Jim Oberstar, Colin Peterson, Jim Ramstad and Tim Walz, all voted for HR 6074 … but not John Kline.
In fact a majority of Republicans and Democrats voted for this legislation … but not John Kline.

Why ?

I suppose there could be many reasons … in fact 10,390,091 reasons … if you believe that the donations to Republicans by the oil and gas industry could be good reasons.

But why would Minnesotans be surprised when after all Kline voted against the HR 5351 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 and H.R.3221: New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act.

I guess that the wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower industries don’t have $10,390,091 available as contributions for political campaigns.

1 comment:

Caesar Baird said...

Donations might be the cause for the vote, or perhaps he noted the unconstitutionality of the act and simply declined to affirm an act that was designed to pander to constituents while having little practical effect on gas prices.

I must take issue with the fallacious nature of your post. It is a serious error in logic to tie this bill to other forms of alternative energy. If anything, perhaps the money that the DOJ will require to comply with HR 6074's requirement to investigate the oil industry on as of now baseless allegations would be better spent on researching these new types of energy.