Twenty-two words. That is how much space the GOP’s “Pledge to America” devotes to energy policy.
Perhaps I missed something when I read the 21-page document unveiled on Thursday, but as far as I could tell, only 22 words were devoted to addressing the future of America’s energy portfolio. So, to keep the suspense from killing you here they are — all 22 of them. Drum roll, please ...
“We will fight to increase access to domestic energy sources and oppose attempts to impose a national ‘cap and trade’ energy tax.”
The 22 words are drawing the attention of environmental groups that claim the GOP is proposing nothing original. Daniel J. Weiss wrote a guest blog for thinkprogress.org
that assaulted the GOP’s policy head-on. “Increase access to domestic energy sources” is code for “drill, baby, drill,” wrote Weiss, who added
, “This language is straight out of big oil’s playbook.”
Now a few conservative friends of mine have pointed out that Republicans have already outlined a plan for energy. There is a whole outline devoted to their proposals at the official GOP website.
Still, much of their “detailed” plan focuses on some of the right-wing’s greatest hits: tax cuts, increased oil and gas production, and bringing back nuclear power plants.
And for anyone who didn’t stay up last night, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
" had some fun pointing out that Republicans aren’t exactly bringing any new ideas to the table with their “Pledge to America.” My personal favorite is a recent John Boehner (R-Ohio) quote in which he says, “We are not going to be any different that what we have been.”
Take a look for yourself.