Sunday, January 10, 2010

Still more devastating news for Al Gore

Peterson flips on climate change [hoax] |
Blue Dog Democrat Collin Peterson, who played a major role securing rural lawmakers' support for cap-and-trade climate legislation this summer, now says he would vote "no" if a similar bill returned to the House for final passage.

The Agriculture Committee chairman said he was "stuck voting" for the bill (which awaits Senate action) in June because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi granted his requests for broad agriculture concessions, but he won't support it again if it remains unchanged.

He made the comment during an appearance on a conservative talk radio show hosted by Scott Hennen in Fargo, N.D.

"First of all, this isn't going anyplace in the Senate," Peterson said. "But if it did and we ended up with a bill that was similar to what came out of the House and that was going to become law, I would vote no."

Peterson's possible defection could prove fatal to the bill -- if it ever passes the Senate -- because he is an influential voice among rural Democrats. It also may reflect how much heat he has taken from his relatively conservative district for supporting the bill.


Anonymous said...

The back-tracking and damage control mode of a politician is nauseating.

Anonymous said...

Rep. Collin Peterson is a good guy who is very knowledgeable, works hard at his job. He worked hard to help craft something that could meet the goal of having climate change legislation without a lot of the negatives for the economy. As chairman of House Ag, his responsibility is making sure it didn't adversely impact the ag industry that produces our food, generates about 17% of the jobs, GNP and exports. This shows he's been continuing to study the bill and its potential negative impact on all Americans. We need more lawmakers like Collin Peterson.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he wants to have his cake and eat it too.