David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Mar. 11, 2019 1 min read

All the people saying we should set aside the ambition of the GND in favor of "bipartisan solutions" -- here's the weak-tea BS you can expect on that score.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/lisa-murkowski-and-joe-manchin-its-time-to-act-on-climate-change--responsibly/2019/03/08/2c4025f2-41d1-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html?utm_term=.ef55d08afe91 

The key to "moderate" climate policy is never, ever mentioning the scale of the problem or what would be required to substantially address it. Instead, you just make "doing something" the metric of success, and, voi la, success is in reach!

The added, extra, super-ironic twist being that even the weak-tea BS Murkowski & Manchin tout here *cannot pass Congress*. Even modest efficiency legislation (google Shaheen-Portman) gets watered down for years & never ends up passing.

The one energy policy that has any real hope of passing Congress on a bipartisan basis? Corporate subsidies for fossil fuel companies to dabble in carbon capture, with a focus on using CO2 to dig up more oil. And I mean, that's "doing something," if that's your goal.

Relatedly. 🙄 Moderate policies "work," he says, carefully avoiding any definition of the term.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/03/11/green-new-deal-climate-change-free-market-solutions-john-kasich-column/3122692002/ 

New rule: anyone who uses the term "free market" in the vicinity of the energy sector gets a public wedgie.  https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/10/6/16428458/us-energy-coal-oil-subsidies 

Final note on "moderate" climate policy: if we'd actually passed those incremental climate policies way back when greens were first pushing them, they might have been enough! They were unfortunately blocked by the very type of people now singing their praises.

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