Dark knights?

In a scene near the end of The Dark Knight, The Joker has planted bombs on two ferries crossing the river out of Gotham. True to form, the evil-doer has set up a moral dilemma for mere mortals. Passengers on each ferry have the ability to blow up the other boat to save themselves. If neither group acts, The Joker will destroy both ferries at the strike of midnight.

In our own real world, such moral dilemmas face us every day. Indeed, our nation has planted figurative bombs all over the world through our gluttonous consumption of fossil fuels. Today we have the ability to sink whole islands in the South Pacific and melt polar ice caps ... or not.

In his sad vote last week to protect what he believes are the parochial economic interests of the 8th district, Congressman Larry Kissell chose to blow up the other ferry.

Will Senator Kay Hagan have her fingers on the detonator, too?

This morning I called Senator Hagan's office to see where she stood on the cap-and-trade legislation Kissell voted against. The nice young man on the phone read me a symphony of bureaucratic double-talk, ending with a stream of fancy words about making sure the economic interests of North Carolina are protected. To be fair, her staff member for energy policy hasn't returned my call yet. But I'll say this based on what I heard. We could very well be witnessing the emergence of another Larry Kissell: an elected official willing to blow up the rest of the world so her constituents can save a few pennies on their electric bills.


Especially crazy

when you take into account Nate Silver's breakdown
that shows North Carolina would be among the least cost-affected states by the climate bill.

Senator Hagan seems to fancy herself an economist

after all. Her ability to discern throwing good money after bad is starting to look like her economic theory. A public option for healthcare might cost somebody somewhere some money (like your re-election campaign coffers, Senator) and what if we saved the world by some of my constituents who wouldn't vote for me if I were the last remaining person in the world don't like the idea of cap and trade because they think it's a (shudder) tax?

Sublime, yet ignorant to boot.

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Important issues for now and for Cal and Ken

James, I share your frustration with the cap-and-trade vote. I think this issue, and healthcare, will be the decisive issues for this congressional session and will be huge for the 2010 Senate Race. It looks like the Senate could hold up both bills and it might be central in the fight against Burr. Does anyone know if Cal or Ken have said anything on these issues? Hagan seems to have already mastered the Washington double speak.

Is there any way we could have a live blogging session with Cal and Ken here about cap-and-trade and maybe healthcare too? Clarity on these two issues would be a big advantage. Does anyone have good contacts with their campaigns (I know, Cal isn't officially running, but it seems like that's a formality).

It is never a bad thing if you can make profit now

and then instruct your great-nephew to invest in green after you are gone.

Green initiatives will be extremely profitable in the coming years, yet at this time, profit is still coming in from the fossil fuel contingent.

Republicans will not die without making more profit than absolutely possible. They will, however, give instructions to the next generation to put their money in a sure thing.

The other 98% of the American people will play the Lottery or go to Vegas and hope to hit the big 'un.

Sad, but true.

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Hagan and Kissell

Larry was a shocking loss on the climate bill. One of the things I'm planning to do next year (when I get his fundraising appeal) is send to him a check for zero dollars with a short note why I'm not giving.

Also, we've got to start winning over Hagan now. There's a Facebook group that just started to urge Hagan to support climate action: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=49808484948&ref=nf