What’s Next: GOP Guru Karl Rove Says “Climate is Gone”
Speaking at a Pittsburgh conference on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation (aka fracking), Rove told the giddy crowd that cap and trade is dead, and they don’t need to worry about the Federal government stepping in to regulate fracking (and with a new pro-fracking Republican governor in Pennsylvania and an old Republican governor one of the coalition‘s top advisors, they don’t have to worry about local regulation either). Fracking has led to a drilling resurgence in states like Pennsylvania, but has rather dramatic environmental consequences.
Rove says the new GOP-majority Congress is “Going to be positive and optimistic and move an agenda.” It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out – so far the only agenda that’s been announced is spending cuts (with no specifics), cuts to both taxes and the deficit (that’s going to be tricky to reconcile), and a promise of lots of investigations. Oh, and No Compromises.
So nothing will be done the next two years on global warming. “[Obama] had a unique moment to turn the page and usher in a new era, but it didn’t happen,” Rove told the assembled drillers. Too true.