21 June 2007

They Voted For You: Power Lines

As The Associated Press reports, "The House rejected an attempt Wednesday to block the government from imposing major new power lines in areas where states or local communities oppose them."

U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st, and Nick Rahall, D-3rd, helped block the amendment in the 174-257 vote.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd., voted for the amendment by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., which aimed to "assure that no funds be made available to designate any geographic area as a national interest electric transmission corridor under the Federal Power Act by the Secretary of Energy."

The amendment was one of several proposed for a pending energy and water development spending bill.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Modernizing" the national power grid is one of the top ten consensus policies adopted by a panel in last month's sierra magazine to address global warming. an inquiry into whether this "fast-tracking" of new large power lines is really part of modernization, or just logrolling for the big energy industries, would be worth doing. it's hard to believe that the coal industry would be really against this fast-tracking effort, which makes mollohan and rahall's votes a little surprising. the sierra panel was remarkably strong on measures that would enable big business and capital markets to move into reduced-carbon strategies.