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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Michael Steele, Global Warming and Nuclear Power

Congratulations on becoming the leader of the Republican Party. Just as President Obama made history by becoming the Democratic Party nominee for president and later as president of the United States, so too your election to head the GOP is a history-making achievement. It also speaks volumes about a new ethic of inclusion by the Republican Party. You never know, this might even inspire the environmental movement to integrate.

In addition to being known as Lt. Governor of Maryland, Michael Steele is known for this statement at the Republican National Convention:

"So, do you want to put your country first? Then let’s reduce our dependency on foreign sources of oil and promote oil and gas production at home. In other words: Drill, baby, drill! And drill now!”
We agree that America needs to expand drilling, just not off our east and west coasts and not around our precious Florida beaches. But we digress.

We will assume that Mr. Steele will maintain the company line and oppose cap-and-trade or carbon taxes. We support cap-and-trade but oppose carbon tax proposals. You never know though, John McCain might just get Mr. Steele and the GOP to support a cap-and-trade program. Like McCain, we assume Mr. Steele will be a supporter of nuclear power as a tool for mitigating climate change. And of course, we know Mr. Steele supports solar, wind, energy efficiency and other renewables technologies in the fight for energy independence and a clean environment.

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