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Lindsey Graham: Oil Spill Complicates My Pro-Oil Concern About Fossil Fuels

Sen. Lindsey Graham at Davos, Switzerland (photo: World Economic Forum via Flickr)

The Hill has a post on some comments Lindsey Graham made to a local radio station that neatly sum up the conservative movement:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday that he won’t negotiate an energy bill between now and November because the politics of the oil spill does not “favor what [he] wants.” […]

The South Carolina senator candidly said now the ongoing Gulf oil spill precludes him from rejoining any such negotiation for months.

{mosads}”I will work with the president, Democrats and Republicans to come up with an energy policy, but I’m not going to it in the middle of an oil spill when the political environment doesn’t favor what I want,” he told WVOC radio in South Carolina. “I’m not going to do it between now and November when the oil spill dominates the politics and headlines.”

Let’s break down what he’s saying. Lindsey Graham thinks that energy policy is a national priority. He has at times said he believes in anthropomorphic climate change, and regardless said that he wants to get noxious pollution out of the air. But he won’t do it unless the timing is exactly correct for his particular interests. He’s literally saying that he won’t be part of a climate bill during a catastrophic oil spill because that would stop him from pushing through more of the same kind of drilling that resulted in the oil spill.

And this is the same politician who has said that if you didn’t come to Washington to solve tough problems, you should go home. But Graham didn’t come to Washington to solve tough problems. He came to Washington to get what he wants, and if he doesn’t, cry about it and sabotage efforts. This whiny sense of entitlement perfectly encapsulates a certain mindset most often seen on the right.

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Lindsey Graham: Oil Spill Complicates My Pro-Oil Concern About Fossil Fuels

The Hill has a post on some comments Lindsey Graham made to a local radio station that neatly sum up the conservative movement:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday that he won’t negotiate an energy bill between now and November because the politics of the oil spill does not “favor what [he] wants.” […]

The South Carolina senator candidly said now the ongoing Gulf oil spill precludes him from rejoining any such negotiation for months.

{mosads}”I will work with the president, Democrats and Republicans to come up with an energy policy, but I’m not going to it in the middle of an oil spill when the political environment doesn’t favor what I want,” he told WVOC radio in South Carolina. “I’m not going to do it between now and November when the oil spill dominates the politics and headlines.”

Let’s break down what he’s saying. Lindsey Graham thinks that energy policy is a national priority. He has at times said he believes in anthropomorphic climate change, and regardless said that he wants to get noxious pollution out of the air. But he won’t do it unless the timing is exactly correct for his particular interests. He’s literally saying that he won’t be part of a climate bill during a catastrophic oil spill because that would stop him from pushing through more of the same kind of drilling that resulted in the oil spill.

And this is the same politician who has said that if you didn’t come to Washington to solve tough problems, you should go home. But Graham didn’t come to Washington to solve tough problems. He came to Washington to get what he wants, and if he doesn’t, cry about it and sabotage efforts. This whiny sense of entitlement perfectly encapsulates a certain mindset most often seen on the right.

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