With the Senate having put back consideration of the cap-n-tax energy bill following the public reaction to its passage in the House, it falls to our friends in Europe to play Lady Macbeth. The European Parliament is going to send a delegation to tell the Senate not to be so pusillanimous:
The aim of the visit would be to encourage the US Senate to pass ambitious climate legislation by explaining the benefits of the EU’s climate and energy package, including legislation on renewable energy, efficiency and emissions trading, he added.
Benefits? Really? As for energy efficiency, it’s not very efficient when the lights start going out.
In any event, it looks like the Euros have been asked over. From the Euractiv story:
“We have had signals from the Senate that it would be useful to send a delegation from the European Parliament before they take a decision,” Leinen said.
Apparently, our brave Senators are so worried about “energy lobbyists” they need to bring in the heavy artillery from Europe. Not a word about public opinion that suggests that only 10% are willing to pay the “postage stamp a day” the president laughably claims the legislation will cost.
So the Senate leadership will get the great moral authority of Europe on its side when the parliamentarians deign to visit. But what will those grandees get out of it? For that, look no further than the statement of one of the grandest European grandees, Margot Wallstrom:
This [global warming] is not a simple environmental issue where you can say it is an issue where the scientists are not unanimous. This is about international economy, about trying to create a level playing field for big businesses throughout the world. You have to understand what is at stake and that is why it is serious.
Yes, those parliamentarians themselves are nothing more than lobbyists for big European businesses, who will suffer if American businesses don’t get subject to the same burdens. Welcome to the world of international diplomacy.