by Max Brantley
If U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln thinks this is the way to electoral success, then perhaps her harshest critics are right about her intellectual throw weight.
She is joining forces with Lisa Murkowski and Mary Landrieu on proposals to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
Forget for a minute how bad this is as a matter of policy.
Voters aren't stupid. Most of them don't think pumping poison into the air is a good idea. Those that do -- and who think cap-and-trade is a communist plot, that there's no global warming, etc. -- aren't going to vote for Blanche Lincoln no matter how much she sells out for how little.
This is desperation politics. It's going nowhere. It's pandering to corporate interests. It's bad for living things. Voters will see it exactly for what it is.
A speedy interest group response:
--- Today, Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced her support for the Dirty Air Act, a misguided proposal introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that will gut the Clean Air Act, the landmark legislation that protects our clean air and clean water.
In response to this news, Brendan Beattie, State Director for Repower America released the following statement:
"For decades, the Clean Air Act has been a public policy and public health success story; Senator Lincoln wants to throw all of that away in favor of a misguided resolution that was written by lobbyists for some of the country’s biggest polluters.
"The Dirty Air Act would roll back the clock on decades of progress reducing pollution, putting polluters in control of America’s clean energy future. Instead of looking for ways to delay action, Senator Lincoln should commit to comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that will create thousands of jobs for Arkansas residents, decrease pollution, and help end our dependence on foreign oil, making our nation more secure."