Senate rejects Inhofe’s anti-biofuels amendment because it’s dumb
29 Nov 2012 2:04 PM
Well, bad news, Senator. Your colleagues think your idea is bad. According to The Hill, the Senate voted yesterday 62-37 to remove Inhofe’s anti-biofuel amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act, with nine Republicans joining the Democratic majority. Said Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.):
Our military is on the cutting edge technologically, but much of our fighting capability relies on foreign fossil fuels and decades-old power systems. That dependence has very real human and economic costs. Today’s strong bipartisan vote affirms that we should allow our military leaders to continue to develop and use advanced alternative fuels in order to bring down costs and improve mission capabilities.
Or, to put it more bluntly, as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) did: “Is Big Oil calling the shots here?” In a dark corner of Washington, Big Oil shuffled its feet nervously and checked its watch.
And in his office on Capitol Hill, Sen. Inhofe stamped his feet and wailed, his favorite toy having been taken away.
Philip Bump writes about the news for Gristmill. He also uses Twitter a whole lot.