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Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills
Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair

Posted on 11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda.

House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line. 

If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear this election cycle, it is that the era of entitlement politics is over in the Republican Party.

Upton’s liberal voting record is a textbook example of why Republicans were kicked to the curb.  From taxes to energy to federal government land grabs, Upton is no conservative.

Upton’s proudest energy achievement is co-authoring the ban on incandescent light bulbs with über-liberal Rep. Jane Harman (D.–Calif.).

A big believer in global-warming-consensus “science,” Upton told a Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing in 2009—just last year—that the global warming debate is over: “I have said at nearly every climate change hearing that for me I don’t dispute the science.  Right or wrong, the debate over the modeling and science appears to be over.”  (Transcript page 7.)

“Right or wrong”?  If the science is wrong, we should just go with it anyway?

A closer look at Upton’s energy voting record reveals a job-killing liberal aligned even more closely with Nancy Pelosi on energy and environmental issues.  A small sampling:

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


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1 posted on 11/29/2010 8:02:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He’s a bad choice, but he’s only one Congressman.


2 posted on 11/29/2010 8:04:20 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I want that damn ban on lightbulbs lifted. Upton shouldn’t be chairman of ANY committee.


3 posted on 11/29/2010 8:07:37 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Upton is, at his core, a RINO JUANnabie.


4 posted on 11/29/2010 8:11:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is a symbolic matter. Upton is SO BAD that if he is given that job, it means that the leadership has learned NOTHING. And that they ALL need to be kicked out in the next election, starting at the top.

NO UPTON on the energy and commerce committee. On pain of a swift revolt by the base.

Thank you, Connie Hair, for making this clear.


5 posted on 11/29/2010 8:15:38 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Cicero

Watching this one closely. This could be the go signal. If leadership (the tanned crying leader) doesnt avert this one is speaks loudly.


6 posted on 11/29/2010 8:19:35 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Unfortunately, he’ll chair a House committee in the next Congress. Thus, almost no energy legislation will move forward over his disapproval. Fortunately, he’s 57 years old, so if the Republicans retain control, he almost certainly will leave office in the next half-century. Best hope for losing him: defeat him in a primary challenge. Better yet, redistrict him into oblivion.


7 posted on 11/29/2010 8:20:05 PM PST by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WWDD.....what would the dems do? They would shuffle a pro-life Democrat off to Buffalo. He would get nothing, he would be skipped over for a “young bull” that would help move an agenda forward.


8 posted on 11/29/2010 8:30:10 PM PST by runninglips (Don't support the Republican party, work to "fundamentally change" it...conservative would be nice)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I read some of his work, this man has no business being in any kind of position to influence agenda.


9 posted on 11/29/2010 8:35:05 PM PST by runninglips (Don't support the Republican party, work to "fundamentally change" it...conservative would be nice)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

I think John Boner needs to hear from us on this one.

PING!


10 posted on 11/29/2010 8:56:21 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t forget that Bush signed that that 1997 assclown energy bill that took away your light bulbs.


11 posted on 11/29/2010 8:58:55 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t forget that Bush signed that that 1997 assclown energy bill that took away your light bulbs.


12 posted on 11/29/2010 8:59:03 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim
Don’t forget that Bush signed that that 1997 assclown energy bill that took away your light bulbs.

Gee. How did he do that?

Did the evil Bush somehow take over the person of Bill Clinton even when he was still governor of Texas?

13 posted on 11/29/2010 9:03:56 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: quantim

It was actually a 2007 assclown bill.


14 posted on 11/29/2010 9:04:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Michigan has some positive history in redistricting.

Remember David Bonior?

We now own:

Governorship

State House

State Senate

Attorney General

Secretary of State

And the MI Supreme Ct.

Fred is dead, no worry.


15 posted on 11/29/2010 9:05:30 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks, hate when that happens.

This is one decade many will want to forget, too.


16 posted on 11/29/2010 9:09:27 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

http://republicans.resourcescommittee.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=215818

In Case You Missed It - CQ Weekly: A Burst of Energy For Natural Resources?

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2010 -
A Burst of Energy For Natural Resources?
By Margaret Kriz Hobson, CQ Staff
CQ Weekly
November 28, 2010

“Doc Hastings, a 69-year-old former paper executive from Washington state, has kept a low profile during his 16 years in the House, working on the lesser-known Rules and ethics committees and earning a reputation as a party loyalist. But as the 112th Congress prepares to convene, Hastings is stepping from the background into the spotlight as incoming chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. And his profile of late has been anything but low.”

...”The full House Republican Conference will vote on Hastings’ proposal to transfer authority for energy issues to the Resources panel in the coming weeks. And even if the Republicans don’t expand Hastings’ legislative reach, his unexpected and bold power grab signals that his mild-mannered days may be past and that he intends to put his stamp on federal energy policy.”...


17 posted on 11/29/2010 10:54:27 PM PST by marsh2
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To: marsh2

If he’s next in line, and that’s how they do it...at least he won’t driving Mr. Bohner around...


18 posted on 11/29/2010 11:47:13 PM PST by gman992
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To: Paladin2
Upton is, at his core, a RINO JUANnabie.

:)

19 posted on 11/30/2010 6:28:11 AM PST by MaggieCarta (What are we here for but to provide sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?Austen)
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To: gman992

“Hastings makes his pitch to break up the Energy and Commerce Committee” by David Freddoso 11/29/10 1:47 PM

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/11/hastings-makes-his-pitch#ixzz16mzPtSlz


20 posted on 11/30/2010 10:04:58 AM PST by marsh2
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I want that damn ban on lightbulbs lifted. Upton shouldn’t be chairman of ANY committee.

No kidding, you can't dim the lights with those stupid fluorescents.

21 posted on 11/30/2010 11:22:07 AM PST by bkepley
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They say that someone on Pelosi’s staff has been putting the roadblocks up to deny energy from biomass (forest undergrowth) as a qualified sutainable renewable form of energy. We have run into all sorts of legislative snags. We need Hastings to take over energy so that we can make progress on fuel reduction in western forests and harnessing of the biomass fr heat and energy. They are even on the cusp of implementing biofuel from cellulosic etahnol.


22 posted on 11/30/2010 12:04:40 PM PST by marsh2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Shocking? There's nothing shocking about it. Conservatives here know that Upton's one of the two most liberal Republican congressmen in Michigan. The other is the soon to be retired after lame duck Vern Ehlers.

The good news is that Ehlers decided to retire instead of facing a primary against Justin Amash, a big improvement. The bad news is that Upton lost his primary to conservative Jack Hoogendyk.

Luckily for Upton, I'm in Tim Walberg's district instead.

23 posted on 11/30/2010 6:44:04 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Michigan's Supreme Court - Once again, it is best in the country.)
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