Remember how Hillary immediately began to blame Bush when the blackout occurred in the Northeast? If you don;t, here is a sample of her statements:
King: Governor Richardson and Governor Davis have said that this kind of thing should be preventable. Do you agree?
CLINTON: Absolutely. And of course both of them have firsthand experience over the last several years. And I believe that one of questions that we should answer, because of this, is not only how did it happen, but how is it going to be prevented in the future?
There were a couple of times during the past two and a half years in the Senate when a number of us tried to vote for taking action that would increase reliability within the system to try to protect the transmission systems that move energy from one part of our country to another. To have some more backup. We’ve not been successful up until now, but perhaps now because perhaps we will now be…
King:Senator Clinton, is the federal government on top of this or not?
CLINTON: Well, Larry, I agree with Governor Davis and I know Governor Richardson is very knowledgeable about this as well, that we just haven’t made the kind of national investments that we need, particularly in the transmission system. I happen to think that making sure we have a reliable, affordable system of energy is a national priority. And I don’t think that this administration sees it that way. They have continued to try to push deregulation and privatization, and to try to undo a lot of the systems in changes that many of us thought were important and necessary that we tried to work on during the Clinton administration under Secretary Richardson’s leadership. And frankly to throw in a lot of roadblocks in the way of Governor Davis, when he tried to clean up some of the problems that he had with the manipulation of the energy markets by Enron and others. So, no, I don’t think the federal administration under this president is really focused on making sure we don’t have these problems in the future.
Hillary Clinton, during the blackout doing a live interview with Larry King, 14 August 2003.
The conventional wisdom (from the Democrats in the media and the left flank of the blogosphere) has been that the arrogant Bush team (forget he is President, it is his enrgy bill, and the Senate and the House are Republican) and the evils of the deregulation bogeyman are holding back an upgrade of the power grid- but is that really true? Bill Hobbs checks the lies:
Did President Bush really try to upgrade the national power grid two years ago, in order to prevent massive blackouts like the one that hit much of the northeastern quadrant of the nation last week? And did Democrats and environmentalists prevent him from doing so? Yes, absolutely, yes, says the New York Times. [Hat tip: Kevin Patrick]
Ambitious Bush Plan Undone by Energy Politics
By ELISABETH BUMILLER and JEFF GERTH
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 – President Bush stood at a gasoline station near his ranch in Texas today and said he had been calling for an energy bill to modernize the nation’s electricity grid “for a long time.”
Mr. Bush is quite right. A comprehensive energy policy was part of his platform as a candidate for president and seemed prescient from his very first week in office, when he was forced to ensure there was enough power in California to ease the state’s rolling blackouts. By May 2001, largely because of the California crisis, Mr. Bush had released his energy plan.
But the president’s ambitious policy quickly became a casualty of energy politics and, notably, harsh criticism from Democrats enraged by the way the White House had created the plan. Although the policy included recommendations to improve the nation’s electric grid that everyone agreed on, they were lost in the shouting and have been dormant in Congress for the past two years.
Methinks this really ought to be pointed out in Bush campaign ads running in the blackout zone.
Me too, Bill. Before I finish this post, I can’t pass up pointing out Hillary’s latest whopper:
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton told ABC’s “World News Tonight” last Thursday that the lights at her Chappaqua, N.Y., mansion went out along with everyone else’s when the big blackout hit.
But moments later during the same interview, Clinton contradicted herself and admitted that she was “one of the fortunate ones” who still had power, thanks to a Secret Service generator on her property.
“No, the lights aren’t on,” Clinton initially told ABC’s Ted Koppel, who asked during their telephone chat if she still had power “up there.”
After listening to the top Democrat expound for a few minutes on the vagaries of nuclear power and why she thought the collapse of Enron should have been a warning sign, Koppel revisited the question, asking, “Well, has the Secret Service got a nice generator for backup power? Or are you handling it on candles tonight?”
With that Sen. Clinton came clean and admitted she was enjoying full power.
“Well, no, they do. I’m one of the fortunate ones,” she offered, without skipping a beat. “Because of all of the equipment and the communications, that is something that they can count on to keep essential services going.”
Koppel pretended not to notice Hillary’s earlier fib about being left without lights, noting only, “Well, the neighbors will be coming over for that cup of sugar later on.”
How can you tell when Hillary Clinton is lying…