Thursday, March 22, 2007

Gore's challenge to congress

Sadly, there may be no Gore presidential campaign:
It seems clear that Gore has no interest in running for president again. His policy proposals put him to the left even of Bernie Sanders. In his testimony, he called for an immediate emissions freeze and a 90 percent reduction by 2050. He wants the United States to replace payroll taxes with carbon taxes, sign an accelerated version of the Kyoto Protocol, stop building dirty coal power plants, raise fuel-economy standards, and ban incandescent light bulbs. (Hillary Clinton, who sat stone-faced through most of the hearing and revealed an impressive grasp of policy minutiae during her own speech, appeared to have nodded ever so faintly at a few of these.) If Gore were to enter the primaries, such proposals would be raked over and ripped apart by other Democrats.