Thursday, June 29, 2006

Happy Energy Week to Big Oil from Mark Green

It's Energy Week in the House of Representatives, declared by Rep. Mark Green and the Republican leadership.

The Forward Report notes that:
It has been advertised as an opportunity to focus on the skyrocketing cost of gas and America’s dependence on foreign oil. It is actually being used in part to promote policies that would enrich the oil industry and damage the environment, while doing very little to help consumers or resolve our long-term energy problems.
This seems like an appropriate time to review Mark Green's contributions to holding down oil and gas prices and protecting consumers.

Let's put Green's approach into some perspective. He's postured, as a candidate for governor, as someone who wants to lower the gas tax.

But Wisconsin roadbuilders know better. Here's a report from the Transportation Development Assn., a statewide group dominated by roadbuilders, after a "Drive-In" meeting at the Madison Club:
Views from Green Campaign
After the Road to the Future Committee presentation, Mark Graul, manager of the gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Rep. Mark Green, addressed the group. Introducing a message Congressman Green taped for the Drive-in, Graul told attendees that transportation is an issue of key importance to Green.

In his video message, Green told Drive-in participants that as governor he would restore the integrity of the state’s transportation funding. He noted that the federal transportation reauthorization bill he supported had ended up “good for Wisconsin.” Giving credit to the leadership of Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri, Green cited as “historic” the $1.06 return on Wisconsin federal highway dollar achieved under the SAFETEA-LU reauthorization.

Green said that any constitutional amendment he would sign to protect transportation revenues would need to “permanently firewall” the Transportation Fund. He said he is committed to an “intermodal transportation system.”

He noted that as a member of the state Assembly, he “did vote for a gas tax increase.” “I was there for you, ...” said Green, “and I will be in the future.”
"I was there for you, and I will be in the future," Green tells this special interest group. Interestingly, he doesn't says that he supported tax increases for transportation improvements; he supported gas tax increases for the roadbuilders, and he'll do it again.

That's not what you'd expect to hear from someone looking out for consumers -- but no one has ever accused Mark Green of being a consumer advocate.

Green has voted repeatedly in the House against bills to crack down on gasoline price-gouging.

Green backed the Bush energy bill that gave $8-billion in tax breaks to Big Oil, and voted against rolling them back even with gas at $3 a gallon and Big Oil making record profits.

And Big Oil has rewarded him with more than $40,000 in campaign contributions.

Happy Energy Week, everyone, from Mark Green.


At 10:00 AM, Blogger Troy Fullerton said...

Only $40,000 after all those billions in tax breaks?? Green needs to hire more of Doyle's 'fundraisers'; that's chump change to our Governor.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

Maybe Green voted against the gouging measure because there isn't any gouging going on. This price gouging issue has been investigated by Congress twice in threes years and the results are the same. THERE'S NO GOUGING HAPPENING. Gas companies make an averageof 9 cents per gallon. The state of WIS is making 26 cents per gallon. Think about, who's doing the gouging?

At 8:19 AM, Blogger goofticket said...

There is one other way to complain about gas taxes in the state. One that very few consider, simply because it is not part of the equation.

We could have lower gas prices. It's very easy.

Consider paying $2 every time you hit the interstate, the beltways around your cities and even more if you try to bring a truck full of goods into the state.

It's called a Toll Booth.
Remember you'd also have to pay on your way home from work.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger redvest said...

How much did Doyle take in from Knight Infrastructures, tied to Hurtgen, and Ed Apprahamien, also tied to Hurtgen?


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