Friday, December 5, 2008

Mitch McConnell: Republican Hypocrite du Jour

Irony alert! While touting how well the Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky is doing versus Detroit, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, seems completely ignorant of the fact that Toyota’s Kentucky manufacturing facility makes hybrid cars.

Meanwhile, McConnell’s record on energy & oil shows he consistently voted in support of Big Oil’s interests and against things like higher CAFE standards, which might have saved Detroit’s bacon.

In fact:
As minority leader, McConnell has led Republican opposition to a number of environmental measures in the past two years. Under his leadership, Senate Republicans stalled passage of renewable-energy tax credits for most of 2008. McConnell led efforts to tie up the Climate Security Act in procedural stalls, which led to the early death of the bill. He's been a leading champion of offshore drilling, claiming in July that people in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas think "oil rigs are pretty."

If the Toyota plant in Kentucky is going strong, it’s because they make cars that people actually want to buy: energy efficient, hybrid technology vehicles, that come with a nice government tax rebate. And that is in spite of, not because of, Sen. Mitch McConnell, one the League of Conservation Voters’ Dirty Dozen.