In an effort to portray vulnerable Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) as a rabble-rouser, fighting against the Obama administration and Enviormental Protection Agency’s agenda to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent via a slew of regulations, the Times Picayune/NOLA.com has once again ironically left out key facts.
Here’s the brief report from NOLA.com:
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., once again criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions through federal regulations during a visit to a coal-fired power plant in Pointe Coupee Parish Monday afternoon (June 9).
The Senator also mentioned a few other energy-related issues where her views diverge from the president. For example, she touted her support for the Keystone XL pipeline, a crude oil project that Obama has been reluctant to approve.
What the Times Picayune cleverly dismisses is the fact that Landrieu is attempting to distance herself from the issue as much as possible, with the Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman telling the Washington Post that the issue is not under her “jurisdiction.”
Before, however, Landrieu has run ads and told reporters repeatedly that she has loads of power as the Senate Energy Chairwoman, with it being a major selling-point for her re-election campaign and Landrieu asking if voters would want to loose that control on the energy committee.
And, the Times Picayune makes no mention, though it never has, that Landrieu has supported Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the Senate, even though Reid is a major proponent of the EPA regulations, and other Democrats who are pro-energy regulations. Landrieu donated $10,000 to Reid in 2010.
Landrieu has also supported liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), another advocate for the EPA regulations. Landrieu gave Boxer $10,000 for her re-election campaign.
Another aspect the Times Picayune left out is that though Landrieu has attacked the EPA’s rules, she has also said that she does in fact agree with some of the EPA rules. Landrieu said the rules will give flexibility and long lead times to states so that they can choose how they will reduce carbon.