Taking GOP Graphics a Bit Too Seriously

WaxmanMarkeyABureaucraticNightmare_Display.jpg(Photo: Sen. Kit Bond [R-MO])

Sen.
Kit Bond (R-MO), one of his chamber’s leading opponents of action
against climate change, has swiped the hilariously complicated "chart"
that his House colleagues used last month in a futile attempt to portray emissions reductions as just too complex for the American people to stomach.

Complaining
about the length and depth of a bill that aims to start reversing
centuries of American overconsumption is more than a little silly, as
Grist’s Kate Sheppard observes.

But
can I take this mess too seriously for a moment and ask: Where is the
DOT in Bond’s thicket of black "government agency" boxes? Is he saying
that transportation has no role in the warming climate?

What does the senator think happens to all that highway money he fights so hard for?

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