Pelosi lauds vulnerable Rep. Perriello’s ‘courage’ in backing climate bill

Friday, September 17, 2010

Congressman Perriello may win the Washington praise of Nancy Pelosi for his consistent support of her job-killing big spending, big government agenda, but this is just one more reminder of how out of step Congressman Perriello is with the people of Central and Southside Virginia.

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Pelosi lauds vulnerable Rep. Perriello’s ‘courage’ in backing climate bill

Ben Geman

September 16, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday publicly praised freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), who is highly vulnerable in his reelection bid, for backing the House climate change bill that narrowly passed last year.

“Thank you, Tom, for your courage, for your inspiration to members of the freshman class to support the climate change legislation,” Pelosi said in her speech at a Washington event highlighting super-efficient cars that Perriello also attended.

Perriello’s GOP opponent, state Sen. Robert Hurt, has attacked Perriello for supporting what Hurt and other critics of greenhouse gas caps call a “national energy tax” that will harm the economy and cost jobs.

More broadly, many Republicans are seeking to transform their opponents’ support for climate bills into a liability on the campaign trail.

But Perriello has defended his vote for the bill …

Pelosi called him “a leader and advocate for accelerating the future” in her remarks at the ceremony for the Progressive Automotive X Prize award.

The House approved the sweeping cap-and-trade and energy bill on a 219-212 vote in June of 2009. …

Pelosi told reporters she remains hopeful that energy legislation can win passage this year.

Senate Democratic leaders have floated a narrow bill with provisions to boost deployment of natural-gas-powered trucks and electric cars and provide rebates for home energy-efficiency retrofits.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is eyeing a vote in a lame-duck session.

Environmentalists and the renewable-energy industry are pressing for addition of a renewable electricity standard, which would require utilities to supply increasing amounts of power from sources like wind and solar energy.

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