The House committee's new draft bill was big news this week, but it threatens to be overshadowed by all the posts flying around about the misuse of a number by prominent Congressmen, notably Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Some of our favorite rebuttals:
- EDF's own Truth Squad gives a brief sketch of the number and why it was wrong.
- The Daily Green explains how Boehner misinterpreted the number, including a handy chart.
- Grist has great quotes from the study's author, an MIT professor, commenting on the number Boehner used (via PolitiFact). The best: "It’s wrong in so many ways it’s hard to begin."
- The Wall Street Journal included the latest press release from Republican leadership, who are not backing down in the face of simple math.
And a shout-out to One Blue Marble, spotlighting what EDF's Fred Krupp says about the costs of climate action, based on Department of Energy data:
The impact on household utility bills will be about a dime a day, and that dime will be the hardest working dime in America. It will create jobs, reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and protect the climate.