House Republicans, including Sam Graves, Kenny Hulshof, Roy Blunt, Jo Ann Emerson, and Todd Akin, voted no last night on the Energy Bill. The bill offers subsidies and tax credits to clean, renewable forms of energy production, and as a concession to the “Drill, Baby, Drill!” crowd, opens some coastal waters to new drilling for the first time in 26 years.
The Republicans main complaint was that not enough was being done for Big Oil, and that little was given to pave the way for new nuclear plants.
UPDATE: Bill Scher makes some excellent points:
Why? As the New York Times reports:
Among other objections, House Republicans joined industry in criticizing the measure because it would eliminate about $18 billion in tax breaks for oil companies, including a manufacturing deduction of particular benefit to large firms. The savings from the oil companies would be diverted to pay for tax breaks and incentives for renewable fuels, vehicles that use alternative energy and other fuel efficiency programs and research.
[…]Whatever problems there are with this bill, it has served a useful purpose. It has exposed the lie that conservatives really believe in a comprehensive “All of the Above” energy policy.[…]