New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports. It’s behind a paywall, but here’s a brief piece:
Carte Goodwin, the former general counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin III, gave his position in response to a question at the news conference in Charleston, W. Va., announcing his appointment to the seat previously held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (House, 1953-59; Senate, 1959-2010), who died June 28.
“With regard to cap and trade, I will say this: from what I’ve seen of the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives and other proposals pending in the Senate, they simply are not right for West Virginia,” Goodwin said, referring to a bill (HR 2454) by Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., that the House passed June 26, 2009 to cap carbon emissions and create a market where polluters can buy and sell emissions credits and allowances. “I will not support any piece of legislation that threatens any West Virginia job, any West Virginia family or jeopardizes the long-term economic security of this state.”
Goodwin will support an extension of unemployment benefits, according to his colleague Jay Rockefeller at the same news conference. That means that the extension will become law on Tuesday, after an agonizing couple of months.
As for cap and trade, I think you can finally put a stake through its heart. Goodwin becomes the second Democratic Senator today to reject the carbon cap, even if it’s a utility-only piece (in fact, a coal-state Senator like Goodwin would like that even less).
Goodwin said he could support an energy-only bill, and that he supported a bill to basically give a bunch of taxpayer money to the coal industry to develop carbon capture and “clean coal” technology.
Again, water is wet.
Incidentally, this is also an indication of how Joe Manchin would vote. He’s the odds-on favorite to replace Goodwin in the Senate after a 2010 special election.