Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Who's The Boss?

When it comes to setting and driving the nation's green energy agenda, who's in charge? President Barack Obama, who made a deeper push into alternative energy a pillar of his campaign and one of the top priorities of his presidency... or Senate Environment and Public Works Chair and California Senator, Barbara Boxer?

Yesterday, Boxer tried to steal a little of the Presidential thunder by unveiling a six point plan of her own that largely reiterated a lot of the same goals that she, the President, and others have been articulating for some time now. However, the plan had a heavy-- and somewhat ambiguous-- emphasis on states' rights that seems to be drawing a not so subtle battle line between her Committee and the White House.

The Wall Street Journal wonders just what it means in terms of specifics, and notes that if green energy has any chance of moving forward as a political agenda item, Boxer and Barack are going to have to learn to get along.

Boxer’s Brief: California Senator Sketches Global Warming Principles [Environmental Capital blog,]