Why do we trust Nancy Pelosi to make energy policy when she doesn’t even know natural gas is a fossil fuel?

The following are quotes by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from the transcript of her Meet the Press interview with Tom Brokaw on 08/24/08:

"No, it isn’t, but you could — again, you could reduce the price at the pump immediately with (inaudible). You can have a transition with natural gas. You can have a transition with natural gas. That is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels."

"I’m — I’m investing in something I believe in. I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels."

"Well, that’s not — that is the marketplace. The fact is, the supply of natural gas is so big, and you do need a transition if you’re going to go from fossil fuels, as you say, you can’t do it overnight, but you must transition."

Does she really not understand that natural gas is a fossil fuel?

Patrick and Rottie Mom, of course she doesn’t make energy policy on her own. But as speaker, she has the unique power to influence what is in the bill before she brings the bill up for a vote.

She plays an active role in formulating the democratic policy on energy, as this 2007 article, entitled "Pelosi Unveils House Energy Bill" demonstrates.

http://www.platts.com/Oil/Resources/News%20Features/energybill07/index.xml?src=energybulletin
Rottie mom, I agree with you that "Surely one of them must have a clue." However, given the importance of a sound energy policy, don’t you think that ALL of the decision-makers should have a clue? And…don’t you think that those who DON’T have a clue should be excluded from the process?

2 Responses to “Why do we trust Nancy Pelosi to make energy policy when she doesn’t even know natural gas is a fossil fuel?”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Nancy Pelosi doesn’t make energy policy. She is the House Speaker and only decides on what bills go up for a vote. Legislators or the President write bills that are voted on in the Congress and signed by the President to become a law.I wish you had paid attention in your American Government class.

    That said, Pelosi was mistaken in thinking natural gas is not a fossil fuel but I still don’t see any larger implications in this issue given she doesn’t make energy policy.

  2. Rottie Mom Says:

    Who knows what she knows? She doesn’t make energy policy all on her own. She has a few hundred other congressmen to deal with. Surely one of them must have a clue.