Lieberman and Energy

Every Senator from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, including Republicans, voted against the Bush Administration’s Energy Bill except Joe Lieberman:

Energy Policy Act of 2005

Dodd (D-CT), Nay
Lieberman (D-CT), Yea

Kennedy (D-MA), Nay
Kerry (D-MA), Nay

New Hampshire:
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Sununu (R-NH), Nay

New Jersey:
Corzine (D-NJ), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay

New York:
Clinton (D-NY), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay

Rhode Island:
Chafee (R-RI), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Nay

Jeffords (I-VT), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Nay

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Almost every other politician in the region - Sens. Clinton, Schumer, Dodd, Reps. Shays, DeLauro, Simmons, and others - had opposed Broadwater in 2005 but Lieberman, that bastion of environmental integrity, was almost inexplicably holding out. In January 2006, he said this to say in an interview to the Advocate:

"I've worked hard to protect the Sound to me it's one of our great natural resources. I have said that I'm concerned about this proposal but frankly I didn't know enough about it yet to take a position... We have a real energy problem in this state, so I don't want to shut it out without thinking about [whether] it could provide additional energy resources to us that could lower the cost of energy in this state."

This just a few months after raking in tens of thousands in donations and accepting a corporate flight from a company with an active interest in expanding LNG operations across the country.



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