By a vote of 57 - 36 (60 needed to pass), the Senate failed to invoke cloture and block a threatened filibuster of the Baucus Amendment to HR6. The amendment would have created the tax breaks for alternative energy and funded them with a tax hike on large oil companies.
Our own Jon Kyl, from an AP article -
"When you put a tax on a business it gets passed on to consumers," argued Sen. John [sic] Kyl, R-Ariz. "Instead of reducing gasoline prices, this bill is going to add to the cost of gasoline."
Nice to see that the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Kyl has received from energy PACs over the years hasn't dulled his keen perception of consumers' needs. (that's sarcasm folks :) )
Senator Kyl - Wouldn't the consumers reap a more valuable long-term benefit by having a choice of different products to meet their energy needs?
Anyway, I wonder how many campaign contribution checks were signed at the various industry PACs after the vote (not that I'm a cynic or anything. :)) )