Sen. Mary Landrieu's clean energy 'goal': Not a mandate, but it must be achieved?

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is preparing a national clean energy policy that would be implemented on a regional basis. According to the Clean Energy Report:

Landrieu said the policy would “not [be] a mandate, not an agency in charge, but a goal, a standard, and [the states] would have to reach it.”

The “goal” is needed, Sen. Dumpty Landrieu, says, because:

Besides high gasoline prices, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and climate change issues are fresh in the public’s mind, even though a minority “doesn’t think climate change is real,” she said.

Were Sen. Dumpty the Queen of Hearts instead, one can easily imagine her shouting “Off with the deniers’ heads!”

2 thoughts on “Sen. Mary Landrieu's clean energy 'goal': Not a mandate, but it must be achieved?”

  1. The states would have to reach it….. Sounds like a Mandate to me.
    From the Bing Dictionary:

    man·date [ mán dàyt ] NOUN
    1.
    authoritative order: an official command or instruction from an authority
    4.
    instruction from superior court: an order from a superior court or official to a lower one

  2. “not [be] a mandate, not an agency in charge, but a goal, a standard, and [the states] would have to reach it.”

    Using the words “would have to reach it.” seems to me to be contadictory or she doesn’t have a clue what she is talking about.

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