The Obama team was wise to send two nominees to Capitol Hill today. Clearly, the focus will be on Hillary Clinton’s quest to become Secretary of State – which should be smooth, despite questions about her involvement in issues concerning foreign donors to Bill Clinton’s Presidential library. (That’s a pretty big deal for a Secretary of State, but at this point a Clinton scandal barely moves the needle. Plus most conservatives seem to think this is a spot where the erstwhile Senator from New York can do the least damage.)
But Secretary of Energy nominee Steven Chu has already pledged to shake down energy companies with a cap-and-trade scheme that would force them to pay extra for carbon emissions – and thus raise energy rates. Common sense dictates that these extra charges will only make utility bills more expensive – thus hurting the people who pay them. I’ll add this as an winnable issues conservatives should press in the Obama administration.