And in today's Senate committee hearing on the ash spill Barbara Boxer seemed to be the person stepping up assertively and offering a forward-looking vision for TVA to lead in "green power research." What I heard from Lamar Alexander was mostly a defense of what TVA accomplished, even though its history includes prompting by outside forces toward reform. He failed to come across to me as very bold, and Boxer rocked. I've already alluded to news that help for Tennesseans may have to come from fellow Californian, Rep. Henry Waxman, but if Boxer can help, too, more power to her.
Speaking of Waxman, according to TPM, he will be joined in the Democratic House energy committee leadership by Ed Markey, an advocate of climate change legislation. Let's hope relief and reform are coming for neighbors who currently live in harms way around coal-burning plants (HT: Freddie O).