Can You Smell The Jet Fuel?

Posted on December 7, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Happy Holidays!

It’s the  season in Washington, but it’s also a season of uncertainty, a time when questions outnumber answers. As one lawmaker noted about the current climate on Capitol Hill: “You need to be comfortable with uncertainty.” The failure of the Super Committee and the resulting sequestration have left us facing a series of daunting questions. Will the F-35 be discontinued? Will the traditional tax “extenders” be extended? Will the “doc fix” be fixed? The door is open for suggestions from all corners on how these challenges will be met. For its part, the House leadership has remained tight-lipped about what they will and will not do during the next two weeks.

The pressure is on and as one Republican lawmaker noted, “We can smell the jet fuel. Everyone wants to hurry up, finish up and go HOME”. Our wish is that some of these questions will be answered first.

We want to thank Congressman Moran, Congresswoman Hahn and Lee Slezak, DOE Vehicle Systems Manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program, for their support and encouragement for the use of electric vehicles! Their participation in our client’s, 350 Green (a project developer of electric car charging stations), recent ribbon cutting ceremony was “charged” with energy and good will!

We are hopeful that the energy tax credit for alternative energy sources will be extended beyond the December 31, 2011 deadline.

Third party candidate? What do you think? Americans Elect and No Labels have increased the likelihood of working around the broken caucuses and primary systems. Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman is urging Jon Huntsman to throw his hat into that ring. Senators Lieberman and Murkowski succeeded as independents. Are we ready for that nationwide?

All the best for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!


Turner GPA is a leading D.C.-based national lobbying and government affairs firm dedicated to delivering cutting edge policy advocacy for the manufacturing, defense, aerospace, and energy industries. Members of our professional policy team can be reached at (202) 466-2511. We are also on the Web at

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