GOP Holds Dream Debate On Energy: No Democrats Allowed

We've all had those conversations that began: "Well if I ran the world..."

Well here's a glimpse of what the Senate Republican world would look like today if there were no Democrats to muck up the energy debate. In fact, it's unfolding on C-SPAN2 right now at an all-Republican hearing on energy, chaired by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The lineup?

Leading off is Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who has spent much of the past decade trying to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling.

Following Stevens is a dream team of energy interests testifying before the panel: Michael L. Bennett, chairman of The Fertilizer Institute; Terry O'Connor, vice president for Shell Oil, Paul Georgia, chief economist for the National Mining Association; and Alex Flint, senior vice president of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Flint was the long time Republican chief of staff for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and helped oversee the last major energy bill, which was criticized for having billions in tax breaks for oil companies.

The Crypt is certain that if Democrats envisioned a world without Republicans, their energy forum might include the Sierra Club, wind power lobbyists and Greenpeace. But alas, Senate Democrats haven't scheduled such a partisan hearing ... yet.