In a major meltdown within the global warming community, emails were leaked before the up coming U.N. global warming summit in Copenhagen, rebuking the fact that climate change is nothing more than a hoax used to gin up political bases. That’s not the way Senator Barbara Boxer-D CA sees it; “You call it ‘Climate gate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate.”
Not exactly as catchy as climate gate, but nevertheless telling with how Senator Boxer feels about purported global warming pact. Boxer said she would like to see the e-mail hackers punished for their shenanigans and did not bother questioning the science behind the e-mails. “I’m looking at these e-mails that, even though they were stolen, are now out in the public.”
The e-mails in question were hacked from scientists at the University of East Anglia, England’s equivalent to NASA and know has disputed the facts contained in the emails. “Several thousand scientists have come to the conclusion that climate change is happening. I don’t think that’s anything that is, quite frankly, among most people, in dispute anymore,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
However, the unearthed e-mails quickly gave Republicans new hope in the battle to fight Senator Boxer’s prized cap and trade legislation.
Drafts of the technical documents and photos were discovered that could spark major debates in the world of science and administrations that are promoting economic policy based on the results of that scientific theory. For those who remain leery about whether the globe is actually warming or cooling, these documents could shed negative light within the scientific community.
However, it is revealing that the bulk of the emails were simply about how best to describe the cooling trend currently taking place and how it contradicts what researchers predicted in the past.
“It is unfortunate that Senator Boxer isn’t as equally interested in making sure all the facts about climate change are known as she is in e-mail hacking,” said Carly Fiorina who is challenging Boxer’s reelection for Senate. “Ironically, in 2008 she was very interested in leaked information about climate change when it helped support her own views and demanded at the time that all the facts become known – without regard for the process by which they came out. So the question to the Senator today is: what has changed now that the facts may not be as helpful as you would like them to be? Don’t the American people still deserve to know all the facts no matter what they are?”
“The bottom line is that, while the legal issues in this case merit a full investigation, Americans also deserve to know the truth, especially as Boxer continues to force job-killing ‘cap-and-trade’ legislation through the Senate,” Fiorina said is a statement.
In an effort to control the press at the U.N. Copenhagen meeting, the media coordinator for the United Nations’ global warming summit said yesterday he is standing on his decision not to allow a World Net Daily senior reporter to cover the event. “This has been described as a key step in the founding of a one-world government,” according to WND.
In Gallop’s recent October poll, “it was released that more Americans believe in haunted houses than global warming,” argued Marc Morano an author who disagrees with global warming.
In response to the recent exposure of Britain’s e-mails, Chris Horner a fellow skeptic, filed a law suit against NASA asking them to disclose their data on global warming and climate information after NASA failed to comply with the ‘Freedom of Information Act’ requested by Horner.
In an added note former vice president Al Gore chimed in his two cents regarding the U.N. Copenhagen meeting in an interview with the Times Online, “I throw my weight behind calls for a system of international carbon taxes in order to slash fossil-fuel consumption.” Although he warned that huge political obstacles remain in place to establish this and it might be many years before a system could be applied globally. Gore also refuses to do his part in climate change and give up his habits like meat consumption, flying private jets around the world and using less energy in his mansion.
Perfect, more taxes and do as I say and not as I do.
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San Diego patriots seek to repeal California’s cap and trade AB32 and patriots stormed the harbor in large numbers to show the country that as California goes, so goes the nation. California’s version of cap and trade AB32 passed three years ago and has strangled the economy and added to the state’s deficits.
As California’s bread basket sinks further into a dust bowl, citizens from the San Diego area came out in large numbers to show support for the farmers who are losing it all.
“Fourth-generation farmers are on the verge of bankruptcy,” said Dawn Wildman, Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition founder. “Not only is this government trying to put our farmers out of business in the name of the environment, but they are trying to push us towards global governance.”
Local avocado farmers also showed up to the protest to voice their concerns about the water crisis that is now threatening their San Diego groves.
“This is a man-made drought and it is forcing avocado farmers to cut down portions of their groves because they can no longer afford the 50 percent increase in water fees,” says Kay O’Hara, an avocado organic farmer/real estate agent.
“When Senator Feinstein refers the Central Valley water crisis as a ‘complicated matter,’ it’s time for her to go. The smelt fish is not even a California native fish, it is used as bait!”
Rally participant and San Diego resident, Larry Naritelli has made the trip to visit the California Central Valley. “Farmers I’ve talked to said they have no more time, they are going to lose everything their families have worked for the past 100 years.”
He continues to explain that ‘if you think about the reason we are in this economic mess in California you can plot the lines back to AB32 and cap and trade.”
Other first time activists came out to show support for the California farmers. Barbara Decker said she was looking to shake things up a bit and let local politicians she is watching.
Event organizer, Sarah Bond said more than 200 patriots came out to the rally, supporting the taxpayers and protect farmers.
“It’s a real tragedy, and it’s up to us to change our future.”
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For the blog the skit was developed; http://templeofmut.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/tina-fey-stars-in-san-diego-tea-party-snl-parody/
In a joint statement from Democrat Senators Barbara Boxer-CA and John Kerry-MA, the Senate version of cap-and-trade legislation will be moving forward in late September.
The bill proposed by the Senators claims to create millions of clean energy jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil and ensure America’s place in a clean energy economy.
Adversaries of the bill say the legislation is nothing more than a giant tax increase on the American taxpayer and without global participation with India and China, all the clean energy would be for not.
The delay in cap-and-trade discussions came from the intensive work taking place with the health care issue that has engulfed the nation, according to the Senators.
Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid-D NV, “agreed to provide some additional time to work on the final details of our bill, and to reach out to colleagues and important stakeholders,” Boxer said.
“We have told the Majority Leader that our goal is to introduce our bill later in September,” Boxer finished.
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Kicking off the patriotic ceremony was a dramatic tribute to the veterans and those serving in the military –Americanism was in the air. Thousands of tea-party attendees stood at the steps of the California state capital, each with their own reasons for taking time from their day to listen and learn.
Key Note Speaker, Mark Meckler, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots explained that this event was not about any single event, but a culmination of issues that threaten California’s very existence.
He explained that third generation families of truckers, loggers and farmers are going out of business because of California’s strangling regulations. “I’m very concerned and wanted to bring everyone together. There is just too much government and they need to get out of the way.”
It is clear the state is in trouble. California sits at the bottom of the list in education and cost of living remains the highest in the country. Unemployment is higher than the national average at nearly 12 percent.
“Every industry is under attack,” Meckler said. “The environmentalists are uses the divide and conquer strategy to put all industries out of business.”
Meckler also touched on the Tea Party successes. “We’ve shelved cap-and-trade, we’ve stalled health care and we solidly defeated a tax increase in California.” The crowd went nuts.
The speaker also made note of President Obama’s recent $10 billion loan for oil exploration in Brazil, sending more money and jobs overseas. This drew cheers from the angry protesters.
“It was like Woodstock without the drugs,” said Leslie Eastman, co-founder of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition located in San Diego.
Some in attendance were afraid of giving out their name in fear of retaliation from Service Employee International Union (SEIU) leaders may find out. However, it didn’t stop a nurse who is trying to start a new Health Care Nurses Union to get out from under the SEIU.
Another sponsor of the event was Debra John, of Tea Party Express said, “Our Constitution says ‘we the people’ not we the Congress.”
While Americans are awakened throughout the month of August, some politicians aren’t getting the tea party news flash.
In an effort to combat everyday citizens who are hopping mad at the left showing up at town halls and tea party events across the nation, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has written a letter to her supporters in order to raise $100,000 to fight the will of the people.
She says, “The fight for meaningful health insurance reform is too important to be sidetracked by misinformation and false attacks.”
“The real enemies are the radical environmentalists who have taken over our government,” said Devin Nunes, said a Californian Congressmen. “It has been 701 days since I’ve asked the politicians to stop this man-made drought in California.”
“We will hold the politicians accountable on how they vote,” Nunes said
“Here is a personal message to President Obama, ‘we don’t want your welfare, we want the water turned back on,’” He finished and the crowd responding boisterously.
Another California Republican Congressman, Tom McClintock, added his two cents when it comes to state and national issues plaguing everyday Americans.
“We need everyone to focus on the new media like, the internet, facebook and twitter. It’s a great way for voters to get connected,” McClintock noted.
He explained that it was important to not get news from the main stream media because often they are not in touch with the folks in small town USA.
What’s with the czars, says the Congressman. “The concept came from Russia and all they do is oppress the American people.”
“The American spirit is returning,” McClintock said. “The Obama Administration didn’t count on that.”
Moving along Water for All founder, Piebad Ayala had plenty to say about the Central California water crisis. “Nobody (politicians) is being effective with the water issue and we continue to receive about 10 percent of what our farms require.”
“The people have been great today. We are on the right side and will not stop until we get our water back,” Ayala said. “They (politicians) are blaming farmers for the problems, but we have video of sewage being dumped straight into the Delta.”
“It’s sad the government is siding with the fish over the humans. This is a human issue,” he finished.
The attendees were a truly blended-crowd.
Loggers have also been on the chopping block in California. For example, Mike Anderson owns a logging business and would like to pass it on to his son one day, but with all the regulations coming down the pike he may not be able to pass anything to his son.
“The California, Air Resource Board (ARB) will force me to replace my diesel engines in the next couple of years. I wouldn’t even be able to sell the old parts because it would be illegal,” he says.
According to Anderson, the Fort Bragg logging industry would be wipe out completely, again generations of families would be left unemployed.
The Chairperson of ARB says, “There’s nothing that can’t be done without money.” This further illustrates how out of touch bureaucrats and politicians are with the everyday working Americans.
Up next is part three.
For more information on the water issues plaguing California visit; http://www.waterforall.com/
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Again a shout out to my eyes and ears on this story Leslie Eastman
Sacramento California became a firestorm of angry voters voicing their concerns about the current state and national issues impacting the economy.
The protesters started to arrive at the capital steps around 8:00 in the morning by 10:00 the crowds had swelled to more than 1,000 people and noon saw the number increase to 6,000. Among them were 35 San Diego residents that made the grueling all-night drive to Sacramento.
Petitions circulating around included the California Taxpayers Protection Act of 2010, which will limit the benefits illegal immigrants can receive from the government for their American born children; the part-time legislature bill and the repeal of AB32, California’s version of cap-and-trade.
The diverse crowd carried home-made signs with slogans like “No cap and trade, our electricity is too high; fruit trees are dead, so are your political careers; and no hate…not all wee weed up!”
Lynn Miller of San Diego also made the trek to Sacramento to ask Governor Schwarzenegger to repeal AB32 as well as, “Turn the water back on and get the 40 percent of unemployed workers back to work in the field.” Gene Buel concurred and said, “Stop creating a desert in our central valley.”
The plight of many farmers in the central Californian region is daunting at best. Chester Andrews is a third-generation farmer who works a couple-hundred acre farm in Mendota. Along with his three sisters, Andrews’s family has toiled on the farm for more than 100 years.
“I’ve been targeted by environmentalists simply because we incorporated our farm to save precious tax dollars,” he said. “But we are a family-run farm.”
Their almond and pistachio trees are threatened by the lack of water and the only thing keeping them alive right now is the well water the farm procures. However, this year the level has dropped by 60 feet and Andrews fears his water will completely run out within a couple of years.
All this anguish is created by the Delta Smelt fish. Families are losing their livelihoods overnight – all for something they cannot eat and something that threatens the state’s bread basket’s very existence.
“They are killing us,” Andrews said about the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Patriots drove from all corners of the state to show their displeasure with the government. Christina Michas, of Palm Springs, said her most memorable moment so far was when she made a pit stop at Harris Ranch in Coalinga.
“The employees told us about all the hardship in the Central Valley and they all knew some affected by the current crisis. It was very, very sad.”
While Michas was dining and talking to the locals; California Senator Diane Feinstein walked in with her Secret Service entourage. “Let’s just say she isn’t very popular here.”
Earlier this year, Feinstein said she would make sure the food pantry’s received money and food to ease the crisis, yet simply turning on the water would solve the problem and allow the residents to earn a living and not take money from the government.
In an interview this week with the Fresno Bee Feinstein said, “There are 30 lawsuits on the biological opinions and two separate opinions, one for the Smelt and one for the Salmon. The rules need to be reconsidered.”
Do you think?
The rally begins. (Part Two)
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This story could not have been written without the help of Leslie Eastman who has been my eyes and ears on this protest in Sacramento
While President Obama is in Europe making his sales pitch to the G-8 leaders on cap-and-trade, politicians at home are out in full force trying to cement the largest tax increase in American history.
Confronting the globe’s environmental health problems is going to be a tough sell, when unemployment approaches double digits nationally and America’s inner-gears are in need of a tune-up.
To make matters worse the president needs China and India on board to make any impact on the reduction of CO2 and temperatures. Neither country signed up for any short-term changes, in fact China’s President Hu Jintao left the meetings that Obama had chaired. Ending any hopes of meaningful environmental resolutions.
China made it especially clear at the G8 meeting that they view carbon tariffs in the Waxman-Markey bill as a violation of World Trade Organization rules
The Senate was due to take up the cap-and-trade bill next week, however, due to constituent push back and the tremendous tax increased to be levied on all Americans, the Democrats have put off the vote.
The longer this bill sits out in the open, the more vulnerable it becomes. This is great news for the Republican minority. It gives them a chance to regroup and slow-down the super-majority Democrats.
This is exactly in tune with how local tax advocacy group So-Cal Tax Revolt Coalition feels. “The government wants to audit every aspect of your home life. The bill states every home owner will receive an energy audit,” Leslie Eastman points out.
“It is likely to be conducted by government inspectors who will examine and provide detailed reports on the ways American citizens live directly to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network).
Eastman contends that many San Diego residents are having a hard time selling their homes; however, cap-and-trade may make that process impossible.
That being said, Newt Gingrich of American Solutions hosted an open line townhall from Washington D.C. to get some facts straight on the cap-and-trade legislation. “My position is real clear, I don’t believe in any energy tax.”
He cites that not only will jobs be driven to China, but it will rob the American people of prosperity and national security. “Americans can be productive with energy; we don’t need to bow down to the dictators in Saudi Arabia or Venezuela.”
Of course, you can’t listen in on Gingrich without “Drill Here, Drill Now.” This townhall was no different. Gingrich however did bring up some interesting points on that topic. He stated that there is more of a chance of an oil spill with oil tankers transporting oil to this country than leaks from oil platforms.
For proof he points to last years’ tremendous hurricane season in the Gulf and there were virtually no breaches in the oil rigs. “Technology is such, that we can safely drill down or slant drill in shale. The bottom line is Americans need to be proactive in producing energy.”
Many of the questions centered on the money that could be generated with proactively searching and capturing American energy resources. Many also felt the country could pull itself out of this economic calamity, by harnessing our resources.
This is great news for California who is an energy rich and out of money. Wait a minute, California sits under the toughest environmental regulations and there will be no energy harnessing to solve the $26 billion budget deficit problem.
Speaking of the Golden State, President Obama made some interesting comments regarding the strength of California’s economy and the state’s success saving energy and creating jobs.
“In the late 1970s, the state of California enacted tougher energy-efficiency policies. Over the next three decades, those policies helped create almost 1.5 million jobs. And today, Californians consume 40 percent less energy per person than the national average- which over time has prevented the need to build at least 24 new power plants. Think about that. California producing jobs, their economy keeping pace with the rest of the country and yet they’ve been able to maintain their energy usage in a much lower level than the rest of the country,” Obama eloquently said.
That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. California is not Disneyland. The state is issuing IOUs, unemployment is higher than the national average, nearly 12 percent, the state imports nearly 50 percent of their crude from foreign nations (even though they enough off the California coast line), and energy costs have risen more than 34 percent since 1990, according to the Energy Information Agency.
Hardly prosperous and hardly something the nation should aspire to.
One last point, Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson, Lisa Jackson said at a cap-and-trade legislation meeting last year that the carbon reductions would be nil. “I believe that essential parts of the chart are that the U.S. action alone will not impact CO2 levels.”
Again, Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he did not agree with the chart either and concurred without international cooperation nothing would change.
Begging the question, cap and Tax?
San Diego- First Washington spent a trillion dollars on stimulus without a thorough-reading by Senators or Congressmen; up next cap-and-trade legislation, the largest tax increase in American history.
“There was no reading allowed,” Congressman Brian Bilbray-R-Calif angrily said. “In January there was a mandatory 48-hour read-through process, that didn’t last a month.”
Newly minted President Obama promised a new era of transparency for the American people tired of Washington as usual, what they got according to Bilbray “is the most clandestine government since I’ve been there.”
The topic du jour was referred as tax-and-trade by the Congressman and the legislation is being jammed through by Henry Waxman who has never even run a business or city. “This bill is based on pure politics,” Bilbray said.
“I don’t know how anyone can look at their grandkids and say I was a part of the absurd subsidization of ethanol bio fuel?”
Many outside Washington believe there are better ways to move forward with the environment. For instance, at San Diego’s Scripps Research Institute, they have come up with algae bio fuel.
The researchers at Scripps predict within 10 years they will be able to produce algae bio-fuel for under $2 per gallon. That’s great. They should be able to take some carbon credits with the new cap-and-trade bill right?
Because this company isn’t on a Waxman/Markey special list, the Scripps Institute will be left in the salt water and reap no incentives to save the planet.
The of course there is Aptera Motors of Vista, California. Their new electric hybrid will get more than 100mpg. Certainly they will receive some carbon credits for their obvious environmentally-friendly vehicle?
Wrong, again. They too are not on the list according to Bilbray. If you see a pattern forming here, you would be right. Washington hasn’t changed at all and cap-and-trade has nothing to do with the environment.
“The greatest threat to the environment is the smoke coming from the backroom deals Waxman/Markey are making,” Bilbray contends.
Bilbray knows a thing or two about the environment. He served on the California Air Resources board for six years. “I know how to get EPA approval- this bill wouldn’t fly for 10 seconds.”
In another effort to create a revenue stream through indulgence, cap-and-trade seeks to create clean-coal. Bilbray says that process isn’t even a guarantee and is at least 20 years down the road. “Why are we funding this now?”
“This bill simply states that if you sin, you can buy indulgence through the church of Waxman/Markey and continue to pollute,” Bilbray says.
This brings us to the crux of the bill- the derivative market or buying and selling of carbon credits. Bilbray says this is a story of horrors in waiting.
“This is the biggest scam that has no auditing provisions in place,” according to Bilbray. “The American people are expected to trust the environmental Jimmy Swaggart’s; they are pocketing money in the name of the environment.”
It took the government giving away 85 percent of the tax revenue the first decade to drag this clunker of a bill across the finish line, according to Chris Horner, author of Red Hot Lies. It is estimated that the legislation will create $300 billion in revenue per year.
On top of that revenue or taxation, the government can lower the cap at any time to generate more money, says Horner.
The result of these over-reaching government policies and regulation is a slow domino effect on the economy-starting with the fragile real-estate market. The current bill has language in place to force homeowners to replace everything that is not environmentally friendly, like windows, water heaters, shower Nazi’s and the list goes on.
Ethanol bio fuel has a long and storied past. However, when researchers from Duke University took it to task they said it was better for the planet to-not-plant the crops and suspend production of the $6 per gallon loser.
Bilbray contends that Waxman is asking the American people to take a big leap of faith with cap-and-trade. “If we are wrong, not only does it hurt the economy, but it hurts the environment for the next 150 years,” Bilbray said.
Then why are the majority of Democrats and eight Republicans for this? Why is everyone simply following Waxman?
Bilbray says it’s the classic Emperor in clothes routine. “No one within the Democratic Party wants to stand up and say Waxman is naked!”
The one person who could stand up and end this nonsense is Obama’s new Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu. He is a Nobel Prize winner for Physics in 1997.
Bilbray reports that Dr. Chu spoke at the UN Conference of Global Warming and said climate change is a sham and that ethanol production is a sham. Whether the Secretary of Energy has the courage to stand up to the Obama administration remains to be seen, Bilbray stays optimistic that in the end the right thing will be done.
The UN has even chimed in on America’s cap-and-trade bill according to Horner. “A recent report said cap-and-trade will harm the U.S. economy and competitiveness with world markets.”
Not all Democrats signed on to the cap-and-trade legislation in the House, Congressman Dennis Kucinich-D-OH debated on the floor the morning of the vote.
“I oppose H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The reason is simple. It won’t address the problem. In fact, it will make the problem worse,” he said.
Those are strong words coming from a ranking member in the 111th Democrat congress.
Why then does Congressman Bilbray continue the fight against cap-and-trade?
“My dad told me something a couple a days before he died, you will get here one day (death bed), and I don’t want you to ever regret that you didn’t try.” Bilbray was in the tenth grade.
Fast forward to today. “Those words were so powerful for me.” Then he goes on to quote from a favorite author Mark Twain; “The things you regret in life are not the things you did wrong, but the things you didn’t try to do.”
Bilbray says, “I’ll always continue to try.”
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Cap-and-trade bill as written will rewrite the American dream – home ownership and provide heavy tax burdens for generations. Provisions within the largest tax increase in the country’s history will change the way you buy and sell a home, use energy and shop for goods and services.
A new government bureaucracy created within the bill will force homeowners who wish to sell their homes to retrofit their houses to be “environmentally-friendly.” The costs would fall to the homeowners possibly injuring an already fragile real estate marketplace.
Potential replacement items required would range from eco-friendly hot-water heaters to windows. The homes in California have already seen values fall through the floor and homeowners see no way to recoup the expensive upgrades the state and federal government would require.
Also included in the massive 1,500-page bill is water rationing. The federal government has set up a shower manager. One website selling a shower manager calls the gadget the “Shower Nazi.” Located in section 217 of the bill and the Shower Nazi units puts a three-to five-minute limit on showers.
Controlling other aspects of your life will be seen in the mandatory 20 percent wind/solar consumption to start; this would definitely lead to energy rationing if there was not enough wind turbines and solar panels in place.
Proponents of the bill say Waxman/Markey will help consumers use less energy because costs would be too expensive to use water and electricity. The end result say the Democrats is reduced energy use equals reduced cost monthly costs.
However, according to the Heritage Foundation by 2012, the average taxpayer will see an additional increase of $436 per year and the number will eventually hit $1,241 a year plus 2.5 million in U.S. job loses.
Heritage also contends that consumers will pay hidden taxes in grocery, gas and anything manufactured because business owners will simply pass the added cost onto taxpayers.
The farming community will also pay a hefty price with cap-and-trade. They will virtually be wiped out of the food export business because their “field to market” cost will no longer be competitive with foreign countries.
As with any increase in costs the low-income families would be hit the hardest; however the government insists it will offer rebates to those hurt the most, which translates into another tax for the middleclass to pay for those rebates.
When the consumer thinks of energy they think electricity and oil consumption. This legislation will do nothing to curb our foreign-oil disease.
“Instead of reducing dependency on overseas energy suppliers, Americans would be more dependant than ever,” says Clayton Mahaffey an analyst at Redchip Co. in Florida. “They’ll be searching the globe for refined products that don’t carry the same level of carbon costs.”
Experts from the American Petroleum Institute also agree that one in six refineries would be closed by 2020 leading us towards problems similar in Iran, tons of oil, but no refineries – gas rationing.
Adding to skyrocketing energy and fuel costs, the API estimate that carbon permits would add 77 cent per gallon to the cost of gasoline.
This cost alone will slam commuters, air travelers and trucking companies. Again, ordinary Americans would eventually feel the brunt of the rising energy costs.
There are rumors floating around Washington, says Congressman Tom Campbell R-Calif that the White House offered 9-figure pork projects to entice Democrats to vote yes on the cap-and-trade bill.
The bottom line is the American dream would be placed on hold.
MIT states American families will see a $3,000 increase per year in energy taxes – all for a 2/10ths of one degree reduction in temperatures in the next 100 years.
According to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analyst Center, CDIAC, if the country wants to curtail carbon dioxide the country should be building nuclear and hydroelectric plants. “They are cheaper, carbon-neutral and 100 percent domestically sourced.”
Cap and trade legislation translates into 17 percent of the U.S. economy and health care takes up 16 percent of the economy. Worse, Washington D.C. runs the auto industry and some financial sectors as well. Where does it end?
Ed Royce, a seventh-term congressman from Orange County, CA. says, “The power grabs and political maneuvering can be as ugly as the city is impressive.”
The mammoth 1,500 page cap-and-trade bill passed quietly in Congress on Friday amidst the talk of health care and the death of a pseudo-pop star. Most members of the 111th Congress never read the bill which includes the largest tax increase in American history.
Once the Senate takes up the bill after the summer break, staffers are expected to unearth regulations that could place a stranglehold on all U.S. businesses causing massive new taxes.
Speaker on the House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. scrapped together just enough votes (219-212) to get the cap-and-trade legislation to the Senate. Speaker Pelosi set herself up on this bill as the creator of “jobs, jobs, jobs.” This bill won’t allow the placement of solar panels in California’s Mojave Desert or wind turbines in the waters off the Kennedy compound.
Republicans quietly let the Democrats have this so-called victory. Looking forward to the 2010 elections, the Republican Party will be able to enlighten the public on the woes of the Waxman/Markey global warming bill.
Proponents of the bill need to look no further than Spain, where the cap-and trade concept has sent unemployment to the 20 percent mark and with every one “green job” created, they have lost 2.2 jobs. Not exactly a success story.
Another aspect that no one is talking about is the fact that Pelosi, Markey and Al Gore are positioned to make a lot of money through investments of at least $50 thousand or more in companies whose stock is worth nothing now, but will increase dramatically if cap-and-trade is passed in the Senate and signed by President Obama.
Gore is positioned to become the first global-warming billionaire. He owns multiple companies that would track carbon footprints of businesses.
The real losers here are the American people. This huge bill would tax everyone in the country and in known by insiders as the “light switch tax.” The President himself has admitted the “electricity and energy costs would necessarily skyrocket.”
In an attempt to back stop portions of the bill, Republicans tried and failed, to add three amendments: a suspension of the bill if gas hits $5 per gallon, suspend the bill if electricity prices rose more than 10 percent and suspend the bill if unemployment jumped past the 15 percent mark. All were turned down in the Democratic-written bill.
The core of the legislation is meant to play to the environmentalist lobby who has been trying for years to slow down global warming. However, the Waxman/Markey bill doesn’t get the stamp of approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, or Green Peace.
The winners of this legislation would be companies like, AIG, Goldman Sachs and GE, all stand to make billions by buying, selling and trading carbon derivatives. All these companies have been in the center of the recent financial meltdown which has sent the economy crashing.
The mood in Washington D.C. this week was spirited. According to Darrell Issa, R-Calif, most Republicans didn’t like cap-and-trade. He also admitted he talked to some Democrats who avoided the White House’s luau picnic this week, in order to avoid President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
“They didn’t want to be ushered into a back room and pressured to vote on cap-and trade,” Issa said.
The reduction of CO2 emissions, which is the goal of this bill, will most likely fail to happen due to the fact that India and China will continue to sit on the sidelines. Many environmentalists contend that without the world’s participation, the U.S.’s reduction will amount to little to no change.
Getting back to the jobs issue, House Minority leader, Mitch McConnell-R-Kentucky said, “I don’t think sending rising electricity costs is a good idea. It is only increasing the business of living in America. It is a job killer.”
He continued to say, “Putting clamps on an economy when China and India are not is wrong.”