Scared (but not surprised)

April 26, 2009


Even if you think global warming/climate change is a problem, this should scare you. You tell me if you think “cap and trade” will work as promised. Here’s a sample of the horse trading going on:

In exchange for votes to pass a controversial global warming package, Democratic leaders are offering some lawmakers generous emission “allowances” to protect their districts from the economic pain of pollution restrictions.

Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, represents a district with several oil refineries, a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions. He also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which must approve the global warming plan backed by President Barack Obama.

Green says Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who heads the panel, is trying to entice him into voting for the bill by giving some refineries favorable treatment in the administration’s “cap and trade” system, which is expected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars over the coming years. Under the plan, companies would pay for the right to emit carbon dioxide, but Green and other lawmakers are angling to get a free pass for refineries in their districts.

“We’ve been talking,” Green said, referring to a meeting he had with Waxman on Tuesday night. “To put together a bill that passes, they have to get our votes, and I’m not going to vote for a bill without refinery allowances.”

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, the top Republican on the energy panel, said Waxman and others are also dangling allowances for steel and coal-fired power plants to give political cover to Democrats whose districts rely on these companies.

Even environmentalists think this is total bullshit.

Henry Waxman, the guy who cosponsored the bill, put in his two cents about climate change:

We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.

The North Pole is “evaporating”?

Which is scarier? Global warming or the politicians fighting it?


4 Responses to “Scared (but not surprised)”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    The North Pole evaporating? What will Santa do?

  2. John in IL Says:

    Move to Antarctica?

  3. Quakerjono Says:

    Okay, I’ll give you that Waxman and his…sound byte, uninformed rambling, whatever the hell you want to call that big ball of stupid that came rolling out of his mouth just looking for an Indiana Jones to crush…are not doing climate change reporting any favors.

    However, I have to say, Waxman lives in a marvelous fantasy world where tundra is lighter than air and, if it wasn’t for an imprisoning outer candy shell of ice, would apparently just float away or something. Seriously, I bet there are unicorns wherever his head is at.

  4. John in IL Says:

    This is the guy writing the cap and trade legislation. I think I have a good reason to be skeptical.

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