According to a New York Times report yesterday, Sens. Barbara Boxer and John Kerry will introduce cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate tomorrow. Politically, I can’t quite wrap my head around why the Democrats would want to introduce cap-and-trade to the Senate now, of all times. Unless introducing the Senate version of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill is somehow meant to distract from the health care reform debate currently being lost by Democrats, all Boxer and Kerry are going to do is further expend already dwindling political capital — and that’s not something they can just go and borrow from the Chinese.
The arrogance and hypocrisy which will be on display tomorrow and Thursday will be absolutely staggering. Both Kerry and Boxer have already established themselves as arrogant–especially toward the military–and, in terms of hypocrisy on top of arrogance, they will be introducing a bill intended to make a sacrificial lamb out of the U.S. economy for the sake of the environment — at the very same time as the president is taking his enormous carbon footprint pointlessly on the road to Copenhagen, Denmark in perhaps his greatest showing of arrogance and solipsism yet . . . a personal quest to force the 2016 Olympic Games (and the exorbitant cost which comes with them) upon an American city full of people who don’t want them.
Kind of like the way he approaches domestic policy.
While I’ve obviously yet to see the particulars of the bill due to be unveiled by Tweedledumb and Tweedleboxer on Wednesday, I’m assuming that it doesn’t depart radically from Henry Waxman and Ed Markey’s original, which has been kicked around Capitol Hill in one form or another by Democrat envirosocialists for decades now. Somehow, considering that Kerry admitted that he really doesn’t even know what cap-and-trade is, I don’t think this legislation will depart radically from the House version.
For that reason, here are some resources which can help you brush up on the issue at hand:
- The Exponentially Increasing Costs of a Manufactured Economic Crisis. You want the numbers? You want the cost of cap-and-trade in a nutshell, look no further than this piece. One of my favorites, substantively at least, here at America’s Right.
- New Information Sheds Light on Cost of Cap-and-Trade. Numbers released by the White House itself estimate direct energy costs alone to increase by $1,761 per year for each American family. That’s roughly $150 extra each month for each American family, an equivalent of a 15 percent increase in income taxes. And that doesn’t include the increased cost of food and other goods caused by increased energy costs to be borne by everyone.
- Chilly Reception to Cap-and-Trade Bill. In this piece, I started out by getting it wrong — the legislation certainly is not dead, as we see now. Also in this piece, however, I ran an interview with William Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, who among a host of other things had this to say to America’s Right about what cap-and-trade would mean for jobs in his state: “You can take it to whatever extreme you want, but even using the reasonable numbers, we have 20,000 miners today digging coal in West Virginia, and we have about 35,000 people we call ‘specialty contractors’ — they’re electricians, they hang conveyor belts, they do things of a very specific nature as it relates to the infrastructure of the coal industry. So you have 55,000 people that directly depend upon a mine operating. And that’s only in West Virginia. Multiply that by what the economists use—it’s somewhere between three and six depending upon how close you are to the operation—to assess impact upon other jobs in the local economy such as convenience stores, food stores, the local car dealers, and so you start to multiply that out and you see quickly that, in a state with approximately 1.8 million in population, how goes the coal mining in West Virginia, also goes the state.”
- So Much for America’s Leadership Role. Obama has said that, if America jumps out ahead of the rest of the world in terms of reducing carbon emissions, we’ll be followed by the likes of India, China and Russia. Not so, says India. They won’t bend to the pressure, they say. And they’re the friendliest of the three nations.
- An Open Letter to the President. I was mad. The Waxman-Markey bill had just passed the House, and Barack Obama was already on camera celebrating the looming death of American prosperity, and I couldn’t take it anymore. This letter was the result. And, looking at it now, I might have to reproduce it on Wednesday, when Kerry and Boxer unveil the Senate bill.
- Call!! Call!! Call!! This was a minute-by-minute piece done as the House voted on Waxman-Markey. Admittedly, it’s a little hard-to-follow after the fact, but it still has a few nuggets of good information on the bill, including a bunch of op-eds from left-leaning papers across the country lambasting the legislation, as well as a synopsis of Section 432, which provides that while energy costs for folks like you and like me will rise, low-income individuals will receive a cash refund each month direct deposited into the bank account of their choosing. Gee whiz, folks — need any more evidence that this isn’t about the environment, but rather about a convenient vehicle for the transfer of wealth?
- On Energy, a Home Run from House Republicans. You know, I’ve grown tired of people saying that Republicans are simply the party of “no,” and that they have yet to advance a plan of their own. They have. And this piece has it.
- ‘Green’ Spokesmouths Need to Curb Emissions. “Right now, however, we have an economy in upheaval, and cannot afford to wage such a feel-good battle against progress and growth. We need to create jobs and must do so by expanding industry and by exploring our natural resources, rather than eliminating jobs by allowing industry to flee overseas due to an increased regulatory burden stateside or passing over employment opportunity by refusing to tap offshore and Alaskan oil deposits or the American salvation that is oil shale. Furthermore, we have true threats to our existence, threats associated by real people with real problems and the real capacity to cause mass death and destruction, not the mere potential for long-term annoyances based on cooked books and fabricated facts disseminated by the jilted, bitter, unshowered global warming crowd.” Enough said.
- This Stinks: The ‘Cow Fart Tax.’ This one is pretty much self-explanatory, showcasing yet another downhill consequences of politically-motivated recklessness from the Democrats.
So, we know that this nightmare of a bill will be presented on Wednesday. And we know that, if it passes the Senate, the president will sign it. That means we need to ensure that it doesn’t get through the Senate.
Personally, I’d be willing to bet that the Democrats will use reconciliation, albeit improperly, in an attempt to pass health care reform and that even they wouldn’t dare use it to pass cap-and-trade as well. Therefore, they need 60 votes. That means that all of you need to start working on your senators NOW — especially those of you unfortunate enough to be represented by Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins in Maine, those of you Pennsylvanians like me, and everybody else in coal, corn and cow-heavy states. Get on those phones today. Jam ‘em up on Capitol Hill and in home-state offices as well.
Stand up for America. Stand up for success, security and prosperity. Stand up for small businesses and for everyday Americans alike. Let these senators know that, while only a third of them are up for re-election in 2010, everyone’s number has to come up sometime, and cap-and-trade is the type of landmark legislation which is never, ever forgotten.
The Senate directory can be found HERE. Go get ‘em.