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Climate bill DOA

Help! My climate bill has fallen at it won't get up!

Yet another Democrat/Harry Reid/Obama fail, but this time it’s a good one. The climate bill has died, at least for now, as Harry Reid has pushed it off the Senate schedule until September. He obviously couldn’t even get enough support from his own party to ram this through ala Obamacare. I guess sneaky midnight Sunday votes wouldn’t have helped get this one through.

This bill wasn’t very well thought out, was rushed in a kind of a knee-jerk reaction to the BP Gulf oil spill and appeared to be a desperate attempt to pass some kind of climate related bill to pacify their “green” voters since cap & trade kicked the bucket..

Harry’s blaming this on big oil, but you know what? Many “green” groups were unhappy with it, too. It seems they felt it was basically too little too late for them to support it.

Probably best it goes away because it’s really an abortion to both sides of the fence. This is what happens when things get rushed through and they’re not well thought out.

Suggestion – get together next year and come up with a bi-partisan bill that works, or better yet, don’t come up with one at all and watch the carbon traders butts pucker up.

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Audi’s Green Police Superbowl commerical comes true

Think the above Superbowl commercial from Audi about the green police was just the result of an overactive imagination? Think again because you’re wrong.

I laughed when I first saw it during the Superbowl, but perhaps it’s not really so funny.  I  just got done watching Dateline and it seems we indeed have real green police running around New York City. Yes, they wear green uniforms and carry guns. Another nail in the George Orwell 1984 coffin. Below is a video of them so you can see for yourself.

They can cite and arrest eco criminals.  Truck smoking too much? Ticket! Illegal fish? Ticket? Auto shop leaking anti-freeze? Ticket! Give them shit? Arrest!

Their official title is New York State Police Environmental Conservation Officers, but you have to laugh at the initials, ECO, thus the ECO Cops term. Tricky and scary at the same time.

Now I’m not for polluting or poaching, but I really would like to know why they need full police powers to operate? Seems like every time you turn around the government is adding more cops for things.

You can thank Obamcare for the thousands of armed IRS Agents who will be running around making sure you paid your Obmacare penalty.

The Army wants to create a “Stabilization Police Force” who could deploy domestically.  Is this not why we have the National Guard? Now we need the Army running around with emergency police powers within the borders of the United States? Sounds blatantly unconstitutional to me.

Obama has even touted having a “civilian national security force, ” whatever the hell that is. Are we going to have Obama “Brown-Shirts” running about arresting those who don’t kowtow to the communist way of thinking?

This seems to be a dangerous trend. As I’ve noted, the EU is even considering making it a criminal act to be a “climate skeptic.”

Smells like some government officials want the power to crack the whip on us citizens whenever and for whatever they feel like.  Right now the only thing between us and them is the Constitution. They want to trash it and ignore it. We should be extremely careful about who we vote for in the next election or we may find ourselves in the position Joseph Stalin would like. Old Staling had some interesting quotes, such as…..

Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem.

Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

I wonder if comrade Obama and his cronies read these every night before bedtime?

I’ll predict that perhaps the next bunch in government who want to carry guns and nightsticks will be the EPA. I’m sure they’d love to run around arresting skeptics, AKA those of us who “pollute” the idea of anthropogenic global warming and don’t like the Federal Government’s continuous power grab and carbon tax attempts.

More CO2 Insanity mixed in with some good old fashioned insanity.

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Is the “CLEAR” bill really transparent?

I picked up these little tidbits snooping around this afternoon about the CLEAR bill and it appears to me that it’s another case of the government not being as “transparent” as advertised by Obama. I’m sure you will remember President Obama’s promise that “”Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” Obama said.” Well, that was good for a laugh anyway.

I can’t say I remember seeing much “transparency” so far, and here we have yet another instance of something going on that is not very “transparent” or very “CLEAR.” “Rule of law?” Just look at how well our immigration laws are “enforced” and you should get an ides of what I am referring to.

Below are some snippets from the CBO regarding this bill.  You can read the whole letter here (PDF).

CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would increase direct spending by $20.5 billion over the 2011-2020 period and would increase revenues by $22.2 billion over the same period. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would increase direct spending by $20.5 billion over the 2011-2020 period and would increase revenues by $22.2 billion over the same period.

In total, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3534 would reduce future deficits by $5.3 billion over the 2011-2015 period and $1.7 billion over the 2011-2020 period (see enclosed table).

OK, it would appear based upon this report that this will actually reduce the deficit, i.e., it’s not going to cost the tax-payers one cent and will in fact have the net effect of reducing the deficit by a combined $7 billion through 2020. Well, that’s nice, but someone’s got to pay for all this, if the tax-payers aren’t then who is? You got that right, the tax-payers, they’ll just get screwed by an indirect method.

For starters it appears it will possibly wipe-out the uranium mining business in the United States. From Mine Web we get this.

Speaking on behalf of the National Mining Association, Uranium One Americas Executive Vice President warned the House Natural Resources Committee Thursday the proposed energy and aquatic legislation will mean the end of domestic uranium mining and exploration, and illegally seize current uranium mining claims.

Well that’s not going to be very good for business.  It’s going to kill jobs and illegally seize claims. It will shift the profits to other uranium producing countries like Canada, Australia, South Africa and a host of others. Considering the importance of this mineral to the military, one would have to question why anyone would want to make the US dependent upon foreign sources.

There seems to be other motivation.  As noted in the quote this will “illegally seize current uranium mining claims.” So what is the reasoning behind that? Cathy Carlson of NGO Earthworks is quoted as saying.

“We hope that by moving uranium to a leasing system, only public lands that are truly suitable for uranium mining will be leased, while Native American communities and sacred sites and National Forests around the Grand Canyon National Park will be protected from further uranium development,” she added.

See what we have here is more telling.  We have NGO Earthworks approval of this bill because it’s going to lock up a lot of federal land from mining operations, which it appears they don’t like very much. From what I see of the Obama Administration there may never be any “public lands that are truly suitable for uranium mining.” I have to question if protecting Native American communities is fancy talk for another way for the administration to transfer wealth.  I could envision them charging a uranium mine up the wazoo for permission to mine on a reservation.

If they do manage to find any land that is “truly suitable” they will now be able to charge royalties to the uranium mines ala the gas and oil industry. That sounds good on the face of it, too, doesn’t it? But, think about it.  We compete against other uranium mining countries with less environmental regulations and lower labor costs than we have.  If the government charges royalties, then the uranium that gets mined in the US is probably going to be overpriced. If no one buys it then it’s rather obvious that the uranium mines will falter and disappear taking jobs with them.

That is what I feel is the real onus of this section of this bill. The ecotards want to effectively ban uranium mining on public lands, just like they want to lock up public lands with more wilderness areas, more national monuments and more national parks. They could care less about putting people out of work and causing more trade deficits. How much more is that going to cost the tax-payers when we get to foot the bill for all the unemployment checks and welfare checks for unemployed miners?  If they close up mines, this will also trickle down to local business who sell mining equipment, food, trucks, cars, houses, etc.  No miners = no money = no business = more people collecting unemployment checks.

So what else will this bill that’s supposed to be regulating off-shore oil drilling accomplish? Per the Republican Natural Resources Committee here is some more this bill will “accomplish.”

The CLEAR Act is being sold as a response to the Gulf oil spill crisis, yet the bill itself stretches far beyond addressing this tragedy to include page after page of provisions that are unrelated to the oil spill, will kill American jobs, and are premature by acting before Congress has the full facts from the numerous ongoing investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.

So, we have a bill about one thing that’s mysteriously morphed into a bill to control all kinds of things not related and moreover the Democrats appear to be in another rush to push this through before anyone wakes up. Some transparency. So what else do the Republicans note about it?

With this bill, Democrats are exploiting the Gulf oil spill tragedy as a political opportunity to push through provisions that are unrelated to the spill response or reforms to offshore drilling. The latest version of the CLEAR Act:

Imposes job-killing changes and higher taxes for onshore natural gas and oil production. It fundamentally changes leasing onshore by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, which affects not just leasing for natural gas and oil, but also for renewable energy including wind and solar. Forest Service and BLM leasing are shoved into the three new agencies that are replacing the former Minerals Management Service (MMS).

–     Creates over $30 billion in new mandatory spending for two programs that have nothing to do with the oil spill (the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Historic Preservation Fund). In the version of the bill headed to the House floor, Democrats added brand new language that expressly allows this $30 billion to be earmarked by the Appropriations Committee.

–     Raises taxes by over $22 billion in ten years – with the taxes eventually climbing to nearly $3 billion per year. This is a direct tax on natural gas and oil that will raise energy prices for American families and businesses, hurt domestic jobs, and increase our dependence on foreign oil. This tax only applies to U.S. oil and gas production on federal leases – giving an advantage to foreign oil and hurting American energy jobs.

–     Requires the federal takeover of state authority to permit in state waters, which reverses sixty years of precedent. The mismanagement, corruption and oversight failures of the federal government are being used as justification to expand federal control by seizing management from the states.

–     Allows 10% of all offshore revenues – an amount possibly as high as $500 million per year – to be spent on a new fund controlled by the Interior Secretary to issue ocean research grants (ORCA fund). There is no requirement that the fund is used for the Gulf region or anything related to oil spills or offshore drilling. These funds can be earmarked.

–     Establishes “marine spatial planning” regulatory authority – which allows for ocean zoning that could lead to restrictions on fishing, energy production and even onshore activities such as farming. This vague new regulatory authority could cost fishing jobs, energy jobs, manufacturing jobs, farming jobs, and many more jobs that may impact waterways that drain into the ocean.

The bill includes unlimited spill liability for offshore operators, which could effectively eliminate independent producers from operating offshore if they cannot obtain insurance policies to cover their operations. According to an independent study from IHS Global Insight, “by 2020 an exclusion of the independents from the Gulf of Mexico would eliminate 300,000 jobs and result in a loss of $147 billion in federal, state, and local taxes from the Gulf region over 10 years.”

Democrat leaders also deleted a provision adopted without objection in the House Natural Resources Committee just two weeks ago to establish a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the oil spill – a provision that has also passed a Senate Committee in a bipartisan vote.

See what we get? Transparency? No. We get more taxes, fewer jobs, fewer tax-payers, we’re creating more government bureaucracies that in turn will cost even more money, we’re giving more authority to non-elected officials to take their little fiefdoms and do as they please with little or no recourse for the voters, we’re skewing the oil business in favor of non-US companies, probably reducing the amount of oil that US owned companies can produce, which at the same time creates more dependency on foreign oil, the federal government will be taking more authority away from states.  Talk about a mess, this is it.

The last one I find particularly interesting because what it will do is skew the Gulf oil spill investigation. You won’t have an investigation by a committee with anyone on it who’s in the oil industry and who may actually have a clue about what happened. You will have a committee with the investigative “deck” stacked with “jokers” from the environmental movement, who no doubt will do everything in their power to skew things to try to justify a complete ban on off-shore oil drilling. They also can CYA the President and the people at the EPA.  Per Rep. Doc Hastings (R) Washington…..

“By deleting the bipartisan, independent oil spill commission that’s received bipartisan support in both House and Senate committees, Democrats have shown they are more interested in protecting the President than getting independent answers to what caused this tragic Gulf spill.  Some of the biggest failures that contributed to the Gulf disaster are the direct responsibility of the federal government and by deleting this bipartisan, independent commission, Democrats ensure that only the President’s hand-picked commission will be digging into any failures of his own Interior Department appointees.  There is widespread agreement that no member of the President’s commission possesses technical expertise in oil drilling, and several are on the record in opposition to offshore drilling and support a moratorium that will cost thousands of jobs,” Hastings said.

You can bet that they probably possess the “technical expertise” to cover things up, skew facts, ignore reality, CYA Obama, be obtuse,  and shift blame towards any direction as long as it’s not pointing at the White House. So who do we have to thank for eliminating this provision?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stripped out authorization for an independent investigation into the Gulf disaster.

Yes, good old Nancy Pelosi, that’s who has single-handily covered Obama’s ass on this. That’s what I call real “transparency.”

Just to add to it, on another note, there is more “transparency” coming out of the Obama Administration.  The SEC doesn’t have to respond to Freedom of Information Act Request anymore.  Still more “transparency” from the Obama Administration.

Think cap & trade and carbon taxes are kaput? Think again. What do you think the tax on energy is in this bill? Why it’s a concealed carbon tax, that’s what. How “transparent” can they get in Congress?

This is more CO2 Insanity at it’s best, right in the nation’s capitol. Better hang on to your gas cap.

Sources: CBO, Mine Web, Republican Natural Resources Committee

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RIP CARBON TRADING

In a mysterious epidemic of common sense Congress has dumped their effort to cap carbon emitting from power plants.  The Wall Street Journal calls it “major blow to one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities.” I call it a victory for the USA because even if you believe in CO2 caused global warming, it’s still a dumb idea.

Why is it a dumb idea? For starters if they charge power plants for emitting CO2, guess who’s going to pay for it? The average American citizen, that’s who.  You aren’t really naïve enough to think the power companies will absorb the cost are you? If you are that dumb, think about this. Pacific Gas and Electric in California is putting in smart-meters all over the place.  Yes it’s costing them money, but they will be saving money reading them, too.  They won’t need meter readers on foot anymore, they can now get it via wi-fi and send you a bill.  Yet they still got the Public Utilities Commission to approve a rate hike to cover the smart-meters.  Nice eh?  They save money, we get to bear the cost of the meters.  Lovely arrangement, if you’re PG & E. Like having a jeweler get Rolex watches for free and then turning around and still selling them at full market rate. Nice bump in profits with someone else paying your overhead.

It’s also mandated that they start getting a larger percentage of their power from renewable energy sources like solar and wind.  Problems with those, too.  I’d question if there are enough of either to make the mandated reductions and even if there are, neither provides power 24 x 7, it’s only provided when the wind is blowing or it’s daylight.  They will still need to get power from non-renewable sources like coal and natural gas power plants when the renewable energy isn’t working or is working at greatly reduced levels.

That renewable energy isn’t free either.  Both solar and wind are heavily subsidized. If they weren’t your power bill each month would be more than your mortgage is.  So what you say? It’s subsidized by the government? Obama is sending stimulus money? It’s free?  It’s your tax dollars that pay the subsidy bozo.  Ever wonder why your kids education sucks or why that state college is charging higher tuition every year? Wonder why institutions such as Cal Berkeley have reduced the amount of California students and increased the amount of foreign students and now your kid is turned away? Part of it’s because they take tax dollars that could be spent on education and waste it on overpriced wind and solar power and gigantic self-perpetuating bureaucracy’s  like CARB who can piss away tax money faster than a drunk sailor on shore leave.

Secondly, we’re not the number one polluter on the planet anymore, China just got that honor, India probably isn’t far behind.  Now I ask what good is us spending all this money to reduce CO2 when the China and India pump it out in droves? That’s about as stupid as California’s carbon regulations being implemented.  All they will do is drive up the cost of business in California and drive out what businesses haven’t left already. If you manufactured goods in California why would you want to stay here and pay more when you can move next door to Nevada or Arizona and save a huge bundle of cash, not to mention not having to deal with the bureaucrats in Sacramento? Much of the air pollution in California blows across the Pacific Ocean from China.  I’ve read as much as 1/3 of it is created in China. So, I’m supposed to pay more for groceries, gas, and electricity when it’s not even going to get rid of as much as 1/3 of the pollution?  Now that’s CO2 Insanity!

I hope that “sex-crazed poodle” Al Gore and all his carbon trading butt buddies lose a lot of sleep over this and that they lose a lot of money.  It’s about time they get screwed instead of us for a change.

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Obama wants Fed workers to stop driving

All you Fed employees don't drive...umm please ignore the fact I'm flying all over the place with 500 people!

Yes, it’s true, per the Huffington Post BO want all the peons who work for the government to do as he says, not as he does.  Typical élite liberal behavior.

President Barack Obama wants federal workers to cut down on business travel and commuting by car as he seeks to reduce heat-trapping emissions produced by the federal government.

The White House was announcing Tuesday that the government will aim to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from indirect sources like employee driving by 13 percent in 2020, compared with 2008 levels.

Now you have to really admire and love this, which  comes from a President whose entourage is so huge that the Brits are even put off about it. You can check that out at I Hate the Media’s website. According to them the carbon footprint from all of this must be frigging enormous! Perhaps (to use the “warmers” favorite word, even “unprecedented!”

Here’s a story that seems to have slipped by the rest of the American media. It comes from the G-20 meetings in London a few weeks ago:

Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret Service agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef (now known as the National Food Czar)  and kitchen staff with the president’s own food and water.

And, according to the Evening Standard, he also came with “35 vehicles in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters.” For sure, our president is not going to be at a loss for words.

The press duly reported on Air Force One and all its bells and whistles but also on the presence of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, and a fleet of identical decoys to ferry him from Stansted airport to central London.

Here are further details from the Guardian. In addition to the above we have even more details about who this 500 people consists of.

And should anything befall the President, a White House medical unit will be at hand to provide emergency care. The team consists of surgeons, nurses and other medical personnel and carries supplies of blood of the type AB, the president’s blood group. At the same time, Obama will be constantly minded by his personal aide Reggie Love, who dials his BlackBerry, fetches his jacket and tie and supplies him with snacks. First Lady Michelle Obama will also have a coterie of assistants, including a secretary, a press officer and several bodyguards.

Medical unit? Come on now Mr. President.  You rammed Obamacare up our you know what’s because that socialized medicine is the hot setup nowadays.  I can’t even believe that you’re going to be in the socialized medicine capitol of the world and you have to bring your own doctors, nurses, surgeons and blood?  I would certainly think if something happened that he wouldn’t mind waiting a year or two to see a doctor.  Would you think he’d mind?

Think that’s all? Not even close.  Here’s additional notes about who’s who in the entourage. To use another favorite “warmer” word, talk about “robust!”

Apart from the 200 secret service personnel who will follow Obama on his European tour, the president’s entourage will also include representatives of the White House Military Office, the White House Transportation Agency, the White House Medical Unit, the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron, the State Department Presidential Travel Support Service, the US Information Agency, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (USIA and INS were noted as an error by the Guardian as they were rolled into the State Department and Homeland Security respectively but since it’s a quote I left it as is) and the Customs Service.

500 people and all that equipment and supplies is pretty amazing. I probably emit less carbon in my entire lifetime than just loading all the equipment and warming up the planes emits.

Let’s not forget he’ flying someplace on vacation constantly.  Seems like every other time I turn the TV on he’s on vacation again.

It’s truly wonderful we have such a wonderful hypocrite in the White House. Perhaps the best hypocrite ever. Just think, if he had stayed home he probably could have stopped global warming immediately.

Sources: Huffington Post, I Hate the Media and the Guardian

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