Cap and Trade Sham Passes

I was watching CSPAN today and listening to talk radio.  The House passed the massive energy tax this afternoon by a vote of 219-212.  It is euphemistically known as “Cap and Trade.”  CBO estimates show that this legislation will result in 2 million job losses per year [Correction: The CBO failed to analyze the total economic impact of this legislation on the US economy and, in fact, underestimated the impact.  CBO admissions of job losses led to an outlay in the legislation providing billions of dollars for workers who would lose their jobs under this bill. The studies and statistics on job losses were provided by other sources. An upcoming post will present these studies] Additionally, it is expected to drive up energy bills to the residential consumer by 90%.   And it’s all based on alarmism intiated by false science concerning “global warming.” 

I will speak more on this subject in the coming days, but I wanted to focus on the vote.  There were 42 Democrats who sided with the GOP in an attempt to defeat this bill.  Before you get all giddy – realize that a few of those included leftist nuts like Dennis Kucinich who felt that the bill didn’t go far enough.  Mostly, though, the Democrats were conservatives or Dems in unsafe House seats who heard the message from their constituents loud and clear.  Apparently, the House switchboard melted down with people calling in to voice their displeasure over this legislative piece of crap.  The overwhelming number of calls were reported to be in opposition to this irresponsible sham.

On the other side, 8 “Republicans” sided with the Democrats on this legislation – thus providing them with the necessary margin need for victory.  I will list their names and phone numbers below.  I was listening to Mark Levin while the vote was going on.  He had Reps. John Shadegg (AZ), Mike Pence (IN), Eric Cantor (VA) and John Boehner(OH) on the radio during that time.  Cantor (minority whip) and Boehner (minority leader) both came on after the final vote was counted.  Levin pressed them on the 8 GOP traitors.  Cantor was diplomatic but did note that people would respond via the ballot box.  Boehner, surprisingly, was more incredulous and almost promised that those 8 defectors would hear about what they had done.  The minority leader was as pumped and determined as I have ever heard them.  I was really proud of his response.

This measure will go to the Senate now.  Boehner feels that this legislation will not become law.  But we don’t need to rest on his reassurances.  If more celebrities die shortly before the Senate vote, I might buy into some sort of conspiracy theory.  I’m not sure that Americans were focused on the 1200-page monstrocity and its repercussions.  And this 1200 page bill only merited 3 hours of debate in the House.  A 300-page amendment was introduced at 3:09 am this morning.  I can assure you, that the Senate will operate under the full glare of American voters when their time comes to vote on this. At least they will have time to read it before they cast a vote.

In the meantime, here are the names and office numbers of the 8 RINOs who voted for this garbage.  Our campaign against their reelection begins today.  Feel free to call and express your feelings – especially if you are in their district.  In the coming months – as the primaries ramp up – I will be coming back to these people and feature their opponents.  And I can almost guarantee you that each one will face primary opposition. 

Mary Bono Mack (CA – 45th)  202-225-5330

Michael Castle (DE – at large) note:  Castle is thinking about the Senate race.  I’ll be there for him too.  202-225-4165

Mark Kirk (IL – 10th)  202-225-4835

Leonard Lance (NJ – 10th)  202-225-5361

Frank LoBiondo (NJ – 2nd)  202-225-6572

John McHugh (NY – 23rd)  202-225-4611

David Reichert (WA – 8th)  202-225-7761

Chris Smith (NJ – 4th)  This one saddens me.  But he is toast now.  202-225-3765

Anyone see any pattern above?  Same ole, same ole.



6 thoughts on “Cap and Trade Sham Passes

  1. Phillip, I think you may be grossly misinformed on the CBO’s stance on cap and trade. After scouring the internets (get it?) for a good 20 minutes, I couldn’t, for the life of me, find anything to substantiate your wild claim of 2 million job losses per year. I couldn’t even find anyone else making the same accusation. As a matter of fact, googling “CBO predicts cap and trade will result in job losses”, only returns the factual information that the CBO predicts that cap and trade will cost the average family 48 cents per day – about the price of a postage stamp. $175 per year, not the 90% spike that you’re asserting here.

    Also, claiming that the science behind climate change is false is like calling the 98 out of 100 doctors that tell you you have cancer liars. In spite of what pseudo scientists funded by ExxonMobil or whatever hack the Heritage Foundation dug up tells you, a science of this nature is absolutely consensus based. I think what really gets my goat is the fact that Newt Gingrich can do a commercial with Nancy Pelosi professing his desire to take action on the very real problem of climate change, then turn around and proclaim a call to arms over the Warner Lieberman bill, which is essentially two right wingers who also thought we should take action on climate change.

    I think all the opposition that is being thrown up to this is very typical, corporatist, republicanism. The right would love nothing more that to see business as usual continue. They don’t want cap and trade, they want loot and pollute. Those who herald legislative action on this issue as economy killers are essentially saying that we as Americans are not innovative enough to provide energy that does not come from fossil fuels. It’s actually kind of insulting in my opinion to hold that view. We can take on challenges in this country, we always have. I strongly believe that these changes (while merely a good start) will drive innovation.

    The sad irony in this is that had we stayed on the path that Jimmy Carter started us on, we would indeed have never used a drop more of foreign oil than we did in 1977. We would have actually seen 20% of our energy coming from solar power in 2000. But, leave it to Ronald Reagan to come in and tear the solar panels off the roof of the White House and embrace the Saudi oil lords, a practice that continues to this day…

  2. Robert –

    I will eat crow on the CBO stat and have posted a correction on the post itself. I misattributed the statistic to the CBO. It should have hit me wrong that such a statistic should come from the very body that provided numbers used in the legislation – although Waxman and his buddies will probably ignore other parts of the CBO recommendations.

    [Correction: The CBO failed to analyze the total economic impact of this legislation on the US economy and, in fact, underestimated the impact. CBO admissions of job losses led to an outlay in the legislation providing billions of dollars for workers who would lose their jobs under this bill. The studies and statistics on job losses were provided by other sources. An upcoming post will present these studies.]

    Even more amusing are recommendations by the CBO in their report on how to offset the hit in unemployment and reduced GDP that will be caused by this legislation. I will make a new post (because of all the necessary documentation and links required) that will detail statements by the CBO and OMB on job losses as well as other reports that actually quantify those losses (including the one I had meant to reference).

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