Bending to the will of American leftist environuts, President Obama has now back-doored a California-style carbon limit standard that automobile makers must comply with by 2016 [Article - Obama Speeds Fuel-Economy Standard, Sets Carbon Limit (Update1)]. This is a part of cap and trade, ladies and gentlemen. Massive, sweeping implementation of cap and trade will destroy our economy.
In an ACW post from last week, it was pointed out to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) that the Obama administration knows that regulation of CO2 emitters and this includes cap and trade, will ruin the U.S. economy [Post - Letter To Senator Barrasso]. Ms. Jackson was quick to dismiss the conclusions in the memo from White House legal counsel on the lack of scientific basis for regulating CO2 emitters as “opinion”. This information came from White House legal counsel, Ms. Jackson! I don’t know what that means to you Ms. Jackson, but this tells other learned people that your boss knows about the information in the memo…or at least was made aware of it.
So why is Obama moving forward with ridiculous radical leftist environmental lunacy, knowing it will cause major irreversible damage to our economy? During his questioning of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson during the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee budget hearing, Senator Barrasso quoted from the memo from White House legal counsel:
“I received a memo this morning, that’s marked ‘Deliberative: Attorney-Client Privilege’. In this memo Counsel for the White House repeatedly, repeatedly suggests a lack of scientific support for this proposed finding. This is a smoking gun, saying that your findings were political and not scientific….”
Yes, the real reason is not out of concern for the environment, the world or the American people. The real reason is political ambition, power and control.
What is cap and trade? You can find the explanation through the eyes of a leftist:
That all sounds wonderful, right? After all, we’re saving the planet by reducing carbon emissions. We have achieved environmental utopia, correct?
Now, here’s a more realistic assessment of what cap and trade will mean for each and every citizen of the United States:
Cap and trade began with the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, which President H.W. Bush signed into law (one of Bush ’41′s big mistakes). This gave leftist environuts what they wanted and they have enjoyed further advancement of their inane, destructive environmental policies. They did hit a roadblock during President George W. Bush’s administration, but now that they have a radical leftist in the White House, they are in a rabid, near-orgasmic heat to get every insane environmental policy passed into law.
Being a victim of the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 and I do mean a victim, I spent literally thousands of dollars trying to get vehicles of mine to pass the utterly ridiculous emissions tests that a particular state had in place. Not to mention the amount of money I spent for the stupid tests. On one vehicle, short of replacing the engine, I had spent a bundle to try to get it to pass emissions tests. I had the engine checked by several mechanics (costing more money) and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the engine. The vehicle was in perfect mechanical condition. It still didn’t pass emissions. Yet I saw vehicles riding down the road that looked like BBQ smokers in the very same state that had the draconian emissions standards in place, under which I was trying to get my vehicle passed. All the emissions testing accomplished was filling federal and state coffers. It had nothing to do with saving the environment and reducing pollution…not one iota. I know I wasn’t the only one victimized by so-called environment-saving legislation.
The very idea that cap and trade is going to help the environment and save the planet is a fallacious, fantastical sham. The only ones who benefit from such a government-sponsored snow job are politicians, lobbyists, special interest groups and quite a few captains of commerce and industry. They don’t have to worry about their financial situation because they stand to make a load of money off of cap and trade. It does nothing of benefit for or to alleviate the suffering of Joe America. To go along with what Obama and other leftists are proposing is pure, unadulterated mental derangement.