Filed under: Economy, Election 2008, Energy, Environment, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics | Tags: Climate Confusion, Democrat Demagogues, Green Politics, Obama
What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet -destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world — that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.
— Richard S. Lindzen, MIT
Barack Obama’s energy adviser has made it clear that the would-be President intends to blackmail Congress into falling in line with his climate agenda. The “complaint” has been that the White House has blocked EPA bureaucrats from making an “endangerment finding” on carbon. A President Obama would use such a finding as a political club to force Congress to either impose the new taxes on carbon that he wants, or the carbon police will be turned loose to regulate your lawnmower, chainsaw, boat motor and any other engines you might have, with enormous costs to the economy.
Obama wants to give away a lot of money, and he has to find it somewhere. A minor detail is that carbon is NOT a pollutant, but helps plants to grow, is what you breathe out, and is nature’s fertilizer so there is no reason whatsoever to regulate it. None. But think of the possibilities when you have something that is absolutely free, and you can impose a brand new tax.
In a recent campaign move intended to claim Iowa once and for all, Obama announced his plan to increase by two-thirds the federal mandate for ethanol and other renewable fuels.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the price of basic foods in the United States is currently raising at twice the rate of inflation and is expected to continue to escalate in the future. The Pennsylvania State Senate has called on Congress to phase out the use of food crops for biofuel production and amend existing food to fuel mandates. The cost of food at home was up 7.6 percent this last year. The decade average has been 2.3 percent. Cereals and bakery products are up by over 12 percent.
You’d think that someone whose campaign has been based on claims that he would relieve the misery Americans are in would want to avoid raising their food costs. Not to mention the food riots and hunger in developing countries.
But not to worry, there will be a “Green Jobs Fund” to pay for things like the “Energy Efficiency Engineers Apprenticeship”, a two-year program to “hire young people who don’t have a trade and give them a trade making homes more energy efficient, insulating homes, changing light bulbs, and reducing our dependence on dirty power plants” according to a speech Obama gave earlier this year.
Of course this might affect the existing home insulation businesses, the energy-efficient windows businesses but they have a lot more experience than the kids. I don’t know how much people would pay to have someone come in to change their light bulbs. Do you suppose he has thought through the economics of this proposal?
If you are worried about an economy slipping into recession, you might consider that the worst thing you can do is raise taxes and cut off free trade. But everyone knows enough history to know that, don’t they?
Back in 1999, terrorists on the daylight-saving West Bank built several time bombs, delivered to co-conspirators in Israel and scheduled to explode at a set time. Problem was, Israel had just switched back to standard time, so the only people injured were the terrorists themselves when the bomb detonated an hour earlier than they expected and killed them all. [read] more]
(h/t Mark Krikorian)