Senate Energy Bill… Give-Aways and Enticements

Posted by courage On August - 2 - 2010

The House cap and trade bill is a disaster. Many, myself included, hoped this bad legislation which passed the House would wither on the vine, especially after email-gate broke. Anyone paying attention heard Harry Reid make statements that cap and trade in the Senate is dead, I sighed in relief.

But wait, the Senate last week unveiled their version of this draconian legislation, shorter in length but no less harmful to the freedom, liberty and fiscal well-being of the American people.

Poison Pill: The New Senate Energy Bill
By Brain Sussman

The latest Senate energy bill, quietly unveiled last week, looks like sweet compromise on radical measures like cap and trade, but buried within is a bitter poison pill that will could be swallowed in a vote that may come this week.

Unlike the 1,200-page House of Representatives energy bill, which passed last year, this scaled-down proposal does not call for an 83-percent reduction in greenhouse gases (or any reduction in greenhouse gases) and contains no mention of a cap-and-trade scheme. Also contrary to the House bill, this one does not provide a family of four earning up to $55,000 with a monthly stipend — deposited directly into their bank accounts — to offset higher energy costs. It also does not supply three years of unemployment benefits at 70 percent of former wages — plus job retraining and relocation — to those whose jobs are shipped overseas, as prescribed in the House bill.

Instead, at a glance (which is the way most in Congress ever seem to examine legislation), this bill appears rather easy to take. Most of its 357 pages are devoted to sections entitled “Oil Spill Response,” “Reducing Oil Consumption,” “Improving Energy Security,” and “Protecting the Environment.” There’s even a portion devoted to further grill BP via subpoena power. With sugar-coating like this, the sixty votes necessary to pass seem possible.

However, beneath the glaze, there’s a clot of overpowering government spending and social engineering.

For example, electric vehicles are pushed via the bill’s “Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010.” No surprise here, particularly since the government has a 61% stake in General Motors and Chevy’s electro-mobile, the Volt. Besides this Act allowing the feds to spend $25 million on new electric cars for their official fleet, there’s an astounding electric car welfare program. Section 2116 explains that 400,000 such vehicles will be virtually given away at low cost — or perhaps no cost — to people living in “selected communities diverse in population” and “demographics.”

Additionally, pages 264-265 require that any new construction or remodel of an existing structure must include the installation of proper hookups for charging an electric vehicle. So even if you have no intention of owning such a car, adding that extra bedroom will require you to spend additional money to install battery-charging infrastructure in your garage.

Take the time to read the rest of this article at the link above.  Consider this, what will happen if the American people choose not to take advantage of these incentives or that the percentage of people is far below what the government expects?

To get up-to-speed on cap and trade see the link above for additional articles.

Climate Change Legislation on the Horizon

Posted by courage On March - 23 - 2010

After a hard-fought victory on health care reform, President Barack Obama’s allies in Congress are setting their sights on climate change — but some on both sides are already crying foul.Environmentalists hope Obama will seize on new political momentum to push forward climate legislation, though some observers question whether he would seek another divisive vote as November congressional elections approach.

Senator John Kerry, who has spearheaded climate legislation, said that White House officials can now “pour their energy and attention” into the issue after Sunday’s down-to-the-wire vote on expanding health care coverage.

“In the wake of health care’s passage, we have a strong case to make that this can be the next breakthrough legislative fight,” the Massachusetts Democrat argued. “Climate legislation is the single best opportunity we have to create jobs, reduce pollution and stop sending billions overseas for foreign oil from countries that would do us harm,” Kerry said.

“If we sell those arguments we’ve got a winning issue on jobs, on security and on public health. This can happen.”

For anyone who has followed the cap and trade debate this should come as no surprise.  As previously written on this blog, the supporters of Cap and Trade will attempt to cite job creation as an overwhelming support factor for the passage, the truth is Spain (which has been touted as the a model for the United States law) has lost 2.2 jobs for each new “green” job created.  (see here) What piqued my interest was the emphasis on security in Kerry’s statement.  And this is why…

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16 Lies in 7 Minutes… Plus More…

Posted by courage On February - 1 - 2010

Continually throughout the State of the Union (SOTU) address Obama tried to distance himself from Washington; yet he is part of the problem with his insistence  to move the country toward complete reliance on government.  He sees himself as the parent and us as children.  As children we don’t understand, with our limited intellectual capacity the policies he is pushing.

While talking about health care he said…

And according to the Congressional Budget Office, the independent organization that both parties have cited as the official scorekeeper for Congress, our approach would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades.

What he and all Democrats fail to address when speaking of this illusionary  savings is the numbers crunched by the CBO do not include payments to doctors who take Medicare and Medicaid.   Originally the payment to doctors was included in the House bill, once the CBO estimated a cost over 1.4 trillion it was taken out to make the bill “fiscally” palatable.

Obama goes on to say…

Still, this is a complex issue. And the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people. And I know that with all the lobbying and horse-trading, this process left most Americans wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

Not explaining it more clearly.. are you kidding?  Obama has given over 20 speeches on health care since he took office, the more the people did understand the bill, the more they did NOT like what they saw.  Its not a lack of information, Mr. President… its because the American people DO NOT like what they see as their future.  We are not asking, “what’s in in for me,”  we want to know how we can afford the bill and what rationing will take place if passed?

I am tired of the lies being presented by elected officials regarding climate change.  If anything, they are unsure what causes climate change and the push toward legislation to micromanage every aspect of our lives through  unsubstantiated  science is appalling.   Yet the President can’t help himself…

I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change.

Overwhelming scientific evidence.. you mean the pseudo-data which is being exposed to be nothing more than a power grab?

Never before has a President taken such a backhand swipe at the Supreme Court during a SOTU address..

Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign companies — to spend without limit in our elections.  Well, I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities.

This is an outright lie, they did not overturn a “century of law,” they overturned one small aspect of campaign contributions.  As for foreign entities bankrolling campaigns, I have some questions Mr. President…

What about the dollars for your campaign that flowed in from the mideast? Ahhh, but that just an inconvenient truth, isn’t it?

Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected, but all other discretionary government programs will.

Over the last year we, as a nation, have increased spending by an average of 20% across all agencies and departments, some agencies like the EPA have seen a 35% increase.  Washington, and that includes YOU Mr. President have spent like there is no tomorrow.  You champion a spending freeze, yet put it off for another year?  If you are being honest about cutting the deficit, you would demand a freeze NOW, not a year from now.

This is only a small sampling of where reality and fallacy  can not co-exist.  I am still waiting for a President who places the American people before the progressive Democrat agenda.   The American people want the truth not illusion.. We are waiting…

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2009) — Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere.

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Many climate models also assume that the airborne fraction will increase. Because understanding of the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide is important for predicting future climate change, it is essential to have accurate knowledge of whether that fraction is changing or will change as emissions increase.

To assess whether the airborne fraction is indeed increasing, Wolfgang Knorr of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol reanalyzed available atmospheric carbon dioxide and emissions data since 1850 and considers the uncertainties in the data.

In contradiction to some recent studies, he finds that the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide has not increased either during the past 150 years or during the most recent five decades.

The research is published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Scientific data which exposes the environmental justice hoax continues to be published and lame main stream media is still ignoring this gigantic deception.  All the global warming hysterics can stop the mantra of the “science is settled.”  The science is NOT settled and claims that there are universal agreement by world scientists is a lie.

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Democrats in Senate Feel Hinky About Cap and Trade

Posted by courage On December - 27 - 2009

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h/t to Tom Nelson

From Politico:

Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.

“I am communicating that in every way I know how,” says Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of at least half a dozen Democrats who’ve told the White House or their own leaders that it’s time to jettison the centerpiece of their party’s plan to curb global warming.

Is that Senator Mary Landrieu, of the infamous, I’ve got my piece of pork and reminded constituents that early reports of the amount were wrong….

“I am not going to be defensive,” she declared. “And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix.”

Apparently she believes that prostituting for a higher price makes the endeavor worthwhile or perhaps she believes it then admirable?

Then we have the <cough> blue dog Dem Evan Bayh chiming in:

“We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, but I think it’s very difficult in the kind of economic circumstances we have right now,” said Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who called passage of any economy-wide cap and trade “unlikely.”

Really Evan.. we need to deal with the phenomena of global warming? How about dealing with the misappropriation of funds used to finance the scientific data which ever day appears to be a larger scandal?    Before running off to have our electricity “skyrocket,”  why not take at look at how the scientist behind the global warming hysterics have manipulated data, prevented true scientific inquiry and have aligned themselves with corporations such as GE, to fleece the world?  Have no fear Mr. Bayh, Hoosiers like myself have been watching, your destination for 2010 is the unemployment line.  Maybe you should of held a town hall meeting back in the summer,  re-connected with the people who voted you in to office?  Naw that would make to much sense.. something you apparently  lack.

“Climate change in an election year has very poor prospects,” added Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). “I’ve told that to the leadership.”

Those Democrats sure are getting jumpy about their re-election prospects in 2010; gee, I wonder why?  Could it be they realize the people back home are none to happy with them?

Asked about cap-and-trade last week, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said: “At this point I’d like to see a complete bill but we have to be realistic.”

Oh Dick.. why start being “realistic” now?  We both know  the polls you cite are based on skewed data…  you only use polls from those that donate to your campaign and then extrapolate the results to the entire state, shitster shyster!

“Any bill dealing with energy and climate change will have to be bipartisan to pass,” said Durbin. “Sen. Kerry assures me that there are other (Republicans) that he may have.”

But even among Republicans who believe global warming is a problem, few — if any — other than Graham support an economy-wide cap and trade system.

Ah Lindsey Graham, for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why you suddenly become vocal champion of the Cap and Trade legislation.  A little journey over to Open Secrets shows an interesting fact, your number 5 top campaign contributor, out of the 20 is (drum roll)…. Energy and Natural Resources.  Maybe that explains it.. maybe not, but I do not understand how you can support legislation based on plain old bad science.

I am glad the Democrats seem to be  backing away from this legislation, even if their justification is the 2010 elections.  The sad thing is that instead of understanding that the current hysterical warming mantra is flawed and then demanding new scientific inquiry be performed… they instead play politics.

I once heard the difference between a politician and statesman.  A politician is only concerned about their next election, while a statesman is concerned about the next generation.

What this vividly displays is these Congresspeople never had courage of conviction, it’s all about power and politics; they are without conscious.

Quick Hits… Things I Notice and Ponder

Posted by courage On December - 19 - 2009

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With things occurring at a hyper pace in Washington I wonder about things that drop off the news cycle such as…

Have we decided that there was in fact, a terrorist attack at Fort Hood or are the 13 soldiers who died that day being swept under the Muslim prayer rug?

And is the administration stalling in their fact finding mission? Read the entire article at the link..

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says the Obama administration is stalling in providing information to the leaders of the House and Senate and the congressional intelligence committees on the multiple murders allegedly committed by a radical Muslim Army officer at Fort Hood more than a month ago.

Has anyone given an explanation as to where in the Constitution, Holder and Obama can bring enemy combatants on to US soil, giving them full rights of citizens?

Then there are things I read and see little attention by the media…

Climategate?  And make no mistake this is the biggest punch progressives have received in quiet a while, and they didn’t see it coming.

The Russians admitted smack-dab in the middle of the Hopenhagen conference, their which assisted in formulating the pseudo-science findings of the United Nations climate hysterics was incomplete..

Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.

The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.

An analogy that could help the hysterics understand why this is important…

You are “doing” a paint-by numbers picture, the set comes with 8 different colors each with their own unique number… you decide to only use 1/4th of the colors they supply (being the creative devil you are).  So you use only 2 of the 8 colors in the pack.. what do you end up with?  Will it resemble anything close to the actual picture?  Of course it won’t.. and that’s why this entire climate change mantra needs transparency, something is very rotten in the United Nations.

Given the climate gate scam, the unreliable Russian data and the thousands of climate experts who seriously question the UN’s findings, why did President Obama Say…

We come here in Copenhagen because climate change poses a grave and growing danger to our people. All of you would not be here unless you — like me — were convinced that this danger is real. This is not fiction, it is science. Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet. This much we know.

Fistgate?  Think I’m kidding… ah no.  Apparently, the Czar of Safe Schools Kevin Jennings promoted fisting to 14 year-old boys and other behaviors that NO adult should be advocating to children.  Read it all here, here, here and here, I’m letting you go read the details.

Then there are things I ponder…

Do Indiana citizens realize that, according to Governor Daniels if the current Senate health care bill passes, 1 in every 4 Hoosiers will be covered by Medicare?  And do they realize that within a few short years, the federal government transfers the oversight, as well as, the cost to the state?

This struck me as odd… At a recent GOP Christmas party, first one I have ever attended, when speaking with attendees about the numerous letters and calls our household has  made to elected officials, we received blank stares.  The questioning and puzzled looks gave the impression that they do NOT bother with such trivial things; because typically from what I have seen, people who also write the delusional ones in Washington, speak of their frustration with canned responses or the complete lack of a reply .  Which then brings me to wonder if they understand how their silence condones the continual violation by the Congress in their oath of office?  Just ODD…

And an interesting quote I came upon:

Reason is not an automatic condition, those that don’t abide by it can’t be conquered by it.  ~  Ayn Rand

Open Mouth, Insert Foot… Oh Al Gore

Posted by courage On December - 16 - 2009

(Dec. 15) — It is an inconvenient time for Al Gore to be fudging numbers on global climate change.

With the specter of the “Climategate” e-mails hanging ominously over the Copenhagen climate change summit, the former vice president told a crowd there on Monday that one scientist had predicted the polar ice cap would have no summer ice in five to seven years.

“These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr. Maslowski that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years,” Gore told the audience.

But the scientist Gore quoted, Dr. Wieslaw Maslowski of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., told the Times of London that he never said such a thing.

Look at Gore’s words, ever notice how most, if not all climate change talk centers on ambiguous terms?  Nothing is ever defined in terms that  denote certainty.  Rather  words are used to increase anxiety toward some potential conclusion which may have a chance of occurring one in a trillion times.

Guru Al deludes the adoring climate change zombies with syntax, forgoing truth.

Addressing the Lies, Climate Hysterics Want You to Believe

Posted by courage On December - 16 - 2009

Interesting list detailing why climate change is natural and NOT man-made.

Climate Change Is Natural: 100 Reasons Why

1) There is “no real scientific proof” that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man’s activity.

2) Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history.

3) Warmer periods of the Earth’s history came around 800 years before rises in CO2 levels.

4) After World War II, there was a huge surge in recorded CO2 emissions but global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940.

5) Throughout the Earth’s history, temperatures have often been warmer than now and CO2 levels have often been higher – more than ten times as high.

6) Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time.

Continue reading at the above link.