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German Chancellor Merkel And The Climate Change “Wall”


Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of  the pulling down of the wall separating East and West Berlin in Germany. For the first time, a German head of state spoke before U.S. Congress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed members of U.S. Congress and one of the subjects Merkel spoke about was the need for a global deal on climate change [Article – Merkel meets with Obama, then talks to Congress]. Perhaps a symbolic appeal by Merkel to tear down the climate change “wall” [Article – The European Experience with Cap and Trade]?

With support for cap and trade legislation on the decline, President Obama vows that the United States will play a prominent role in decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions. Obama’s answer to the climate change question is cap and trade legislation.

The Waxman-Markey bill or rather, Taxman-Malarkey bill (H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009) is currently in limbo, since health care reform legislation has taken center stage. Beltway politicians have certainly been working behind the scenes on slipping cap and trade legislation through, with very little public scrutiny…so they hope.

If the United States agrees to comply with some sort of global climate change contract in Copenhagen, Denmark, this will surely embolden leftist environut anti-capitalists in America to get climate change-related cap and trade legislation enacted.

If such a bill goes through, it will destroy the American economy, no ands, ifs or buts about it. We think unemployment is bad now, wait and see how high it will be if cap and trade becomes law. In addition, we and future generations of Americans will pay dearly for the taxes, fees and other costs climate change legislation will incur [Article – Leading Climate Scientist: Cap and Trade Could Ruin US Economy | Reference – Treasury Department – Climate Change Bill Could Cost American Families $1,761 A Year]. Read More…

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Climate Change: Obama Administration Knew About High Cost Of Cap And Trade


It appears the Obama administration knew about the high costs of cap and trade. In the U.S. Treasury Department’s report to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, several omissions or blacked-out words have been found. Was the information in the report so embarrassing and damaging to President Obama that he and his administration cajoled or even forced the Treasury Department into making sure that nobody knew about it?

Remember:

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the Treasury Department’s report had to be released; however, I guess the FOIA doesn’t mention what condition the report has to be in [Article – 1. Cap-and-Trade Memos Fire Up the Skeptics | 2. Cap And Trade Redux: $1,761 Annually Per Family? Or Not?].

So much for transparency and “change you can believe in”. More Chicago-style politics at work here, ladies and gentlemen.

Treasury Department – Climate Change Bill Could Cost American Families $1,761 A Year


The anti-Obama, right-wing, conservative (sarc-off) U.S. Department of the Treasury released information on how much H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 would cost each American family [Article – Obama Admin: Cap And Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year].

The U.S. House already passed H.R. 2998 and the U.S. Senate is still considering and examining it. Unless the Senate waters it down or rejects it outright, get ready to dig deep into your pockets, America! Save the planet! Reduce your carbon footprint! Hope and change! Yes we can! Sacrifice! Sacrifice!

Climate Change/Cap And Trade/Waxman-Markey/H.R. 2998—U.S. Senate: “Shill Bill”


Here’s a simple, straightforward explanation on what “cap and trade” means. So any time you hear someone say “cap and trade” as it relates to “climate change” or “global warming”, you’ll know what the heck that person is talking about.

Video – Cap and Trade Explained (in plain old English)

Video – Cap and Trade: Will It Save the Earth?

H.R. 2998 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 or the Waxman-Markey Act is currently being considered in the U.S. Senate. Since they received H.R. 2998 from the U.S. House, Senate Democrats have been formulating several approaches to take on promoting and selling the “climate change” bill [Article – Senate Democrats Prep Team Girds for Climate Battle]. Read More…

Waxman-Markey Cap And Trade: No Benefits…At Least Not For The Average American


How will the average American citizen benefit from the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 or the Waxman-Markey bill? Let’s get consumer opinions:

“Based on this sampling of letters to editors from across the country, H.R. 2454 clearly does not enjoy overwhelming support from informed American consumers who know best what this legislation’s negative impacts will be on their jobs and daily lives.”

Charles T. Drevna
President, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA)
July 6, 2009

From a Reader in Paradis, La.

If this bill becomes law, every American will see a substantial increase in his or her cost of living. That should rate front page news!” (Letter to the Editor, “Climate bill will cost us big,” The Times-Picayune [New Orleans], July 6, 2009)

From a Reader in Coshocton, Ohio

“Under the guise of lowering carbon emissions our government has further harmed our chances of economic recovery. The bill is largely a shell game that raises taxes by $646 billion dollars on coal, oil and natural gas. This tax increase on American businesses will cause massive job cuts and will undoubtedly be passed on to consumers by raising home energy bills substantially.” (Letter to the Editor, “Space let us down with yes vote,” Coshocton Tribune, July 2, 2009 [emphasis added])

From a Reader in Cumberland, Md.

“The House of Representatives narrowly passed the Cap and Trade bill — ‘Cap and Tax’ seems more appropriate — on June 26. All day people were bombarding phone lines so much that the switchboards overloaded. If this bill passes the Senate and gets signed into law it will mean higher cost on every household.” (Letter to the Editor, “What House passed should be called ‘Cap and Tax’ bill instead,” Cumberland Times-News, July 2, 2009 [emphasis added])

From a Reader in Roanoke, Va.

“Those of you who wanted change will have it in a big way if the Senate passes the House version of the cap and trade legislation. While we sit on some of the world’s largest oil, natural gas, coal and oil shale reserve, the cost of our energy for everything from gas, electricity and heating oil to bus and airline travel, etc., will go up. All of the extra cost associated with this tax will be passed on to consumers. … I encourage everyone to find out about this legislation, then call your senators and tell them how you feel.” (Letter to the Editor, “Cap and trade will cost consumers dearly,” The Roanoke Times, July 1, 2009 [emphasis added]) Read More…

EPA Administrator Admits U.S. Action Alone Will Not Lessen World CO2 Levels


Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), admitted before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in response to an EPA chart showing no effect on climate without China and India: “I believe the central parts of the [EPA] chart are that U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels.”

It would appear that there is a divide amongst those in the Obama camp regarding the information presented in the EPA chart. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu disagrees with Ms. Jackson stating, “No, I don’t’ agree with that [EPA] chart.” [Press Release – Jackson Confirms EPA Chart Showing No Effect on Climate Without China, India]

This brings to light a past event pointing to the EPA’s involvement in a possible cover-up and suppression of dissenting information on global climate change and greenhouse gas emissions regulation, as a previous ACW post called to attention:

Environmental Protection Agency Report Suppression Before U.S. House Waxman-Markey Passage Arouses Suspicion

Why is there disagreement between Administrator Jackson and Secretary Chu? What could the motivation be to suppress potentially damaging information from coming to light? Another previous ACW post might have the answer:

Letter To Senator Barrasso

China and India refused to sign a climate change accord at the G8 summit in Italy recently. Russia responded to the accord tepidly, even though a Russian representative signed it. Why the lack of enthusiasm on the part of those countries toward a climate change agreement? They made it clear that they would not go along with any climate change agreement if it meant the harm and/or destruction of each of their country’s economies [Post – China And India Say “No” To Reducing CO2 Emissions…Russia Signs G8 Accord But Makes No Promises]. Yet President Obama and the leftist environuts that he is beholden to signed the climate change agreement.

I contend that the reason leftist eco-Marxist politicians want global climate change legislation passed is the same reason that was brought up before a committee with Administrator Jackson of the EPA: Political expediency and power. What will it mean for the United States if a cap and trade bill is signed into law? Ask the countries who know: China, India and Russia.

Letter To U.S. Senators—Vote “NO” On Cap And Trade


Here is a copy of an E-mail I sent to both Senators Barrasso and Enzi, my state’s U.S. Senators. Remember ladies and gentlemen, contact your state’s senators and urge them to vote “NO” on cap and trade. Enjoy:

Dear Senator (Barrasso/Enzi):

I would respectfully urge you to vote against any cap and trade, global climate change, or greenhouse gas emissions regulation legislation that comes through the U.S. Senate. I am hoping that you can persuade your colleagues to also vote against the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 or the Waxman-Markey bill.

(Paragraph included for Senator Barrasso) Senator, as you pointed out before to the Administrator of the EPA, regulating greenhouse gas emissions, namely carbon emissions, will spell disaster for the U.S. economy and the American people. It is evident that your words fell upon deaf ears.

If it is signed into law by President Obama, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 will place unreasonable demands on American citizens to effect costly changes to their homes in order to make them more “green”.

Every American will be unable to even sell an existing home without conforming to “green” laws that will be enacted after cap and trade legislation is signed into law.

Under cap and trade, new homes must conform to “green” standards, placing expensive burdens on home buyers and construction contractors. Under cap and trade, energy prices will go up considerably. By his own admission, President Obama has said that energy prices will necessarily go up as a result of energy companies having to conform to cap and trade laws.

Senator, I could offer additional information on Waxman-Markey, but I’m sure you already are looking into the content of the legislation and have found or will find even more shocking socio-economic ramifications contained therein.

Thank you Senator (Barrasso/Enzi) for taking the time to read this communication. I applaud your work and everything you do for the people of Wyoming and of the United States of America.

Respectfully,

Name and Location Withheld for Security Purposes

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