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07-02-2009, 01:42 PM
The former communications director for the Senate Environment and Public Works minority staff is outraged that the House has passed the cap-and-trade legislation.

"This Bill Was Passed Unread and Part of it unwritten by Pelosi twisting arms and paying off reps."

The Waxman-Markey Energy Bill, or cap and trade, is now headed to the U.S. Senate after passing the House by a slim margin last Friday. According to Marc Morano of ClimateDepot.com, the bill amounts to one of the biggest tax increases in U.S. history.

Morano is also outraged over the sheer amount of corruption surrounding the bill's passage. "This is one of those times where you've just got to scratch your head and marvel at the raw arm-twisting and bribery that took place," he contends.

Lawmakers introduced over 300 pages to the bill the night before the bill passed, according to Morano. He adds that the Congressional Budget Office cannot even score the bill because parts of it have not even been written yet.

Morano says lawmakers were even bragging about getting multimillion-dollar earmarks for their district if they supported the bill.

"This was a bill that was literally not about anything other than saving face because Nancy Pelosi had said she was going to do it and she did it [pass the bill]," he points out. "But it was just amazing to watch the raw power and basically the sleaze in which they did it."

According to Morano, the bill will face a tougher time in the Senate after the Fourth of July recess.


07-02-2009, 02:09 PM
A Garden of Piggish Delights (50 things wrong with the cap-and-trade bill)

The stimulus bill was the legislative equivalent of the famous cantina scene from Star Wars, an eye-popping collection of the freakish and exotic, gathered for dubious purposes. The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, known as ACES (the American Clean Energy and Security Act), is more like the third panel in Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights — a hellscape that disturbs the sleep of anybody who contemplates it carefully. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garden_delights.jpg

Two main things to understand about Waxman-Markey:

First, it will not reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, at least not at any point in the near future. The inclusion of carbon offsets, which can be manufactured out of thin air and political imagination, will eliminate most of the demands that the legislation puts on industry, though in doing so it will manage to drive up the prices consumers pay for every product that requires energy for its manufacture — which is to say, for everything.

Second, it represents a worse abuse of the public trust and purse than the stimulus and the bailouts put together. Waxman-Markey creates a permanent new regime in which environmental romanticism and corporate welfare are mixed together to form political poison. From comic bureaucratic power grabs (check out the section of the bill on candelabras) to the creation of new welfare programs for Democratic constituencies to, above all, massive giveaways for every financial, industrial, and political lobby imaginable, this bill would permanently deform American politics and economic life.