Skip to comments.One Republican, Unhappy With His Party's Position on Carbon, Prepares a New Agenda (RINO ALERT)
Posted on 12/14/2010 11:27:15 PM PST by rabscuttle385
Sen. Lindsey Graham is concerned that the Republican Party faces political dangers by resisting efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and other air pollution. That assertion seems to challenge GOP campaigns this year, in which candidates often rejected the science behind climate change.
Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, is designing an agenda for next year featuring a clean energy standard for utilities, which rewards increased nuclear and renewable power alike. Similar ideas have failed because they tended to dilute incentives for wind and solar. But under an increasingly conservative Congress, many advocates see that outcome as a potential victory, under reduced expectations.
For Graham, it might mark another opportunity to insert himself in the center of the energy debate. He says it's urgent to begin a speedy national transition to clean technology. He points to jobs, jobs, jobs. He predicts new energy mandates can be tailored to help businesses compete with China and not harm them economically.
Politics is not far from the calculation, either. Graham shrugged off the notion that he might feel a conservative backlash in 2014, when he's up for re-election, by pushing forward with an agenda that counts clean air as a central objective.
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I read this yesterday. Published: December 14, 2010
FWIW - More important and pressing issues going on right now in the lameduck congress.
boot Mr. Grahamnesty out of the RINO party before he takes it down with him
Government by Regulations Instead of Laws and Treaties
by Phyllis Schlafly
December 3, 2010
Republicans are assuming that Cap-and-trade (a.k.a. Cap-and-tax) is dead because Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid lacks the votes to bring up the House-passed bill and because this issue proved a loser in the 2010 House races. Like the famous Mark Twain saying, its death may be exaggerated.
The Senate’s environmentalism expert, Jim Inhofe (R-OK), warns us that the Obama Administration is trying to implement Cap-and-trade anyway by bureaucratic regulations. Directives issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are coming down the pike to increase energy costs and kill jobs.
Last May, the EPA issued what it called a tailoring rule to govern new power plants, oil refineries and factories that yearly emit 100,000 tons or more of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride. Inhofe reports that this tailoring rule will further reduce our manufacturing base and especially hurt the poor and elderly.
Inhofe predicts that the EPA standards planned for commercial and industrial boilers will cost 798,000 jobs. He also warns about the harmful effects on jobs caused by new rules on ozone emissions.
Since Obama moved into the White House, the EPA has proposed or finalized 29 major regulations and 172 major policy rules. The EPA is, for the first time, simultaneously toughening the regulations on all six major traditional pollutants such as ozone and sulfur dioxide.
Before Climategate exposed the politics behind the “science” of global warming, a 5-4 Supreme Court ordered the EPA to consider regulating emissions based on that unsubstantiated and now largely discredited theory.
Despite a long record of supporting Obama stimulus and spending legislation, the expected chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), says “we are not going to allow this administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate.”
Opposition to EPA’s new rules is remarkably bipartisan. Seventeen Democrats signed a letter to EPA Director Lisa Jackson opposing the new rules.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was elected after running a TV ad showing himself firing a rifle to put a bullet through a copy of the cap-and-trade bill, and he promised to fight EPA attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. He may have a difficult task because EPA Director Jackson is plotting to force mass retirements of the coal plants that provide half of U.S. electricity.
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EPA’s aggressive overregulation is forcing the electric industry to choose between continuing to operate while taking on major capital costs of complying with heavy new burdens, or closing down and building new plants that use more expensive sources such as natural gas. The public will surely end up paying higher electric rates (a.k.a. a big tax increase).
The ObamaCare law was deviously designed to take decision-making away from our elected representatives and give it to 15 “expert” members of the Obama-appointed Independent Payment Advisory Board. Many provisions of this law prohibit Congress from repealing or changing decisions of the “experts.”
The Obama Administration is using administrative regulations to implement what is known as Card Check, which even the Democratic Congress refuses to legislate. Obama’s recess appointee to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker, has lined up a 3-to-2 Board majority to repeal the rule that requires secret ballots in unionization elections.
Currently, a secret ballot of workers is mandated in order to unionize a company. Becker’s new regulation will eliminate that workers’ right and make them subject to coercion and bullying to induce them to vote Yes on a card visible to union bosses.
The Obama Administration is also toying with a plan to substitute administrative regulations for treaties. Several years ago, the Council on Foreign Relations fingered the treaty provision of the U.S. Constitution as its most objectionable section, and now an ex-Clinton Administration State Department bureaucrat, James P. Rubin, has floated a New York Times op-ed suggesting that treaties are not “worth the trouble anymore” and we should substitute domestic regulations.
The globalists find it inconvenient that our Constitution requires a two-thirds Senate vote for treaty ratification. Horrors! That, they say, causes “international frustration” with America.
This frustration broke into print because there are not enough Senate votes to ratify the New START Treaty that Obama signed with Russia. Rubin’s solution is to ditch the ratification process and substitute executive agreements and pronouncements.
Rubin reminds us that after it became clear the Senate was not going to ratify a climate-change treaty, Obama just used EPA regulations, and so we can do likewise with arms-control treaties. Let’s just ignore the Constitution and let Obama bureaucrats make all important decisions.
The issue is not “other pollution” boy that idiot Graham just finalized it for me. He is a certifiable kook worrying about “carbon” as a villain. It’s really enough to make your head explode. China is about to overtake us economically and these fools will let it become the number one carbon “polluter” because it’s a developing country and then we are supposed to pay them not to pollute! Graham is a dope and I hope you realize he is doing this as a front man for Gingrich, who was trying to get on the global warming bandwagon as of two years ago.
Graham should be ashamed for buying into this carbon baloney.
Gingrich has fallen far from his days in Washington when he introduced the Contract with America.
Gingrich does not stand a chance of being elected president if he decides to run. He has become a RINO just like Graham.
As far as presidential prospects and timber are concerned, I also think Palin should not run either. She would do better what she has been doing since leaving the governorship, that is, stumping for true conservative candidates in locsl and national elections.
Marco Rubio would make an excellent choice as a vice presidential candidate.
Competitive GOP candidates for president include Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee, Jim Demint and Mitt Romney.
See liberals know full well the RHINOS are wolves dressed in sheep clothing. Isn't he the only remaining member in Congress that participated in the impeachment of bjClinton? There is some kind of mental disorder in people who view their purpose to 'create' NEW mandates and then claim to help compete with communists controlled economies... Surreal...
One nuclear reactor covering a few hundred acres generates as much power as 25 square MILES of windmills at current output levels.
Democrats and journalists are technical Luddites and don't grasp this obvious fact. What is inexcusable is that there are Republicans like Grahamnesty who still fall for this windmill/solar cell BS, all of which, BTW, are made in China.
Shut up Lindsay and crawl back underneath your rock.
Screw you Lindsey. You made the list of dorks we are going to get rid of when your term comes up.
Well now Little Lindsey, remember talking involves breathing and breathing releases carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. So, you'd be doing everyone a great favor if you'd just shut the %(^# up.
Which of our overlords is paying him?
Now why would anybody want to do that?
Long past due for congressional random drug screening and mental health evaluations.
The CO2 Scam is dead, Linseed. Get into the 21st Century before the first decade is over.
Somebody should ask Senator Graham why he hates trees.
He seems intent on starving them.
He must work for GE.
We can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide significantly if these two would stop breathing.
In 1993 the Senate backed away from ratifying the UN'S radical Convention on Biological Diversity. Clinton used executive orders to and statutory powers already in place to implement the provisions of this treaty.
Do some research on Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and Agenda 21. All government policy today, all right from a treaty that the U.S. Senate would not even vote on.
I do not know why South Carolina puts up with this POS
He is, without a doubt, about as low as they come.
Can we replace her, PLEASE?
LOL. The lower left caption should read: DEATH.
CO2 is the stuff of life, morons.
I think you will find that natural gas is not any longer a "more expensive source". Development of horizontal drilling and its benefit of making shale gas practical have changed the equation significantly. If a fossil fuel is used, natural gas is the best choice.
They make Forest Gump look like a genius.
Don't you realize there is a lot of shuttin up to be done? And you are just the one to do it.
Graham and Gingrich are so close o the forest they cannot see the trees.
Gramnisty is history in 12
Great article by Phyllis Schlafly. It shows the problem with all those lovely agencies under the executive branch - EPA, FDA, DHS, Dept of Education, etc. If congress had any spine, they would cut all their funding by 90%!
GOOBER and his pro amnesty stances taken with McLAME.
This CARBON Bull****
Looks like a RINO to me ... Or ..
we can just put him in the same category as RON PAUL...
Looks good on paper but they’re still KOOKS!!!
“I think you will find that natural gas is not any longer a “more expensive source”. Development of horizontal drilling and its benefit of making shale gas practical have changed the equation significantly. If a fossil fuel is used, natural gas is the best choice.”
The government is trying to regulate coal fired power plants out of business. If natural gas is cheaper then let the market decide. It is a matter of supply and demand. At current usage rates this country has several hundred years of coal that can be extracted economically from the ground.
Where I live we had an electric generation plant that our public utilities spent around a hundred million dollars trying to comply with EPA regulations. It was designed to burn garbage, wood chips, and other solid fuel. The EPA classified it as an incinerator not a power generation plant and pulled it’s license. The whole place was dismantled. I used to work next door to it. It burned the fuel at such a high temperature and had so many filters for particulate that you couldn’t even tell when it was running... there was no visible “polution” at all. They were turning garbage into electricity and the EPA shut them down.
You have a great day, rabs!
someone must have some very incriminating pictures of Gramnesty.
Yes, but the market was originally distorted in the other direction when then-President Jimmy Carter forbad the use of natural gas to supply electricity. Back then, there was thought to be an approaching shortage of natural gas.
Natural gas plants are WAY cheaper, more reliable, cleaner, and more efficient than coal plants (nat. gas plants can be "combined cycle" gas-turbine/steam turbine units....coal is limited to steam-turbines).
With horizontal drilling, we probably have as much or more future available supply in natural gas as with coal. And a great deal of that supply is located in the Northeast.
On a "pure market" basis, coal simply can't compete.
Note....I've got no problem with coal as an energy source, either for electricity generation or, via. liquefaction, for vehicle fuels. Just pointing out the facts of the matter.