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  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • World's richest man: Only socialism can save planet

    11/03/2015 11:34:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    WND ^ | 11/03/15 | Douglas Ernst
    Gates wants giant carbon tax, says government 'somewhat inept' The world’s richest man thinks only socialism – and skyrocketing gas prices – can save the world from climate change. Bill Gates, whose net worth is roughly $80 billion, told the Atlantic for its November issue that only massive intervention by world governments can head off environmental disaster. “There’s no fortune to be made. Even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today’s and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what’s tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale and has gotten through all...
  • $100B/Yr Climate Finance Challenging, But Possible (global taxes!) - UN Panel (Soros)

    11/06/2010 11:28:07 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Selina Williams
    Raising $100 billion a year of climate finance by 2020 is challenging, but possible through mechanisms including carbon markets, domestic carbon taxes and a variety of international transportation taxes, a United Nations advisory group said in a report Friday. Earlier this year, the UN's Ban established the panel, which includes U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, billionaire financier George Soros and Deutsche Bank vice-chairman Caio Koch-Weser. The financing will be used to support mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries--in particular, for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
  • Will EPAs Clean Power Plan doom Colorados coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPAs Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called CO2 pollution could come at a dear price to the states coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorados coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • Paul Ryan Adds Amendment To Trade Bill To Block Climate Deals (Ryan Trying To Save ObamaTrade)

    06/10/2015 3:57:27 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/10/15 | Clare Foran
    A provision seeks to bar the president from using trade to act on climate. If House Republicans get their way, president Obama won't be able to use any trade pact to strike a deal on climate change. Late Tuesday evening, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin offered up an amendment to a customs bill that would "ensure that trade agreements do not require changes to U.S. law or obligate the United States with respect to global warming or climate change." The customs bill is intended to amend so-called "fast-track" trade legislation that could see a House...
  • This Man Is Americas Best Hope for Near-Term Climate Action

    05/13/2015 9:59:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | May 13, 2015 | Eric Holthaus
    Conservative climate champions are often laughed off or ignored. But whats happening within the American political right could change everything, and fast.Each year since 1989, the JFK Library bestows its Profile in Courage award to a public servant who takes a principled but unpopular position. This year,the award went to Bob Inglis, a former congressman from South Carolina whos turned into Americas best hope for near-term climate action. Oh, hes also a Republican.As you might expect, Inglis wasnt always a climate campaigner. In his acceptance speech last week at the JFK Library in Boston,he described how and why he changed...
  • Why States Should Boycott the Federal Clean Power Plan

    04/22/2015 7:26:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 21, 2015 | KENNETH C. HILL
    Better for states not to comply with the EPAs plans than to go along and absolve the feds of accountability for the mess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) set off a firestorm recently when he advised states not to comply with the Environmental Protection Agencys Clean Power Plan. Yet that advice isnt as radical as his detractors make it sound. As a state public utilities commissioner who deals with the effects of federal regulations on a regular basis, I also recommend that states not comply. ... While the short-term effects may be painful, the long-term consequences of submitting...
  • Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday ( Colorado )

    12/01/2014 6:59:15 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | November 30, 2014 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Craig Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The next step is for the federal government to review submitted statements made during the past several months in order to make a final ruling on the plan by June. Originally, the deadline was Oct. 15, but it was extended to Monday after the EPA received nearly 750,000 comments before the first deadline, according to the EPA. Northwest Colorado houses two coal-fired power plants, Craig Station in Moffat County and...
  • White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

    11/24/2014 7:36:29 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    While Americans are focused on what delicious foods theyre going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday. The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administrations regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday and right before a major holiday. Its become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and...
  • Playing with constitutional fire [Judge Nap]

    11/20/2014 6:39:41 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Andrew Napolitano
    ....If the president nullifies deportations on such a grand scale that the effect is the nullification of federal laws, then he has violated his oath faithfully to execute his.... obligations. The Framers required that every president swear to do his job faithfully to serve as a reminder to him that his job requires fidelity to the enforcement of laws with which he may disagree. The American people, Congress and the courts need to know we have a president who will enforce the laws, whether he agrees with them in his heart or not. Without presidential fidelity to the rule of...
  • Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

    07/17/2014 6:07:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 July 2014
    Australia's Senate has voted to repeal the carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition beat Labor in an election last year, had made the repeal a central aim of his government. Politicians have been locked in a fierce row about the tax for years. Labor says it helps to combat climate change, but the Liberals claim it penalises legitimate businesses. The Australian Senate voted by 39 to 32 votes to repeal the tax. Introduced in July 2012, it charges the 348 highest polluters A$23 (13; $22.60)...
  • The scandal of fiddled global warming data

    06/22/2014 5:08:51 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 21 2014 | Christopher Booker
    When future generations try to understand how the world got carried away around the end of the 20th century by the panic over global warming, few things will amaze them more than the part played in stoking up the scare by the fiddling of official temperature data. There was already much evidence of this seven years ago, when I was writing my history of the scare, The Real Global Warming Disaster. But now another damning example has been uncovered by Steven Goddards US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the worlds most influential climate records,...
  • Australia liberated from their long national green nightmare

    09/08/2013 12:04:21 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Watts Going On ^ | 9/8/13 | Anthony Watts
    Today is a great day not only in Australian history, but also in world history. It marks the day when people of character and sensibility pushed back against an overwrought and pointless green agenda, and pushed back in a big way. Theyve had enough, and theyve scraped the Krudd off their shoes and are moving forward. Tony Abbot has won the Australian election in a landslide, and vows to abolish the carbon tax as a first order of business. Abbott has declared Australia is once more open for business in claiming victory in Saturdays election. It is a huge blow...
  • Oh, good: Obama administration sneaks more expensive carbon pricing into a microwave-oven rule

    06/12/2013 6:16:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Never underestimate the sneakiness when youre dealing with The Most Transparent Administration, Evahs tortured internal conflict between pretending to heed the voices calling for pragmatic economic growth and appeasing the vociferous green interests nipping at their heels. The Obama administration just threw a major bone to said interests with a reevaluation thats going to come in particularly handy in producing very official- and serious-sounding studies and reports, but it was carried out in a very quiet maneuver that Im sure theyre hoping will pass by the public eye generally unnoticed. The Obama administration uses their social cost of carbon estimate...
  • Senate votes highlight Dem divisions over Keystone pipeline, carbon taxes

    04/06/2013 9:39:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | - 03/24/13 1 | Ben Geman
    Senate votes on climate change and the Keystone XL oil pipeline laid bare divisions among Democrats — and underscored why the White House, not Congress, will be where the critical climate decisions reside in President Obama’s second term.Several votes during the freewheeling debate over a nonbinding budget plan provided a political barometer of where the chamber, including vulnerable Democrats, stand on the topics. Advocates of the proposed pipeline scored a symbolic victory Friday when 62 lawmakers voted for an amendment backing the project to bring oil from Canadian tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries. Seventeen Democrats supported Sen....
  • ( UN ) Agenda 21 Getting Worse ( in Australia )

    09/30/2012 10:52:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Standeyo ^ | September 28, 2012 | Lynette
    As the UN digs in its ever-sharper, global-grasping claws, there are less and less desirable places to relocate. The New World Order permeates and invades all. Agenda 21? This is how it is done in Australia. Been going on for years... We know a family who live in Sydneys Parramatta. The oldest girl, now in her 80s, lives in the family home which was built in the early 1900s. She was invited to a meeting with Parramatta Council and she and others were told that the Council could not tolerate for much longer that there was only one or two...
  • The Green War on the Poor - The Democratic party used to care about poor and working people.

    08/30/2012 10:06:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 30, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    In a nearly full-page op-ed appearing in the business section of the August 25 New York Times, Cornell professor Robert H. Frank lays out the new green agenda for tax policy.According to Professor Frank, stopping global warming may require carbon taxes of about $300 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, and by implementing such taxes, we can also balance the federal budget. “If such a tax were phased in,” Frank says, “the prices of goods would rise gradually in proportion to the amount of carbon dioxide their production or use entailed. The price of gasoline, for example, would slowly...
  • GOP leadership: Carbon taxes are not up for negotiation

    07/16/2012 9:04:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7:21 pm on July 16, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Earlier today, certain Congressional Democrats let it be known that their party would be ready and willing to take the country over the coming fiscal cliff if Republicans dont agree to President Obamas proposal to hike taxes on the countrys wealthiest earners (but remember: Republicans are ones refusing to cooperate and causing all of this dat gum partisan gridlock!). A top Senate Democrat bluntly warned Monday that her party is prepared to let all the Bush-era tax cuts expire and automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs take place at the beginning of next year unless Republicans agree to...
  • China could impound European planes in carbon row (dispute)

    06/12/2012 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:16am EDT
    China will take swift countermeasures that could include impounding European aircraft if the European Union punishes Chinese airlines for non-compliance with a scheme to curb carbon emissions, the China Air Transport Association said on Tuesday. Chinese airlines, which have been told by Beijing not to comply with the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme, refused to meet a March 31 deadline for submitting carbon emissions data. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has said carriers have until mid-June to submit their data before enforcement action is taken. "Chinese airlines are unanimous on this. We won't provide the data," Wei Zhenzhong, secretary general of...
  • U.N. to debut plan for world socialism in Junetime for US to exit?

    04/21/2012 12:28:15 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | 4.21.12 | Jeffrey Klein
    The United Nations is holding its Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janero, Brazil, over three separate sessions in June, to which organizers, led by UN Conference Secretary-General of Rio+20, Sha Zukang [who 'really doesn't like Americans'], expect 193 attendees from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders, according to the Sarah de Sainte Croix March 20, 2012 article in The Rio Times. The stated themes of this colossal conference, which is structured around a 204-page report titled, Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, A United Nations System-Wide Perspective, are the green economy in the context...
  • Carbon taxes 'to ease fuel poverty'

    02/26/2012 11:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The UK Press Association ^ | February 27, 2012
    Billions raised from carbon taxes should be used to lift millions of households out of fuel poverty, a coalition of charities and businesses has urged. Research for the "energy bill revolution" campaign suggests 6.4 million households are in fuel poverty in the UK, forced to spend more than a tenth of their income on bills to keep their houses warm. Based on projections for costs of gas and take-up of Government policies to improve energy efficiency of homes, the study warned the number of households in fuel poverty could rise by 40% to 9.1 million by 2016. This would mean...
  • Jerry Brown says not to worry. The high-speed boondoggle will be paid for by your carbon footprint

    01/30/2012 10:55:49 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown, that renown budgetary and fiscal expert, says dont fret. His high-speed train to nowhere in particular wont cost as much as nearly everyone who has looked at it says it will. And besides, he says, the Moonbeam Express can be paid for by your carbon footprint. Is it starting to make sense? The carbon scare was used to put into place effective and real taxes on stuff like that air you exhale. And now we find out why. Its an endless source of your money to pay for their follies.
  • Congress looking to put the kibosh on GHG related taxes

    03/11/2011 9:55:32 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 9, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Energy Tax Prevention Act Would Put the Reins on EPA Power Grab Freedom Action Supports Quick PassageWashington, D.C., March 10, 2011 A House subcommittee on Thursday is expected to mark up a bill, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions using the Clean Air Act. Freedom Action supports enactment of their critical legislation. The Energy Tax Prevention Act is one of the most important bills that Congress will vote on this year. We applaud...
  • One Republican, Unhappy With His Party's Position on Carbon, Prepares a New Agenda (RINO ALERT)

    12/14/2010 11:27:15 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-12-15 | Evan Lehmann
    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...
  • The time is right for a carbon tax (statists want immediate tax hikes) (BARF ALERT)

    09/19/2010 8:04:41 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 2010-09-19 | James M. Griffin & Kishore Gawande
    The case for a carbon tax is a compelling one, given our current macroeconomic quandary and our apparent inability to deal with climate change. Each of these factors alone can make the case persuasively. When we take them together, the tax becomes even more convincing as a solution to some seemingly insurmountable problems. Like it or not, for the foreseeable future tax increases are a necessity. The United States' 2009 federal deficit was $1.4 trillion almost 10 percent of GDP.
  • UN panel: New taxes needed for a climate fund

    08/05/2010 9:30:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/10 | AP
    BONN, Germany British economist Nicholas Stern says a U.N. economic panel is discussing carbon taxes, add-ons to international air fares and a levy on cross-border money transfers as ways to raise $100 billion a year to fight climate change. Stern has told international climate negotiators that governments will need to create incentives for private investments in industries emitting few greenhouse gases. The Copenhagen climate summit in December determined that $100 billion is needed every year starting in 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Rudd and Turnbull werent the only ones to get the ETS wrong

    05/02/2010 5:13:10 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 3 replies · 231+ views
    Menzies House (and the U.K. Spectator) ^ | May 1, 2010 | James Paterson
    Kevin Rudds unceremonious burial of his no-longer-beloved emissions trading scheme this week marks one of the most dramatic policy turnarounds in modern Australian political history. And his promise not to resurrect it until 2013 demonstrates how fundamentally the politics of this issue have changed. From languishing in political oblivion, the Liberal partys decision to oppose the ETS and change its leader has rehabilitated its electoral fortunes. But it nearly didnt happen. Cast your minds back a little less than two years. Liberal leader Brendan Nelson was embroiled in a fight with his own party over the then-radical idea that Australia...
  • How To Reinvest Carbon Fee Revenue? (McLame's lapdog pushing for higher gasoline taxes, "fees")

    04/12/2010 3:19:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 615+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 2010-04-12 | Lisa Caruso
    As Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., work toward their goal of introducing climate change legislation by Earth Day (April 22), transportation groups are petitioning the trio to invest revenues raised from a carbon fee that would increase the cost of gas and diesel fuel back into transportation. A coalition of 27 groups led by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, wrote in their April 1 letter, "New fees placed on transportation fuels should be dedicated to the Highway...
  • France Backs Away From Carbon Tax

    03/24/2010 4:55:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 710+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSNESS DAILY Staff
    Environmental Regulations: While U.S. politicians try to keep the idea alive here, the French have announced cancellation of their version of cap-and-trade. They say it will hurt their competitiveness. Vive la France. Moments of crisis concentrate the mind wonderfully, or at least they should. In France, as public-sector workers mount a nationwide strike and fallout continues from the ruling party's heavy defeat in regional elections, Prime Minister Francois Fillon has indicated that his government will abandon plans to introduce a domestic carbon tax. "We have to amplify measures that help reinforce the competitiveness of our economy," Fillon told the Reuters...
  • Graham says hes ready to make a deal on climate change legislation (wants to be 60th vote)

    01/07/2010 6:13:25 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 180 replies · 6,361+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is ready to be the 60th Senate vote to get the climate change and energy bill passed, he told a Midlands audience Tuesday at Harbison State Forest. Since theyve got no Republicans but me, business is open, Graham said. Graham has been criticized by his own party for pursuing bipartisan resolutions on such issues as illegal immigration and possible filibusters of judicial nominees. And he believes that the cap-and-trade bills being debated this year are another occasion to do so, he told the audience at a forestry conference hosted by the S.C. Wildlife Federation. He said he...
  • Senate climate change fight looks as tough as healthcare reform (Graham is RINO Judas goat)

    12/29/2009 5:09:11 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,201+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-12-29 | Ben Geman
    Senate Democrats will face a problem when they return in January every bit as tough as crafting the healthcare bill: Assembling a climate and energy package that can be shoehorned into the election-year calendar. Imposing limits on greenhouse gases is a White House and Democratic priority, but its stuck in line behind health care, Wall Street reform and jobs legislation. Its also become increasingly apparent since the Copenhagen climate summit that the Senate will go forward in a dramatically different direction than the House, which approved its own climate bill last summer. Environmentalists familiar with Democratic plans say party leaders...
  • Graham says Obama has his back on climate bill (Kerry has "definite Republican votes") (barf!)

    12/05/2009 2:37:50 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies · 3,017+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham may be under fire from conservatives back home in South Carolina. But the Republican got a personal assurance from President Obama yesterday that the White House is supporting his efforts to craft a sweeping Senate energy and global warming bill. The president told me personally he was very open, that nuclear power would be part of the mix, that clean coal would be part of the mix, that hes for offshore drilling in a responsible way, Graham said today in describing his Oval Office meeting with Obama. But we have to have a price on carbon,...
  • Graham: 'I want my time to count' (will "work...across the aisle" to accomplish Obama agenda)

    12/03/2009 3:22:25 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 2,480+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-12-03 | Jim Snyder
    (snip) Why did I do this? I want my time to count. I want to be seen as someone who can solve a hard problem by working with my colleagues across the aisle. I want to do something that matters. I cant think of a better use of my time than to work with Democrats and Republicans to break our dependency on foreign oil, to create jobs for our next generation of Americans that will never go to China. And yes, leave behind a cleaner planet. (snip)
  • EPA Lawyers: Cap-And-Trade 'Fatally Flawed'

    11/11/2009 5:13:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,668+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 11, 2009
    Warming: After stifling a report questioning the science behind climate change, the EPA is censoring two of its lawyers for saying the proposed solutions are also problematical. The debate isn't over. It's being suppressed. In the proud tradition of EPA whistle-blower Alan Carlin, whose leaked study blew the lid off the EPA's hyped and flawed science behind climate change, two EPA lawyers, Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, have produced a Web video titled "A Huge Mistake." In it they say cap-and-trade in general and the Waxman-Markey bill in particular are the wrong answers anyway. Williams and Zabel do not deny...
  • We Can Do It [in NYT op-ed, UN praises maverick Lindsey Graham for compromising] [BARF!!!]

    10/25/2009 10:27:10 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,910+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-10-25 | Ban Ki-Moon
    (snip) U.S. leadership is crucial. That is why I am encouraged by the spirit of compromise shown in the bipartisan initiative announced last week by John Kerry and Lindsey Graham. Here was a pair of U.S. senators one Republican, the other Democratic coming together to bridge their parties differences to address climate change in a spirit of genuine give-and-take. We cannot afford another period where the United States stands on the sidelines. An engaged United States can lead the world to seal a deal to combat climate change in Copenhagen. An indecisive or insufficiently engaged United States will...
  • SC 2010: Inglis breaks from the pack [backs cap-and-tax, attacks Beck] [Graham endorses] [RINO?]

    09/27/2009 11:09:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,984+ views
    McClatchy / The State, Columbia, SC ^ | 2009-09-28 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis is paying the price for independent thinking. Inglis, a Travelers Rest Republican, might have been the only Republican lawmaker in the country booed lustily by his own constituents at town hall meetings last month.Inglis was shouted down when he asked listeners why they're afraid of President Barack Obama - and then suggested they stop watching conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck."He's trading on fear," Inglis advised one group, setting off loud catcalls. Despite a broadly conservative voting record, Inglis has angered many GOP activists with his contrarian stands on a handful of high-profile issues. In...
  • Has John McCain Gone Cool on Global Warming Legislation?

    07/16/2009 6:29:50 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 758+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-07-16 | Darren Samuelson
    Sen. John McCain once reveled in his stance as a maverick of the Republican Party on climate change. Now, as the Senate prepares a new bill, the party's 2008 presidential nominee has people wondering whose side he's on. McCain opened the year critical of President Obama's plan to pay for middle-class tax cuts with global warming legislation. He called the House-passed bill a "1,400-page monstrosity," pointing out special giveaways to reluctant lawmakers and provisions that threaten to spark an international trade war. While McCain has built a reputation as a critic of government excess, his complaints about the Democrat-led effort...
  • A cap and trade refresher [McCain flip-flop] [still believes in cap and trade]

    07/14/2009 3:00:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 952+ views
    MSNBC - First Read ^ | 2009-07-14 | Domenico Montanaro
    Heres a quick quiz: Who said the following? "A cap-and-trade policy will send a signal that will be heard and welcomed all across the American economy, and the highest rewards will go to those who make the smartest, safest, most responsible choices." President Obama? Henry Waxman? Nancy Pelosi? Actually, that was candidate John McCain, way back in May of 2008. Which is all the more interesting given former running mate Sarah Palins anti-cap-and-trade op-ed in todays Washington Post. In her opinion piece, Palin berated Obama for creating a job-kiling cap-and-tax dead end, despite having run on a ticket that mostly...
  • Tough Senate battle likely on energy bill [but Snowe, Collins, McCain may cave]

    07/05/2009 12:33:04 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 2,905+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 2009-07-05 | Jim Tankersley
    Washington -- President Barack Obama's landmark bill on energy and global warming squeaked through the House this week only after the White House made dozens of concessions to coal, manufacturing and other interests. As the battle moves to the Senate, Obama faces demands for more concessions, including to open the coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Senate will take up issues that were glossed over or omitted from the House bill. Among them is giving the government sweeping new powers to overcome local objections and approve thousands of miles of new transmission lines to carry electricity to coastal...
  • McCain Pushes 'Cap-And-Trade' Plan to Fight Global Warming [**FLASHBACK 03/19/2008**]

    06/27/2009 10:57:52 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 639+ views
    GOP candidate promotes working with Europe on climate change, but only wants to 'encourage' involvement of 'rest of the world.' BY DAN GAINOR Presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain is using the idea of global togetherness to promote a cap-and-trade system to battle climate change. He said Americans and Europeans need to get serious about substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years or we will hand over a much-diminished world to our grandchildren. According to the Arizona senator, whose opinion column appeared in the March 19 Financial Times, the United States needs to work with Europe to create...
  • Statement on Global Warming Petition Signed by 31,478 Scientists [Ron Paul says no to Kyoto]

    06/14/2009 9:47:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,980+ views
    Statement of Congressman Ron Paul United States House of Representatives Statement on Global Warming Petition Signed by 31,478 Scientists June 4, 2009 Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, before voting on the "cap-and-trade" legislation, my colleagues should consider the views expressed in the following petition that has been signed by 31,478 American scientists: "We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare...
  • Dems Pushing Comprehensive Energy Plan [McCain pushing his own "vision for a cap-and-trade system"]

    04/22/2009 12:06:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 524+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2009-04-22 | Kyle Trygstad
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who also spoke yesterday at the symposium, called the president's cap-and-trade plan "irresponsible, ill-conceived and distorted," and said he couldn't support the creation of a "giant government slush fund." "I still believe that it is the time to address this critical domestic and international issue," McCain said. "But my vision for a cap-and-trade system is a mechanism to lower greenhouse gases in our hemisphere, not as a revenue generator for the federal government. We must design a program that balances the needs of our environment with the needs of our economy."
  • GOP lawmakers, governors pull together [Sanford opposing carbon cap-and-trade, global warming]

    04/21/2009 6:33:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 581+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-04-21 | Molly K. Hooper
    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) confirms that Republican state governors and top Congressional leaders have been actively coordinating the talking points used to oppose Democratic policies put forward by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama. "When you got the White House you become a very much a top down party, now we're trying to rebuild as a bottom up party and governors are integral in that and members of the House and Senate realize that," Barbour said Tuesday in an interview with the Hill. In the latest effort, leadership aides tell The Hill that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford...
  • Specter visits Drexel, speaks about global warming [in direct support of carbon taxes]

    04/20/2009 1:10:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,128+ views
    Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) visited Drexel April 13 for a town hall meeting discussing a "Just and Clean Energy Future". The main goals as highlighted by the presentation were for 100 percent renewable energy, tax on carbon and the presence of green jobs, according to Nathan Taylor, a junior mechanical engineering and the event's organizer. Students were the main target of the town hall, according to Taylor. "We're trying to make a point that students matter, seeing that Specter is up for re-election, he should listen to the students," Taylor said. Specter said his main platform in running for re-election...
  • Transcript: Treasury Secretary Geithner, Sen. McCain on NBC's 'Meet the Press' [barf alert]

    03/29/2009 1:12:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,076+ views
    GREGORY: You just heard Secretary Geithner. Whats your level of confidence in him? MCCAIN: Well, I have some confidence in him. I think hes very smart. And I hope that this new plan -- which, by the way, I thought was well-described... . . . . . GREGORY: Have Republicans heeded that call, and do you think President Obama has heeded that call? MCCAIN: I think neither side, perhaps, has done it as much as maybe we should. But you establish an environment. Really, bipartisanship is sitting down across a table from each other and negotiating, recognizing theres got to...
  • What's Next For Sen. John McCain? [single-handedly destroying the GOP?]

    11/27/2008 8:37:55 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 152 replies · 4,058+ views
    NPR ^ | 2008-11-26 | David Welna
    Sen. John McCain avoided reporters during the lame-duck session of Congress last week. But Tuesday, shortly after President-elect Obama had his own news conference about the economy, McCain broke his silence by speaking with reporters in Phoenix. This came after the two former contenders met last week, and Tuesday, McCain continued to make nice. When asked what advice he had for right-wing supporters who say the prospect of an Obama presidency terrifies them, he was categorical. "Respect this landmark election, respect the fact America faces great challenges, and Americans expect us to work together. That does not mean we won't...
  • British Columbia removes tolls but stings truckers with carbon tax

    10/07/2008 7:20:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 568+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | October 7, 2008 | David Tanner
    Having tolls removed from a major route in British Columbia, Canada, has taken some of the sting out of the cost of operating a trucking business in that province, but theres still plenty of sting to go around. In late September, the government removed a $20 truck toll and $10 passenger vehicle toll from the Coquihalla Highway, which connects the city of Hope to Kamloops, B.C., in the Canadian West. Provincial officials said that truckers were pleased with the move, and they were. Given the price of fuel, truckers are very happy with this, Bridgitte Anderson, spokeswoman for British Columbia...
  • House passes $700B bailout bill - CO2 Tax issues included -

    WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED CARBON TAX House passes bailout bill, with Carbon Tax credits and an entire buffet of pork attached.
  • OECD warns against biofuels subsidies

    09/10/2007 11:18:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 659+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 9/10/2007 | Andrew Bounds
    Governments need to scrap subsidies for biofuels, as the current rush to support alternative energy sources will lead to surging food prices and the potential destruction of natural habitats, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will warn on Tuesday. The OECD will say in a report to be discussed by ministers on Tuesday that politicians are rigging the market in favour of an untried technology that will have only limited impact on climate change. The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits, say the authors...
  • U.N. gets climate plan: mobilize, triple research dollars, set 'ceiling' on temperatures

    02/27/2007 8:41:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 769+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/07 | Charles J. Hanley - ap
    UNITED NATIONS -- An international panel of scientists presented the United Nations with a sweeping, detailed plan on Tuesday to combat climate change -- a challenge, it said, "to which civilization must rise." Failure would produce a turbulent 21st century of weather extremes, spreading drought and disease, expanding oceans and displaced coastal populations, it said. "The increasing numbers of environmental refugees as sea levels rise and storm surges increase will be in the tens of millions," panel co-chair Rosina Bierbaum, a University of Michigan ecologist, told reporters. After a two-year study, the 18-member group, representing 11 nations, offered scores of...