July 6, 2009
By Humphrey Stevenson
Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey Cap-and -Trade bill to control carbon dioxide emissions. Think of it, our Congress proposes to control a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring gas that is not only completely harmless but essential to life on this planet. If you remember elementary school science, you know that without carbon dioxide all plant life would die. In addition, humans, like every other mammal, exhale carbon dioxide when they breathe. That's right; those wonderful polar bears the greens are so concerned about are like humans, really just dirty carbon polluters.
For that matter, the legislation is not about clean energy anyway. If it were, our Congress would be pushing for the construction of nuclear power plants all across this nation. Nuclear power is the cleanest, most efficient, least expensive and, Three Mile Island or Chernobyl notwithstanding, the safest form of energy known. This legislation is about no energy or at least energy only the left controls. The left is out to destroy the industrial base of this nation. This legislation is just another step. You see, in the minds of Democrats, we Americans have consumed too much and by God we're going to pay for our sins. Moreover, this legislation has the added benefit of making some politically connected people who will deal in these carbon trades, such as Al Gore, filthy rich. This additional money can then be then be fed back to Democrat candidates to keep them in power in perpetuity.
The Dems will stop at nothing to push this agenda. President Obama says that the science of global warming indisputable. Well it's pretty hard to dispute it when even his EPA covers up a report that questions the science. According to a CBS News report dated June 26, Obama's EPA suppressed an internal report that seemed to dispute the supposed link between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and average global temperature. According to the EPA report, while atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have increased slightly, average global temperatures have actually decreased.
The President tells you that he is going to make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. What he doesn't tell you is how he's going to do it. It's not going to be through some scientific breakthrough increasing the efficiency of solar or wind energy. This carbon cap-and-trade legislation will simply make conventional forms of energy too expensive to be profitable.
However, this horrible bill would have never passed had it not been for eight Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote in favor. Every member of the House that voted against this bill, Republican or Democrat (and there were many Democrats who voted against it), should be praised. Likewise, anyone who voted for it should be excoriated. Now I've come to expect Democrats to vote for this type of nonsense, but Republicans are supposed to be the adults in the room and to see that this type of stupidity (as best they can) never sees the light of day.
The eight Republican turncoats who voted in favor or Waxman-Markey were Mary Bono Mack (CA), Mike Castle (DE), Mark Kirk (IL), Leonard Lance (NJ), Frank Lobiondo (NJ), John McHugh (NY), Dave Reichert (WA) and Chris Smith (NJ). If you live in their district, please call their office and voice your displeasure with their vote. Be polite, but firm. Tell them you will consider supporting their opponent, if they have one, in the next primary.
I also blame Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. He can make phone calls too. He should have called all Republicans in the House prior to the vote and reminded them of the Party's position on Cap-and-Trade legislation. He should now call these eight and inform them that the RNC will not support their candidacy in the next election. I will inform Mr. Steele that I will not be supporting the RNC financially until the Republicans now in Congress are reigned in and the RNC runs candidates with solid conservative values who would never support this type of legislation. If you think I'm being a bit extreme, remember the old proverb "For Want of a Nail, a Kingdom was Lost." Well, for the want of eight Republicans our nation may be lost.