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Dems Talk About Climate Change, CA Gas To Rise

From the Associated Press:

On Senate floor, Dems talk all night about climate

By MATTHEW DALY | March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have found plenty of common ground in an overnight debate about climate change that has been characterized by civil exchanges from lawmakers who hear plenty to like in each other’s words. Could this really be happening in Washington? Sure, when only one party shows up.

Democrats have been plowing through a dusk-to-dawn talkathon during which more than two dozen speakers have agreed with each other about the need for action on climate change. Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away.

Isn’t that what the global warmists all want, anyway?

"Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. In Schatz’s view, the debate, such as it was, showed that a growing number of senators are committed to working together on climate change, even if no Republicans were among them. "This is where intractable, longstanding issues get solved," he said of the Senate.

Despite that bravado, Democratic leaders made it clear they have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year. Indeed, the issue is so politically charged that a host of Democrats who face tough re-election fights in the fall opted to skip the session. Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina were among Democrats who stayed away…

Leading off, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called climate change "a question of our own survival" and said the United States and other countries have a responsibility to act "before it is too late." …

This buffoon believes in man-made global warming. And yet he doesn’t believe the stories of people getting screwed over thanks to Obama-Care.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said the climate debate, which had its own Twitter hashtag, #Up4Climate, had drawn interest from around the nation and the world. Democrats received two separate petitions urging them to act, with a total of about 100,000 signatures, Boxer said.

"The American people are listening," Boxer said. "They care." She added that the event should "wake up Congress to the dangers of climate change."

Boxer and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., lead the recently launched Senate Climate Action Task Force, which organized the session…

Meanwhile, from Madam Boxer’s own state, we have this via a gobsmacked Associated Press:

Gas prices may jump from California emissions law

By Jason Dearen and Don Thompson | March 9, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state’s industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees. It’s now poised to hit the pocketbooks of everyday Californians.

Starting next year, the law will force fuel distributors into the same cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities and major manufacturers. The oil industry says it will lead to price increases of at least 12 cents a gallon immediately, while state regulators say any price spikes could vary widely, from barely noticeable to double-digits.

Anticipating angst at the pump, a leading state lawmaker is raising concerns about the uncertainty of the law’s impact on prices for consumer fuels, including gasoline, natural gas, propane and heating oil. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, says the state should scrap the plan to put fuel producers under the cap-and-trade provision of the law and instead institute a 15 cent-per-gallon "carbon tax."

Oh, that will be much nicer.

Under [Steinberg’s] proposal for a flat carbon tax, introduced in the Legislature as SB1156, the tax would rise to 24 cents a gallon by 2020 and more than 40 cents a gallon by 2029.

About two-thirds of the estimated $3.6 billion raised by Steinberg’s carbon tax would go back to households earning less than $75,000 a year in the form of a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit…

Huh. It’s almost as if the Democrats see everything as a way to redistribute income. Even the climate.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Dems Talk About Climate Change, CA Gas To Rise”

  1. captstubby says:

    “an overnight debate …”
    did they wear PJ’s and have pillowfights?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Hey, the ‘experts’ now say it was ‘Climate Change’ that made Genghis Khan a successful warlord! Climate Change, is there anything it can’t do? Isn’t that a remarkably well timed news report?

    /climate change
    //the modern sorcer’s stone

  3. Astravogel says:

    Climate change? Better look to the Chinese for so-called greenhouse
    gas emissions. They even have billboards with a picture of the Sun on
    them, as the Bejing residents haven’t seen it lately. As for California,
    their carpet-bagging Congress Critters wouldn’t know good legislation
    if it bit them. Has the Wicked Witch begun paying her sweat-shop labor
    in Guam a living wage yet? Hah! “Tar and feathers for Community
    Improvement” would be a book worth reading.

  4. canary says:

    We certainly don’t need Mitch McConnell egging the Democrats to bring it to the table.
    There have been some insane envirnomental reports coming out which are so irrational that Scientists are probably scrambling to present the garbage when it’s unnecessary.

    Obama has repeatedly said he will cap and trade with a stroke of his pen.

    On an angry side, if anyone deserves their utilities and prices to go up it’s California for their laws are destroying the rest of the country.

    Obama finished vacation with fundraisers. Of course his travel expenses always cost more

    Aren’t you glad I didn’t annoy you and post the insane studies scientists are flinging out.

  5. canary says:

    Obama is appearing on Funny or Die video site where rich celebrities and comedians post short clips.
    With a joyous smile, Jay Carney defends the Presidents action saying Funny or Die has been one their most successful sources to spread Obama’s agenda.

    Obama does skit on Funny or Die.


    Cause I got friends in low places

    Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases

    My blues away and I’ll be okay

    I’m not big on social graces

    I think I’ll step on out to the oasis

    Cause I’ve got friends in low places

    I’ll be as high as that ivory tower

    That you’re living in

  6. Crapgame13 says:

    we already pay nearly 60 cents a gallon in state tax combined with the 35 in federal

    • captstubby says:

      well the days not over yet.

      and in my neck of the woods;

      ‘Tax on tax’ keeps Illinois gas prices among nation’s highest
      The State Journal-Register

      By Tim Landis
      Sep 2, 2011
      update;3 months, 1 week ago

      A complicated blend of crude oil prices, refining and marketing costs and distribution expenses drive gasoline prices up and down — and motorists to distraction, a state economic commission concludes in a just-released report.
      But it’s the addition of a 6.25 percent sales tax on top of fuel costs that is the real culprit behind Illinois prices that are among the highest in the nation.
      “As the price of the fuel goes up, so does that portion of the sales tax,” said Eric Noggle, senior revenue analyst for the state Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.
      The state’s share of the sales tax is 5 percent, while local governments receive 1.25 percent. Some municipalities pile their own sales taxes on fuel in addition – ranging from 0.25 percent in some small communities to 3.5 percent in the city of Chicago. The city of Springfield has no municipal motor-fuel tax.
      California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan and New York are among the handful of other states that charge a motor-fuel sales tax.
      Noggle said the commission compiled the report in response to a General Assembly resolution asking for an analysis of the sales tax on fuel. He said the sales tax in Illinois amounts to a “tax on a tax,” since it also applies to the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal tax on fuel.

      “Whatever the cost of the motor fuel, the federal tax is added on that, and the Illinois sales tax is added on that,” said Noggle.

      The legislature did not ask for policy recommendations. The 26-page analysis also doesn’t attempt to explain gasoline-price behavior, such as overnight spikes that take days or even weeks to come back down.
      “I’m glad they didn’t,” said Noggle. “It’s such a broad topic.”
      Highlights of COGFA findings
      * How much fuel do we burn?
      Illinoisans used 6.1 billion gallons of motor fuel in 2010, including gasoline, gasohol and diesel. That is down from a peak of 6.4 billion in 2004. More than 60 percent of crude oil is imported to the United States.
      * Illinois taxes on gasoline, per gallon (federal tax is 18.4 cents per gallon.)
      6.25 percent sales tax (5 percent state; 1.25 percent local). Tax is paid on price before the state motor-fuel tax is included.
      19 cents, motor-fuel tax on gasoline/gasohol; 21.5 cents on diesel.
      3 cents, underground storage tank fund.
      8 cents, environmental impact fee.
      Only 80 percent of gasohol price is subject to the sales tax.
      Motorists typically paid 5 cents sales tax for a gallon of gas in fiscal 2002 compared with 15 cents in the current state fiscal year.
      Illinois has the third-highest tax total — local, state and federal — of all states at 69 cents a gallon. Only Connecticut, 70 cents, and New York, 69.1 cents, are higher.
      Page 2 of 2 – * What goes into the price of a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline (national figures)
      Price of crude oil: 68 percent
      Federal-state taxes: 14 percent (20 percent in Illinois)
      Distribution and marketing costs: 10 percent
      Refining costs and profits: 8 percent
      * Revenue
      State motor-fuel tax revenue was actually down the last two fiscal years as Illinois motorists purchased less fuel in response to high prices. Here is the annual revenue for the last five fiscal years:
      Fiscal 2011: $1.347 billion
      Fiscal 2010: $1.371 billion
      Fiscal 2009: $1.499 billion
      Fiscal 2008: $1.369 billion
      Fiscal 2007: $1.484 billion
      * What is the average profit margin?
      1-2 cents a gallon at the local retail level, based on national data.
      * What’s the outlook for oil/gasoline prices?
      The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the average price of crude oil will rise from $100 a barrel this year to $107 in 2012; the national average $3.53 a gallon for regular, self-serve unleaded is expected to rise to $3.64 next year.
      Source: Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

      high =$3.99

      but my daughter said they are in the mid $4.00 range in spots where she lives.

      “Other Taxes” include a 6.25% local sales tax (local sales tax can vary between 6.25-10.5%, or higher) and a 1.1 cpg UST. The sales tax calculated off the retail price less federal and state excise taxes

  7. Petronius says:

    In a recent poll 52 percent of Democrats did not know that the Earth revolves around the sun once each year.

    Yet these are the same people who lecture us on “climate change” and “settled science.”

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