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Enviros Press ‘Non-Negotiable Demands’

From Bloomberg News:

Code Pink demonstrators celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.

Environmentalists Press Democrats With ‘Non-Negotiable Demands’

By Laura Litvan and Catherine Dodge

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) — Environmental groups are racking up a series of early wins thanks to expanded Democratic majorities in the U.S. Congress. But they aren’t satisfied, and the scope of their agenda may cause headaches for party leaders.

Environmentalists want Congress to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, a proposal meeting resistance from companies such as General Motors Corp. because of its cost. They’re pushing for laws to force public utilities to buy 15 percent of their power from renewable energy sources, an idea opposed by Southern Co. and American Electric Power Co. And they want tougher energy- efficiency standards for cars, buildings and appliances.

“They have high expectations and non-negotiable demands,” James Lucier, an energy analyst at Capital Alpha Partners LLC in Washington, said of the groups, which include the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and the League of Conservation Voters.

The tension will soon become apparent. More than 2,000 protesters are planning a March 2 sit-in at a coal-fired plant that produces power for the U.S. Capitol, as part of a drive to get support for climate-change legislation.

While organizations such as the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth are leading the charge, some new, more left-leaning partners are joining the fray.

The antiwar group Code Pink is training some of its ire on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat.

“They keep saying, ‘We want more of a majority,’ so they’ve got a bigger majority now,” said Medea Benjamin, a co- founder of Code Pink. “We expect more concrete results.”

Reid and Pelosi say they want to move climate-change legislation through Congress this year. That goal may be more realistic now, with Barack Obama in the White House and Representative Henry Waxman heading the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Waxman, who backs stringent climate-change goals, replaced John Dingell of Michigan — the auto industry’s closest ally in Congress — as the panel’s chairman.

Pelosi last month praised Waxman’s plan for his committee to vote by Memorial Day, May 25.

“I share his sense of urgency,” she said in a statement.

That urgency is also felt by environmentalists. With Democrats holding 58 of 100 Senate seats and with a 77-seat advantage in the House of Representatives,

they want to seize the moment. And they haven’t been placated by recent victories…

Analysts say the distressed economy might make many environmental goals unattainable. Gross domestic product contracted at a 3.8 percent annual rate from October through December, the biggest drop since 1982, the government reported on Jan. 30

Environmental organizations also aren’t in complete agreement. Last month, the National Wildlife Federation withdrew from a coalition of groups that are fashioning ideas for cap-and-trade legislation. The federation said the ideas coming forward aren’t bold enough

Whatever differences the environmentalists have with the Democrat leadership is simply window-dressing.

They are all determined to cripple our country’s industrial base specifically, and to destroy Western-styled capitalism in general.

Analysts say the distressed economy might make many environmental goals unattainable. Gross domestic product contracted at a 3.8 percent annual rate from October through December, the biggest drop since 1982, the government reported on Jan. 30.

The “analysts” don’t seem to realize that this is exactly what the “environmentalists” want. Mr. Clinton even pronounced during the campaign that we needed to slow down the economy.

In fact, the more they can slow it down, the better.

And never mind that the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, Code Pink, and the other groups mentioned are all 501c3 taxpayer supported “charities” who are forbidden from lobbying Congress.

They are also supposed to lose their tax exempt status if they break the law, which presumably they do when they close down coal plants.

But we have long since known that such silly rules never apply to Democrat causes.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Enviros Press ‘Non-Negotiable Demands’”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    -‘Environmentalists want Congress to cap’- Simple solution to all environmental and economic problems in America: We The People want to cap all Environmentalists and Congresspersons. These demands are non-negotiable.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    1 – Bus charter for a Code Pink Demonstration: $350.00

    1 – One day tree chipper rental: $274.00

    4 – Bags of pink confetti: Priceless

  3. So where are the population control measures in these demands? The calls for contraception, sterilization, and forced abortion to keep the population in check? I’m surprised that’s not #1 on the list for the hypocrite defenders of “reproductive rights”…

    Good thing I have two child credits so we can have the 4 kids we dream about.

  4. Confucius says:

    These folks are like a cancer. They never go away. They only get bigger and more aggressive.

    Let’s hope this cancer will kill off its host too.

  5. TheChicagoWay says:

    “Non negotiable”, eh? I did not realize that the “environmentalists” have tactical nukes and stealth technology… Geez, they sound like a bunch of crybaby Muslims. Nothing like an economic downturn to point out the “teats on a bull” usefulness of this crowd…….”2,000 supporters”….. I’m shaking in my baby seal fur lined boots……

  6. Arctain says:

    “We expect more concrete results.”

    For once, I agree with Medea (yes, I had to have a bucket nearby when I wrote that…)

    We do need more concrete results. In fact, the lack of actual, concrete thinking and Code Pink’s ensuing vocal spew-fest is based on nothing but lies, half-truths, concocted data, and feel-good psuedo-science.

    Sister, take thine own advice.

    You can attempt to call it ‘climate change’ instead of ‘global warming’ if you want, but that only points out just how ignorant you and your moonbat, Gaia-woshipping friends really are. Here’s a hint – climates change; that’s so self-evident that it isn’t worth saying – much like saying “Birds fly” or “Dogs bark”. Of course climates change. Some time ago, Antartica was within a semi-tropical climate, as was the Siberian wilderness. Conversely, there used to be glacial ice covering most of North America. There is some evidence that the Giza Plateau used to be innundated with large amounts of rainfall. But, climates changed and now none of that is the case anymore. I am sure that, could the wooly mammoths reason, they might not have liked the swift (one could almost say immediate…) change in the climate, but they didn’t cause it, and they seriously couldn’t do anything about it. Bemoaning the fact that change happens is almost as silly as what passes for rational thought within your cabal of non-productive, smelly socialists.

    Almost, but not quite. For to elevate you to that level of silliness would mean that you might have a clue that your silliness is used to serve a purpose. Which of course, you don’t. You are serious in your attempt to stay ignorant. So much so that you are attempting to dumb-down the rest of humanity to your level of inanity. While many attribute your stupidity to an underlying desire for your own idea of good, it does not rise to that level. You and your coven are just miserably ignorant, and torqued that you find no way out of ignorance. Which is why you try and suck the rest of us into your black hole of stupidity.

    No wonder you are such good friends with fasco-terrorists…

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