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Waxman: Carb Cap Won’t Hurt Economy

From the true believers at the Associated Press:

In this Oct. 30, 1948, photo the main business district of Donora, Pa., is is cloaked in smog, the sunlight virtually obliterated by thick low hanging pollution. From 1969 to 1980, Congress passed a wide range of environmental bills tackling air and water pollution, garbage, protections for fisheries and marine mammals, and endangered species; in 1990 Congress tackled acid rain by rehauling [sic] the Clean Air Act. Now in the week of April 20, 2009, lawmakers begin hearings on an energy and global warming bill that could revolutionize how the country produces and uses energy, and could for the first time reduce the pollution responsible for heating up the planet.

Waxman says climate bill won’t be drag on economy

By Dina Cappiello And H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON – The chief sponsor of a bill that would limit greenhouse gases says his proposal to tackle climate change would spur clean energy development and won’t be a drag on the economy.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said Wednesday claims by critics that controlling greenhouse gases will undermine the economy ignore the financial benefits of shifting to cleaner energy that does not contribute to global warming.

Waxman, opening a hearing on climate legislation, said critics argue that there is a fundamental conflict between economic growth and clean energy. But he said "that is a false choice" and that the nation’s economic future and clean energy — in his words — "are inextricably intertwined." Waxman’s bill would cut emissions by 80 percent…

If you have any doubt about the AP’s bias on this issue, just read the caption of the photo they supplied with their article story.

As we have previously noted, less than one year old we were hearing from the White House via Reuters:

White House slams climate bill in Senate

Mon Jun 2, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday slammed legislation the U.S. Senate will consider this week aimed at controlling climate change, arguing it would cut economic growth and lead to soaring gasoline prices.

“As you can imagine, our opposition to this will be quite strong and we’ll be making these points throughout the week,” Keith Hennessey, director of President George W. Bush’s National Economic Council, said at a White House forum on the economy and taxes.

U.S. gross domestic product could be reduced by as much as 7 percent in the year 2050 and gasoline prices — already at record highs in the United States– could soar by as much as 53 cents a gallon by 2030, he said.

The legislation the Senate will debate, which is not expected to become law this year amid a presidential election, could cut total U.S. global warming emissions by 66 percent by 2050, according to a summary of the measure.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions would drop by about 2 percent per year between 2012 and 2050, based on 2005 emission levels, under the measure.

The bill would cap carbon emissions from 86 percent of U.S. facilities, and emissions from those would be 19 percent below current levels by 2020 and 71 percent below current levels by 2050, according to a summary of the bill’s details released by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee…

But never mind any of that.

What’s to worry about, it’s not like we’re in a recession or economic difficulties.

And, as we also noted before, 

Of course Bill Clinton and other Democrats have already let it slip that this is exactly what they want.

As we previously noted back in January, our friend Jake Tapper reported:

Bill: “We Just Have to Slow Down Our Economy” to Fight Global Warming

January 31, 2008

Jake Tapper

Former President Bill Clinton was in Denver, Colorado, stumping for his wife yesterday.

In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

So isn’t the recession doing enough?

Do we have to exacerbate it?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

39 Responses to “Waxman: Carb Cap Won’t Hurt Economy”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Someone should carbon-cap his pie hole!!

    How much slower would womanizer Bill Clinton want our economy to get? Screw the rest of the world…..what about us? Bubba….you are and have always been a buffoon!!

  2. Odie44 says:

    Buried in another story – Waxman goes on to say “the investments required…”, i.e. – the higher cost of implementing these changes, which is what everyone has been saying from Day 1. Combine the “cap and trade” efforts being thrust into the media and policy – and voila – you have the net result of bogus propaganda, MSM culpability, psudo scientists with an ideological agenda – a very expensive “investment” that may or may not pay off.

    Don’t forget – Bambi said 9 months ago “if you want to build a coal factory, you will go broke”.

    Add in Pelosi’s desire to get it pushed through – the agenda is in motion.

    I guarantee – Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, etc will have a) a good portion of the investments go to California (which is a joke, being they are by far the largest polluting state – and have yet to provide a solution to even decline the growth, as many states have) and b) a good portion of their hubbies and friends sitting on boards and company’s, with stock options – funneled through government handouts and mandates.

    And of course Al Gore looks to make another $350M this year alone…

    • Odie44 says:


      My, my took 4 hours to dissprove this charade and expose the blatant fraud and groupthink of enviro/capandtrade dummies.


      I imagine since the same MIT professor is now disproving his own bogus “studies” – he will be called out as a right wing shrill who “changed due to listening to Rush and Beck 2 weeks ago”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Maybe Mr. MIT will fall victim to “suicide” also!

    • Colonel1961 says:

      I thought when an important Government official committed ‘suicide’ they called in the National Park Service…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Only if the suicide body is dumped on National Park and or National Forest property. And only if it can be ruled a suicide after it has been dumped!!
      See….no loose ends!!

      Ask the Secretary of State how well that works!!

    • jobeth says:

      If its a plane crash into a mountain or someone dying of a “heart attack while in jail they wouldn’t be calling the park service either.

      …umm, let me look into my crystal ball….I see….I see….failing health for many key people (who know the truth)…and perhaps a few plane crashes to boot. And you might also tell your children not to hang out near railroad tracks when planes land…something might happen to them for watching things they are’t supposed to see….

      Oops….Me? I was only kidding…Promise! Havent’ seen a thing…..

  3. GL0120 says:

    Waxman’s entire quote was “it won’t hurt the economy any more than we already have!”
    By the way, could someone please tell this walking corpse that he’s apparently been dead for years and should simply accept it.
    Dear lord, whoever did his embalming was a rank amateur!

  4. proreason says:

    Was Waxman really born on this planet?

  5. JohnMG says:

    How appropriate, his name. Wax man!

    Ol’ “turtle top” is proving to be the disaster all of us predicted. ‘Tis a pity the public at large are so unaware.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    I really hate to say this but Clinton’s remarks are taken out of context.

    But, there is no global warming.

    • Steve says:

      “I really hate to say this but Clinton’s remarks are taken out of context.”


      What is the missing context?

  7. pdsand says:

    I hate to burst AP’s bubble, but my wife is from Pennsylvania, and the sun still always looks like that in PA. I don’t know what it is, but the place just looks naturally gloomy.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Coal seams burning underground for the last 50 plus years?

    • pdsand says:

      I asked her grandmother about that, and apparently she had been there the other day. I forget the name of the town, but that’s hilarious.

  8. mrfocus says:

    what the photo is showing is an inversion which are frequent in w.pa

    Inversion Defined
    A layer of warm air that prevents the rise of cooling air and traps pollutants beneath it; can cause an air pollution episode.

  9. mrfocus says:

    In this Oct. 30, 1948,

    this fits cold nights warm day river valley with hills on either side of the river

  10. bill says:

    LOL, so how is it going to fix the broken climate?

    The real problem is massive federal debt.

    We have temperature inversion around our house. Been around since the beginning of the USA. It is a greenhouse gas doing it, water vapor. Water vapor accounts for about 95% of the supposed greenhouse effects.

  11. canary says:

    AP dummies must have gotten the photo and some fictional story from Al Gore.
    This was a one day smog that came from “floride emissions”, from Zink Works Steel Plant, owned by the U.S. Steel Corp.
    So, what’s the replacement for steel?

  12. Liberals Demise says:

    Chinese made steel because everyone knows that the CHI-COMS would NEVER pollute the air and care soooooo much about Global Warming!! This was suppose to be under canarys’ statement……sorry!!

  13. GL0120 says:

    The photo is correct for the time period (1940’s).
    This part of the world was typically encased in smog (that town fell victim to an inversion which trapped smog and killed many) but things were cleaned up considerably beginning in the ’50’s.
    Of course the enviroweenie’s weren’t satisfied with 98% cleanup; they pushed for millions to get that last 2% and helped kill the steel companies.
    Donora, like many local towns depended on steel and have now gone to slums; that appears to be the aim for the rest of the country.
    Thanks, enviroweenies!

  14. mrfocus says:

    no the chicoms pollute your house with drywall

    Homebuilder Lennar Corp. disclosed on Monday it has been named in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of homeowners who bought houses built with Chinese-made drywall and claim it emits gasses that make people sick.

    The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, is one of several that have been filed in several states against Chinese drywall manufacturers, builders and suppliers.

    The plaintiffs claim they bought two homes built by Lennar that were made with the Chinese drywall, which they contend emits sulfur gasses and other fumes, Lennar said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


  15. pdsand says:

    From the San Diego Union Tribune:

    “Pennsylvania mill town remembers 1948 smog that killed 20

    By Sean D. Hamill

    November 2, 2008

    DONORA, Pa. – When the killer smog rolled into town here in late October 1948…

    The Donora smog gained national attention and helped lead to some of the first local and state pollution-control laws and, eventually, to the 1970 federal Clean Air Act.

    “We want people to realize Donora was a big part of the environmental movement,” said Don Pavelko, a Donora councilman who came up with the idea for the museum.

    The two plants that caused the smog closed by 1966, and Donora today is a struggling town of 5,653.”


    I can’t wait until this regulation passes, and we look back after sixty years and sum up the results as, all the businesses in America closed by 2015, and the U.S. today is a struggling country of 5,653.

    Update: the site I was looking at had the pre-regulation population of Donora as 14,000.

  16. MinnesotaRush says:

    Literally .. more SMOKE and mirrors!

  17. U NO HOO says:

    I’ve lived in stinky towns.

    The stink is gone and so are the industries that caused the stink.

    And the jobs.

    Donora needs a casino.

    • pdsand says:

      Like most other rust belt towns, they probably need to shut down the tattoo parlors, liquor stores and lottery ticket sales, put factories in everybody’s back yard, and de-unionize. Then they’d probably do alright.

  18. canary says:

    This photo was a one day fog, from Floride emissions. At least this is the second link I found saying it was a one day smog. Claims of 5-19 died, 200-500 became ill. It was linked to Zink Works Stell Plants owned by U.S. Steel Corp.

    AP’s wreckless use of this photo implying that PA is comparable to a communist country’s news, like North Korea. The missle was a success, and we are listening to musical lyrics…..I still have relatives in Pennslyvania. My greatgrandfather who passed away was a coal miner. They have and continue to all live in their nineties. But, I’m sure it’s genes. He never got black lung, and lived to 92, and then my greatgrandmother passed the same year. Still have great aunts, uncles, and cousins still living in the same coal town.


  19. MC Hammer says:

    I think Waxman has been inhaling too many bio-diesel fumes.

  20. canary says:

    Mercury lightbulbs now considered weapons. lol. Glen Beck was doing a stunt threatening his guests by holding up one of the new lightbulbs. These new lightbulbs would be great presents to hand to greenies. Deliver a truckload to Al Gore.
    Crack me up, Glen Beck, has a crew in hazmet and gloves, that broke a new lightbulb in public to show the steps in cleaning a broken bulb up properly.
    I hope it’s a fake lightbulb, cause he might be fined or jailed, along with any American that breaks a lightbulb. Now when you try and sell a home, you will have to pay an appraiser to take mercurty testing wand through the house, before bank will give loan.

  21. Reality Bytes says:

    Just back from my trip to Texas! I’m not sure how the government will take away guns from Texans BUT THEY SURE AS HELL AIN’T GETTIN’ THEM OUT OF THEIR TRUCKS!!!

    If ever there was a face made for waterboarding, it would Ha-rold Waxman’s.

    • canary says:

      rattle snakes, are rampant. Wild animals trying to kill you or your stock. Drug cartel. Austin College, where that guy went on the clock tower, shot and killed
      at around 30 people (can’t remember) . A couple a guys in a truck with rifles hanging in their windows, drove up, climbed the clock tower and took him out.

    • pdsand says:

      Charles Whitman, the university of texas at austin. He was killed by two police officers responding to the scene, backed up by a bystander who was armed and went up with them. The entire facade of the tower was lit up, however with bullets of other people who basically shot at the tower to make him keep his head down. It worked, because Whitman was forced to take cover and shoot from the rear of the place, rather than when he first started he walked around the entire observation deck and commanded a view of the entire area, picking off many more victims.

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