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Reid Puts Off Carbon Tax Vote – For Now

From a deeply saddened New York Times:

Democrats Call Off Climate Bill Effort

By CARL HULSE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON — The effort to advance a major climate change bill through the Senate this summer collapsed Thursday even as President Obama signed into law another top Democratic priority — a bill to restore unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have been out of work for six months or more.

As if the one has anything to do with the other. Which, come to think of it, they do. Since a ‘carbon tax’ would be the biggest jobs killer in the history of our nation.

Bowing to political reality, Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader, said the Senate would not take up legislation intended to reduce carbon emissions blamed as a cause of climate change, but would instead pursue a more limited measure focused on responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and tightening energy efficiency standards.

“We know where we are,” Mr. Reid told reporters after reviewing the state of energy legislation with Senate Democrats and administration officials. “We know that we don’t have the votes.”

Of course that didn’t stop Mr. Reid from ramming through ‘healthcare reform.’

The decision was a major disappointment to conservation groups and lawmakers who had invested months in trying to negotiate legislation. The House last year passed its own climate change bill, a proposal that has created a backlash for some politically vulnerable Democrats. The outcome was also viewed as a setback by some utility executives who had hoped that Congress would set predictable rules governing carbon pollution.

Isn’t it funny that we only ever hear about the need for “predictable rules” when it comes to taxing carbon? The rest of the economy would like to know what is going to happen to them, too.

Congressional and White House officials said the decision was a pragmatic move that could produce some legislation rather than bogging down the Senate over a bill that had no chance given strong opposition from most Republicans and some Democrats. They noted that the White House had acted on its own to raise fuel efficiency standards and had pushed the development of alternative fuels.

In other words, don’t worry. The White House doesn’t need to bother with laws to do what it wants.

Democrats said the slimmer package would ensure that BP would pay for the cleanup of the gulf oil spill, and would promote further production of natural gas as well as the manufacturing of natural gas vehicles, especially big trucks. They said it would also tighten household energy efficiency requirements and increase financing of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

But even the Senate’s ability to pass a bill with significant bipartisan elements before its scheduled August recess was in doubt given the intense focus on the November elections

In other words, the Democrats realize that even these modest attempts to strangle our economy might not be a good career move at the moment, when some people are actually watching.

But don’t worry, we will see the ‘carbon tax’ return with a vengeance after those annoying elections are over, regardless of the outcome.

For even if the Democrats lose, this will be a the top of their ‘things to do’ list for the ‘lame duck’ Congress to ram through, as a their final ‘thank you’ note to America.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Reid Puts Off Carbon Tax Vote – For Now”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    Yeah, AllahPundit still doesn’t think the Lame Duck is going to get anything major because the RINOs won’t bite.

    My theory: Unless I’m missing something – reconciliation anyone?

    We still don’t have a budget for FY 2011, y’know.


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