Daily Archives: March 24, 2009

I’d Chip in $20 to Help Beat Nancy Pelosi

We’ve been telling conservatives how important the upcoming Special Election in New York that represents our first step towards taking away the majority that Obama/Pelosi/Reid currently enjoy. The Democratic Party leaders are well aware of the importance of the race. Barack Obama’s advisors are now steering the campaign of the liberal Democrat candidate. Bill Clinton was sent in to do a $10,000 a plate fundraiser. And Nancy Pelosi has sent in her top deputy to the district to try to win this race.

This seat was held by a Democrat – and so if we can win, and defeat their new Democratic candidate (liberal Scott Murphy) then it will be a net gain for the Republicans and a loss for Pelosi’s Democrats. It would be a profound rejection of the recent policies of Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.


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They Still Think He’s Jesus

Thanks to alert 5th Listener for pointing out this Reuters photo of Obama as Jesus. I’ll add it to my collection. That’s a real art project over there.And look down there. There’s Obama’s teleprompter at tonight’s news conference.

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Mooooooooom! He Breathed on Me! Can We Sue Him? EPA Wants to Label C02 as "Dangerous"

The EPA is considering declaring C02 a “dangerous” gas.
Breathe. No wait, don’t!

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the White House a proposed finding that carbon dioxide is a danger to public health, a step that could trigger a clampdown on emissions of greenhouse gases across a wide swath of the economy.

If approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the endangerment finding could clear the way for the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to control emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases believed to contribute to climate change. In effect, the government would treat carbon dioxide as a pollutant. The EPA submitted the proposed rule to the White House on Friday, according to federal records published Monday.

…the agency earlier this month proposed a national system for reporting carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions by major emitters. The EPA has said about 13,000 facilities, accounting for about 85% to 90% of greenhouse gases emitted in the U.S., would be covered under the proposal.

From Heritage:

As the Washington Post notes today, the 1970 Clean Air Act “was never intended to deal with greenhouse gases and is not suited to that task” but the enviro left has been undeterred. According to internal documents presented by the EPA to the White House earlier this month, the EPA believes that global warming caused by elevated levels of carbon dioxide emissions could cause “severe heat waves…with likely increases in mortality and morbidity, especially among the elderly, young and frail.” The agency also claims carbon emissions could result in more severe storms and more suffering related to “floods, storms, droughts and fires.”

If the evidence the EPA is using to support these claims today is anything like the claims made in the EPA’s last blueprint for carbon regulation, then the scientific basis for the EPA’s findings are extremely weak. CATO scholar Patrick Michaels has detailed the shortcomings of the EPA’s Technical Support Document (TSD) concluding: “The TSD suffers from a failure to incorporate the best available science, misapplied logic, and the inability to recognize that observed trends in measures of human health and welfare run counter to those anticipated – despite on-going climate changes. As such, the TSD does not serve as an adequate basis for which to base an endangerment finding.”

But let’s set aside the non-threat carbon emissions pose to public health. The economic damage caused by EPA carbon regulations would be immense. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is already trying to minimize the economic danger, telling the New York Times: “We are poised to be specific on what we regulate and on what schedule.” But, as we have pointed out many times, this statement betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Clean Air Act works and how an endangerment finding would trigger broad, required regulatory action. New York Law School professor David Schoenbrod tells the Washington Post: “This would be a regulatory maze far exceeding anything we’ve seen before.”

According to the US Chamber of Commerce, regulating carbon through the Clean Air Act would affect at least one million mid-sized commercial buildings, including: 1/5 of all food service businesses, 1/3 of all health care businesses, 1/2 of the entire lodging industry, and even 10% of all buildings used for worship. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has estimated that EPA carbon regulations will cause annual job losses exceeding 800,000 for several years and a cumulative GDP loss of $7 trillion by 2029.

In actuality, the Obama Administration has no desire to regulate carbon through the EPA. They are only using the EPA as the threatening tool to force cap and trade legislation through Congress; legislation that President Obama even admitted would cause American’s power bills to “skyrocket“, would do nothing to stop global warming, and, if part of an international treaty, would send American tax dollars to foreign millionaires.

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If You Lose Your Economic Freedom, You Lose Your Freedom. Period.

Inspired by emailer Craig who passed along part of this Reagan quote:

But, you know, if you lose your economic [freedom], you lose your political freedom, all freedom. Freedom is something that cannot be passed on in the blood stream, or genetically. And it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. Every generation has to learn how to protect and defend it, or it’s gone and gone for a long, long time. Already, many of us, particularly those in business and industry, there are too many who have switched rather than fight. And it’s time that particularly, some of our corporations learned, that when you get in bed with government, you’re going to get more than a good night’s sleep.

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