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Top 10 Reasons To Pass Cap-And-Trade

No, I’ve not lost my mind, I just wanted your attention for this great list from the American Energy Alliance:

10) It’ll be the largest tax increase in history and will help pay for the government takeover of health care.

9) America’s unemployment rate is only 10 percent. Higher energy prices and the resulting transfer of American businesses overseas will help us double it.

8 ) The U.S. has been the world’s number one economic superpower for long enough. It’s time to lie down and give someone else a turn.

7) Expensive energy is good. Really expensive energy is even better.

6) By making it more expensive to produce more of the vast amounts of American oil we have right at home and transitioning to affordable, commercial-scale alternatives that don’t exist, we can end our dependence on foreign oil in 10 years!

5) Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to create temporary, government jobs at the expense of long-term, private sector jobs not only makes perfect sense, it’ll be a boon to the nation’s struggling economy. Just look at Spain.

4) Energy is the lifeblood of the American economy – it is, literally, the capacity to do work. Hence, making American energy more expensive and less available will strengthen our economy and enhance our capacity to put Americans to work. Get it?

3) California and Massachusetts have adopted similar policies and they’re now enjoying some of the highest energy prices and unemployment rates in the nation. We need to level the playing field so every state can reap the benefits of expensive energy and abundant joblessness.

2) It will create millions of well-paying green jobs without destroying the jobs of Americans who are currently employed. Who put the green welfare provisions in there, anyway?

1) Reducing economic growth while achieving virtually no environmental benefit is simply a good idea. Don’t ask questions.

Sounds like a heck of a deal, no? ~McQ


8 Responses to Top 10 Reasons To Pass Cap-And-Trade

  • What a wonderful deal.  We’ll just give up our way of life that we hold dear while we are at it.  Cap and trade legislation will change everything we know, further devastate our economy and do nothing for the environment.  Write your legislators at and tell them to vote no on this horrendous legislation.

  • <blockquote>The U.S. has been the world’s number one economic superpower for long enough. It’s time to lie down and give someone else a turn.</blockquote>
    I thought Erb stopped commenting here!

  • No yeah .. those green jobs …

    By 2014, Americans will only be able to purchase more energy efficient CFL light bulbs. However, GE has located all of its facilities for high-efficiency light bulbs to China and has told the union representing the workers that they have no intention to locate compact flourescent facilities in the United States.

  • Aw shucks, I was expecting an “It’s the right thing to do.”   That always convinces me.

  • Well, I hope you dense righties are finally getting serious about all this. As long as you’re not being satirical and ironic. It’s so hard to tell with you guys, and of course we wise objective leftist social scientists don’t understand anything about satire and irony. Just read my blog for a while, which I am not either pimping for, and you can see for yourself that it’s a humor-free zone.

    So let’s run down just how wise and prudent these reasons are.

    #10 – Yes, we need a government takeover of healthcare, and since it’s a complete consensus that global warming is the greatest threat ever faced by mankind, then getting the money for healthcare while simultaneously forcing greedy businessmen to stop manufacturing things that merely fuel our over-consuming mentality (started by the odious Reagan, of course) is a great combination. And don’t any of you start up with those charts and graphs on global warning, you hear?!? You denialists just better not start on that again, because the science is settled. I decree it.

    #9 – Well, I don’t really get this one. But anything that helps noble savage brown people overseas has to be a good thing.

    #8 – This is the most important reason by far. It’s time for us to start our decades of self-effacement by bowing down and apologizing for our imperialist sins. Besides, Iraq is going to blow up any time, and the Iranians will be winners there, and you better believe me because I’m an expert in international relations, with a degree and a book that is not either from a vanity press that suckers social science professors.

    #7 – Yes, expensive energy will help stop that consumerist culture in its tracks, and the resulting deprivation will be good for everyone. Up here in Maine, we’re very familiar with being cold all the time, and we know that we just need to add another layer of sweater, like the saint Jimmy Carter told us.

    #6 – Yes, forcing us to stop using energy will force you grunt engineer types to get off your butts and find a source of energy that is clean, non-polluting, and non-imperialistic. But don’t start up with any of that nuclear stuff, because it’s just bad by definition.

    #5 – Here at the University of Maine, we’ve seen firsthand how valuable and right it is to create more government jobs. In our case, we bear the responsibility for indoctrinating young minds in glorious leftist thought, while simultaneously helping them describe it in post-modern ways that satisfy their gullible, ignorant parents. But there are lots of ways government workers help our society – there’s literally no limit!

    #4 – I confess this one seemed a little confusing to me, but it must be right because it has a definite post-modern flavor to it.

    #3 – We do need to level the playing field. Every state needs to gain the benefits of wise leftist rule. Right here in Maine, we led the nation in turning over our healthcare system to wise leftists, but we’re really too small to go it alone and so we need everyone else to join us so that magically the finance and economics of wise leftist universal healthcare will work out.

    #2 – Green jobs are good. Al Gore has told us so. They harness the positive energy and magic of wise leftists to force change by forcing you grunt engineer types to figure out some way to make it all work. And don’t start up with any physics lectures here, just don’t start.

    #1 – Reducing economic growth is good. Our consumerist growth-oriented society is not sustainable. We need to move in a different direction, and only we wise leftists have thought this problem through and can lead us. The cap-and-trade bill will give us the power we need to achieve utopia. I’m glad even you thick righties are starting to see that.

  • The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying. The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves.