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“Climate Change” And The Obama Administration – Huge Power Grab In The Offing

No doubt this will somehow end up being blamed on “global warming”:

A rocket carrying a NASA global warming satellite has landed in the ocean near Antarctica after an early morning launch failure.

The mishap occurred Tuesday after the Taurus XL rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory blasted off into the pre-dawn sky from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.

“Orbiting Carbon Observatory”? It is apparently now the “Submerged Carbon Observatory”.

In other climate change news, it seems the new “Climate Czar” is ready to rock and roll on the question of carbon regulation:

President Barack Obama’s climate czar said Sunday the Environmental Protection Agency will soon issue a rule on the regulation of carbon dioxide, finding that it represents a danger to the public.

The White House is pressing Congress to draft and pass legislation that would cut greenhouse gases by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050, threatening to use authority under the Clean Air Act if legislators don’t move fast enough or create strong enough provisions.

Note that last line – certainly what one would expect an unelected “czar” to do, wouldn’t you say? Note also that the EPA intends to declare CO2 a “danger to the public”. Yes friends, the gas you exhale as a part of your respiration, the one that plants use in photosynthesis, is suddenly going to be a “danger to the public”.

Officially recognizing that carbon dioxide is a danger to the public would trigger regulation of the greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, refineries, chemical plants, cement firms, vehicles and any other emitting sectors across the economy.

All those economic sectors and industries which are supposedly going to be engaged in our recovery via infrastructure improvement, providing critical power and fuel or on the list to be rescued by bailout funds. Does that make any sense at all?

Critics of putting an expensive premium on carbon say that such a schedule may be overly optimistic given the global financial crisis and the ramifications that putting a cap on greenhouse gases would have across nearly every sector of the economy. Tough action too fast, they say, not only could curb manufacturing and create an energy crisis by halting new power plant construction, but also could force a rapid migration of businesses overseas to cheaper energy climes.

But zealots don’t really care about such things – I mean, this is about “saving the planet” you know? And this isn’t just about Browner. She has some powerful backing:

Specifically, Obama wants an economy-wide law – instead of just some major emitting sectors – and to auction off 100% of the emission credits, which analysts say could exponentially increase the cost of emitting, as well as the pay-off for low-carbon projects.

So, given this, does anyone still doubt that we’re going to be in this recession for quite some time once the Czar throws the lever on this little power play (no pun intended)?

Wait, there’s more.  If you’re at all concerned with the expanded power this gives the federal government, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet:

Separately, Browner said the administration was also going to create an inter- agency task force to site a new national electricity transmission grid to meet both growing demand and the President’s planned renewable energy expansion. Siting has been a major bottleneck to renewable growth, and lawmakers and administration officials have said they’re likely to seek greater federal powers that would give expanded eminent domain authorities.

Hope and change.

~McQ

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12 Responses to “Climate Change” And The Obama Administration – Huge Power Grab In The Offing

  • The proper response to the declaration of CO2 as a pollutant, it seems to me, is to propose a law taxing breathing.  See if they’re serious enough to take this to its logical conclusion: all people, no matter how rich or poor, produce CO2.  We must produce quite a bit of it, throughout the year. 

    So who’s with me?  The time has finally come for a capitation tax!

    (Though I suppose bigger people breathe a greater volume than smaller people, and people who exercise breathe more than people who rest… Oh, and pets breathe too. People who have lots of plants on their property, and big lawns, can use those as offsets…)

    • Yep, all those fitness clubs and sports organizations.  They, clearly, are abusers of mother gaia and must be subjected to the same punishments and strictures as big oil.

      :)

  • Doesn’t Browner have some explaining to do about a laptop hard drive being deleted in defiance of the law?   I’ll just keep breathing in defiance of Browner.

  • Officially recognizing that carbon dioxide is a danger to the public would trigger regulation of the greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, refineries, chemical plants, cement firms, vehicles and any other emitting sectors across the economy.

    The workforce, for example…

    Why tax the air we breath in, when they can tax the air we breath out?

  • Yesterday it was “Change, like the weather”
    Today?!  It’s “Change the weather!”
    Tomorrow?  I can hardly wait.    This is much more exciting much more quickly than I expected.  Obama is beginning to make Hugo Chavez look like a piker when it comes to snatching control by fiat.

  • Eh…. I figure the bird had it actually made it to orbit, would’ve disproven AGW, assuming the data ever leaked out.

    • Must admit; I did have a flash image of Hansen with a tube o’ Superglue pass behind my eyes upon reading the article.  Gave me a chuckle.

      I do hate it when any of our birds go down, though.  All that genius, time, effort and money brought down something so damn … petty.  Sad.

  • Data is already out.  Doesn’t matter…

  • Each passing day, I am concluding more and more that The Clown™ is not just a smirking moron who is so out of his league to handle the responsibilities of the presidency, but with his policies is a dangerous threat to the health and welfare of the American nation and the American people.

    Giving $900 million to Gaza, so it can fall into the hands of terrorists tied to Iran and al-Qaeda, is the last straw.

    Impeach this Clown now. Worst. President. Ever. Period.

  • We are soooooo screwed.  The economy is already in trouble, and this pack of morons wants to artificially drive up energy costs on top of it????

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