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The Lawman Cometh

Posted by Jeff Id on April 1, 2009

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From the Associated press, reproduced in part here, its the best summary I found on the subject. Apparently the obvious genius Henry A. Waxman of California was put in charge of this mess.

Highlights of draft bill to curb global warming

CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM

_ Establishes a cap-and-trade program for electric utilities, oil companies and large industrial sources that release more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year.

_ Sets increasingly tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities, oil companies and large industrial sources. They would have to reduce global warming gases by 3 percent below 2005 levels in 2012, 20 percent in 2020, 42 percent in 2030 and 83 percent by 2050.

_ Allows companies covered by plan to buy and sell allowances and to invest in projects that reduce pollution elsewhere to meet mandates.

RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD

_ Requires retail electricity suppliers to produce a percentage of their energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, biomass and geothermal.

_ Sets targets of 6 percent in 2012, rising to 25 percent by 2025.

COAL MEASURES

_ Promotes development of technologies to capture and store carbon dioxide from coal-fired plants.

_ Limits the amount of carbon dioxide that new coal-fired power plants can release to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, beginning in 2015.

OTHER MEASURES

_ Prohibits EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under other provisions of the Clean Air Act.

_ Establishes an energy efficiency resource standard requiring electricity distribution companies to encourage customers to use less electricity and natural gas.

_ Directs EPA to set emissions standards for locomotives, marine vessels and non-road sources such as leaf blowers, chain saws and tractors.

Every single line above is the opposite of what’s needed except one. What is the line about limiting the EPA, does anyone know?

On the other hand, they’re going to regulate emissions from chain saws and leaf blowers!!! WTF. These dolt’s can’t even conceive of the volume of fuel consumed from a simple hand tool and we’ve got them making decisions like this. It takes hours to burn even one gallon of fuel from a huge leaf blower, but they’ve never operated one. On the same topic, I can’t resist but mention that the brilliant Tamino actually suggested we outlaw standby mode on computers. I left my lights on last night in his honor.


15 Responses to “The Lawman Cometh”

  1. Hal said

    _ Prohibits EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under other provisions of the Clean Air Act.

    This is actually a god-send. It keeps the EPA out of doing things right now (which they are ready to do)and all the other things are geared to happen in the future, when this AGW BS will be exposed.

    I dislike Waxman (I used to live in his district 30 years ago, yes he has been representing the population of the People’s Republic of Santa Monica for 34 years) but he is no dummy- superliberal,yes- but no dummy.

    This is good news, Congress doesn’t want to abdicate this to the executive branch, so this provision will probably stay. We will see how many teeth this bill has, when and if it finally passes.

    Hal

  2. AllenM said

    Finally, someone is going to regulate the 14 year old kid from down the street who takes care of the lawn work. I guess, I will have to plug in his electric equipment now and ask the power company to throw on a little more coal during the hot summer days. Way to go there Henry!

  3. Terry said

    I still have the “Blind Faith” album on vinyl and perhaps the most appropriate track on it for this post is “Cant Find My Way Home”, but then again “Had to Cry Today” might be equally as relevant :-o)

  4. Fluffy Clouds (Tim L) said

    _ Sets increasingly tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities, oil companies and large industrial sources. They would have to reduce global warming gases by 3 percent below 2005 levels in 2012, 20 percent in 2020, 42 percent in 2030 and 83 percent by 2050
    I should be dead by 2050 🙂
    well everyone can go back to outhouse bathrooms, when it gets dark go to bed(birth rates might go up!), no need for internet or TV, alcohol stoves to cook on, fresh meat only(slaughtered that day), no more cold ones from fridge, bicycle everywhere. did i miss anything?
    Hey maybe get LSD legalized? that would take your mind of things. LOL
    I can not even think what 17% is, breathing?

  5. Fluffy Clouds (Tim L) said

    I got it!!!!
    CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM
    April fools!!!!!!
    nice one jeff 😉

  6. George Tobin said

    1. Cap and Trade is a politician’s dream. Setting exchange values is inherently subjective and will favor the groups that invest most in legislative scale-rigging. It is no coincidence that the first firm to jump into this arena with both feet was Enron. Similarly it is no coincidence that those most responsible for the financial meltdown are also heavyweight campaign donors (Fannie Mae, AIG, Countrywide…).

    Waxman and Market want a permanent line of corporate supplicants outside congressional offices and to reap the power and leverage from this form of extortion.

    Years ago I worked on projects to swap mobile and stationary source credits under the Clean Air Act. No matter how substantively and well-intentioned the various government, business and issue groups approach cap and trade, ultimately it will all be hijacked or killed outright by overtly corrupt T-Rex-sized political forces.

    2. Henry Waxman is a vindictive, ultra-partisan little bastard. I worked for groups that were forever being drawn into his attempts to bring down John Dingell. He sets more perjury traps in hearings that the rest of Congress combined. For years he turned his birthday into a Don Corleone-style tribute festival in which his campaign contributions were supposed to be made that day to prove loyalty and devotion.

    3. The fantasy mandate for renewables is also a political gold mine. The industry won’t meet the deadline. Therefore, to avoid fines, penalties and bribes they will wind up directing funds to wherever they are told. Thus some lefty groups and some BS pseudo-technologies are in for a windfall. The shakedown is just beginning. And like cap and trade, that is kinda the point of the whole criminal enterprise.

    4. Nobody is taking CO2 regulation away from EPA. EPA’s current rules will be replaced because the statutory authority will come from different provisions. The new rules will be tougher. Far from being reined in, EPA’s mandate to regulate CO2 will be expressly expanded.

  7. Jeff Id said

    #6, Nice post,

    “I worked for groups that were forever being drawn into his attempts to bring down John Dingell.”

    I’m curious.

  8. John Kuhn said

    Amen to George’s (#6) post.

    I make my living in the air quality regulatory field (as I imagine George does). He is totally on point. The whole AGW issue is about money and control and has nearly nothing to do with science, other than using it as a smokescreen.

    We can talk all day about the mounting evidence that AGW is a fraud, but at the end of the day, our corrupt and bankrupt government is going to do all they can to keep the charade going (with the willing help of the mainstream press, and a gullible public).

    Regarding the issue of not regulating under the Clean Air Act – this is designed to avoid a very obvious pothole on the way to implementing GHG regulations. Under the CAA, any source that emits more than 250 tons/year of a regulated air pollutant is a “major” source and would require extensive permitting and emission controls. Your home furnace probably emits greater than 250 tons per year of CO2, so obviously the CAA as it is currently written is not a practical way to regulate CO2. As someone mentioned earlier, there will be other regulatory mechanisms devised to regulate CO2.

    Between the GHG regulations, and upcoming regulations that will affect boiler emissions, it is becoming clear that manufacturing in this country is under siege from the environmentalists and the Obama administration.

  9. Jeff Id said

    #8 Thanks John, the info on the Clean Air Act is great. It’s one of the best reasons for an open discussion format on a blog. Smart people come by with a lot of info so it’s straight from the experts.

    This stuff keeps me going.

  10. George Tobin said

    1. Wrote “Market” in comment 6 — should have been “Markey”

    2. John Kuhn’s comments above stationary source rules are right on point. Because of the idiotic Supreme Court interpretation of the Clean Air Act such that CO2 is now a pollutant (for 30 years, the goal of the EPA was perfect combustion–CO2 and H2O and no other byproducts), much of the statute, EPA rules and legislative history make no sense. That is why the enviro-marxists are fiercely legislating away.

    3. My fear is that all this crap will be passed. It won’t work, of course. And nobody wants to be blamed for collapse entire industries. So we will wind up as a banana republic in which every industry pays off Congress bi-annually to delay implementation of the impossible. I know what it is like to represent a group that was expected to pay tribute to keep cherished protective legislation on the books. (“Nice little amendment you got there. It’d be a shame if the chairman lost interest in your issue..”)The Democrats have made Congress into Chicago politics writ large. It is what they have always wanted.

  11. JAE said

    LOL. Wanna see just how stupid our Congress really is. Look at this from Pielke’s site (NOT an April Fools joke): http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/prometheus/the-thune-amendment-5096

    I guess anyone who would sign a nearly trillion dollar bill without knowing what’s in it cannot be too bright.

    I nominate Congress for this year’s Darwin Awards.

  12. Jeff Id said

    #11, that’s fantastic. WTF, how can they pass something like that. There must be a loophole we don’t know about, either that or we just got saved by god.

    Did the liberals forget their purpose?

  13. Jeff Id said

    People who read this check out the link in 11.

  14. Let me guess, nuclear power doesn’t figure anywhere in the US Government’s plans to reduce fossil fuels’ share of electricity generation.
    Just like over here. Let’s get loads of those pretty windmills to decorate the hills with.
    At least you’ve got plenty of desert areas to do something vaguely useful with solar power.

  15. John F Pittman said

    #8 JK said “Your home furnace probably emits greater than 250 tons per year of CO2, so obviously the CAA as it is currently written is not a practical way to regulate CO2.” Not quite. It will however include many commercial buildings such as hospitals as major sources and many will want to be conditional minor emitters. But the point of note is that the proposal is for 25 tons per year. This indicates what all should know,if you don’t get down to the small sources, capn trade won’t work. I agree with J Hansen, in this regard a direct tax on carbon sources such as coal, petro, or natural gas is the only mechanism that makes sense. However, it cuts out the political favoritism, while putting the blame if it turns out wrong, directly on the politicians who supported it. So all of the hullaballou is about that 25 tons/year. Do not be misdirected by the CAAA claims. The large 250 tons/year sources can and will put it back to the consumer for the most part, and many will be required by regulation or by their board of trustees to do such. FYI: the Title V kicks in by the potential to emit. A conditional minor is one who has the potential to emit the 250 tons/year but has an enforceable contract with the states and EPA not to. If they use the CAAA expect a lot of those. Also, expect the claim that not using what they were not using anyway to count towards the required %reduction. Another good reason for the AGW crowd to avoid the CAAA.

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