If you are an avid reader, the final chapter of any book always brings promise. You know you will learn who the villain is, and, the hero and heroine will live to see a brighter future. With this final chapter there is neither promise, nor a brighter future.
EPA’s decision to declare carbon a danger just as Congress was considering the Cap and Trade legislation was no coincidence. If the EPA ruling was reasoned it would have been accompanied by regulations defining, among other things, how much carbon can be emitted, and by whom. It didn’t. Were I a suspicious person, I would think that the administration had something to do with the timing of the EPA’s “finding”. You make your own decision.
The EPA took the highly unusual step of not accompanying its endangerment finding with actual proposed regulations. For now, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims her agency will only target cars and trucks.
If you believe that, I have a nifty bridge in Brooklyn I would love to sell to you.
Which brings us back to the Obama Administration’s political roulette. Democrats know that their cap-and-tax agenda is losing ground, notably among Midwestern Senators. The EPA “endangerment” is intended to threaten businesses and state and local governments until they surrender and support the Obama agenda.
And, if you think business and non-federal governments won’t surrender, think again.
Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey [a co-sponsor of Cap and Trade] put it this way at MIT recently: “Do you want the EPA to make the decision or would you like your Congressman or Senator to be in the room and drafting legislation? . . . Industries across the country will just have to gauge for themselves how lucky they feel if they kill legislation in terms of how the EPA process will include them.”
Final chapter…Rahm (Dead Fish) Emanuel, tells the EPA to declare carbon a threat. Ed (Dirty Harry) Markey asks Congress “how lucky do you feel”. And the President gets his way.
Hope and change. I hope that within my lifetime technology will catch up to the change being forced down our throats. If not, well, I’m told the Amish live quite comfortably.