Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dems find global-warming-tax plan is a hard sell

The Washington Examiner reports on logrolling in Rep. Waxman's (D-CA) attempt to pass the energy tax ("cap and trade") plan:
In exchange for votes to pass a controversial global warming package, Democratic leaders are offering some lawmakers generous emission “allowances” to protect their districts from the economic pain of pollution restrictions.
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), for example, represents a district where jobs are dependent on oil refineries and he is insisting on his fair share of "allowances":
“We’ve been talking,” Green said, referring to a meeting he had with Waxman on Tuesday night. “To put together a bill that passes, they have to get our votes, and I’m not going to vote for a bill without refinery allowances.”
Even many Democrats are not happy with the global-warming-tax bill:
Democrats so far have been unable to get enough support from their own members to pass the bill out of a small global warming subcommittee because most Republicans and many Democrats say the plan will raise energy rates, destroy jobs and increase prices on manufactured goods.
Hat Tip: WattsUpWithThat.

RELATED: Global will not benefit just the politicians that Waxman has to repay for their votes. Al Gore is profiting nicely from the global warming hysteria: his net worth has reportedly climbed from $2 million in 2000 to $100 million in 2008.

PREVIOUSLY, on the subject of global warming, read Dr. Richard S. Lindzen's (Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the MIT) description of the politicization of climate science. Also, Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, IARC Founding Director and Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks explains likely causes of climate trends. Even the UN admits that 80% of the members of the IPCC have no background in climate. An example of the problems with NOAA's terrestrial temperature measurements are illustrated here. Al Gore's favorite scientists, James Hansen, gets caught with false data.

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