This morning’s New York Times reports on the popular uprising against the Obama administration’s radical green policies. As the nation’s leading citizens’ lobby for responsible resource development, WTP reminds lawmakers they represent working families, not radical green activists.
Democrats in Appalachia are running away from the Obama administration’s coal record like their political lives depend on it…
…Along with the president’s push for limits on greenhouse gas emissions — a proposal panned by most U.S. coal companies — U.S. EPA in April singled out the six states for special restrictions on mountaintop removal coal mining. EPA also stopped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits for 79 surface and mountaintop mines in the region, saying they would have violated the Clean Water Act. To date, six of those permits have been approved.
“I think there is a danger for Democrats that being seen as a Democrat means being seen as being a supporter of Obama’s EPA,” said Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America.
You may read the entire article at The New York Times website.
by Jacob Leis
Western Tradition Partnership (WTP) members – along with many other Americans who voiced opposition to the multiTRILLION dollar “Cap and Trade” energy tax – should be proud of themselves for derailing H.R. 2454, which was on its way to a speedy Senate vote after being rammed through the House in late June.
While this debate is now somewhat overshadowed by the Obama Adminstration’s attempt to take away the private insurance and health care freedoms of millions of citizens, we believe that Cap and Trade legislation is still the greatest and most overarching overall threat to the American way of life, and must be vigorously opposed.
The dirty little secret being withheld from the “little folks” like you and me? Our opposition campaign is working, and with continued action at this level, WTP’s Congressional insiders and Senate staff contacts tell us we could beat back a Senate Cap and Trade vote until this session, and maybe even kill the bill until after the 2010 mid term elections!
Liberal blogger Ezra Klein (who started his career with wunderkind blogger Matt Singer of Left in the West) confirms our suspicions with this Washington Post quote posted earlier today (responding to a question about going on in D.C.):
Washington, D.C.: Has the Senate set a time table for when they’re going to debate Cap-and-Trade? Obviously, it will be after the recess, but I’m nervous that if they dither and delay it much later than that, they’ll start to use the 2010 elections as an excuse to blow it off entirely.
Ezra Klein: I would bet a lot of money that we don’t see the Senate pass a serious cap-and-trade plan before the 2010 midterms.
These guys are onto something. They are seeing Senators in swing states get hammered over Cap and Trade. But we cannot be satisfied with knocking our opponents down – we must finish the job. That’s why even as the Feds throw the kitchen sink at us with radical natural resource and environmental legislation, WTP continues to sound the public alarm while we ramp up our opposition campaign to reach the elderly, business owners, farmers and ranchers, and hundreds of thousands of plain old taxpayers. The response has been very encouraging. Anyone who has the least interest in not becoming a de facto slave to the government elite should be very concerned about the implications of this bill. Here’s why:
As you know, Cap and Trade puts federal police power behind collecting “carbon taxes” – a tax on consumption of energy – which not a single person funtioning in our society could escape. Yes, this tax will cost you and me trillions of dollars and includes the laugable “cow flatulence” fee, but that’s not the half of it. The more sinister side of such legislation is the ability to control individual behavior through coercion.
You see, when combined with rapidly advancing “smart grid” technology, which is supported by big business (corporations that actually may be “evil”) — and which will likely be VERY appealing to Americans, who genuinely want to help the environment and increase energy efficiency, so long aas it doesn’t destroy their way of life in exchange for nothing — the Dynamic Duo of Cap and Trade/Smart Grid would allow government bureaucrats (and their computers) to ratchet up their carbon taxes at will, bureaucratically, without even the charade of a Congressional vote. [Read more about that angle below.]
And if at some point you can’t pay? Said bureaucrat’s computer would simply shut off power to your home or business. No hearing, no trial. A new, and very personal Dark Age.
Therefore it is critical you continue to fight Cap and Trade from now until the summer reccess is over! Western Tradition Partnership will be alerting constituents via mail and email, and while politicians are in their districts, holding rallies as YOUR cap and trade petitions (click here to sign – we’ll hand-deliver) are brought by the thousands to their local offices.
Please consider joining WTP today as we fight the anti-taxpayer, anti-jobs agenda of the Radical Environmental Left. And please SIGN OUR “NO CAP & TAX” PETITION today – your petition and personal comments on it will be hand-delivered to your U.S. Senator by our staff, and we’ll report progress to you along the way. We are winning this fight, but must stay vigilant!
To further understand the impact of Cap and Trade on the U.S. — and particularly on places far from New York and San Francisco — read this excellent, detailed article:
Cap and trade — tough questions By David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff, Jul 30, 2009
During July 22 Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on cap and trade legislation it became quickly apparent that major questions have yet to be answered by proponents….
Also read: Cap and Trade Charade by Ken Blanchard over at the the South Dakota Politics Blog
Finally, for an excellent analysis of the Smart Grid Scam by analysts at the Gerson Lehman Group, check out:
July 24, 2009
WTP has learned that fifteen pages of the 1,201-page H.R. 2454 (“Cap and Tax”) concern the new “Energy Refund Program” — a redistributive welfare program based upon complex formulas regarding energy welfare eligibility.
According to Section 431 of the legislation, “The Secretary (of Health and Human Services) shall formulate and administer . . . the ‘Energy Refund Program’ . . . under which eligible low-income households are provided cash payments to reimburse the households for the estimated loss in their purchasing power resulting from the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”
In Congresspeak, “Loss of purchasing power” equals an admission of massive cost increases. The radical environmentalists and their cronies in Congress and the White House are doing the classic three-step: 1) Jack up the cost of everything (especially energy) for everyone; 2) Subsidize the hit to the welfare class and 3) Make others (primarily the middle class) pay for it all.
Section 431 provides that households earning 150 per cent of the federal poverty level or receiving other forms of welfare such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (which includes such “permanent disabilities” as crack addiction, alcoholism, and having a limp) or Medicare are eligible for “energy refunds.”
Translation: if you are already ON welfare, you are AUTOMATICALLY going to receive more public largesse. Eligible households will receive their “energy refunds” monthly through direct deposits, state electronic benefit transfer systems or other mechanisms approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
For anyone else to qualify, a two-person household would have to earn $21,855 or less to meet the income threshold, while the income of a three-person household could not exceed $27,465, per 2009 federal poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
We can expect more of such revelations as the details of this legislative monstrosity make themselves available to those actually inclined to READ the bill…
The stories of Washington power broker pols using tax-funded bribes to hike taxes are oozing across the beltway…
When House Democratic leaders were rounding up votes Friday for the massive climate-change bill, they paid special attention to their colleagues from Ohio who remained stubbornly undecided.
They finally secured the vote of one Ohioan, veteran Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, the old-fashioned way. They gave her what she wanted – a new federal power authority, similar to Washington state’s Bonneville Power Administration, stocked with up to $3.5 billion in taxpayer money available for lending to renewable energy and economic development projects in Ohio and other Midwestern states.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, included the Kaptur project in a 310-page amendment to the legislation unveiled at 3 a.m. Friday, just hours before the bill was to be debated on the House floor….(click here to read entire story)
This post is simply a collection of white papers on Cap & Trade in one convenient place:
Analysis of Lieberman-Warner Cap & Trade (pretty technical but good information) (Nat’l Assn. of Manufacturers)
ACCF Cap&Trade Cost State-by-State (American Council of Capital Formation)
Cap and Trade: Eight reasons why cap and trade harms the economy and reduces jobs (Inst. for Energy Research)
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