Lieberman-Warner ‘Decline in Domestic Natural Gas Production’ – Energy Restrictions – ‘Carbon Chastity’ News Round Up
May 30, 2008
Posted By Marc Morano - 6:13 PM ET - Marc_Morano@EPW.Senate.Gov
Lieberman-Warner ‘Decline in Domestic Natural Gas Production’ – Energy Restrictions – ‘Carbon Chastity’
News Round Up
Link to Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill Exposed Page: www.epw.senate.gov/lieberman-warnerbillexposed
Sampling of Latest News on Lieberman-Warner
Excerpt: The Senate climate bill scheduled for floor debate next week would cause a decline in domestic natural gas production at a time when many expect demand for the fuel to soar, according to a report released yesterday. The legislation authored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Warner (R-Va.) would place the carbon emissions limit for burning natural gas on processors -- companies that convert raw gas into a usable product. Due to the industry's pricing structure, processors would pass the costs of expected carbon emissions to producers who would have no assurances for recovering costs from their customers, mainly power and industrial plants, according to the report by Houston-based energy research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
The Washington Times - Jim Crow energy policies – May 30, 2008
The U.S. civil rights revolution of the 1950s and '60s was one of the greatest social and political liberations in history. It gave African-Americans and other minorities new opportunities and new levels of success in virtually every walk of life. But today we face unprecedented new challenges to indispensable but often neglected rights enunciated in our Declaration of Independence: "That all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These fundamental rights are under assault in subtle, often insidious ways. […] One critical challenge involves restrictions on access to energy and economic opportunity - and thus on liberties and rights - in the name of protecting the environment. Energy is the master resource of modern society. It transforms constitutionally protected civil rights into rights we actually enjoy: jobs, homes, transportation, health care and other earmarks of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With abundant, reliable, affordable energy, much is possible. Without it, hope, opportunity, progress, job creation and civil rights are hobbled. Laws and policies that restrict access to America's abundant energy drive up the price of fuel and electricity. They cause widespread layoffs and leave workers and families struggling to survive, as the cost of everything they eat, drive, wear and do spirals higher. They roll back the progress for which civil rights revolutionaries like the Rev. Martin Luther King struggled and died.
Excerpt: Only Monday, a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe. There's no greater social power than the power to ration. And, other than rationing food, there is no greater instrument of social control than rationing energy, the currency of just about everything one does and uses in an advanced society. […] The Church of the Environment promulgates secondary dogmas as well. One of these is a strict nuclear taboo. Rather convenient, is it not? Take this major coal-substituting fix off the table, and we will be rationing all the more. Guess who does the rationing. […] I'm not a global warming believer. I'm not a global warming denier. I'm a global warming agnostic who believes instinctively that it can't be very good to pump lots of CO2into the atmosphere but is equally convinced that those who presume to know exactly where that leads are talking through their hats. Predictions of catastrophe depend on models. Models depend on assumptions about complex planetary systems -- from ocean currents to cloud formation -- that no one fully understands. Which is why the models are inherently flawed and forever changing. The doomsday scenarios posit a cascade of events, each with a certain probability. The multiple improbability of their simultaneous occurrence renders all such predictions entirely speculative. Yet on the basis of this speculation, environmental activists, attended by compliant scientists and opportunistic politicians, are advocating radical economic and social regulation. "The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity," warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, "is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."
The Washington Times: Climate concern ripped as 'religion': Czech leader condemns it – May 30, 2008
Excerpt: Environmentalism, says Czech President Vaclav Klaus, is the new communism, a system of elite command-and-control that kills prosperity and should similarly be condemned to the ash heap of history. The provocative Mr. Klaus, an economist by training and former prime minister, said in an interview that today's global warming activists are the direct descendants of the old Marxists who trampled on individual freedoms and undermined free markets in pursuit of a greater good. "I understand that global warming is a religion conceived to suppress human freedom," he told editors and reporters at The Washington Times. "It is used to justify an enormous scope for government intervention vis-a-vis the markets and personal freedom." The 66-year-old Mr. Klaus was in Washington this week for talks with senior U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, and to tout his new book, "Blue Planet in Green Shackles," about the dangers to life, liberty and prosperity posed by the modern environmental movement.
Investors’ Business Daily: The Carbon Curtain – May 30, 2008
Excerpt: Czech President Vaclav Klaus warns that environmentalism is becoming a new totalitarianism. There is still a bear in the woods, but it's no longer the Russian bear. This time, it's a polar bear. Having lived much of his life in a nation once ruled by communists, Klaus recognizes a tyrannical ideology where elites trample on individual freedoms for the greater good when he sees one. […] On June 2, the Senate is going to take up the America's Climate Security Act, a cleverly titled assault on both our freedoms and our economy offered up by Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Warner.
Excerpt: With the country in the grips of near-hysteria over soaring gasoline prices, Congress begins debate Monday on landmark climate legislation that critics say will substantially increase energy costs – and not produce any of the intended environmental benefits. “It seems unlikely that as American families face harsh economic times that any Senator would dare stand on the Senate floor and vote in favor of significantly increasing the price of gas at the pump and cost millions of American jobs – all for no environmental gain,” says Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) , a long time climate change skeptic, who still favors a full and open debate.
The Heritage Foundation: Morning Bell: Lieberman-Warner Is Lose-Lose – May 30, 2008
Excerpt: Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council put out a report claiming “Doing Nothing on Global Warming Comes With Huge Price Tag.” Covering the report’s release, the Austin American-Statesman wrote: “If the United States doesn’t do something soon to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it could cost the country $3.8 trillion annually from higher energy and water costs, real estate losses from hurricanes, rising sea levels and other problems, an environmental group predicted Thursday.” The NRDC’s report is a case study in how environmental groups distort science to deceive the American public.
Duluth News Tribune: Climate Change Issue Hits Home – May 30, 2008
Excerpt: Broad-brush efforts to help curb global climate change now being debated in Washington could make the problem worse, a national expert on the subject said Thursday in Duluth. Tom Mullikin, author of “Global Solutions: Demanding Total Accountability for Climate Change’’ said many solutions proposed through U.S. regulations could push carbon-emitting industry out of the country and into nations with little or no greenhouse gas regulation.If U.S. regulations push a manufacturer to China, the same manufacturing output could produce 150 percent to 500 percent more greenhouse gas emissions, Mullikin said.
The Washington Post Blog: McCain to Miss Climate Vote – May 29, 2008Excerpt: While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has made action on climate change a central theme in his campaign, he won't be on hand to vote next week when the Senate considers a landmark bill imposing mandatory limits on greenhouse gases.In a press conference late Wednesday afternoon, McCain said he did not support the bill sponsored by two of his closest allies, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Warner (R-Va.) because it doesn't offer enough aid to the nuclear industry, and he would not come to the floor to vote on it.
The Marshal Institute: Cap and Trade Realities – May 29, 2008
Excerpt: The looming U.S. Senate debate on legislation to create a cap and trade program to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must consider whether the means to achieve the goals they may establish exist or are likely to exist. In a new Policy Outlook from the George C. Marshall Institute, Donn Dears, president of TSAugust, argues that proponents of cap and trade assume the technologies and systems needed to reduce CO2 emissions exist when, in fact, they do not. Summarizing the current debate, Dears concludes: "This is where we stand today with respect to cap & trade legislation. Congress is about to adopt legislation without knowing whether we can significantly cut CO2 emissions."