Once again, the audacity of the left. Are they so confident in the ignorance of the populace that they just openly declare their intent now?
With Health Care Reform and Financial Reform in the bag, it’s on to Cap and Trade, only they no longer call it that. Regardless of the market researched name that is settled upon, one thing doesn’t change; it still the largest energy tax in our nations’s history. The last thing this economy needs is higher costs for businesses, yet, for some reason, this doesn’t seem to concern the Progressive Left.
Nevermind the Chicago Climate Exchange and the highly questionable connections to those who stand to make a fortune off this legislation, people such as Al Gore, Goldman Sachs, SEIU and GE. If conservatives don’t mount a more stout resistance to this legislation than they did with Financial Reform, American families can count on a minimum 50% increase in energy expenses.
What Cap? Dems’ Climate Word War
By Darren Samuel Sohn
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played dumb last week when a reporter asked him if the energy and climate bill headed to the floor would come with a “cap” on greenhouse gas emissions.
“I don’t use that,” the Nevada Democrat replied. “Those words are not in my vocabulary. We’re going to work on pollution.”
Moments earlier, Reid had confirmed he was trying to craft legislation targeting the heat-trapping pollution that comes from power plants. But he’s determined to win the war of words when it comes to a carbon cap — and that means losing the lexicon attached to past climate battles.
Gone, in the Democrat’s mind, are the terms “cap” and “cap and trade,” which are synonymous with last June’s House-passed climate bill as well as other existing environmental policies for curbing traditional air pollutants. In their place are new slogans recommended by prominent pollsters (and even a neuroscientist) that Reid and allies hope they can use to overcome the long-shot prospects for passing climate legislation.
But they’ve got a difficult job ahead. Already, Republican-led attacks during the past year have crushed the Democrats in the message war over a very complex piece of legislation. GOP opponents have exploited public angst over record unemployment levels, higher taxes and the creation of a new carbon market that’s potentially worth trillions of dollars, a reminder for voters of the recent Wall Street collapse.
Many Republicans said they aren’t buying the rhetorical shift, and they say they will pound away on the bill as a new tax increase if and when the legislation hits the floor.
“It’s cap and trade,” said New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, one of a handful of Republicans Democrats still consider swing votes on the legislation. “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck, it’s a duck.”
“That’s just an exercise in spin,” said Robert Dillon, a spokesman for Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “The bottom line is, it’s legislation that will raise energy prices for Americans.”
“Cap and trade has certainly been demonized,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). “I think that’s unfortunate. … So we’ll just call it something different.”
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