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June 2, 2008
Carbon Emissions Police Are Coming
column last week, I informed those who were not aware of how the
Democratic leaders in the United States Senate had systematically and
consistently blocked legislation (S.2958) that would have allowed oil
exploration and drilling right here at the home of the brave.
Specifically, there are at least 24 billion barrels of untapped crude
oil on government controlled land, and another estimated 2 trillion
barrels of oil from a mineral called oil shale stuck in the ground in
the western part of our country. But the Democrats say “don’t touch
While most of us were observing our favorite Memorial Day activities
last week, the Senate had already scheduled a debate of America’s
Climate Security Act of 2007 for the week following Memorial Day, which
is this week.
Maybe the mainstream media missed telling us about this, because the
bill has several aliases to keep us unaware. It is called the
Lieberman-Warner bill, named after its original sponsors, and designated
S.2191, as well as S.3036, which became the designation after it was
reintroduced in 2008 by Senator Barbara Boxer of California. That should
be a clue right there about what kind of climate security they are
will spare you the suspense. Here’s the layman’s description of the
The Lieberman-Warner bill is a cap-and-tax energy scheme, a
carbon-emissions rationing program, a new tax on businesses and
consumers, a new big government central agency and new career
opportunities for thousands of new lobbyists specializing in greenhouse
more technical description is available from the Congressional Research
The bill also establishes the Carbon Market Efficiency Board, which
shall report on the national greenhouse gas emission market and provide
cost relief measures if it determines significant harm to the U.S.
Give me a break!
The people who conceived and wrote this crap are obviously descendants
of the same people who wrote the original tax code in 1913, the Social
Security legislation in 1935, the Medicare bill of 1965 and the
out-of-control prescription drug legislation of 2004.
Just look at how well all of these “the government knows best” programs
are working today, and we have a good idea of where this latest giant
leap for mankind will work for our grandchildren.
Carbon emissions are an issue, but it has not been established that it
is a crisis. Likewise, it has not been firmly established that global
warming is a crisis. Additionally, there is a plethora of proactive ways
to address these issues that are not even on the table, before we pass
broad sweeping legislation filled with an abundance of unintended
But once again, the Democratic answer to every issue is more big
government, more bureaucracy, more taxes and more restrictions on
businesses and the people.
The response to my appeal to “Do Something Now” to get Senate Bill 2958
out of committee at
www.hermancain.com has been spectacular. Thank you! Sen. Jay
Bingaman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee will
have a few thousand voices waiting for him when his staff checks his
e-mails this week.
web site also now has “Do Something Now #2”, which is a link to the
online petition initiated by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich,
demanding that Congress “Drill now. Drill here. Pay less.”
And stop the Lieberman-Warner bill!
Unless you would like to meet the Carbon Emissions Police, what are you
waiting for? Go to “Do Something Now” and do it now.
Our grandchildren will thank you.
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