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Paul Strickland: Democrats are at it again

Right Here, Right Now

Posted: May 12, 2009 1:15 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 1:15 p.m.
Well, our friends the Democrats are at it again. Just when the public has become mesmerized by billion-dollar bailouts, massive spending programs masqueraded as stimulus packages and trillion-dollar deficits, the Dems want to invest more taxpayers’ newly printed money into universal healthcare and a cap-and-trade system.

Thus, the transformation of our free-enterprise democracy into a European-style socialist state continues at a breakneck speed.  

You remember cap-and-trade. Last year’s version was legislation known as the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

It was pulled from consideration by the U.S. Senate because of a lack of support, as it proved to be extremely costly.

However, the Democrats have almost complete control of both houses of Congress, and the public seems to be oblivious to federal spending of any kind.

Cap-and-trade is a governmental solution to the presumptive problem of global warming. It is another in a long line of “save the world” mentality of liberals.

First, the global warming ideology is spun as if it were a case-closed absolute fact rather than a mere theory.

Next, with the aid of the media, the idea is internalized in the national psyche as undeniable truth.

Then, various political leaders announce that the planet is in imminent danger of total destruction, and they demand the nanny-state government protect us.

Cap-and-trade enters, stage left. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions by imposing a system of pollution credits. The government will auction off permits to emit greenhouse gases. Private companies will be issued those permits to hold credits, which represent the right to emit a specific amount.

The total amount of allowances cannot exceed the cap. The transfer of allowances is a trade. The buyer is actually paying a charge to pollute while the seller is rewarded for having reduced emissions.

The idea is that the ones who reduce emissions in the cheapest way will do so, and at the lowest cost to society.

Of course, there will be certain areas in our country that will become more polluted than they naturally are.

Overall the nation’s air standards will be met, but at the expense of polluting others.

Since the air is truly everywhere, it seems that before we ask American citizens to commit their hard-earned dollars towards saving the planet, there should be assurances that large economically emerging nations such as India and China are on board with this philosophy.

They are currently functioning with far fewer environmental controls than we here in the USA.

Otherwise, it’s sort of like going to a greenhouse to buy a jar of ladybugs to protect your garden.

Unfortunately, those ladybugs don’t stay in your garden, and neither does the air remain over only our country.

Ah, and what’s the cost of cap-and-trade? The Heritage Foundation reports that MIT professor John Reilly’s study shows that a carbon cap and trade system would cost the average American household $3,900 per year.

That’s a staggering amount for most of us, especially for those in the ranks of the 11 percent and climbing who are unemployed.

Speaking of the unemployed, millions of those in the current energy industry workforce, as well as ancillary industries, will lose their jobs if our country immediately commits to cap-and-trade.

Just think of all those coal miners in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, Kentucky and eastern Illinois.

In an article titled “Carbon Chastity: The First Commandment of the Church of the Environment,” Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post wrote: “Just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but — even better — in the name of Earth itself.”

Krauthammer insinuates environmentalism has become the new religion of the left, and saving the planet is part of its creed. It’s the evil human beings versus Mother Earth.

Taking it one step further, perhaps we are returning to paganism as has been predicted. You know, worshipping the stars and the planets, and so on.

As in most religions, and even a bit frightening, is the fact that the hardcore environmentalists are intolerant of those with opposing views.

Try telling them that statistics show that although currently there is high growth in carbon dioxide emissions, we are at almost the exact same point in our climate as we were in 1908, more than 100 years ago.

Ironically, during the height of the climate warming hype, new reports have emerged that demonstrate worldwide temperatures have been declining over the last 10 years.

Some scientists claim we are in the beginning stages of global cooling. Undeterred, global warming has now been replaced in the dictionary of the politically correct environmentalists to “climate change.” They are rewriting much of their doctrine to accommodate their newspeak.

If you have made it through this column, I suggest you just relax and grab a copy of George Orwell’s “1984,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and maybe some superhero comic books. It’s always best to be well prepared for the future.

 Paul B. Strickland Sr. is a resident of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Right Here, Right Now” appears Fridays in The Signal and rotates among local Republican writers.


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