Did you do a double-take on the title? Well, it’s not a typo. Just like health care reform, climate reform isn’t being stopped by Conservatives, it’s the split left causing the stall.
While most lefties in Congress can talk-the-talk of curing global warming, they are putting together legislation that does little to curb emissions. Similar to health care reform, politicians’ true desires are evident, and as Senator Boxer told AFP Blog, “There’s so much revenue that comes in from a cap-and-trade system that you can really go to a person in a congressional district and get enough votes there by saying, ‘What do you need? What do you want? You can really help them”. Barbara Boxer is a co-sponsor of the new cap and trade climate bill and is showing the real reasons behind her desire to see a carbon exchange system – power.
Health care reform and climate reform seem inexorably-linked. The liberal plans both do little to actually improve either issue and both give immense amounts of power to Congress. Blue-dog, or Conservative, Democrats aren’t signing on to either of these two power-grabs. This rift in the Democrat ranks is a sore point as not only could Barack Obama not unite both parties, he is actually creating a fracture within his own.
The ultra-left is making its fight against “climate change” difficult at-best. In Pennsylvania and Washington, liberal environmentalists killed planned windmill farms because birds kept flying into them (why aren’t sliding glass doors outlawed?) – ok, one strike for wind. In California, leftie activists have now not only killed food farms in the San Jaquin valley, they have now managed to kill a massive solar power farm in … yes… the mojave desert. If we can’t build solar in the desolate, barren reaches of a desert… where do they think we will build them? Two strikes – down with solar. Does this now make the ultra-left the “party of no”?
So between the elitist power-mongers like boxer and the ultra-lib enviro-freaks, they won’t be able to agree on any climate relief at all. Conservatives would gladly look into solar fields, wind farms, and nuclear plants as is evident by their movement of “do it all” which means, oil, coal, nuclear, solar, and wind. A responsible path is to continue the use of cheap fossil fuels (put a tyrannosaur in your tank), while we implement alternative options and figure out which ones work and which don’t.
The full on libs have now successfully curbed all of the possible alternatives to fossil fuels: nuclear, wind and solar. If they want to return us to the dark ages , I have bad news for them. We’ll continue burning dinosaurs if they won’t allow a few salamanders to migrate to a new water source or birds to evolve into species that won’t fly into moving objects.
Or better yet… can we power our cars on salamander extract?