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The Huge Mistake

November 11, 2009

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While the Senate is working on its version of the Cap and Trade Bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last June, new criticism of Cap and Trade has emerged from a rather unlikely source: two lawyers for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Laurie Williams and Allen Zabel, the two EPA attorneys, have produced a YouTube video comparing passage of the Cap and Trade Bill to: “the ill-fated launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.”

Allen Zabel: The push to launch this climate bill reminds us of the ill-fated launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The people responsible for the launch refused to listen to the rocket designers with the experience to know the shuttle was fatally flawed. This failure to listen resulted in tragedy.

Naturally, the EPA is not thrilled with the idea of two of its attorneys speaking out against Cap and Trade. From Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman comes the following:

The Environmental Protection Agency is being accused of trying to silence two EPA attorneys who have publicly criticized a key component of the climate change legislation being considered by Congress. The EPA attorneys, Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, have warned that a cap and trade plan will not accomplish its goals and will not effectively curb global warming. The couple posted a video on YouTube outlining their concerns and published an op-ed in the Washington Post. The EPA has since ordered them to remove or edit the video and to get approval for any future “outside writing projects.” In the video, Laurie Williams describes cap and trade as a big mistake.

Laurie Williams: Cap and trade will not create confidence that clean energy will become profitable, and so it will not ignite the huge shift in investment needed to begin the clean energy revolution. Cap and trade for climate change has been tried in Europe. It produced harmful volatility in energy prices and few greenhouse gas reductions. It raised energy prices for consumers and made billions in windfall profits for utilities.

For those of you unfamiliar with Cap and Trade, the concept is actually quite simple. Companies could ‘offset’ their own carbon emissions by buying or selling “emission credits” among themselves. Williams and Zabel argue that the offsets are unquantifiable and trading the credits will accomplish nothing. In fact, their conclusion leads them to refer to offsets as “The Big Rip-Off.”

As evidence of this, the attorneys point to Europe’s cap and trade program, already in use, which has drastically raised energy costs and has had no effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Europe’s emissions, in fact, have exceeded the caps put in place.

There will, however, be one person keeping his fingers crossed, hoping for the passage of Cap and Trade: Al Gore.

The former Vice President is a big proponent of carbon offsets, and he has himself purchased many of them to offset his own rather sizable carbon footprint.  Fortunately, he is able to purchase them through a company on which he serves as chair: Generation Investment Management.

Al Gore will, quite possibly, become the first “carbon multi-millionaire” with the passage of Cap and Trade, thus making him (to paraphrase Williams and Zabel): “The Big Rip-Off Artist.”

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15 Comments
  1. B. Alldredge permalink
    November 11, 2009 5:27 am

    The tactics of this Administration are amazing. Squash all dissent immediately and with force. Don’t they realize they are only serving to call more attention to the opposing arguments? Add that to the fact that the opposing arguments actually make sense and it makes one wonder why anyone would support this terrible cap and trade legislation. They are already trying it in Europe and it isn’t working. We didn’t get to where we are today by blindly following Europe into oblivion. Write your Representatives in Congress and encourage them to stand against cap and trade at http://tiny.cc/MAlfM.

  2. Kathy permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:15 am

    According to the Washington Examiner the Waxman-Markey and Boxer cap and trade bills both contain provisions that requires the President to use all the power available under the law to reduce greenhouse emissions when greenhouse gases reach 450 ppm. According to many sources we’re either already there or on the brink. When asked about examples of what the Pres could or should do, EPA Admin refused to elaborate. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Climate-bills-emergency-provision-gives-Obama-strong-man-powers–69646037.html

  3. Cynthia Thornburg permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:28 am

    Something based on lies…rallied as the new idea that will save the world…isn’t that how we just got Obama?

  4. Jeff McDonald permalink
    November 11, 2009 7:19 am

    I hope the folks who voted for our African Imposter are proud. Luckily for us, the “independents” that elected Obama realize their mistake now and the military doesn’t like him. This narcissistic, psychopathic sociopathic liar needs to be impeached, the quicker the better. Hopefully our “representatives” in the jelly dome will stop drooling enough to listen to the American people and to common sense and cap and tax, along with the socialization of our medical delivery system, will die painful deaths in the Senate.

  5. John Davidson permalink
    November 11, 2009 7:28 am

    The very idea that someone tells me about something that is going to create a potentual catastrophe in my life if I do not do something about it while finding out later, he stands to make a lot money at my expense is ludicrous.

    The only conclusion to make is that man is a charlatan who most likely is a decendant of the old snake-oil profiteers who traveled about the west selling magical potions full of sugar.

  6. Freeme permalink
    November 11, 2009 8:21 am

    Whoa!
    Do I detect a teeny tiny bit of sanity emerging from the Feds? Imagine that! Most Americans not locked in a box KNOW ‘climate change’ is NOT caused by CO2…nor breathing or flatulence of man and beast. This nonsense from the start is all ABOUT MONEY using ‘Environmentalists’ as tools to bring countries to their knees BASED ON PURE LIES. Perhaps reading and watching video reports by REAL Climatologists with NO vested interest to tell the TRUTH based on FACTS and STATS has given the populace a WAKE UP CALL?
    The Dracs on the Hill must know Americans are much more wise and awake than we are given credit, and not following in lockstep with GOREBULL warming despite the gargantuan hype via his book, film, film award and even the highly overrated Nobel Prize. NICE TRY…but face the facts Al…we’re not ALL kool-aid drinkers and some actually over came tunnel vision to THINK OUTSIDE YOUR STRONGBOX.

  7. Joseph White permalink
    November 11, 2009 9:07 am

    I’ve heard it said that CAP and TRADE will deindustrialize the United States, and force companies to move to Mexico, or asia, where the taxes aren’t so great.

    I find myself almost believing in this conspiracy theory, since I have watched what has happened in the last 20 years. We went from making our own goods, to buying them from China, Japan, and countries where the cost of creation is so much less. We used to have our own steel companies, and now we have so very few. We used to have car manufacturers, and now they are all leaving, because it’s easier to build in India, rather than here. We used to have great call centers, and now they are exported to India.

    What saved us during the last depression was our manufacturing giants. Now, we won’t have places that will hire people and we don’t have companies that build here in America.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 11, 2009 10:10 am

      We already are half there as far as manufacturing goes, the only jobs left are BS ones.

  8. Teresa Platt permalink
    November 11, 2009 11:28 am

    Thank you so much for making this video!

  9. peachey permalink
    November 11, 2009 2:25 pm

    Claude,
    I think that you actually mean that Al Gore will become the first multi-billionaire with the scam. He is already worth more that 100 million with only part of the scam in place. Who knows, if passed he could actually own all of us. The problem with the “climate change” (used to be global warming until it was discovered that is was a false theoryand put people off), is that all that is being put forth in order to curb it makes no scientific sense what so ever. It is really hard for Gore and the rest of the Cap and Trade, climate change junkies to keep the truth in the box.The harder they push and yell that the sky is falling, the more questions are asked. It is very difficult to keep the lie in play when so many wake up to the reality to the fact that 1+1 does not equal five and that their job,home and family are in imminent danger. It makes you wonder where commonsense and logic went to.

  10. Hank Bosma permalink
    November 11, 2009 4:45 pm

    Besides Gore you need to connect the dots between Goldman Sachs, Soros, Maurice Strong (google him) and the privately owned carbon exchange in Chicago that was set up by the Joyce Foundation when Obama was a director of that foundation years ago. Do you ever wonder why Obama and his
    scars are hellbent to get us into some agreement in Copenhagen that will surely force us into some
    kind of cap and trade legislation?

  11. November 11, 2009 5:21 pm

    Green is the new Red. The communists who spilled over the rubble that was the Berlin Wall got busy infiltrating the Environmental movement. Don’t think they’re effective? Ask yourself – How many new coal-fired power plants have been licensed in the past 30 years? How many nuclear power plants? Oil wells, on or offshore?

    Don’t think socialism can happen here? IT ALREADY HAS.

    Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that one Santa Barbara pottery maker/ecomarxist would be responsible for the economic devastation of of an entire region, and all to save a minnow – the Delta Smelt.

  12. peachey permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:02 pm

    Hank you are exactly right. There is more to the lie. The finances behind this insanity is enormous and far-reaching. It is all about control,power and big money.

  13. Joseph White permalink
    November 11, 2009 8:04 pm

    Socialism started in 1933, when Franklin D. Roosevelt started the Social Security Insurance. Then again when Medi-care and Medic-aide were brought in, and now with the carbon taxes, healtcare insurance, and buying out banks.

    And people say that conservatives are dangerous, geez.

  14. Dan0 permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:20 pm

    Oh Gee!

    And here I thought that CO2 was Plant Food!

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