Since it’s 888 pages long, the House energy legislation is sure to have some economy-damaging provisions just tucked away, earmarks for the regulatory state. Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, reveals one such monster:
Now that Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood) has tucked a new cause of action for claiming the federal government caused global warming (hello, 9th Circuit!) into the House anti-energy bill (see pp. 291-295) we see, tucked deep into the morass, that it also creates an entire, discrete federal global warming bureaucracy (pp. 363-378). Not only does it authorize untold millions per year for this boondoggle, but actually micromanages allocation of the lucre among constituencies! Dare I suggest that these people don’t think much of the opposition’s ability — or stomach — to oppose?
In short, Waxman’s provision brings the Alien Tort Claims Act domestic, allowing “aggrieved parties” to tap the Treasury for liability for pain and suffering over the horrors of expanded specie habitat in a slightly warmer, wetter world that climate models project — also with a mechansim for funneling taxpayer dollars specifically into carbon offset schemes of the sort that, say, Al Gore is peddling — while the latter provision ensures that the courts cannot escape the alarmist effort to use the National Environmental Policy Act to block all federal projects and even loan guarantees by reason of their possible contribution to the “cumulative effect” of such activities on climate change, as greens are now already aggresively pursuing before our robed wonders.
You know what really reduces carbon emissions? An economic depression and rampant joblessness.
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