As we await the President’s new strategizing on global warming, we note Chairman John Dingell’s insight as reported in today’s The Hill.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) said Tuesday that he is no longer contemplating a “carbon tax” as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Times have changed; our economy has taken a hard downward turn and now is not the time for us to put any additional financial burden on the working families of Michigan or this nation,” Dingell said.
And a very exercised Iain Murray looks at the economics and politics in this post in The Corner.
As I said, this is just so unnecessary. The President is right that activist litigation has forced his agencies into a regulatory nightmare – and things will only get worse if his own Interior Secretary decides to list the Polar Bear as endangered thanks to climate change. What he should be doing is telling Congress in no uncertain terms that the activists have twisted the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Protection Act to breaking point by their use of them as a vehicle for global warming activism and that therefore Congress should fix those Acts so they can’t be used so inappropriately again. As for emissions, the problem lies with Congress and Congress should debate among itself what to do, without any direction from the President. Siding with those who call for a mandatory emissions target does not help that debate.
P.S. Much unhappiness at Planet Gore.
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