Waxman-Markey: Expanding the Government is the First Goal

By August 17, 2009Energy, Global Warming

From The Washington Times, Climate bill would bloat federal agencies:

The House-passed climate change bill, if enacted, would expand the federal government so much that it would take billions of dollars and thousands of new employees to implement.

Now-obscure federal agencies such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have to become mini-behemoths in order to handle their expanded responsibilities. Congress would have to appropriate billions of dollars for more bureaucrats, much of which is not reflected in the House bill.

“The problem is that there’s a mismatch between the government’s capacity and its mission,” said Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies at the left-leaning Brookings Institution.

House sponsors of the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill were willing to compromise core elements of the legislation — angering environmentalist purists — because the first victory, passage into law, makes all other things possible. The emission goals and percentages are less important than the transfer of private sector decision-making autonomy to government control.

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  • Ruby Seems says:

    Not only would it take billions of dollars and thousands of new employees to implement H.R. 2454, if that’s even possible, it would cost tens of thousands of current U.S. jobs and as equally important, the American public would shoulder the burden of increase energy cost. Lets take a look at the past. Two years ago, when gas prices shot up to over $4.00 a gallon in most states, everything experienced a decline. People and businesses had to cut back in all areas in order to accommodate this increase in gas prices. This type legislation takes one step forward and multiple steps backward. If H.R. 2454 becomes law, the US will no longer be a superpower. Let your Senators know how you feel. Visit http://tinyurl.com/klfut8

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