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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