Have you noticed that every bill that passes congress lately has the attached phrase: It will not raise the deficit by one penny.
I swear I have seen that phrase in at least three bills in the last couple of months. This phrase has now been latched onto the Kerry-Boxer bill. Never heard of it? Well that's not a big surprise. It is better know as the "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act." The details are available at the NY Times, you can read it yourself if you want, the link is at the bottom.
The measure "offers specifics on several critical issues, ranging from incentives for natural gas and nuclear power, to how to Congress can promote tree planting and sustainable farming practices as alternative compliance options for industry."
We could offer another name for it: Cap-and-trade light. Just as much flavor with half the caloric intake from unpopular phrases.
This is the House version of the Waxman-Markey bill that passed through the senate in July.
Now, far be it from me to doubt what our elected officials are doing in Washington, but aren't there more important things to worry about than the environment? Like things in the short term? Things that can actually be proved through science and facts, unlike
global climate change?
Two days after the announcement of this bill we have the announcement that the unemployment rate has reached 9.8%. FOX News tells us that "all told, 15.1 million Americans are out of work." And we are focusing on the economy?
We have only spent about 18% of the stimulus money. And we are already looking for major climate change legislation when we haven't addressed the problems with past environmental legislation.
Take for example the case of Farmers vs Fish that happened in California not too long ago. Due to extreme environmental regulations farmers in California have not received the amount of water they need to produce their crops, and the entire "region's agriculture output is expected to decline by between $1 billion and $3 billion this year over last".
I'm not saying the environment isn't important. But the main problem is this: There have to be people on Earth to worry about the environment, right.