Cap and Trade

Had to Be Koch Money, For Christie’s Sake

By on 9.8.11 | 10:33AM

The amazing Koch brothers have done it again! The hypnotic trance that their money causes the conservative masses to fall under works every time, as the Soros Left loves to explain (and what a surprise -- the New York Times is one of Mother Jones's big advertisers).

This time their dazzling dollars captivated New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who of course has no backbone without the massive financial reinforcements, which Associated Press says drove him to remove the Garden State from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:

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Total Pawlenty Turnaround on Global Warming

By on 8.4.11 | 5:07PM

I've been tough (I think) in challenging former Minnesota Gov. (and now presidential candidate) Tim Pawlenty about his past support for cap-and-trade and policies to constrain carbon dioxide emissions. In December 2009, when he first started visiting New Hampshire, he was still talking like CO2 was pollution, and still failed to remove his state from the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord:

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What Does Pawlenty Believe Now?

By on 3.30.11 | 3:50PM

Politico reported yesterday that presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is still on the cap-and-trade apology leg of his tour. This is admirable and necessary for "T-Paw" to be a viable candidate in 2012, but not an especially difficult decision considering that not even many Senate Democrats could bring themselves to support the policy last year. It's a no-brainer.

Pawlenty has actually been running away from cap-and-trade for a while now. From Politico:

"Everybody in the race, at least the big names in the race, embraced climate change or cap-and-trade at one point or another, every one of us, so there's no one who has been in executive position whose name is being bantered in a first or second-tier way who hasn't embraced it in some way," the former Minnesota governor said on the "Laura Ingraham Show."

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Death of a Rent-Seeker

By on 12.20.10 | 3:03PM

Following up on Chris Horner's post this morning, the carbon offset companies -- after the shutdown of voluntary emissions trading on the Chicago Climate Exchange -- are keeling over with no hope of an advertising blitz being able to save them:

An Iowa-based company that helps farmers buy and sell agricultural carbon credits is making plans to shut down, following the closure of the Chicago Climate Exchange. Dave Miller is Chief Science Officer for Agragate Climate Credits Corporation, based at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

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Baucus’s Lame-Duck Renewables Ploy

By on 12.6.10 | 9:20AM

Cap-and-trade is said to be dead, and the general belief I'm hearing out of D.C. is that a national Renewable Electricity Standard (introduced in a bill co-sponsored by Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas -- who is also the state's Governor-elect) isn't going to happen during a lame-duck session either.

But according to the Washington Times, Montana Democrat Sen. Max Baucus plans a last-gasp effort to get through a few more stimulus dollars for alternative energy schemers before the Senate makeup changes for the worse:

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Consensus: Climate Votes Caused Bloody Mess

By on 11.5.10 | 3:59PM

Is there any aspect of the Democrats' actions that didn't take them down on Tuesday? Obamacare took down the Democrats, spending took down the Democrats, the economy took down the Democrats...and now Politico adds the climate agenda:

Democrats who voted for the controversial House climate bill were slaughtered at the ballot box, including Rep. Rick Boucher, the 14-term Virginian who helped broker some of the key deals instrumental to its June 2009 passage. In the Senate, several reliable green advocates also went down to opponents who derided tough new environmental policies.

Come January, Obama will be working with a Congress that will have little appetite for the types of sweeping energy reform he sought over the last two years. With the House in Republican hands, some of the climate issue's most vocal advocates have been dislodged from their powerful perches, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman.

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Manchin Can’t Outrun Raese from Obama

By on 10.19.10 | 8:17AM

At least not on the global warming/cap-and-trade issue. From the Politics Daily coverage of last night's West Virginia Senate debate:

(Democrat Joe) Manchin repeatedly rapped the president for his energy reform legislation, known as cap and trade, that would charge carbon emitters, especially coal-fired power plants, for the carbon they release into the atmosphere. "It would be the ruin not only of this state but of the entire economy," Manchin said. "We need to mine every lump of coal we can. ... That's how we're going to have a secure and a free nation."

(Republican John) Raese agreed with Manchin on the potential dangers of the legislation for the state, but took his argument one step further by calling global warming "a myth," and adding that the idea that man causes global warming is also a myth. "I don't believe in that myth," Raese said.

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GEeks and Government

By on 10.12.10 | 10:27AM

It won't come as a surprise to the Washington Examiner lobbying beat reporter Tim Carney, but CNSNews reports that General Electric has become a big beneficiary of Obama administration generosity:

The Obama administration gave corporate giant General Electric—the parent company of NBC--$24.9 million in grants from the $787-billion economic “stimulus” law President Barack Obama signed in February 2009, according to records posted by the administration at Recovery.gov.

...GE decreased its U.S.-based employees by 18,000 in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 annual report....

GE was the primary recipient of 14 stimulus grants, a spokeswoman for Recovery.gov confirmed to CNSNews.com. These 14 grants provided GE with $24.9 million in tax dollars. On four additional stimulus grants, the primary recipient of the federal money hired GE as a contractor.

Carney back in March 2009:

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Green Economy Cash Favors from DC Abound

By on 9.27.10 | 3:34PM

Vulnerable Rep. Betsy Markey, and many fellow Colorado Democrats, has been the beneficiary of liberal billionaire heiress Pat Stryker's generous political contributions, which helped transform it into a Blue State a few short years ago. Now it appears that Markey has returned the favor by helping one of Stryker's investments, a solar company, get $400 million in federal loan guarantees and by voting for the Waxman-(Ed) Markey cap-and-trade bill. Complete Colorado has the story:

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Pitiful Little Protest Leads to Reporter’s Firing

By on 9.17.10 | 1:17PM

According to the Washington Post Doug McKelway, a reporter for the city's ABC affiliate WJLA, has been fired after he was suspended last month over a confrontation with his boss. The conflict arose because of a McKelway report about a demonstration by environmental groups, who protested during the BP/Gulf disaster over oil industry campaign contributions to members of Congress. Here is the report he delivered on July 20 from Capitol Hill:

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