Big Oil/Big Coal Snuck in Disastrous Provisions in Cap & Trade Bill
Well, I had a weekend to be thrilled that the Waxman-Markey cap-&-trade bill had passed the House. Now it seems that Big Coal and Big Oil had snuck in horrible provisions at the last moment. If the current version were to pass the Senate and then be signed into law, it would repeal a key provision of the Clean Air Act and it would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the ability to fight global warming by regulating greenhouse gas emissions! So, now we have not only to fight for passage in the Senate (which would already be difficult), but must fix the bill, too. Otherwise we have to fight to kill the bill–because this form of cap & trade would be worse than nothing–it would end up with us burning more coal a decade from now than now. (And there is no such thing as “clean coal.”) These nasty last-minute provisions turn an otherwise good bill into a disaster: we’d be better with no cap & trade and let the EPA regulate greenhouse gasses directly.
MoveOn.org and others are campaigning to fix the bill. But it shows how truly evil the coal/oil lobbies are to sneakily turn a bill that would greatly reduce greenhouse gasses and turn it into permission to keep doing what they are doing and weaken both the Clean Air Act and the EPA. If hell exists, it has a major place reserved for lobbyists.
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