Unless you have had you head buried in the sand for the last decade, I’m sure you’ve noticed evironmentalist calls for government regulations to slow “climate change.” Since the failure of the Kyoto Treaty, environmentalists have tried to drastically reshape American law to combat those “evil corporations” and “needless consumers” who seek to eat the planet from the inside out. The most recent scheme to attempt to regress us back to a pastoral/agrarian lifestyle is the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade bill. This dangerous piece of legislation has already passed the House and will soon be voted on in the Senate.
As always the bill is being expanded and changed in the Senate, yet sadly not for the better. In the new version of the bill that has been passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Democrats (with Republicans protesting the vote), there is an extremely scary new provision. According to the Washington Examiner, the bill will contain a “climate emergency” provision. This provision will be triggered when global concentrations of greenhouse gases reach 450 ppm, which is set to happen within a few months. Once triggered it requires that the president to “direct all Federal agencies to use existing statutory authority to take appropriate actions…to address shortfalls.”
So what does this mean? Can the president set arbitrary curfews on power usage, ban products, shut down factories, or limit travel? What exactly are his new “climate emergency powers?” When Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) pressed the EPA about this, he was refused an answer. So apparently supporters of Cap and Trade see no problem with giving the president dictatoral control over every aspect of their lives. As long as it’s in the name of “saving the planet,” which even the creator of the Cap and Trade sytem doubts will happen as a result of this legislation, it seems that allowing for the president to declare emergency executive control over the country might be the true way to solve our global problem. I wonder if Bush was still in office, would the Democrats be so willing to allow him this much control over the country?