Cooler Heads Digest 17 April 2009

by William Yeatman on April 20, 2009

In the News

Small Cars Are Dangerous Cars
Sam Kazman, 17 April 2009

Obama’s New Energy Tax Hits Louisiana the Hardest
William Yeatman, Alexandria Town Talk, 17 April 2009

Upset over Offsets
Iain Murray, DC Examiner, 16 April 2009

Sapping America’s Energy
Pete Du Pont, Wall Street Journal, 16 April 2009

Green Energy Boondoggles
Chris Horner, Glen Beck Show, 14 April 2009

No, We Don’t Need 5 Planets
Bjorn Lomborg, The Australian, 15 April 2009

Beware the Geeks Calculating Climate Polices
Michael Barone, DC Examiner, 15 April 2009

Cap-and-Trade: Disaster Waiting To Happen
Terry Easton, Human Events, 14 April 2009

Where’s the Benefit?
Paul Chesser, American Spectator, 14 April 2009

Don’t Trust Climate Conformity
Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2009

Green Jobs Myth
Iain Murray, The Independent, 12 April 2009

When the Inmates Are in Charge
Alan Caruba, Canadian Free Press, 12 April 2009

News You Can Use

It Could Happen Here

A new report from the Taxpayers’ Alliance says that every adult in Britain is paying $977 in “green” taxes.

Inside the Beltway

Myron Ebell

EPA Finally Pulls the Trigger on Endangerment Finding

Lisa M. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, today officially found that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare and therefore can be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The finding will now be published in the Federal Register and be open for public comment. There have already been a number of reactions. For example, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).

Jackson said several weeks ago that she would really rather not have to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide emissions but instead have the Congress pass cap-and-trade legislation. That’s because even she recognizes that it will create more economic chaos than the public will tolerate. Which raises the question, why did she then make the finding? The most plausible answer is that it’s a way to pressure Congress. But is it really a plausible threat to say, if you don’t pass legislation that will wallop the economy, we’ll regulate it to death?

In EPA’s press release, Jackson said, “This pollution problem has a solution – one that will create millions of green jobs and end our country’s dependence on foreign oil.” Yes, EPA regulations can create millions of jobs by destroying tens of millions of others.  And we won’t need a lot of foreign oil when many tens of millions more can no longer afford to own a car.

Lots of Hearings for Energy Rationing Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment has a heavy schedule of hearings next week on the draft Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade-and-the-kitchen-sink bill. The hearings haven’t been officially announced yet, but the schedule should appear on the committee’s web site soon. Expect a long line of witnesses testifying about how profitable they expect energy rationing will be for them. The subcommittee is planning to mark up the bill the week of April 26th.

Gore Hijinks

Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection has begun running radio ads in support of the Waxman-Markey bill to raise your energy costs. According to Tom LoBianco in the Washington Times, “The group has targeted moderate Democrats and Republicans, including Rep. Mary Bono Mack, California Republican; Rep. Gene Green, Texas Democrat; Rep. John Barrow, Georgia Democrat; and Rep. Baron P. Hill, Indiana Democrat.” They are all members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Again to quote the Times’s story, “‘If we repower Ohio with clean energy, it will jump-start our economy, reduce carbon pollution, break our dependence on foreign oil and create 80,000 clean-energy jobs in new industries for Ohio workers,’ a narrator says in an ad airing in Ohio.” I suppose it will jump start someone’s economy as industries move abroad, but it isn’t going to be Ohio’s.

Post Profiles Climate Envoy

The Washington Post’s Style section on Tuesday the 14th published Juliet Eilperin’s flattering profile of the Obama Administration’s top climate negotiator, Todd Stern.  Stern is a lawyer who served as a White House adviser for many years in the Clinton Administration. Funny, but I don’t remember the Post ever running a similar puff piece on Stern’s outstanding predecessor, Dr. Harlan Watson, who was the Bush Administration’s climate negotiator for eight years.  But then I found this more negative story. Watson is now back working for Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, so Eilperin still has an opportunity to write an admiring profile of him.

Across the States

What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Two years ago, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) refused to permit the construction of two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern part of the State because she is alarmed by global warming. Her constituents clearly disagreed with her decision-the State Legislature has passed four bills to overturn Sebelius and allow the coal plants. Each time, however, the Governor vetoed the will of the people, most recently this week. President Barack Obama chose Sebelius to become the Secretary of Human Health and Services, and her likely confirmation by the United States Senate is soon expected. Unfortunately, Sebelius’s successor, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, has said that he will veto any bill that allows the construction of the plants.

Around the World

Deal or No Deal

Global warming alarmists long have held that developing countries such as China and India-which will account for the preponderance of future, global greenhouse gas emissions-will fight climate change once developed countries demonstrate “leadership” on global warming. Evidently, climate “leadership” is no longer sufficient. Environmental ministers from European Union member countries met this week and determined that a successor treaty to the failed Kyoto Protocol is impossible unless developed countries pay $230 billion a year through 2020 to finance a global green energy revolution. EU Commissioner to the Environment Stavros Dimas told reporters, “No money, No deal.” No thanks, Commissioner Dimas.

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