EPA's action Jackson moving forward

Issued today 4/28/2010

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April 28, 2010

Statement of Lisa P. Jackson Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Legislative Hearing on Clean Energy Policies That Reduce Our Dependence on Oil

House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment

WASHINGTON – Chairmen Markey and Waxman, Ranking Members Upton and Barton, Chairman Emeritus Dingell, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to testify about the Environmental Protection Agency’s work to reduce America’s oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions. That work stems from two seminal events.

First, in April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act’s definition of air pollution includes greenhouse gases. The Court rejected then-Administrator Johnson’s refusal to determine whether that pollution from motor vehicles endangers public health or welfare.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, and based on the best available science and EPA’s review of thousands of public comments, I found in December 2009 that motor-vehicle greenhouse gas emissions do endanger Americans’ health and welfare.

I am not alone in reaching that conclusion. Scientists at the 13 federal agencies that make up the U.S. Global Change Research Program have reported that unchecked greenhouse gas emissions pose significant risks to the wellbeing of the American public. The National Academy of Sciences has stated that the climate is changing, that the changes are mainly caused by human interference with the atmosphere, and that those changes will transform the environmental conditions on Earth unless counter-measures are taken.

The second pivotal event was the agreement President Obama announced in May 2009 between EPA, the Department of Transportation, the nation’s automakers, America’s autoworkers, and the State of California to seek harmonized, nationwide limits on the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of new cars and light trucks.

My endangerment finding in December satisfied the prerequisite in the Clean Air Act for establishing a greenhouse gas emissions standard for cars and light trucks of Model Years 2012 through 2016. So I was able to issue that final standard earlier this month, on the same day that Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood signed a final fuel efficiency standard for the same vehicles.

Using existing technologies, manufacturers can configure new cars and light trucks to satisfy both standards at the same time. And vehicles complying with the federal standards will automatically comply with the greenhouse gas emissions standard established by California and adopted by 13 other states. This harmonized and nationally uniform program achieves the goal the President announced last May.

Moreover, the EPA and DOT standards will reduce the lifetime oil use of the covered vehicles by more than 1.8 billion barrels. That will do away with more than a billion barrels of imported oil, assuming the current ratio of domestic production to imports does not improve. The standards also will eliminate more than 960 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution.

But if Congress now nullified EPA’s finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers the American public, that action would remove the legal basis for a federal greenhouse gas emissions standard for motor vehicles. Eliminating the EPA standard would forfeit one quarter of the combined EPA-DOT program’s fuel savings and one third of its greenhouse gas emissions cuts. California and the other states that have adopted California’s greenhouse gas emissions standard would almost certainly respond by enforcing that standard within their jurisdictions, leaving the automobile industry without the nationwide uniformity that it has described as vital to its business.

I would like to mention one more action that EPA has taken to reduce America’s oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions. In February, I signed a final renewable fuels standard. It substantially increases the volume of renewable products – including cellulosic bio-fuel – that refiners must blend into transportation fuel. EPA will implement the standard fully by the end of 2022. In that year alone, the standard will decrease America’s oil imports by 41 and a half billion dollars. And U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that year will be 138 million metric tons lower thanks to the standard.

EPA’s recent work on vehicles and fuels shows that enhancing America’s energy security and reducing America’s greenhouse gas pollution are two sides of the same coin.

R133

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h/t to WUWT reader Michael C. Roberts

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184 thoughts on “EPA's action Jackson moving forward

  1. Our vehicles will become little suicide machines. As the survivor of a near-fatal head-on collision, I value my big bumper and weighty pickup truck. looks like I’ll be driving older vehicles unless we can stop this madness.

  2. But, but, but, the
    EPA doesn’t use science. They use emotional stories that are published in the AR4 from the IPCC>
    ……………”motor vehicles endangers public health or welfare.”
    But she will ignore studies that show exploding death rates from accidents involvng small cars.

  3. No, no no, Lisa. We must reduce our dependence on FOREIGN oil by producing our own. The levels of CO2 in our atmosphere today are dangerously and unprecedentedly low, compared to the Cambrian explosion era when life boomed, and we must try to generate more CO2 for the sake of the rain forests and the polar bears (the latter which depend on seals, that depend on fish, that depend on algae, that depend on CO2, etc.). This position is not controversial – it is a precautionary principle we must accept for our planet, flora and fauna, and our generations to come. We can no longer resort to wind energy, swatting helpless birds from the sky, nor blot out the sunlight with acres of solar panels, depriving the fertile land beneath them of needed sunlight and rainfall, snails and burrowing owls. We must act soon, by 2012 at the very latest, before a tipping point occurs when life as we know it may cease to thrive or exist.

  4. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, and based on the best available science and EPA’s review of thousands of public comments, I found in December 2009 that motor-vehicle greenhouse gas emissions do endanger Americans’ health and welfare.
    Too bad the best available science was based on a false premise (increased CO2 causing global warming) and hysteria (Gore’s movie).

  5. And the standard on biofuel to be fully implemented by 2022 will increase prices of food by how much, and will increase the world’s deforestation by what percentage as more forest is cleared in order to produce this low energy density fuel which will lower mileage in vehicles using it?

  6. The Clean Air Act provides:
    <blockquote?“The Administrator shall by regulation prescribe (and from time to time revise) in accordance with the provisions of this section, standards applicable to the emission of any air pollutant from any class or classes of new motor vehicles or new motor vehicle engines, which in his judgment cause, or contribute to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.”
    I hope Ms. Jackson is prepared to justify the whole part about “which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” I don’t think CAGW is a reasonable anticipation of danger.
    However, there could be some procedural hurdles in making sure SCOTUS doesn’t determine that Mass v EPA didn’t already determine this question and gave the Administrator full discretion regardless of reasonableness.

  7. Another fine performance by a delusional Warmist. If you want independence of energy sources, then why not develop them in America rather than seek to punish trhwe economy and Americans for simply breathing.

  8. The way to reduce our dependance on foreign oil is to drill here in the US.It’s been known for years there is plenty of oil here but all of the enviromental wackos won’t let us drill.We got plenty of oil but we can’t get it so we have to pay 3 prices .Now we’ve getting alternative energy but WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH IT .We having no vehicles that run off of alternative fuel and if we ever do they will cost at least twice what they do now.The Hybrid cost 4000. 00 more than the standard gas model.Now how many years will it take to make up that 4000.00 sticker price and it doesn’t do as goog on the highway as it does in the city.

  9. I like that picture…
    What federal building in Washington DC is the ‘Office of the President Elect’ located?

  10. I will know the government is truly serious about dumping the internal combustion engine as the primary means of transportation, when they finally let us in on the alternative technology they have had available since the 40’s when they brought in all the Nazi Scientists under project, “Paperclip”.

  11. “Moreover, the EPA and DOT standards will reduce the lifetime oil use of the covered vehicles by more than 1.8 billion barrels”
    I wonder how many less barrels of oil we’d use if every nut on the planet that believes in AGW actually stopped driving their cars to “save” the planet.

  12. Sparking even more jealousy of our European Jeep enthusiasts, the diesel powered Jeep Wrangler gets 23.7 mpg in the city and 35.8 mpg on the highway.

    The U.S. gubment owns Jeep. They are in the process of giving it to Fiat. The engine is available in the Liberty. Here is an example of how two groups in one government want to operate like communists and declare solutions and prevent them at the same time.
    If we can smuggle in illegals, why would we ned to smuggle in fuel efficient autos? It is horrible how short the cruising range is on a Jeep wrangler. with diesel, it improves a lot. But then they want to peddle cars that are electric and run 40 miles per 3 hour charge.

  13. Ms. Jackson believes in the idea of Climate Debt/Guilt.
    As long as the people you have running your country believe that self-flagellation is the proper way to show the world that America deserves to be punished for developing a Superior culture and way of life, you are screwed.

  14. Sounds like a politically defensive move to fend off potential moves at removing CO2 and/or other greenhouse gases from the Clean Air Act’s purview.

  15. From Geoffrey Lean’s article:

    On the other hand, the old energy industries and climate rejectionists may claim that the new government does not have enough of a mandate to embark upon a green revolution at all.

    [snip] pray tell, are climate rejectionists.

  16. I will never vote for another Democrat for as long as I live. Not even if they mend their ways. I can’t believe the mindset of supposedly educated and enlightened people. We are moving towards the dark ages and it is because of my party. I once thought the Republicans headed that charge with their religiosity. My bad. Dems are just as bad with their own form of religiosity. My vote for Obama has been rescinded.

  17. A switch away from burning fossil fuels is not a bad idea. The world may not be warming, but it still has only finite fossil fuel reserves. We will have to make such a switch some time this century. The question is one of timing. Forcing this change too early will cause unnecessary economic harm.
    However encouraging a switch to biofuels is a big mistake. It isn’t energy efficient and diverts precious land to the production of fuel – land that could be used to produce food to feed a hungry world or for its natural conservation value. I can’t understand why environmentalists seem so infatuated with biofuel given that it requires a huge acreage of land be handed over to the production of a monoculture crop.
    A much better idea with long term potential is a switch to either hydrogen or electric powered vehicles, with the hydrogen/electricity supplied by nuclear power. This doesn’t waste land.

  18. Let the lawsuits begin.
    This could be the end of the Obama adminsitration’s vacation in office. People are now seeing that the Adminstration is divisive, political opportunists, and misinformed about the public’s support.
    I wager that this will be the straw.

  19. I am not alone in reaching that conclusion. Scientists at the 13 federal agencies…
    Amazing that they are able to find federal agencies who funding comes from Washington to agree with Washington. How did they do it?

  20. Louise still manages to get a CAGW story out of this…
    28 April: UK Tele: Louise Gray: Melting sea ice would cause sea levels to rise by ‘hair’s breadth’
    Researchers at the University of Leeds calculate that around 1.5 million Titanic-sized icebergs each year are melting into the sea every year in the Arctic and Antarctic. This is causing sea level to rise by just 49 micrometers per year – around a hair’s breadth.
    At that rate it would take 200 years for the oceans to rise by 1cm as a result of melting sea ice. If all the floating ice in the world melted it would cause sea levels to rise by just 4cm. In comparison if all the ice on land melted it would cause a rise of 70m.
    But Professor Andrew Shepherd, one of the authors of the study published in Geophysical Research Letters, said the tiny rise caused by melting ice was still significant. …
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7645112/Melting-sea-ice-would-cause-sea-levels-to-rise-by-hairs-breadth.html

  21. Gee, for some she didn’t mention the IPCC. Which is funny, because the Endangerment Finding is explicitly relies upon and wholeheartedly adopts the IPCC. Makes you go “hmmm.”

  22. let’s do some math:
    A savings of 1.8 billion barrels of oil saved equals how many days worth of oil regularly consumed in the US? Well, at 2008 levels of 19.5 million barrels per day, that’s about 92.3 days worth of oil.

  23. “But if Congress now nullified EPA’s finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers the American public, that action would remove the legal basis for a federal greenhouse gas emissions standard for motor vehicles.”
    This sounds like the EPA lobbying congress to affirm its judgment about what’s best for us. It’s not congress that makes law. It’s the agencies that congress sets up to do what they can’t find the resolve to undertake.

  24. EPA Funds Community Organizations….
    “These grants mark the beginning of a full-scale revitalization of what we do and how we think about environmental justice,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson…..things like helping “Denver’s low-income Latino immigrant community…”……EPA helping on a community level. takepart to learn more about what the new and improved EPA is doing to protect the environment.
    http://www.takepart.com/news/2009/03/25/epa-funds-community-organizations-working-for-environmental-justice
    …..organizations working with communities throughout the country…..
    http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-24-092.asp

  25. Somewhat off topic for this discussion, but a federal office for the president-elect was instituted by the Presidental Transition Act of 1963.
    cotwome says:
    April 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    I like that picture…
    What federal building in Washington DC is the ‘Office of the President Elect’ located?

  26. She said something the other night on The Daily Show, that seemed to infer that the air we exhale “might” be considered for taxation.

  27. I’m kinda confused here. Is the CO2 from motor vehicles the ONLY CO2 that’s bad? I didn’t see the part where breathing, cow farting, or bio-matter produced CO2 is classified and how do they know the difference? I assume that there will be inspections of motor vehicles at designated facilities with appropriate Carbon Offset certificates ready for purchase. And will this “certificate” have a picture of Al Gore on it?
    I am just stunned that scientists have said that motor vehicle CO2 emissions are dangerous…

  28. I made a post earlier tying this gubment to the EPA and Chrysler. I checked and no where are there mentions of Chrysler being the property of Fiat on the Fiat website. This means that the EPA and jackson must rule over the chrysler arm of our feds.
    What is Jackson doing at Chrysler to punish their production of CO2 emmitters?
    Surely she takes the supreme court ruling as giving he the authority to stop car production without the legislation of Congress.

  29. So if 13 federal agencies start chanting with all thier might that Greenhouse Gas Warming is out of control, does that override the chill in the greater part of N & S America?
    No, it means that 13 federal agencies are living in a PNS dream.
    13 Federal agencies do not command the weather or the climate.

  30. Emphasis added.

    In February, I signed a final renewable fuels standard. It substantially increases the volume of renewable products – including cellulosic bio-fuel – that refiners must blend into transportation fuel. EPA will implement the standard fully by the end of 2022.

    Cellulosic bio-fuel? As in liquid fuel made from corn stalks and sawdust? Last I read, this was being tried in the lab, in response to concerns about biofuel making impacting the food supply, and was nowhere near commercial deployment let alone production in quantities sufficient for nationwide mandated use.
    And this must be implemented by 2022? How?

  31. I can’t believe these clowns got into office. Well , you guys are stuck with the head clown for three more years . Good luck with that!
    Brent in Calgary

  32. Poor Lisa. If they had based their legislation on reducing fossil fuel for national security reasons instead of global warming, they wouldn’t be in such a mess. You can’t argue to save the endangerment finding now because of all the potential good the legislation could bring… not if the finding is based on utter nonsense. Yet there she is, doing just that.

  33. Is she one of the ones who has the daftness that they say global warming is causing?
    When truth doesn’t matter, tyranny soon follows.

  34. To all Americans: This is how you defeat this little bitch tyrant.
    Ask her if the elected President of the US of A has the power to tell American citizens how to live, what to consume and how much energy they can use. Obviously, this is not within the constitutional powers of the president of the US of A. So, why does she assume these powers?

  35. “In February, I signed a final renewable fuels standard. It substantially increases the volume of renewable products – including cellulosic bio-fuel – that refiners must blend into transportation fuel. EPA will implement the standard fully by the end of 2022.”
    I seem to recall hearing of a recent study that manufacturing and using ethanol adds more CO2 to the atmosphere than does using gasoline to power internal combustion engines. This administration and the EPA are very efficient in their attempted destruction of our country: the cost of energy will go up (as regressive a tax as can be) as will the price of food as more farm acreage is used for ethanol production. Factor in the increased transportation costs and you have a triple dose of inflation to add to inevitable higher interest rates as the dollar sinks due to the nearly exponential increase in the deficit. November may be the most crucial mid-term election in the history of the USA.

  36. Lisa Jackson is not an elected official. She should not be legislating from an appointed position.

  37. This administration has to pay for the trillion’s it has spent in the past year. They’ll do it by taxing the very air we breathe. Now that’s change you can believe in!!!!!

  38. For years Americans have not been paying attention to who they’ve been voting for. So now Americans have people like Lisa Jackson ruling over them.
    A quote from her staggering intellect:
    “Greenhouse gases are pollution.”
    ~Lisa Jackson, EPA
    To her the use of the EPA is for “Environmental Justice”. She sounds like a Marxist.
    ——————————————————————————————-
    “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
    ~Plato
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Lisa Jackson speaking on how she views the EPA:

  39. From the purely political point of view, they can say anything they want about green house gases. From the scientific point of view CO2 like anything else is always a matter of concentration as to the effects it may or may not have. Measures that encourage greater mechanical efficiency are not a bad. To quote opinions of others is acceptable. To participate in propaganda and sophistry to achieve your political ends is expected. To base your policy and reasoning on less then technically or scientifically sound ground is poor policy. It is never a good idea to try and achieve goals no matter how admirable for the wrong reasons. This goes to the heart of the means to ends argument and while this may make short term political sense it is still philosophically and morally indefensible.
    Much public policy in many places around the world is based on one mythology or another. That is the way it is that is the way it has always been. I see no prospect of changing that. Like many other wrong headed policies based on mythologies they can and often do come back to bite you and bite you hard.

  40. Arctic Sea Ice … its possible loss POSSIBLY stopping Ocean currents, leading to 300 mph winds killing 6 BILLION people …
    mean that SULFUR REDUCTIONS, are Dangerous Pollutants
    ALL SCRUBBERS MUST BE BANNED (this summer).
    Actually, this is not really a joke … the level of risk THIS YEAR is elevated by a 1-in-2000 year Natural coincidence of lack of Volcanos, the low Ice point at the switchover of the 60 year Pacific Oscillation, & especially the “SUPER-EL-NINO”
    … ANY RISK of 6 BILLION deaths ought to make this _THE_ PRIORITY.
    The Presidential Global Warming Advisor has been begging to put 1/500th of our cuts back up but high which is 500 times as effective — & is backed by:
    > the Top Environmentalist of all, “Gaia” Lovelock,
    > plus the World’s #1 Ozone Expert (Crutzen) and
    > his recent opponent (Caldiera) who is still cited by AGW sites but has “converted”
    … but it looks like we have only the TIME to turn off all Scrubbers., resulting in 500 times the acid rain of their proposal — in comparison, a minor annoyance.
    Indeed, in the Arctic, NASA says 29% of warming is from Sulfur CUTS, the General Global increase (part of which is Natural), accounting for only 26% — the remainder is from SOOT, especially from Diesels in Europe & Industries switching to CHINA, both impelled by CARBON CAPS.
    CAP & TRADE IS DENOUNCED AS A “SCAM” BY EVERY, repeat EVERY, one of the TOP Scientists ( even ) on the GREEN SIDE
    (even Hansen, on Letterman no less, joining the other “Green” Scientists listed above on both the “Cap & Trade is a Scam” AND the “Soot is worse than CO2” Crusades).
    I put the Risk of 99% of the USA dieing (roughly about January), at about 25%
    (even though we are right on track for a Disaster, there are still too many “IF” s in my opening line. Do not be like the Louisiana Governor before Katrina — and this is risking 6 MILLION TIMES the 1000 lives she callously threw away.
    This is no longer a Joke.
    And, as Sulfur is a Global Cooler, and SULFUR CUTS therefore Globally Warm, the director has ALREADY condemned ALL SULFUR CUTS.
    Legally.

  41. Pamela Gray says:
    My vote for Obama has been rescinded.
    Apparently 52% of people that voted for him have similar sentiments. But it’s too late. He’s not even 1/2 way through is 4 year term. 2 years and 9 months to go with him.

  42. If you dig through the California Air Resources Board documentation on the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, you will find that corn ethanol has a carbon intensity of 95 grams CO2/MJ of fuel energy. Thus, the EPA mandate to produce 16 billion gal/yr of ethanol will do nothing to reduce the carbon emissions from vehicles. It will only bring subsidies to agriculture and run-off from farms that ends up causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico.
    This is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/121409lcfs_lutables.pdf
    And, the EPA will mandate an additional 16 Billion gal of cellulosic ethanol. The target for 2010 was 100 million gal, but it turns out that misrepresentation of production by two ethanol producers lead the EPA to believe that this was achievable. The EPA revised their estimate to 6 million gal, and they will be lucky to see 3 million. This will all come from pilot plants, not commercial facilities. Cellulosic ethanol has been a promise for 20 year, and it never delivered on that promise.
    Biodiesel is in a similar position, but at least they show a reduction in carbon emissions, but only barely. Another story for another time.

  43. Brent in Calgary,
    The scary thing is that our welfare is very directly tied to theirs. I don’t relish the thought of what I see happening down there myself…

  44. #$#@$^&^#&%#&^&^!%$!#$&^&$#%@!$ $@
    An embarrassment to our nation. I apologize to the world on behalf of the U.S.A. If we were to desire our dependence on foreign energy away, all we’d have to do is wish it so. We have enough oil, we have enough coal, we have enough natural gas to last us centuries beyond today. Any shortfall we may have, we could use atomic energy. The EPA’s answer is simply to cut down supply by increasing cost.
    Efficient, cheap, plentiful, and ready to use energy. Why use it?

  45. “the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act’s definition of air pollution includes greenhouse gases.”
    The Supreme Court can only offer ‘opinion’. It’s place it not to come to scientific conclusions. The Supreme Court is out of its place here. But then so many things are out of place in America. If a Constitutional lawyer took up a case about the validity of what the Supreme Court ‘concluded’ they would have a strong case.
    But there is a real problem in the United States right now, many of its elected officials don’t care what the Constitution says. In fact it appears some hate the Constitution.

  46. Well of course it has nothing to do with climate or the health of the American People or energy independence; these people are all plain Marxists who have been working on getting into power for years; and now that they have ramroaded through their so-called health reform law; they now need massive tax transfers of wealth to fund the whole scam.
    This whole bunch in the inner circle of the present administration are in my humble opinion borderline criminally insane; and if the American People don’t get some guts this November and turf this whole clatch out of the Congress and get a Veto-Proof Senate of adult people; then you can kiss goodbye to the American experiment in liberty.
    The Republicans aren’t any better than the Democrats; and in particular except for a mere handful they are total wooses.
    I find myself wanting to throw up, every time I hear anybody from the California Republican Party talking about their great programs. There’s hardly enough brains amongst the whole lot of them; to make a loud enough rattle to even hear.
    The plan is pretty straight forward. “health care is a fait accompli; cap and tax will attempt to fund it; and citizenship for millions of very angry mostly Mexican invaders will ensure the sane people never ever regain control of their government.”
    Bush started it with his bailout stupidity; and simply handed the Marxists the tools of the Nation’s dismantling; and all these college mush heads had their 15 minutes of fame helping to vote in a fully trained Saul Alinsky radical who is angry at the USA, and the rest of the western world; because of how the British treated his Mau mau terrorist grandfather during the Kenya slaughter of the former Colonial era in Africa.
    This is what happens when you give authority to children still wet behind their ears.
    Americans are about to learn what their forefathers went through to create the free society that their ancesters entrusted to their care; and frankly comparing today’s examples with those of the greatest generation that preceeded my own; you aren’t up to the task. The playtime of the flower generation is about to reap its own reward.
    And as for the rest of the somewhat still free world; well you aren’t going to escape either; you’ve grown too soft as well.

  47. OK Ms Jackson, I got two questions. One physics and one economics.
    Physics – OK, so the US reduces CO2 output by a percent or two through this regulation. Are you under the impression that this will have a significant effect on world wide levels? Or were you planning on building a wall around the United States stretching up to the stratosphere to keep foreign CO2 out?
    Economics – OK, so if demand from the US drops, that would result in oil prices… let’s see, trying to remember how supply and demand works…. something about demand going down so prices fall… making it more affordable for other countries without silly rules… so their consumption goes up… I think that’s called a feedback loop? So most of what the US “saves” in CO2 production the rest of the world replaces?
    Uhm – OK that was more than two questions. Two was just a prediction for scenario A. I had scenario B also written up which had six questions, and this was my actual prediction which I am now publishing because it was my original highest probabality prediction.

  48. Well I just tried to listen to that Lisa Jackson video just above and I couldn’t stand more than the first 30 seconds of it.
    I thought we were in real trouble before; but now I know it for sure.
    That woman has the mark of Jim Jones all over her.
    You really don’t think that Obama pulled this bunch just out of a hat full of names; this coup has been in the planning for years; you can tell that from the cast of characters.
    I thought Carol Browner was a total dingbat; but this Jackson is a real piece of work; well that’s just my opinion of course; you may have a different idea.

  49. 41 and a half billion dollars…….????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? WT(heck)F?????? Given that Obama has spent 4 trillion!!!!! in about 1 and 1/2 years, that means we’d have gotten our savings in about……(4,000,000,000,000/365+180 = 545 days ……..=7,339,449,541/day)………Great, I look forward to the extra 6 days of savings on our dependence from foreign oil in the year 2022. Very nice. The whole damned world has gone insane. People actually get up in front of other people, presumably not under the influence of some mind altering narcotic, and blather and spew idiotic mewlings. All the while, the people she’s blathering to don’t get up and laugh hysterically at her. All the while the entire group of people are presumably acting in our(my, their????) interests. The whole damned world …………..sorry, rough day at work……..

  50. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:
    April 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm
    Pamela Gray says:
    My vote for Obama has been rescinded.

    Apparently 52% of people that voted for him have similar sentiments. But it’s too late. He’s not even 1/2 way through is 4 year term. 2 years and 9 months to go with him.

    Allow me to remind you all that the ‘opposing’ candidate in the last election also supports cap and trade. As long as folks continue to vote Republicrat there will only be the continuing creep towards totalitarianism in this country.

  51. [sigh]
    I ran across this article on Baltimore Sun’s site today.

    EPA turns up climate heat as Senate dithers
APRIL 28, 2010
    “With prospects for a Senate climate bill under a cloud, the Obama administration has turned up the heat.  The Environmental Protection Agency says in a new report that there is “clear evidence” that human activities are altering the Earth’s atmosphere and that climate is changing.”
    “The EPA report lays out 24 “indicators” showing that climate is already shifting, most of them spotting trends in the United States.  Greenhouse gas emissions have increased 14 percent in the United States from 1990 to 2008.”
    =====
    Here’s a list of a few of the groups who take issue with the EPA’s Endangerment finding and have submitted Petitions for Reconsideration. I guess the EPA is about to deny all the Petitions.
    Petitions for Reconsideration of the Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act
    EPA is currently carefully reviewing the petitions below.

    Petitions can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/endangerment/petitions.html
    Petitions were filed by:

    Arthur G. Randol III, Ph.D.

    Counsel for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

    Coalition for Responsible Regulation

    Industrial Minerals Association – North America

    Great Northern Project Development, L.P.

    National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

    Rosebud Mining Company

    Massey Energy Company

    Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

    Commonwealth of Virginia

    Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
Science and Environmental Policy Project
Competitive Enterprise Institute

    Pacific Legal Foundation

    Peabody Energy Company
    United States Representative John Linder (GA–7th District), U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46th District), U.S. Representative John Shimkus (IL–19th District), U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey (GA–11th District), U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (GA–3rd District), U.S. Representative Tom Price (GA–6th District), U.S. Representative Paul Broun (GA–10th District), U.S. Representative Steve King (IA–5th District), U.S. Representative Nathan Deal (GA–9th District), by and through Southeastern Legal Foundation Inc.
    State of Texas

    The Ohio Coal Association

  52. Very sad indeed that someone yielding that amount of power can be so obtuse, whether it’s deliberate or not.
    In other news, on the brighter side of things, Ms. Jackson has roughly 30 months left to enjoy this sham, and then she’ll disappear into the anals of history.
    JimB

  53. Anybody know what the black hole trigger rules are.
    I post a comment; and it immediately hits the circular file and vanishes. So I hit the back key to get back to the comment window; and then resubmit it; and I get an error message that says I alaready said that; said what; there’s nothing to see; so what was it that I said wrong ?

  54. Mark II says:
    April 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm
    Somewhat off topic for this discussion, but a federal office for the president-elect was instituted by the Presidental Transition Act of 1963.
    …what federal building houses the ‘Office of the President Elect®’?
    and Presidental is actually spelled, Presidential.

  55. Dear America,
    We in Canada would like to thank you for a long and prosperous business relationship from which we have both benefited. Alas, our paths must sometimes diverge, and even allies must sometimes disagree. On the matter of global warming, we are alarmed and concerned in regard to the steps you are taking. Warming has been very beneficial for Canada, even the polar bears seem to be enjoying it. So, while Canada has supported you in so many wars around the world, this is one fight we cannot assist you in. We are sorry, but you will have to fight this one without us.
    We intend to keep our borders open however. When we disagreed on Vietnam for example, trade continued, though we understand your anger that we so readily accepted your draft dodgers. We hope you understand that in your fight against global warming, there may be “dodgers” on that issue as well.
    Given your planned reduction of fossil fuel use, we expect a surplus as we have few other local customers for our oil. As a consequence, we will not only be accepting your climate dodgers, we will be encouraging them to bring their SUV’s with them. We will also be putting in place incentive packages for large groups of climate dodgers who band together and bring their factories with them as well.

  56. This is intimidation strategy to pressure the Senate to accept the Energy Bill (Cap & Trade) currently in preparation.
    So a call session to the Senate is the first step.
    If they continue the process:
    1. Clean up the Senate and Congress at the next election and VOTE!
    2. Stop any funding of EPA and the monster dies!
    3. Don’t accept any legislation and never pay a single dime.
    4. Collectively burn your tax papers.

  57. /sarc
    C02 is a gateway ‘GAS’, or ‘para-vapor’, its use leads to the abuse of heavier gases, which in turn damages high society as a hole.
    Many children are tempted to ‘para-vaporise’ for the first time at school, by peers, and in order to be part of the “In crowd”,….they inhale.
    Some kids buck the trend, but often by the time they are in their early teens, they’re regularly using Nitrogen, Oxygen and Argon.
    Without intervention, they rapidly gravitate towards Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide and Hydrogen Sulfide.
    Symptoms include violent spasms, pronounced twitching and gurling, followed by extend periods of lethargy.
    We can stop this terrible social degradation, by fitting a respiration-retardation-device (plastic bag), over our childrens mouths.
    They’ll soon see the benefits of a respiration free life style, liberated from dangerous atomic molecules in a gaseous state, they will turn to wholesome activities like laying prone, reclining in a totally relaxed state and complete muscular de-tensioning exercises.
    This message brought to you from the Republicrat party – report your neighbour on 0300-911-1776
    /sarc off

  58. ‘Reliance on foreign oil’ is nought but a scam.
    Look: It doesn’t matter from whence the oil doth arrive.
    The multinational oil companies will charge whatever they desire, regardless whether the oil is pumped from American shores or hauled here from other places.
    The multinational oil companies OWN the oil they’ve bought.
    And yes, while it is true that they pay a ‘royalty’ to the U.S. Government for the oil which they’ve extracted from THESE shores, they darned well WILL set the price for what they sell that oil, because THEY OWN IT.
    So then, this whole argument over ‘foreign oil’ is nought but a phantom used to play YOU against ME, and everybody else.
    Foreign oil … Give me a break!
    Oh, and do be sure to ignore that man behind the curtain …

  59. What is the hell is the head of the EPA doing talking about reducing dependence on foreign oil? That has nothing to do with whether emissions cause health problems. Her job is to deal with the science and not the political economics of oil.
    This is the biggest con job ever perpetrated by the federal government.

  60. Mike McMillan says:
    April 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    This administration is so depressing.
    November can’t come soon enough.

    Is that what “immigration reform” is for – to bolster the ranks of available democrat voters and keep them in power forever.

  61. rbateman says:
    April 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    Lisa Jackson is not an elected official. She should not be legislating from an appointed position.
    The average person doesn’t even know what that means. And they probably would get a bored look on their face if you tried to explain it.
    BUT!! They know everything about every contestant on Survivor, Americas Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars. Many of them can achieve high levels in video games. They spend hours at the movies, texting on their phone, and watching porn.
    As long as America lives like this America will have pathetic leaders.
    But I do believe a new day is coming!! It might get a bit uglier though before it gets better.

  62. David Alan Evans says:
    April 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    …Lots of poor people are gonna die. Then again, isn’t that the idea?
    Maybe Paul Ehrlich’s patience has paid off!

  63. emphasis added :
    <blockquote cite ="The National Academy of Sciences has stated that the climate is changing, that the changes are mainly caused by human interference with the atmosphere, and that those changes will transform the environmental conditions on Earth unless counter-measures are taken.”>
    Stated. Not proven, demonstrated, measured, hypothesised or theorised.
    Alas poor Science, I knew him well.

  64. I was listening to a car dealer today who loves the new Nissan Leaf all elctric car. The drawback? One Leaf is expected to increase your electric bill by 19%, so how we going to generate all that extra electricity? Probably by more magical means that have not been developed yet since CO2 generating coal, nuclear and even hydro is bad according to environmentalists. Heck, they are even protesting wave generation out here in the Pacific NW.

  65. “Stop right there, or the energy independence baby gets a .45 caliber hole in the noggin!”
    Oy.

  66. I think it’s time to recall the wisdom of one of our country’s most curmudgeonly sages.
    “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
    and
    “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats”
    H.L. Mencken

  67. Dave Wendt:
    Here’s another:

    The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.
    ~ H.L.Mencken

  68. @ Darrin says:
    April 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    “I was listening to a car dealer today who loves the new Nissan Leaf all elctric car. The drawback? One Leaf is expected to increase your electric bill by 19%, so how we going to generate all that extra electricity? Probably by more magical means that have not been developed yet since CO2 generating coal, nuclear and even hydro is bad according to environmentalists. Heck, they are even protesting wave generation out here in the Pacific NW.”
    Dude!!!! You don’t understand!!! You see, by creating plug-in electric vehicles, we can give back to the grid!!! See, we generate electricity by running our vehicles and charging our batteries. Then, at night, we plug in and give back the electricity!!!! Then, it is there all night for us to recharge our batteries and do it all over again!!!! And, as a bonus, the electric companies will pay us for the electricity!!!! See, everybody wins!!!!

  69. The preferred method of making slaves is to convince the target population that it is in their best interest to be dependent on the slave master. This is done by providing them with security, food, housing, etc., so that they eventually lose the ability to provide such things for themselves. Whips, chains, etc. are not necessary. The most effective slave master smiles at his slaves and becomes a father figure whom they worship. They have become slaves without even realizing it. They only feel the lash, when they “must be punished” for their own good. The father feels badly about it, but it must be done. And the slave knows he deserved it for disappointing the father, and welcomes the punishment to help him correct his ways.
    This is how slaves are made.
    I’ll leave it to you to figure out who are the slave masters and who are the slaves in this on going political tragic-comedy.

  70. Welcome America, to the European Nanny State of Big Government….. From here on in, you will never need to think for yourselves…. Indeed, it may even be illegal, as you may hurt yourself or others;-)
    Remember, that to criticise Obama or his administration is Sedition. (but to criticize Bush was fine)
    It’s a strange new world we now find ourselves in….. Good thing the Midterm elections are close for you guys, hey?

  71. Ms Jackson, please makeup your mind – is your draconian CO2 law saving the world or saving pennies?
    Trashing our way of life with forced decarbonization might have been justifiable if it was saving our children’s lives from climate catastrophe, but not for mundate issues of energy security, peak oil, sustainability or society’s guilt about over-consumption.
    Watch the warmists such as Ms. Jackson seamlessly switching over from the ailing CAGW to these comparatively trivial reasons, hoping no one will notice that we have kept a sledgehammer solution for what is now a walnut problem.

  72. Ian H says:
    April 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm:
    The above and others keep saying “we are running out of fossil fuels”. For one thing, petroleum is not “fossil fuel” and another it is not running out. It is continuously made in the earth from water, carbonate, and catalysts such as iron and cobalt minerals. The Russians established this years ago, but too many kids are still reading high school text books that have 30 year old information.
    They are just finding out about petroleum based volcanoes in the ocean, and oil leaks into the oceans without drilling. Where do you think the ethane and methane and higher hydrocarbon lakes on Titan, the moon of Saturn came from? Dinosaurs, also?
    We need a complete reeducation of the last two (at least) generations.
    Summary:
    1) Burning oil is a good thing, and there is plenty of coal and gas to boot
    2) Windmills, solar panels, etc. are inefficient, costly to make, do not last long without costly maintenance, are bad for the environment and need huge tax subsidies to be viable.
    3) CO2 is a very good thing
    4) Earth gets hot and cold apart from man
    5) Greenies need more education
    6) Sol is a variable G major star; its atmosphere comprises 0.3% carbon. Earth’s atmosphere comprises 0.001% carbon. It warms the earth with visible and invisible radiation that varies in a cyclical fashion.
    7) No one can predict earth’s climate

  73. To the guy who had questions about cellulosic ethanol, it has reached pilot-scale at a number of facilites nationwide (sorry, can’t provide link). I believe a few commercial-scale facilities are currently on the drawing boards. My guess is that by 2015, the techonology would be commercialized.
    By the way, how many of you know that 800,000 barrels per day of ethanol was produced in the US in Dec 2009? I expect it to exceed one million barrels per day by end of 2010. At 50 mpg, do you know that is enough fuel to power 50 million Prius cars annually at 12,000 miles driven per year? Which brings up another point, why aren’t the Prius sold as flex-fuel capable?

  74. now that everyone has had a chance to react, what did she actually say?
    “The second pivotal event was the agreement President Obama announced in May 2009 between EPA, the Department of Transportation, the nation’s automakers, America’s autoworkers, and the State of California to seek harmonized, nationwide limits on the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of new cars and light trucks.”
    “My endangerment finding in December satisfied the prerequisite in the Clean Air Act for establishing a greenhouse gas emissions standard for cars and light trucks of Model Years 2012 through 2016. So I was able to issue that final standard earlier this month, on the same day that Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood signed a final fuel efficiency standard for the same vehicles.”
    All she is saying is that the EPA has “harmonized” current standards. The other “bits” about 2022 aren’t of much concern as no one in their right mind will use such antiquated solutions at that point.
    Best,
    John

  75. @Pamela Gray says:
    April 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    Hope springs eternal……….. and I know the choice wasn’t really very good, but, ……YOU’RE A BRIGHT PERSON!!!!!!! I’ve more, but I’m breaking it up. The rest isn’t directed at you in particularly, but both of us and many more. It may or may not be posted.

  76. Given Ms. Lisa P. Jackson’s dissertation to the senate, it is apparent; There is a reality of which no one likes to speak. I will. Nature gives us inequities. Some have talents that others don’t. It is the responsibility of people with certain abilities and talents to show and express the proper way (pertinent to their talents) for others with less talent and abilities to know particular things. Regardless of how people view other people, it is still the onus of the people bestowed with the various talents and abilities to (dare I say?) preach the proper way. Hoping a Chicago thug would Change things for the better, was, well, naive, to be charitable. Proof positive that smart people can to dumb things. probably often.

  77. The one thing you can be sure of in every country in the world, when the economy becomes wealthy enough to allow Civil Servants to not worry about famine and starvation those same Civil Servants will seek a purpose of sufficient high-minded import that they can delude themselves that they still deliver us from death.
    They are, of course, quite mad.

  78. Lisa says
    “In February, I signed a final renewable fuels standard. It substantially increases the volume of renewable products – including cellulosic bio-fuel – that refiners must blend into transportation fuel”
    She is not honest person because she knows full well that cellulosic bio fuel is virtually non existant and that the plants that promised to be in production by now are failing to meet expectations for capacity and product due to technological limitations.
    Also it is her very agency that reported that ethanol from cellulosic feed stock takes over 50 years to offer any benefits for reduction of CO2.
    Also how can she defend the ethanol from corn folly
    If this goes to court, she will look like a fool.
    Keep in mind that she virtually killed the economy of New Jersey when she was the DEP administrator with her environmental policies that drove business to neighboring states. This was even before the recession. The new governor is reversing her draconian policies in an attempt to save the state from bankruptcy.
    ng l

  79. One has to admire Lisa’s Cnut-like confidence in proclamation.
    Wasn’t there a time when the US, in an age of reason, threw off the yoke of crazed monarchist oppression? (That was a time of unfair taxes too).

  80. @Don Shaw
    “she knows full well that cellulosic bio fuel is virtually non existant and that the plants that promised to be in production by now are failing to meet expectations for capacity and product due to technological limitations.”
    IDK, she really could be an idiot and is just parroting what she believes is possible. I can show where people who see one particular instance believe that particular instance could and should happen else where. Regardless of circumstance. Be it TV or movie, it should happen in “RL”.
    The answer is, there is no limitation on what could happen, except the for the limitation on man’s contrivance. The question is, should we, and at what cost?

  81. On Biofuels
    As a major producer of palm oil, the Malaysian government is encouraging the production of biofuel feedstock and the building of biodiesel plants that use palm oil. Domestically, Malaysia is preparing to change from diesel to bio-fuels by 2008, including drafting legislation that will make the switch mandatory. From 2007, all diesel sold in Malaysia must contain 5% palm oil. Malaysia is emerging as one of the leading biofuel producers, with 91 plants approved and a handful now in operation, all based on palm oil.
    Meanwhile …
    Studies in Sabah show that orang-utan population have declined by 50 to 90% over the past few decades. This severe decline is due to several causes including hunting and pet trade, but the foremost reason is forest losses when the forest is cut down and converted to agriculture. In Borneo and Sumatra where wild orang-utans live, forest is primarily converted to palm oil and industrial tree plantations. Forest conversion results in an extreme loss of biodiversity and the destruction of species like the orang-utans.
    Meanwhile …
    The European Commission and some EU member states hope to redefine palm oil plantations as “forests,” according to a leaked document from the EU executive. Rules governing the use of biofuels were supposed to be designed to sort out the sustainable versions of the technology from their dirtier cousins following a massive backlash against it in 2008. At the time, an avalanche of reports revealed that many forms of the fuel source both increase greenhouse gas emissions and put pressure on food prices.
    The production of palm oil was one of the most egregious examples of the problem.
    In the wake of the biofuels boom, there has been a rush to chop down rainforests to make way for palm oil plantations. The UN says that the growth in such plantations is now the main cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. Worse still are the land grabs and human rights abuses resulting from the lucrative business. In Indonesia, as EUobserver reported two years ago, when native communities complain about the loss of their lands, private security firms and police that collude with the oil companies crack down violently on protesters.
    But in a manoeuvre that has shocked environmental campaigners, a draft commission communication offering guidance to EU member states on the use of biofuels has classified palm oil plantations – the source of one of the most destructive forms of biofuels – as “forests.” Essentially, the document argues that because palm oil plantations are tall enough and shady enough, they count as forests.
    So it seems that in the name of preserving Gaia’s climate, the world is trading virgin forest for palm oil plantations and orang-utans for polar bears while Uncle Al and his cronies get rich keeping underground resources underground.

  82. @ ZT says:
    April 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    “One has to admire Lisa’s Cnut-like confidence in proclamation.
    Wasn’t there a time when the US, in an age of reason, threw off the yoke of crazed monarchist oppression? (That was a time of unfair taxes too).”
    It is assumed that ……….it was just ethnic people that didn’t want to share what was unjustly acquired. Can’t you see the evilness of it?
    This is probably the wrong forum for such a discussion…….sadly, because of the people such as Ms. Jackson, it is impossible to separate the issues. The temps are wrong. The math is wrong. The science is wrong. The economics are wrong. ……but they’re executing the politics in an almost perfect manner.

  83. Well if in Cuba they can drive around in 1950s cars maybe I can get 30 years out of my Ford Explorer. No micro car for me.

  84. Is the EPA charged with “reducing dependency on oil”. That doesn’t sound like an environmental concern to me.

  85. Ms. Jackson needs to put up a birdfeeder and tend that instead of tending to the world. Unfortunately, if she tends the bird feeder like she tends the world, very few birds will get fed.

  86. MJ says: April 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm: “…I assume that there will be inspections of motor vehicles at designated facilities with appropriate Carbon Offset certificates ready for purchase. And will this “certificate” have a picture of Al Gore on it?”
    No, but the 100 trillion US dollar bill you’ll need to pay for the inspection will have Obama’s picture on it.

  87. Chris
    April 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    The commercial cellulosic plants were promised to be in operation by now and producing the ethanol volume goal documented by the EPA. These plants were built with huge government subidies and are experiencing technical difficulties according to reports from the Wall Street Journal and are way behind schedule. One plant is producing methanol instead in much less volume than promised. Methanol can already be produced more efficiently with existing technology. As I recall from the WSJ they are experiencing some problems with catalyst cost. Generally the feedstock is wood via cutting down trees therefore the carbon foot print is comparable to gasoline acording to the EPA studies.
    Can someone explain to me the wisdom of cutting down trees that absorb CO2, and waste a portion of the energy in the wood to produce ethanol that has 2/3 the BTU content of Gasoline?
    Since this technology is failing to meet expectations, the Obama administration has announced that it will increase the government subsidy in an attempt to produce the target ethanol volume via cellulosic means.

  88. The day will come when people are limited by the government on how much driving they can do.
    Oh well,at least it would cut the crime rate.

  89. All this is going to (snipping) do is put a nice shiny coat of wax on the trillion dollar ( US ) debt. The general public is on to them, I hope. C’mon, common man.

  90. stan stendera says:
    April 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    Ms. Jackson needs to put up a birdfeeder and tend that instead of tending to the world. Unfortunately, if she tends the bird feeder like she tends the world, very few birds will get fed.

    The following birds will be fed well.
    [1] birds with only a left wing.
    [2] birds that are deserving of redistributed bird seed.
    [3] birds that are illegally in the garden
    The following birds will not be fed, and will be deprived of any excess seed found in their possession.
    [1] Birds that are willing and able to find their own seed.
    [2] Birds that can fly away will have their wings clipped.
    [3] Birds that were born in the garden.

  91. “”First, in April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act’s definition of air pollution includes greenhouse gases.””
    Sorry, I gave up reading at this point. How do these mad people intend to legislate against
    against water vapour, the dominant “greenhouse gas” of the atmosphere?

  92. Don Shaw says:
    April 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Since this technology is failing to meet expectations, the Obama administration has announced that it will increase the government subsidy in an attempt to produce the target ethanol volume via cellulosic means.

    Graeme’s First Subsidy Law. The amount of government subsidy attracted by a new technology is inversely proportional to the efficacy of the technology.
    I.e. the worse the technology is, the more government money it attracts.

  93. “”First, in April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act’s definition of air pollution includes greenhouse gases.””
    Sorry. I gave up reading at this point. How do these mad people intend to legislate
    against the dominant “greenhouse gas”, water vapour?

  94. Graeme From Melbourne says:
    April 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    Is that what “immigration reform” is for – to bolster the ranks of available democrat voters and keep them in power forever.
    Yes.
    There is also a move in Washington to make Puerto Rico become a State which would add ~1.8 millions voters, most of whom will vote Democrat , also adding 2 more Democrat Senators, and 6 Democrat Congressmen.

  95. “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
    ~ C.S. Lewis

  96. “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
    ~Plato

  97. “Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them”
    ~Voltaire

  98. “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”
    ~Charles de Montesquieu

  99. “A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn’t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty”
    ~George Baumler

  100. Funny how it is suddenly: “oil dependence and …. oh, what was that other thing which used to be so important before climategate ….. it’s on the tip of my tongue …. come on you know the thing …. it’s all around us … we all breath it out …. come on help me out!”

  101. Graeme From Melbourne says: (April 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm) Graeme’s First Subsidy Law. The amount of government subsidy attracted by a new technology is inversely proportional to the efficacy of the technology.
    We did not need the subsequent simplfied version, Graeme; we were already sighing in resignation.

  102. While the comments about greenhouse gases and biofuels are clearly alarmist/stupid, there is a crying need for Americans to become more fuel efficient.
    One way of achieving this is by increasing fuel taxes – only Venezuela has lower fuel taxes than the USA – in fact, they have negative taxes!!
    The benefits of the US reducing oil consumption are: i) lower budget deficits, ii) lower oil imports and therefore dependence on outside sources, and iii) consequential lower oil prices.
    An even better way for the US to reduce crude oil consumption is to switch from gasoline to diesel powered vehicles and then tax gasoline to make it more expensive than diesel.
    In Europe, there has been a big switch from gasoline to diesel powered vehicles – for the same performance you get 25-30% more mileage per gallon. If all automobiles in the US had diesel engines, the reduction in daily crude oil consumption would be around 1.5-2.0 million barrels per day.

  103. Lisa Jackson’s experience in the federal EPA and both New York’s and New Jersey’s DEP have been solely in the field of enforcing compliance. She’s a bureaucrat who used threats and lawsuits to get her way, yet made a complete hash of the work she was supposed to do — her policies led to lawsuits against property owners who trimmed the weeds in drainage ditches on their property because they were “modifying seasonal waterways” and against farmers who *built* stock ponds because they “interfered with the free replenishment of natural streams” — even though the nearest free-flowing natural stream may have been three miles away and on the opposite side of a ridgeline.
    Jackson’s MO consisted of requiring mountains of paperwork to be completed before any toxic remediation could even begin. I can speak from experience that, in New Jersey, the paper-pushers loved her and the people who had to do the actual cleanup work hated her guts.

  104. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:
    April 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    There is also a move in Washington to make Puerto Rico become a State which would add ~1.8 millions voters, most of whom will vote Democrat , also adding 2 more Democrat Senators, and 6 Democrat Congressmen.
    That’s been on the table for at least fifty years, but almost 70% of the population of Puerto Rico prefer their status as a Commonwealth. They have the best of both worlds — they have US citizenship and pay no federal taxes.

  105. David44,
    “David44 says:
    April 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm
    On Biofuels
    As a major producer of palm oil, the Malaysian government is encouraging the production of biofuel feedstock and the building of biodiesel plants that use palm oil.”
    I believe the palm oil industry is obsolescent and will soon be replaced by jatropha. Jatropha is the area that big business and governments are rushing into. The Indian government is talking about setting aside 100 million hectares for jatropha and Indonesia as much as 20 million hectares. Jatropha is far more efficient than palm oil, yielding as much as 10 tons of oil per hectare which is the main reason why palm oil must necessarily be abandoned. Even more importantly, jatropha can thrive on poor quality, semi arid land which would be a big incentive for European governments to back it instead of palm oil.

  106. A bit OT, but sorta relevant.
    Those of You Born
    1930 – 1979
    We drank water
    From the garden hose and not from a bottle.
    We shared one soft drink with four friends,
    From one bottle and no one actually died from this.
    We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.
    We drank Kool-Aid (OMG – there it is) made with real white sugar.
    And, we weren’t overweight.
    WHY?
    Because we were
    Always outside playing…that’s why!
    No one was able
    To reach us all day. And, we were O.K.
    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
    And then ride them down the hill, only to find out
    We forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes
    a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.
    There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,
    No video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s,
    No cell phones,
    No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
    WE HAD FRIENDS
    And we went outside and found them!
    These generations have produced some of the best
    Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
    The past 50 years
    Have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,
    and we learned how to deal with it all.
    If YOU are one of them?
    CONGRATULATIONS!
    You might want to share this with others
    who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the
    lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives
    for our own good.

  107. What utter nonsense about small cars being death traps and big nutter SUVs being “safe”. I suggest people who have that view look at NCAP ratings and also at car accident death rates outside the USA before making such barking statements.
    And whatever you think about CO2 pollution, surely what’s going on in the Gulf of Mexico at the moment isn’t exactly an advert for clean oil.
    You don’t need 5 litre engines to get around, especially in countries where the speed limits are hardly challenging for a bicycle. My Audi TT does 35 mpg and 100 miles per hour on a 2 litre engine. But as the price of fuel rockets. I’m thinking of buying the diesel version next time, which is closer to 55 mpg with the same kind of performance.

  108. ‘I will never vote for another Democrat for as long as I live. Not even if they mend their ways. I can’t believe the mindset of supposedly educated and enlightened people. We are moving towards the dark ages and it is because of my party. I once thought the Republicans headed that charge with their religiosity. My bad. Dems are just as bad with their own form of religiosity. My vote for Obama has been rescinded.’
    Please help to change Democrat Party.

  109. Peter Miller says:
    April 29, 2010 at 1:18 am
    there is a crying need for Americans to become more fuel efficient….One way of achieving this is by increasing fuel taxes
    No. Increasing taxes on fuel is absolutely the worst thing we could do, and is a typical liberals’ “solution” to any problem. Energy is the life-blood of an economy, and artificially raising its cost is like tying an anchor onto it. High energy costs particularly hurt the poor and middle class.
    If people want smaller cars, they’ll buy them, and their reward will be lowered fuel use. The same goes for smaller, and better-insulated houses.
    If the goal is greater energy independence, there are certainly ways to achieve that without higher energy taxes.
    The bottom line is that higher energy costs are far more detrimental than anything positive they might accomplish.

  110. KPO says: (April 29, 2010 at 3:13 am) We drank water
    From the garden hose and not from a bottle.

    Sweet, KPO! Been there… wanna go back…

  111. LOL…and with what an ugly “prophet”! The Now hiperbotoxed and maked up Al Baby and his Global Warming/Climate change creed (of course a “creed” for him and the fool-believers, not for the hidden masters).
    To the supposedly more educated among them, the ones “initiated”, are told the “hidden truth”: They are suppose to do this for the welfare of humanity, to achieve the possibility of “global governance”. However, these are fooled too: The harsh reality is Power and Money; thus to the not so easy believing, some “share” is given, just to make their total “conversion” possible.
    Other kind of religions have a different goal: To achieve and reach the higher level of being possible to man. This, sometimes, is confused, to achieving also that lower lever manifestation of energy called “money”.

  112. George E. Smith says:
    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    “This whole bunch in the inner circle of the present administration are in my humble opinion borderline criminally insane; and if the American People don’t get some guts this November and turf this whole clatch out of the Congress and get a Veto-Proof Senate of adult people; then you can kiss goodbye to the American experiment in liberty.”
    They are not ‘criminally’ insane, they are only following orders.
    The ‘American experiment’ ended 1901, when the ruling elite put one of their own in the White House.
    “In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated, and Roosevelt became president at the age of 42, taking office at the youngest age of any U.S. President in history. Roosevelt attempted to move the Republican Party in the direction of Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses. Roosevelt coined the phrase “Square Deal” to describe his domestic agenda, emphasizing that the average citizen would get a fair shake under his policies.
    As an outdoorsman and naturalist, he promoted the conservation movement. On the world stage, Roosevelt’s policies were characterized by his slogan, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. Roosevelt was the force behind the completion of the Panama Canal; he sent out the Great White Fleet to display American power, and he negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt is the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.” (bold mine)
    From Wiki here:-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt
    I find it fascinating how many parallels there are between Obama and Roosevelt!
    Since Roosevelt the ruling elite have used there financial muscle to ensure control of the presidency whichever party came to power. They ensured that they would more often than not succeed by outspending the opposition, controlling the media, and using respected figures as paid-for ‘opinion’ formers.
    Unless the peoples of the western world take direct action soon, the final step is a world government run by the elite, through the auspices of the UN, an institution they set up for this purpose. Their aim is the end of all wars and a much smaller global population which will ensure their lineage over the coming millennia.

  113. Yes Jersey is going back. They are broke and spending the fees extorted from energy back to the general fund. Yesterday Spain was declared more broke by the bond markets. Obama drools over the Spanish economic model. Trains, wind turbines and 22% unemployed to watch trains traves and wind turbines tun all day.

  114. To an impartial observer, Ms Jackson is typical of a certain class of modern liberally-educated wimmin who trot out their gender and race-based prejudices at every opprtunity but are so enamoured of their own success that they have given up any kind critical thought and are oblivious to their own various stupidities.
    She and her sisters are not unusual around the world, neither are they to be entrusted with decisions about anything of importance as their rationality is too severely compromised by their egos.

  115. **********
    Veronica says:
    April 29, 2010 at 3:33 am
    What utter nonsense about small cars being death traps and big nutter SUVs being “safe”. I suggest people who have that view look at NCAP ratings and also at car accident death rates outside the USA before making such barking statements.
    And whatever you think about CO2 pollution, surely what’s going on in the Gulf of Mexico at the moment isn’t exactly an advert for clean oil.
    You don’t need 5 litre engines to get around, especially in countries where the speed limits are hardly challenging for a bicycle. My Audi TT does 35 mpg and 100 miles per hour on a 2 litre engine. But as the price of fuel rockets. I’m thinking of buying the diesel version next time, which is closer to 55 mpg with the same kind of performance.
    *****************
    The current oil spill in the long run will amount to a tempest in a teapot. Like the Valdez spill, no lasting harm will come of this. Oil is a natural mineral. It does have some toxicity, but the effect is still minimal. We have become a nation of whiners and wussies and the politicians play on our fears and insecurities. Wise up. They are just using you. (In the US, that is. Can’t speak for other countries.)

  116. Veronica says:
    April 29, 2010 at 3:33 am
    What utter nonsense about small cars being death traps and big nutter SUVs being “safe”.
    Let people have their “utter nonsense”. We’ll let you be “smart”. Please don’t try to make people be like you. And they won’t try to make you like them.
    You can think SUV’s aren’t safer. But for the sake of other peoples safety don’t require them to ride in small cars.
    And if really are concerned about pollution please have the electricity at your house shut off. Walk to work. You can’t ride a bike to work because building a bike from raw materials created pollution. So you can’t own a bike. And really you can’t own shoes either. Pollution was created in their manufacture. No clothes too that were bought at the store. Pollution problem again. Please don’t buy groceries. Lots of pollution was created in getting it to the store, to keep the lights on at the store, to keep the refrigeration on there. So no food from the grocery store. No chocolate. Bad pollution issues there, and probably unfair labor practices to get the cocoa. No elevators. No more tv too Veronica. You’re a polluter. Your life has been creating pollution.
    If you get the pollution out of your own life then you have the right to come here and preach others should do the same. Until then your environmentalism is about you controlling others. It is not about saving the earth.

  117. Bill Tuttle says:
    April 29, 2010 at 2:30 am
    That’s been on the table for at least fifty years, but almost 70% of the population of Puerto Rico prefer their status as a Commonwealth
    I know Bill. But what the people there want isn’t going to matter much just as what the people here want isn’t mattering much. A good example is Obamacare. Most of America didn’t and doesn’t want it. But here we have it anyway.

  118. Any one who is surprised hasn’t been paying attention. A foregone conclusion
    that the administration would stand by and watch the economy come back. Not
    part of Obama’s plans.

  119. Does anyone smell a conflict of interest from our politicians?
    From http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=531731
    “Cap-And-Trade: While senators froth over Goldman Sachs and derivatives, a climate trading scheme being run out of the Chicago Climate Exchange would make Bernie Madoff blush. Its trail leads to the White House.”
    “Thanks to Fox News’ Glenn Beck, we have learned a lot about CCX, not the least of which is that its founder, Richard Sandor, says he knew Obama well back in the day when the Joyce Foundation awarded money to the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where Sandor was a research professor.”
    “Sandor estimates that climate trading could be “a $10 trillion dollar market.” It could very well be, if cap-and-trade measures like Waxman-Markey and Kerry-Boxer are signed into law, making energy prices skyrocket, and as companies buy and sell permits to emit those six “greenhouse” gases.”
    “So lucrative does this market appear, it attracted the attention of London-based Generation Investment Management, which purchased a stake in CCX and is now the fifth-largest shareholder.”
    “Other founders include former Goldman Sachs partner David Blood, as well as Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris, also of Goldman Sachs. In 2006, CCX received a big boost when another investor bought a 10% stake on the prospect of making a great deal of money for itself. That investor was Goldman Sachs, now under the gun for selling financial instruments it knew were doomed to fail.”
    “The actual mechanism for trading on the exchange was purchased and patented by none other than Franklin Raines, who was CEO of Fannie Mae at the time.”
    “The climate trading scheme being stitched together here will do more damage than Goldman Sachs, AIG and Fannie Mae combined. But it will bring power and money to its architects.”
    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=531731
    Does it bother anyone that this story is not in the MSM?
    Considering the imfluence of the above connections, The drive to pass the climate bill is enormous. How can we stop this raid on our hard earned dollars?

  120. It is difficult to say anything at all kind about Ms. Jackson. I’m sure that in her world she is doing the right thing, but her delusion is so strong I’m wondering if it could be classified as a new mental illness.
    Really, it doesn’t matter what your politics are… this group is doing their best to cause that “revolution” they formulated in the 60s, and nothing is going to stop them. If only the world worked as simply as the LSD fueled hippy fantasies think it does.

    Bruce Cobb says:
    This is certainly good news for America’s enemies, who must be celebrating about now.

    Those enemies have been dancing in the streets ever since the successful infiltration of the Republican Primaries put McCain as the candidate.

  121. Veronica says:
    April 29, 2010 at 3:33 am
    You don’t need 5 litre engines to get around, especially in countries where the speed limits are hardly challenging for a bicycle. My Audi TT does 35 mpg and 100 miles per hour on a 2 litre engine. But as the price of fuel rockets. I’m thinking of buying the diesel version next time, which is closer to 55 mpg with the same kind of performance.

    I don’t think you even realized that you assumed the elitist stereotype of the “progressive” left. You want some facts, figure out how many people can afford a newer Audi TT, let alone the diesel version. (2010 Audi TT $37,800 +)
    Because you can afford you lavish lifestyle, you expect the poor folks should follow your “guidance”. Yeah, make them drive mini – sub – compacts while you drive your new diesel Audi. Let them eat cake.

  122. Tenuc says: April 29, 2010 at 6:08 am
    You have made a good exegesis job, now you can apply the same method to names.

  123. Veronica says:
    April 29, 2010 at 3:33 am
    “You don’t need 5 litre engines to get around, especially in countries where the speed limits are hardly challenging for a bicycle. My Audi TT does 35 mpg”
    Exactly how many sheets of plywood will fit in an Audi TT? How about 2×4’s?
    How many bags of cement will fit in the trunk? Will a 9 cubic foot wheel barrow fit in the trunk? How about a lawn mower? A bicycle perhaps? A 10″ compound miter saw perhaps?
    My 250cc moped gets 70 MPG, goes 80MPH and will carry as much stuff as an Audi TT.
    You don’t need an Audi TT, a moped will carry just as much, gets twice the mileage and costs less then 10%.
    I do however need a second vehicle that is big to carry the stuff I can’t fit on my moped. It has to be big enough to carry plywood, wheelbarrows and other various tools and building supplies.

  124. R. de Haan says:
    April 29, 2010 at 6:34 am
    Just tell me: What happened with that company which manufactured voting machines (I don’t know how you call them) owned by Hugo Chavez and two other partners, there in the US, is it still working?….just guessing….

  125. Anybody looking for a remote place in the Ozark Mountains to build a bunker for when tshtf, I may be able to help you out.

  126. John Peter says, April 29, 2010 at 9:37 am :
    Kind of a white flag being raised. Hmmm….WUWT stroke hard. (he quotes the UHI and surface stations errors). That’s good, cool it down babies and everything will be fine again. Quite a complicated issue that of a faked global warming/climate change and worst the selected protagonist “star”. (Al baby?…come on!)

  127. Veronica says:
    April 29, 2010 at 3:33 am
    My Audi TT does 35 mpg and 100 miles per hour on a 2 litre engine. But as the price of fuel rockets. I’m thinking of buying the diesel version next time, which is closer to 55 mpg with the same kind of performance.
    If you don’t want your Audi TT, can I have it?
    You going to have it chushed?

  128. “John Peter says:
    April 29, 2010 at 9:37 am
    If you believe that man made CO2 emissions have any effect on the climate you ought to read this interview with Swedish Dr Fred Goldberg in of all places People’s Daily on line. (Don’t worry, it is in English.)
    http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90853/6959757.html

    The linked page does some cross-site scripting, it seems. Be careful. Chinese.

  129. DirkH says: The linked page does some cross-site scripting, it seems. Be careful. Chinese That’s true but the antivirus can handle it, in any case just don’t accept the download of the chinese symbols.

  130. My old 1987 Porche 944 does 33 mpg highway with a redline of 140 mph. I am unimpressed by the Audi. I bought my Porche 3rd hand for $5K. It gets around 26 mpg in the city with its 4 banger.

  131. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:
    April 29, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I know Bill. But what the people there want isn’t going to matter much just as what the people here want isn’t mattering much.
    Roger that. I’m hoping the Congers will still be in “tread lightly” mode and shy away from another HellCare™ debacle in hopes that people’s ire will fade before November. If they are, I don’t think they’ll be able to raise the necessary votes.

  132. “Drill baby drill.” I suggest that the pro-oil visitors to this site all gather their buckets and spades and go help clean up the horrible mess that is developing down in the Gulf of Mexico. Just one of the many reminders of why we need to switch over to clean energy, e.g solar and wind.
    yours sincerely
    MJK

  133. “The National Academy of Sciences has stated that the climate is changing, that the changes are mainly caused by human interference with the atmosphere, and that those changes will transform the environmental conditions on Earth unless counter-measures are taken.” Jackson
    Just what does “human interference” really mean?? Is she referring to some kind of tachyon ray aimed into the sky that is causing the stratosphere to heat up? Could this be a hail mary attempt to deflect dozens of alien ships landing near Stephen Hawing’s house? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of “What’s ‘Up Against the Wall’ Mean?”

  134. Enneagram: Yes: Oil is naturally occuring, but it is far from “clean”. It causes mass environmental and econimic damage when there is a spill. Can’t you see the difference. Suggest you go down to the Gulf, take a dip and feel how “Natural” this whole mess is. And while you are at it, try and convince the local fisherman what a Natural thing this spill is.

  135. First, in April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act’s definition of air pollution includes greenhouse gases. The Court rejected then-Administrator Johnson’s refusal to determine whether that pollution from motor vehicles endangers public health or welfare.

    Actually, the Clean Air Act definition of air pollution includes any “substance or matter” which is emitted into or otherwise enters the ambient air. Such definition unarguably also includes oxygen, water, nitrogen, etc.
    So if she, in her sole opinion, decided that oxygen “may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare” then the EPA could regulate oxygen.
    Again, I think this needs to be attacked on the basis of reasonableness.

  136. mjk said on April 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm:

    “Drill baby drill.” I suggest that the pro-oil visitors to this site all gather their buckets and spades and go help clean up the horrible mess that is developing down in the Gulf of Mexico. Just one of the many reminders of why we need to switch over to clean energy, e.g solar and wind.
    yours sincerely
    MJK

    If you had read this recent WUWT article on underwater asphalt volcanoes and the comments, you would realize that petroleum leaks are a natural occurrence, that nature has survived for quite some time.
    This is not an Exxon Valdez level event, and our responses to oil spills has gotten better since then. This leak should be stopped in a bit. Granted, experts are saying if they end up drilling relief wells then this might go on for one or two years. Experts also said the Kuwaiti oil field fires would be burning for more than a decade.
    If the slick hits the shores it may inconvenience thousands of sea birds. Therefore in place of the energy this well would yield we can put up a massive wind farm, place it offshore like they are planning to do in the UK. Then we can have clean wind energy, when the wind blows, and chop up hundreds of thousands of sea birds every year. Which will make environmentalists happy as wind energy is needed to save the planet. Clean and green is the way to go, always. Better to have some surviving sea birds than none at all after the runaway global warming destroys all life on Earth, right?

  137. mjk says:
    “Drill baby drill.” I suggest that the pro-oil visitors to this site all gather their buckets and spades and go help clean up the horrible mess that is developing down in the Gulf of Mexico. Just one of the many reminders of why we need to switch over to clean energy, e.g solar and wind.

    Sure. Just as soon as the anti-oil visitors to this site gather their buckets and spades and start cleaning up the natural oil seeps, which are far greater environmental polluters.
    Here in Alberta we put our money where our mouths are. We are doing our best to clean up the worst natural oil disaster in the world, also known as the Athabasca Tar Sands… a giant desolate area with stunted plant life and non-potable rivers and streams. When we’re done, the area will be pristine. And STILL there are “environmentalists” trying to block the whole thing. I think they’re nuts.

  138. Those windmills you love so much will kill a lot more birds than the oil slick. Both solar and oil are way too expensive. We are drowning in nat gas though. At least it is a good energy source, like oil and coal.

  139. “solar and oil are way too expensive” should have been “solar and wind are way too expensive”

  140. CodeTech says:
    April 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    “When we’re done, the area will be pristine. And STILL there are “environmentalists” trying to block the whole thing. I think they’re nuts.”
    No. The oil sands is a giant cash cow the enviros are extorting full tilt. That’s why a few hundred dead mallards became international news a few springs ago. It was a system breakdown, and after four more migration seasons (and counting) there haven’t been any more dead ducks. That must be very depressing for the eco-extortionists.

  141. Graeme in Melbourne
    Thank you for your reply to my comment. I will pay you the highest compliment:
    “I wish I had thought of that.”

  142. #
    #
    Robert of Ottawa says:
    April 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    Who elected this woman? This bureaucratic dictator.
    _______________________________________________________
    THAT is a major problem here in the USA. The bureaucratic dictators are NOT elected and are selected but the Mega Corporations and bankers to oversee themselves. That means ignore non-conformance by the big guys and go after the little guys.
    I ran across this comment made in another forum.
    “…worked for the EPA in oil field site inspections. Consistently he was tasked with fining, and shutting down mom, and pop outfits, but consistently was ordered to leave the big boys like Exxon Mobil alone..”
    Hear is an example from the corrupt USDA, where efforts of Food inspectors to bring problems with HACCP ignored by USDA management. From the Apr 17, 2008 Testimony:Mr. Stan Painter, Chairman, National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals:
    In December 2004 Union president Stan Painter receive reports from union member that SRM regulations are not uniformly enforced. Painter writes to the Assistant FSIS Administrator for Field Operation about enforcement problem. USDA responses by placed Painter on disciplinary investigation status and contacts the USDA Office of Inspector General about filing criminal charges. In response his Union in December 2004 filed Freedom of Information Act requests and in August 2005 Over 1000 non-compliance reports – weighing some 16 pounds — were turned over. The Japanese had also filed FIA requests.
    “….It (the recall of Hallmark/Westland Meat) highlights one of the problems that we have attempted to raise with the agency ever since 1996 when the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) inspection system was put in place. There seems to be too much reliance on an honor system for the industry to police itself. While the USDA investigation is still on going at Hallmark/Westland, a couple of facts have emerged that point to a system that can be gamed by those who want to break the law. It (HACCP) shifted the responsibility for food safety over to the companies ….”
    http://domesticpolicy.oversight.house.gov/documents/20080418113258.pdf

  143. George E. Smith says:
    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    Well of course it has nothing to do with climate or the health of the American People or energy independence; these people are all plain Marxists who have been working on getting into power for years;….
    ________________________________________________________________________
    I am afraid you are correct, and I thank God I never had any children.
    What I can not understand is that if you point out where all this is taking us to well educated “progressives” who have children, they know they are condemning their children to a much lower standard of living and rejoice! One even told me he had spoken to his kids and they were all OK with it. In the next five minutes the kids were grinning as they showed off Daddy’s new SUV.
    These people are truly “useful idiots”

  144. old construction worker says:
    April 29, 2010 at 4:10 am
    Please help to change Democrat Party.
    _____________________________________
    If you look at history, the Democratic party (funded by the bankers) has been used to push legislation that is destructive to the USA, such as the 1913 Federal Reserve Act and the confiscation of US citizens gold by the bankers.
    before you think I am crazy think of this. The leaked Denmark text that crashed the talks in Copenhagen named the World Bank as Controller of Carbon credit trading. After the World Bank and IMF annual meeting in New York City they meet at David Rockefeller’s Westchester estate. Maurice Strong father of the entire CAGW mess is a senior Adviser to the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation Trustee.
    “…To this day, no one can say what Theodore Roosevelt’s program was, or why he would sabotage his own party. Since the bankers were financing all three candidates, they would win regardless of the outcome. Later Congressional testimony showed that in the firm of Kuhn Loeb Company, Felix Warburg was supporting Taft, Paul Warburg and Jacob Schiff were supporting Wilson, and Otto Kahn was supporting Roosevelt. The result was that a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President were elected in 1912 to get the central bank legislation passed…..
    For many years, there has been considerable mystery about who actually owns the stock of the Federal Reserve Banks…. Because the Federal Reserve Bank of New York was to set the interest rates and direct open market operations, thus controlling the daily supply and price of money throughout the United States, it is the stockholders of that bank who are the real directors of the entire system. For the first time, it can be revealed who those stockholders are. This writer has the original organization certificates of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, giving the ownership of shares by the national banks in each district. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued 203,053 shares, and, as filed with the Comptroller of the Currency May 19, 1914, the large New York City banks took more than half of the outstanding shares. The Rockefeller Kuhn, Loeb-controlled National City Bank took the largest number of shares of any bank, 30,000 shares. J.P. Morgan’s First National Bank took 15,000 shares. When these two banks merged in 1955, they owned in one block almost one fourth of the shares in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which controlled the entire system, and thus they could name Paul Volcker or anyone else they chose to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Chase National Bank took 6,000 shares. The Marine Nation Bank of Buffalo, later known as Marine Midland, took 6,000 shares. This bank was owned by the Schoellkopf family, which controlled Niagara Power Company and other large interests. National Bank of Commerce of New York City took 21,000 shares. The shareholders of these banks which own the stock of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are the people who have controlled our political and economic destinies since 1914. They are the Rothschilds, of Europe, Lazard Freres (Eugene Meyer), Kuhn Loeb Company, Warburg Company, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, the Rockefeller family, and the J.P. Morgan interests. These interests have merged and consolidated in recent years, so that the control is much more concentrated. National Bank of Commerce is now Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Lehman Brothers has merged with Kuhn, Loeb Company, First National Bank has merged with the National City Bank, and in the other eleven Federal Reserve Districts, these same shareholders indirectly own or control shares in those banks, with the other shares owned by the leading families in those areas who own or control the principal industries in these regions.* The “local” families set up regional councils, on orders from New York, of such groups as the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, and other instruments of control devised by their masters. They finance and control political developments in their area, name candidates, and are seldom successfully opposed in their plans.”
    http://www.whale.to/b/m_ch_3.html

  145. Another related EPA/DOT/USDA move is
    “…The feds are overstepping their juristiction attempting to impose DOT regulations on farmers for tractors and other farm vehicles. …
    Forcing farmers to act like long distance truckers will destroy small farms. Bureaucrats are ceaselessly looking for more ways to extend their domain by taking away our traditional rights to live our lives. “

    Currently farming equipment is not subject to fuel tax. If Farm tractors will be subject to similar regs to that of long distance truckers it is the first step to regulating and taxing ALL equipment using internal combustion engines.
    I guess it is time to get my draft horse colts trained.

  146. Noelene says:
    April 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    The day will come when people are limited by the government on how much driving they can do.
    Oh well,at least it would cut the crime rate.
    They are trying that in my neck of the woods. Putting all the road money into trains trying to force everyone onto mass transit (Portland, OR). You know what the cops call the Max train? A rolling crime wave. Crime has gone up significantly a half mile to either side of the track. The criminals jump on the train, go to a neighborhood, commit crimes then hop the train to ride home again. They are out of their area so nobody recognizes them and there is no vehicle description or license plate to give cops if they are seen. Oh, lets not forget transit was given money to put up security cameras but most those don’t work or were never isntalled.

  147. Hey Gail Combs : April 30, 2010 at 5:17 am.
    Don’t worry! as long as we do not need a billion bucks for living. Perhaps you won’t believe me but I knew one of these guys, many years ago, and a few weeks afterwards he was eaten by a crocodile in a southern asia jungle. I think that they just take care of their pennies in case they need some change. If they think they will make the world better, well, that is their illusion. As Paul Brunton’s indian guru said: “Change yourself and the world will change”. If you are unable to change a simple trait of you character how do you dare to change the world?
    Well, I concede you that some guys are utterly disgusting and at the same time ridiculously funny like our beloved “Al Baby”, caring so much of destroying the last remnants of knowledge in our kids and grandkids with his Nobel prize science or devilish like old crow Jerry Ravetz, who seeks to delete all archives of knowledge from humanity’s hard disk with his post-normal-virus.
    Fortunately they shun before light beacons like WUWT.

  148. When Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government had been crafted, he responded “It’s a Republic Ma’am, if you can keep it.
    It is now time for the individual states to repudiate these unlawful acts by the Federal Government.
    At least there is some comfort that Poor Richard knew there would be days like these.

  149. Zeke the Sneak says:
    April 30, 2010 at 11:24 am
    I would repudiate the republic instead, monarchy was better (provided I am the King, of course).
    Believe me, just wait 90-100 years, and things, believe me, will be different, so enjoy your life TODAY and let the “serious people” to worry about not so serious matters.

  150. -Increased taxes means higher expenses in salaries.
    -Higher salaries means the goods produced becomes more expensive.
    -More expensive goods means the customer goes elsewhere.
    -This force the investors to get the goods produced in China.
    -This creates unemployment.
    It is too late then for the politician to promise “more jobs” in the next election.
    As usual the tyrants on the left cannot understand what is the cause and what is effect.
    That is the great irony of it all.

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