Breaking: Senate postpones cap-and-trade

posted at 1:33 pm on July 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post reports that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold off on consideration of the House cap-and-trade bill until September at the earliest:

President Barack Obama’s push for quick action by Congress on climate change legislation suffered a setback on Thursday when the U.S. Senate committee leading the drive delayed work on the bill until September.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer said her self-imposed deadline of early August for finishing writing a bill to combat global warming has been put off until after Congress returns from a recess that ends in early September.

“We’ll do it as soon as we get back” from that break, Boxer told reporters. Asked if this delay jeopardizes chances the Senate will pass a bill this year, Boxer said, “Not a bit … we’ll be in (session) until Christmas, so I’m not worried about it.”

But Boxer did not guarantee Congress will be able to finish a bill and deliver it to Obama by December, when he plans to attend an international summit on climate change in Copenhagen.

Two weeks ago, when the House barely pushed this through a vote, Barack Obama’s poll numbers still looked good enough to imply that there may not be consequences for hobbling the economy with ludicrous taxes, fees, and penalties for energy production.  With his poll numbers eroding quickly and the electorate losing patience with high unemployment and Porkulus’ failure, that doesn’t seem like a safe bet any more.  As the economy continues to drag, cap-and-trade will look more like a disaster than the mythical one it purports to avoid.

The Democrats simply don’t have the votes now on cap-and-trade, and unless the economy suddenly lurches back to life, the political situation will be worse in September.  That doesn’t mean we can let up on the pressure, as Michelle says.  Keep calling your Senators to tell them that a vote for cap-and-trade means adding to the unemployment lines — starting with themselves.

Update: This might have had something to do with it, too:

“I cannot support the House bill in its present form,” Byrd said in a statement. “I continue to believe that clean coal can be a ‘green’ energy. Those of us who understand coal’s great potential in our quest for energy independence must continue to work diligently in shaping a climate bill that will ensure access to affordable energy for West Virginians.” …

Senator Byrd’s was one of the two sponsors of the Byrd-Hagel Resolution, which the senate unanimously passed, 95–0, in 1997. Byrd-Hagel stated the sense of the Senate that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing nations as well as industrialized nations or “would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States.” Byrd-Hagel prevented Clinton from even trying to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which like the Waxman-Markey “cap and trade” climate change legislation, would have put the U.S. economy at an economic disadvantage to China and India.


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maybe they are hoping that someone like michael jackson will die so they can screw everyone while they are not looking again!! If the heat is off and no one is looking they will try to push this through,,,,,, then we will all be through. Manufacturing will die the next day in this country…

workingforpigs on July 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I have not yet begun to defile myself.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Boxer’s a filthy skank.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Boxer’s a filthy skank.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Like I said, Boxer has not yet begun to defile herself.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM

….say when

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:19 PM

“Age quod ages.”

Oldnuke on July 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Boxer’s a filthy skank.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

And skank’s everywhere are offended by your statement…I know skank’s, and she is no skank…don’t insult skank’s.

right2bright on July 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM

“That must be a peach of a hand”

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I know! Let’s have a spelling test!

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I have not yet begun to defile myself.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I’m dying, how are you?

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I know! Let’s have a spelling test!

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

In vino veritas. Ringo: Age quod agis. Doc: Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego. Ringo: Iuventus stultorum magister. Doc: In pace requiescat.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I’m dying, how are you?

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM

You die first, get it? Your friends might get me in a rush, but not before I make your head into a canoe, you understand me?

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

right2bright on July 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Boxer would have to work long and hard to achieve skankhood, she’s several ranks below that position currently.

NoDonkey on July 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

I have two guns, one for each of ya.

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Why Kate, You’re not wearing a bustle. How lewd.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Look darlin’! That’s Latin. It appears Johnny Ringo is an educated man. Now I know I hate him!

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I have two guns, one for each of ya.

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I want your blood. And I want your soul. And I want them both right now!

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

You gonna do somethin’? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed?

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Don,t have the votes hey Sen. Don,t worry if you don,t pass this bill Obama can just go down to the sea raise his arms and all will be right with the world.If you did not hear Obama and the rest of the G8 members passed a res.saying they would not let the temp. rise more than a few degrees over the next few years.I am sure you are impressed along with GOD with this control of the worlds weather.Obama what a guy.

thmcbb on July 9, 2009 at 5:05 PM

You gonna do somethin’? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed?

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

It’s quoted in the bible, Revelations: Behold the pale horse. The man who sat on him was death, and Hell followed with him.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Alright lets get it on lunger

thmcbb on July 9, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Maurice Strong is Behind our Current financial situation

Fight Kyoto Book Excerpt featured in the Calgary
Sun and Edmonton Sun
Monday, December 2, 2002
Kyoto Protocol compiled by un-elected global bureaucrats
Ezra Levant

THE Kyoto Protocol was the work of thousands of bureaucrats, diplomats and politicians. But no one person is more responsible for it than a Canadian named Maurice Strong.

Strong organized the UN first-world environmental summit in Stockholm in 1972 and has never stopped pressing for a world where UN resolutions would be enforced as law all over the Earth.

Strong went on to chair the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio and to become senior adviser to Kofi Annan, the UN’s secretary general. Not bad for a kid from Oak Lake, Manitoba, who dropped out of school at age 14.

But Strong is different than other social butterflies who flit from one UN conference to the next. He is a powerful businessman, who has served as president of such massive energy companies as Petro-Canada and Ontario Hydro, and on the board of industrial giant Toyota.

He is a huge political donor, not just here in Canada, but to both the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S. as well.

At age 29, he became president of Power Corporation, fusing his destiny to Canada’s wealthiest and most influential families – including Paul Martin Sr. and Jr., now heir apparent to the prime minister.

Strong hired Paul Jr. to work for him during a vacation from university. “We controlled many companies, controlled political budgets,” Strong said of his time at Power Corporation. “Politicians got to know you and you them.”

Strong hired Martin into Power Corporation’s executive suite. He helped guide Martin towards unimaginable personal wealth – and even predicted Martin’s path to becoming prime minister. But Strong’s influence reaches farther than Canada.

Indeed, compared to Strong’s American and European friends, Martin is a small star in the constellation.

Strong sits on boards with the Rockefellers and Mikhail Gorbachev and chairs private meetings of CEOs, including Bill Gates. He hobnobs with the world’s royalty, too – and with dictators and despots.

He once did a business deal with arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and wound up with a 200,000-acre ranch in Colorado – which his wife, Hanne, runs as a New Age spiritual colony.

He told Maclean’s magazine in 1976 that he was “a socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology.” He warns that if we don’t heed his environmentalist warnings, the Earth will collapse into chaos.

“Do we really want this? Do we want Marx to be proven right, after all?” Strong asks. He shares the views of the most radical environmentalist street protester, but instead of shouting himself hoarse at a police barricade outside a global conference, he’s the secretary general inside, wielding the gavel.

Strong has always courted power – but not through any shabby election campaign. He was a Liberal candidate in the 1979 federal election, but pulled out a month before the vote.

How could a mere MP wield the kind of international control he had tasted in Stockholm? Journalist Elaine Dewar, who interviewed Strong, described why he loved the UN.

“He could raise his own money from whomever he liked, appoint anyone he wanted, control the agenda,” wrote Dewar.

“He told me he had more unfettered power than a cabinet minister in Ottawa. He was right: He didn’t have to run for re-election, yet he could profoundly affect lives.”

Strong prefers power extracted from democracies, and kept from unenlightened voters. Most power-crazed men would stop at calling for a one world Earth Charter to replace the U.S. Constitution, or the UN Charter.

But in an interview with his own Earth Charter Commission, Strong said “the real goal of the Earth Charter is it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments. It will become a symbol of the aspirations and commitments of people everywhere.” Sounds like Maurice was hanging out at his spirit ranch without his sunhat on.

There has been no one like Maurice Strong before, except perhaps in fiction – Ernst Blofeld comes to mind, 007’s round-faced nemesis in You Only Live Twice. But Blofeld sought to attack the world order, to challenge it from some remote hideaway – not to co-opt it, and transform it from the inside as Strong does.

Blofeld would threaten a meeting of the UN; Strong would chair the meeting and script its agenda. Strangely, Strong once indulged his inner Blofeld, musing to a stunned reporter about a violent plot to take over the world through one of his many super-organizations.

In 1990, Strong told a reporter a fantasy scenario for the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland – where 1,000 diplomats, CEOs and politicians gather “to address global issues.”

Strong, naturally, is on the board of the World Economic Forum. “What if a small group of these world leaders were to conclude the principal risk to the earth comes from the actions of the rich countries?…

In order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?”

That’s Strong talking, but those are Blofeld’s words coming out. But this is no fictitious Bond movie villain speaking – it is the man who chaired the Rio Earth Summit and who is Kofi Annan’s senior adviser.

“This group of world leaders forms a secret society to bring about an economic collapse,” continued Strong, warming to his fantasy. “It’s February. They’re all at Davos. These aren’t terrorists.

“They’re world leaders. They have positioned themselves in the world’s commodities and stock markets. They’ve engineered, using their access to stock markets and computers and gold supplies, a panic. Then, they prevent the world’s stock markets from closing. They jam the gears. They hire mercenaries who hold the leaders at Davos as hostage. The markets can’t close…”

Strong catches himself. “I probably shouldn’t be saying things like this.”

But is fantasizing about holding the world hostage, like Dr. Evil in an Austin Powers movie, any less strange than Strong’s other solutions to environmental problems?

In 1972, as Strong organized the first environmental conference for the UN, he granted an interview to the BBC. “I am convinced the prophets of doom have to be taken seriously,” he said.

The only way to avoid doomsday, said Strong, was if “man, in light of this evidence, is going to be wise enough and enlightened enough to subject himself to this kind of discipline and control.”

That discipline and control, of course, would be meted out by supernational organizations such as the UN. Just like his interview at Davos, Strong warmed to his topic.

The BBC reporter asked him what discipline and control people could expect – would it include legal limits on the number of children that a family could have?

Strong explained: “Licences to have babies incidentally is something that I got in trouble for some years ago for suggesting even in Canada that this might be necessary at some point, at least some restriction on the right to have a child.”

But, if the world didn’t follow his instructions – if governments didn’t heed the warnings of the doomsayers – then “this is one of the possible courses that society would have to seriously consider.” Strong himself has five children.

He knows how he is viewed by opponents to his radical environmentalism, or his promotion of a UN government with taxation and enforcement powers that trump national governments. And he seems to rather enjoy being described as a man at the centre of secretive power-brokering.

“Sure, these are but the deluded and paranoid ravings of the Western far right, and I wouldn’t normally trouble to mention them at all,” Strong writes in his self-conscious autobiography, “Except that my reaction when I hear a few of these charges is that I wish I had a smidgen of the power (and money!) they say I have.

“I wish I could accomplish a few of the things they already attribute to me. I do wish I could assist my many friends and colleagues in all the organizations I belong to, to remake the political and economic landscape.”

But this is Strong feigning modesty, and not very convincingly. Later in his autobiography, he reprints his ostentatious seven-page resume, boasting every connection he has.

His book takes name-dropping to a new level, including a seven-page “name index,” a list of hundreds of blue-chip associates that Strong has in his Rolodex.

Maurice Strong: A Dr. Evil-style strategist. Owner of a 200,000-acre New Age Zen colony. Designer of a proposal to “consider” requiring licences to have babies.

The architect of the Kyoto Protocol

http://www.taxtyranny.ca/images/HTML/Maurice-Strong/article1.html

Someone please tell me this is conspiracy theory

Burgher on July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Alright lets get it on lunger

thmcbb on July 9, 2009 at 5:08 PM

It’s true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Dustin Hoffman deserved the Oscar for Tootsie. I mean just look at the highlights.

Ted Torgerson on July 9, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I have to wonder if professional DC pol’s — Republican and Democrat alike — are starting to register the thousands of Tea Parties around the country on the 4th weekend, and the tens of thousands of participants in those Tea Parties.

And how those tens of thousands of Tea Party participants might be voting come election time next year.

My guess is that Obama’s popularity will be even lower in September, while the Tea Party participation numbers will be even higher, so that ANY one running for office in 2010 be it the House, the Senate, a governorship, or a state office will support Obama and his Socialist lunacy at their own peril.

The question then will become how long will it take to institute impeachment proceedings to terminally cripple the Obama Presidency until he can be escorted out of the Oval Office legally and – it is to be hoped – before his full term is up.

NahnCee on July 9, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Dustin Hoffman deserved the Oscar for Tootsie. I mean just look at the highlights.

Ted Torgerson on July 9, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Dustin Hoffman??..Tootsie??..WRONG THREAD guy..this is the Tombstone thread

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Okay but are you saying that picture is not Dustin Hoffman in drag?

Ted Torgerson on July 9, 2009 at 5:22 PM

OMG it’s Barbara Boxer. Oops.

Ted Torgerson on July 9, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Is that her “O” face?

PappaMac on July 9, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Whatever you do, don’t forget to call her “Senator”.

molonlabe28 on July 9, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Speaking of Hillary, has she surfaced yet?

Knucklehead on July 9, 2009 at 2:32 PM

I’m thinking she’s having some cosmetic work done.

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2009 at 2:34 PM

She wants to look as good as San Fran Nan, who, (hasn’t any one else noticed), must have had the same plastic surgeon as Michael Jackson. They looked just like each other.

Susanboo on July 9, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Okay but are you saying that picture is not Dustin Hoffman in drag?

Ted Torgerson on July 9, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Oh..the pic..YES,you’re right

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 5:55 PM

It’s all downhill from here, midget Boxer. You won’t get your energy tax or your single payer health care. The march toward socialism stops right here, right now.

BottomLine5 on July 9, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Boxer’s a filthy skank.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

A-hem….

Let’s remember her insecurity about being properly addressed by us peons.

Senator Boxer is a filthy skank.

highhopes on July 9, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Obama’s -8 on Rasmussen today.

-19 among men.

Chuck Schick on July 9, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Wait until a little more of the Obama agenda starts to kick in.

JellyToast on July 9, 2009 at 6:53 PM

A Democrat Party in Trouble:

Hillary’s gone missing. Burris will not run for re-election. Biden admits they misread how bad the economy is. Pelosi calls the CIA liars. Steny won’t read any bills before signing them. Barney Frank wants to give TARP money to ACORN.

President TelePrompter promised jobs and can’t deliver them.

TN Mom on July 9, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Hillary’s gone missing.

TN Mom on July 9, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Quick somebody check Fort Marcy Park!

Seriously, I thought it was a mistake for Clinton to join the filthy liar’s administration. As a NY Senator the pig-in-a-pantsuit could have been around forever. As it stands, we will be rid of the Clintons in just a few years.

highhopes on July 9, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Someone please tell me this is conspiracy theory

Burgher on July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

I wish I could tell you that… but his words are on the record.

He really did say that.

This leaves the realm of conspiracy theory… it’s cold hard facts.

Chaz706 on July 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

. . . The architect of the Kyoto Protocol

http://www.taxtyranny.ca/images/HTML/Maurice-Strong/article1.html

Someone please tell me this is conspiracy theory

Burgher on July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

It’s a conspiracy, but it’s no theory:

http://www.green-agenda.com/

MrLynn on July 9, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Burgher on July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Soros has a twin brother?

Skandia Recluse on July 9, 2009 at 9:21 PM

They need to read the bill

You think the housing market is hurting now? If this crap would pass you we ain’t seen nothing yet.

CWforFreedom on July 9, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Hillary’s gone missing.

TN Mom on July 9, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I wonder if she has interns??? and are they male or female????

right4life on July 9, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Hillary’s gone missing.

TN Mom on July 9, 2009 at 8:04 PM

She is doing a solo hike in the Appalachian

bayview on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Jeff from WI and Ted Torgerson need to go on the Comedy Tour…great read fellows!

yoda on July 9, 2009 at 11:02 PM

It’s only a tactic to delay long enough for the Democrats up for election this fall in key battleground states to win without campaign ads running about these betrayals. Duh!

Levinite on July 9, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Jeff from WI and Ted Torgerson need to go on the Comedy Tour…great read fellows!

yoda on July 9, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Thank you!

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 11:34 PM

First time in my life I have heard something from Byrd that pleased me and I agreed with.

Herb on July 10, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Either they’re going to sneak it through as one of their Friday afternoon before a holiday specialties, or they’ll just break it up into pieces and stick it into other legislation.

Committed Communists simply don’t give in so easily, and neither do greedy, power-hungry politicians.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 10, 2009 at 1:18 AM

Carly Fiorina is a clone of Meg Whitman in regards to Lib social programs, i.e. global warming, no drilling off California. Fiorina didn’t do jackcrap for Hewlitt Packard. Enough said…they’re all pigs, at that same trough that pigs feed from. Sarah Palin just reminds them of their status, that they’re pigs or did I already say that they’re pigs? We need a real conservative running for Governor in California. Liz Cheney would work for me.

luvstotango on July 10, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Barry Obama sat on a wall,
Barry Obama had a great fall.
All the king’s horses,
And all the king’s men,
Couldn’t Didn’t want to put Barry together again

faraway on July 9, 2009 at 1:49 PM

darktood on July 10, 2009 at 6:36 AM

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer told fellow members of her Environment and Public Works Committee that
fighting climate change can also battle a bad economy. Just look at California, she said, where investing in clean energy created more than 125,000 new jobs over a decade.

From NPR Correspondent Kitty Felde’s report.
I asked Kitty for the audio. She never answered back.

papertiger on July 10, 2009 at 6:43 AM

New economics book: “Over the Cliff” by Hugo Furst

Bevan on July 10, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Just misdirection to deflect the pressure. It’s too much a shortcut to tyranny for them to give up on it.

curved space on July 10, 2009 at 8:16 AM

It’s a conspiracy, but it’s no theory

The link you cited leads to a rat maze of informaton. Articles with links To articles. My head is spinning. Can you tell me who else has done research on this? Are there any definitive books on the subject?

Burgher on July 10, 2009 at 8:26 AM

It’s Porkzilla and Shamulus.

corona on July 10, 2009 at 9:26 AM

They are trying to lull us into a false sense of security on this one. Let it die down and the sheep will forget about it, then we’ll rush it through in the dead of night. We’ll have to stay on top of this to the end. If they can put a banner on Mt. Rushmore without being stopped, then they had permission to do it. It didn’t come down right away either. I’m going there on vacation in a week and it better be gone.

Kissmygrits on July 10, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Boxer’s a filthy skank.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

That’s Senator Filthy Skank to you mister. Remember…she worked long and hard to earn that title.

sdd on July 10, 2009 at 9:31 AM

sdd on July 10, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Good one.

Geochelone on July 10, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Nice picture. Insert appendage here.

cjs1943 on July 10, 2009 at 6:41 PM

G8 members passed a res.saying they would not let the temp. rise more than a few degrees over the next few years.

Several decades ago, Mexico had a law forbidding radio waves to cross its border in either direction. That didn’t work out, either.

Apparently radio waves and the sun are both extremely hard to control and both routinely resist all attempts at arrest by government authorities.

It’s amusing to see these idiots voting themselves into the position of “back seat driver of the universe.”

landlines on July 10, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Heh. One of these days a woman is going to have to explain to me the need for hundreds of purses and shoes. I just don’t get it. The wife buys and buys and buys and never has enough. I have 2 pairs of shoes.

lorien1973 on July 9, 2009 at 2:01 PM

As a woman, I don’t understand it either. I break out in hives just walking into a mall. However, I am fine in the handbag department. All other shopping I can do without.

txag92 on July 9, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Here’s your answer fellas: It’s women’s porn.

luvstotango on July 10, 2009 at 9:54 PM

The Senator underestimates the tough choices they will need to make:

“Do we go with the Healthcare plan (that no one wants)?
Do we go with the Amnesty (that no one wants)?
Or do we go with the Global Warming bill (that no one wants)?

Hey guys, how about another stimulus?”

virgo on July 11, 2009 at 12:17 AM

I did a little video on the Anthropogenic Global Warming debate, to sum up my views on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1JCWLfT0TM

The problem is the left is using mediocre science to scare people into giving up more of their money/power. I hope I can show that the science and logic behind it isn’t that strong.

[email protected] on July 12, 2009 at 12:44 AM

“…Barbara Boxer said her self-imposed deadline of early August for finishing writing a bill to combat global warming…”

I can’t believe how ridiculous this is! This reminds me of King Canute commanding the tides. Can you imagine the scene with King Canute’s policy advisors getting together to write up a decree commanding the tides to stop?

Would they have put the amount of pork-barreling, log-rolling and other corrupt crap in their decree that our “legislators” do a regular basis?

JabbaTheTutt on July 12, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Here is more on the ‘conspriacy theory’

Algore says the climate change bill will help bring about global governance

Burgher on July 13, 2009 at 8:08 AM