How original: Waxman says GOP’s energy plan is tantamount to “murder”

posted at 2:01 pm on June 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

House Republicans have lately been working to compile a legislative package that will, among other energy-related measures, compel the federal government to allow for more domestic energy production. The effort would create productive private-sector jobs, boost tax revenues, diversify our national energy portfolio, and spur economic growth and innovation (sans the sort of money-wasting government “investments” of which President Obama is so fond). There’s even been some bipartisan support for their proposals, as certain Democrats can see that the people in their states are hurting for jobs and need to be allowed to tap into America’s abundant resources to contribute to the creation of wealth and prosperity.

But of course, for Democrats who don’t care for the GOP’s proposals, there’s always that handy-dandy, timeless line of argument that the GOP just doesn’t care about how many people are ‘murdered’ as a result of their money-grubbing policies. It’s just like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is always saying — Republicans just hate clean water and clean air. They actively desire that the skies be filled with smog and the streets run thickly with toxic sludge. Or something.

House Natural Resources ranking member Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman (D-California) had some oh-so-placid and well-thought-out criticisms for their Republican friends’ ideas, up for a vote this week:

The legislation is a “monstrosity,” a “Trojan horse,” an “all-out assault” on the environment and a “massive giveaway” to the oil industry that would not lower gas prices by “one cent,” the two lawmakers said. …

In the Energy and Commerce panel, Democratic Reps. Mike Ross (Ark.), Jim Matheson (Utah) and John Barrow (Ga.) voted for several of the bills. During consideration of H.R. 4880, one of the bills that came before Energy and Commerce, an amendment of Waxman’s was adopted by voice vote.

In the Natural Resources panel, Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Dan Boren (Okla.) and Jim Costa (Calif.) voted for some of the bills. …

“It’s surprising to hear ranking member Henry Waxman lambast the House GOP’s energy bill for being an all-out assault on the environment when several of his members voted for it in committee, not to mention the fact that Mr. Waxman’s and [Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell’s] amendments were adopted during markup,” a GOP aide carped. …

Continuing his response, Waxman upped the ante, saying Republicans are “getting away — literally — with murder” because of their record on the environment.

“Some of these pollutants do harm, and they may even lead to fatalities,” Waxman said.

Waxman and Markey also released a report accusing Republicans of leading the “most anti-environment House in the history of Congress,” and lamented that these bills would quickly become law in the event of a Mitt Romney presidency.

Enough of this baloney. That Republicans ‘hate clean air and clean water’ is nothing more than an intellectually cheap, kindergarten-maturity-level talking point. So many know-nothing “environmentalists,” who’ve hopped on the bandwagon of eco-trendiness without actually knowing squat about the environment, are quick to believe that prosperity is the absolute enemy of the environment — which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Yes, various types of pollution in certain areas got pretty bad following the rise of the Industrial Revolution, but in the post-war years, across-the-board, environmental quality has been on the rise (despite the multiplying population!). Increased efficiency and innovation have continually improved how much use we get out of our energy sources (we’re getting ever-more miles to the gallon, for example), and in this age of information with well-enforced property rights, businesses have lots of incentives to pick up after themselves. And yes, government regulation certainly played its role in this process, but these days, the ineffective, entrenched policies of the federal government’s inefficient bureaucracy are more often the environment’s foe than its friend.

As prosperity continues to grow, there’s absolutely no reason to think that the environment won’t also continue to improve.

Democrats and the EPA have a peculiar penchant for citing statistics from the American Lung Association and whatnot about how many premature deaths will come as a result of not implementing some new regulation or other, but I might pause to query whether Rep. Waxman ever rides in a car or uses electricity? Because, if so, by his own reasoning, he is directly contributing to the pollution-related death rate. Of course, we could just renounce all forms of energy and go back to living in trees, but then, of course, the premature death rate would be much, much, much higher. You need to think about tradeoffs, sir, before you throw around such cheap demagoguery.

 


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Oh, and his district is poor because they’ve been prevented from cutting timber by the greenies aka the spotted owl type stuff.

oryguncon on June 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Dude… scary stuff [at 2:19pm]. Those quotes aren’t far from a Hitler rant…

HomeoftheBrave on June 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Great! You’ve motivated me to provide some, perhaps even scarier quotes [if thinking of the potential huge and criminal cost of the warmist lies], and also keeping in mind the point made in my wuwt comment:

@David Dodd: “the cause of that [energy] problem resides in the Big White House.” YES! They failed, and when I say they, I mean O and his coterie of radicals, to implement their true dream, the 83% CO2 cuts in the cap & trade bill that would have wrought havoc, thrown a wrecking ball into organized civilization. But they’re doing their best to win 2nd Prize in their war on energy. And it’s that simple, it is a war on energy. They want society slowed down; yes, and if possible, no exaggeration, taken down. They fight drilling not just in Alaska, but everywhere. They’ve derailed the Keystone Pipeline, fought shale, fracking, killed the construction of new coal plants, and laid the groundwork to shutter all existing coal plants, and they still dream of the day that electricity rates will skyrocket, perhaps to $2 per kilowatt hour (avg cost today about 12 cents). As it is, O’s Secretary of Energy (anti-Energy) Chu is on record advocating gas at $8 to $10 a gallon, but he’d probably go gaga over $15 a gallon, and O’s climate change pushing “Science” Czar Holdren calls for the “de-development of the United States.”

More Quotes:
“The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations [for CO2 cuts] upon the data. We’re basing them upon the climate models.” -Chris Folland, UK Meteorological Office
“Rather than seeing models as describing literal truth, we ought to see them as convenient fictions which try to provide something useful [propaganda wise].” -David Frame, climate modeler, Oxford U
“In fact, the life of all mankind is in danger because of global warming.” -Osama Bin Laden

anotherJoe on June 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I also wish these liberal jackasses would understand that right now we are importing oil from places like Nigeria where they REALLY don’t give a damn about the enviroment and where they are *literally* killing people to get the oil out of the ground. China is *literally* killing people every day in coal mines that no U.S. company would dare to operate. The biggest oil spill in history was made by Pemex off the coast of Mexico.

The United States has by far the most environmentally responsible energy producers in the world. Any serious environmentalist should want MORE U.S. production, not less!

rockmom on June 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Voldemort lives!!

vinceautmorire on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Yes, various types of pollution in certain areas got pretty bad following the rise of the Industrial Revolution, but in the post-war years, across-the-board, environmental quality has been on the rise (despite the multiplying population!).

Yes Ed, because of environmental regulations that the GOP wants to undo. Good gravy.

libfreeordie on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I also wish these liberal jackasses would understand that right now we are importing oil from places like Nigeria where they REALLY don’t give a damn about the enviroment and where they are *literally* killing people to get the oil out of the ground.

Those at the top do understand, and don’t really care. Power above all they do care deeply about. The “environment” and other issues are merely useful to attract and keep various groups and useful idiots tied to and financially supportive of the leftist democrats so they can eventually attain that permanent political power long sought after. Once that happens, if it does, the environmentalists will have served the intended purpose and will be discarded if they prove to be at odds with those who rule.

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

The United States has by far the most environmentally responsible energy producers in the world. Any serious environmentalist should want MORE U.S. production, not less!

rockmom on June 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

That would ruins their plans to cut the U.S. down so everyone is ‘equal’ and ‘fair.’

yhxqqsn on June 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Murder?

This from the abortion and infanticide party….

Don L on June 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

“…is nothing more than an intellectually cheap, kindergarten-maturity-level talking point.”

Giving them waaaaay too much credit.

sdbatboy on June 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Henry Waxman – when words like “butt ugly” lose all meaning.

Has anyone considered he might actually be the missing link.

bw222 on June 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Waxman is tantamout to a slug.

contrarian on June 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

…I know that most progressive women are not very attractive… ok…most are butt ugly!….but what word do you use to discribe Waxman? He has to make those women feel attractive, just looking at him.

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Tell you what. Since Waxman hates the oil industry so much, let’s stop selling gasoline and other oil products in his district. Those idiots who keep re-electing him deserve nothing less.

WannabeAnglican on June 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Every time Nostrildamus opens his mouth he’s killing me. Lunacy spewed from a face that could stop a sundial and an atomic clock.

ghostwalker1 on June 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

It’s funny, you look it this one about partisan hack Henry Waxman and then look at Ed’s piece below about hopes for Speaker Pelosi fading, and it’s pretty apparent why.

bflat879 on June 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

With Murder!!!

Literally!!

/doesn’tknowthemeaningofliterally

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Yes Ed, because of environmental regulations that the GOP wants to undo. Good gravy.

libfreeordie on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

First of all, this post was written by Erika.

Secondly, you’re an idiot. Conservatives aren’t opposed to all environmental protection – but the left is filled with enviro wackos. We’ve long surpassed laws which protect our environment to laws which are simply insane and bureaucracies lead by wackos. Why do you hate farmers and poor migrant workers? Why do you hate millions of children all over the world that die every year from malaria?

gwelf on June 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Waxman & Markey are preaching to a tiny, tiny choir.

LFRGary on June 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Yes Ed, because of environmental regulations that the GOP wants to undo. Good gravy.

libfreeordie on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Yes, because we LIKE pollution. I can’t wait till my children get black lung disease!

Were you born stupid? Or did you have an accident?

Squiggy on June 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Yes Ed, because of environmental regulations that the GOP wants to undo. Good gravy.

libfreeordie on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

You do know that mother gaia was raped to produce the computer you typed that comment on right?

gwelf on June 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Why do we even pay heed to these two monkeys? They are so….well….non sequitur.

timberline on June 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You do know that mother gaia was raped to produce the computer you typed that comment on right?

gwelf on June 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I thought libfreeordie was baned?

timberline on June 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

How original: Waxman says GOP’s energy plan is tantamount to “murder”
posted at 2:01 pm on June 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Funny place to find critiques of strident language…

verbaluce on June 19, 2012 at 4:03 PM

…but in the post-war years, across-the-board, environmental quality has been on the rise…
posted at 2:01 pm on June 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Really?
Cool.
Now I wonder who/what motivated such efforts and results?

verbaluce on June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Yes Ed, because of environmental regulations that the GOP wants to undo. Good gravy.

libfreeordie on June 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Not to worry, lib…what pollution America don’t put in the air will be put in the air by China and India. And the way the trade winds blow, America gets first wiff. Then what are you going to complain about? Maybe China or India will give you or your family jobs because there won’t be any here in the good ole U.S. of A. But then you thought about that…right?

timberline on June 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Really?
Cool.
Now I wonder who/what motivated such efforts and results?

verbaluce on June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

So you think one of the most productive agricultural areas of America should be completely shut down because of a fish?

gwelf on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Ah, Waxman. Trying to stay relevant while he pumps voluminous amounts of CO2 out of that preposterous proboscis. He contributes to environmental degradation merely by virtue of his existence.

College Prof on June 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So you think one of the most productive agricultural areas of America should be completely shut down because of a fish?

gwelf on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

…a fish not native to the area in which it is being protected!

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

If looks could kill he’d be a dead man. That is the ugliest human I have EVER SEEN. How could a woman ever sleep with him?

leftnomore on June 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Six more weeks of Winter…

stout77 on June 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Waxman is an CA nanny nitwit that will say any strupid thing he fantasizes will get some Marxists jumping for joy. GOP Energy Plan is tantamount to murder, abortion is not tantamount to murder…insane!

aposematic on June 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I regret to admit that I reside in the district ‘represented’ by the execrable Ed Malarkey. There are a couple of Republicans who say they want to challenge him this year, but so far neither has been seen nor heard from. The percentage of moonbats is unfortunately high enough to keep Malarkey in office forever.

MrLynn on June 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Waxman, that nose is tantamount to murder…..

itsspideyman on June 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Henry Waxman is one of the reasons California is in the mess it’s in now. His and his California henchmen’s policies have been tantamount to the murder of the State of California over the past 30 years. Almost all democrat (and a few republican) California politicians should be in jail, but they don’t have the funds for incarcerations in California anymore.

NOMOBO on June 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

How DARE you criticize the all-powerful NOSEFERATU, Sacred Schnozz of the Undead and Uterus Cramp of the Country?

Be warned! (Pronouned War-Ned)

You will all die!

Or not. Really.

He’s got nothin’,

heldmyw on June 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Waxman’s mug is tantamount to murder. Ugh.

ronsfi on June 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I cannot believe that we still have to watch Nostrildamus on television. The day that he retires? I’m cracking open a 50 year old bottle of Scotch.

Physics Geek on June 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I would love nothing more than to take a 2×4 to this d-bag.

BallisticBob on June 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I’ve never been able to come to grips with the fact that that murine c***sucker is really an actual person. No one can be that f***ing repellent for real.

DrZin on June 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Pignose strikes again, with one foot firmly planted in each nostril.

Really, how can you take this creature seriously?

Wolfmoon on June 19, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Henry Waxman – when words like “butt ugly” lose all meaning.

Has anyone considered he might actually be the missing link.

bw222 on June 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Impossible. In order to be the missing link, one must have humanoid characteristics. Waxman has more rodent qualities. I think Nancy Pelosi created him when she was attempting to create her flying monkey minions.

Zooid on June 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Yeah yeah Wax Man. You’re face is tantamount to murder

minnesoter on June 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Henry Waxman – when words like “butt ugly” lose all meaning.

Has anyone considered he might actually be the missing link.

bw222 on June 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Nosferatu, more likely.

bofh on June 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Really?
Cool.
Now I wonder who/what motivated such efforts and results?

verbaluce on June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Is it not self-evident that businesses that use fewer resources for a given process, incur less cost for the same price? The same revenue minus less cost means increased profit – the motive of the capitalist system. In the sciences, we see it as Eta – the mathematical definition of efficiency.

We’re not talking rocket science here; it’s Business 101. It’s older than dirt, usually written as the old saw “want not, waste not.” The notion that conservation must be mandated in order to come about is, frankly, a classically-fascist point of view (“All within, none without” – Mussolini).

Pushing policies that amount to small-f fascism suggests a base desire to control others. Do not be surprised if others take offense at your concern-trolling, using some nebulous notion of “the environment” as your fig-leaf.

Blacksmith on June 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Henry, I’m sorry but everytime I see a picture of your nose, I get a terrible urge to have a pig roast! Guess I might have to see my Shrink!!!

Jersey Dan on June 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Really?
Cool.
Now I wonder who/what motivated such efforts and results?

verbaluce on June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Good grief, you are thick. A free and prosperous society can afford to (and is likely to) clean up after itself without a gun to it’s head. Why? Because we want to live in a clean environment (even Republicans). We are living proof of that. You think that only the boot heel of government can cause people to do the right thing.
Unthinking like yours would have us oppressed and destitute and unable to clean up our messes. But you can’t see that because you refuse to look beyond your own prejudices.

swinia sutki on June 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Note Waxman’s uncanny resemblance to Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer SS, who never stood trial for his crimes. Who’s really getting away with murder, eh, Henry?

Dunedainn on June 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

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