Markey: GOP’s climate-bill revision is downright “Orwellian”

posted at 5:21 pm on September 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Did I misread that, or did an elected U.S. representative just refer Republicans’ efforts to scale back the Obama administration’s ever-encroaching regulatory regime as “Orwellian”? Because, correct me if I’m wrong, but

Or·well·i·an

[awr-wel-ee-uhn]

adjective

of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of George Orwell  or the totalitarian future described in his antiutopian novel 1984  (1949).

…and it seems to me that the only thing “Orwellian” here is the rate at which President Obama has increased the federal government’s regulatory authority, most specifically by catering to environmentalist special interests and expanding the power and scope of the Environmental Protection Agency. From The Hill:

A liberal Democrat says House Republicans have summoned the spirit of George Orwell’s 1984 by dropping language about climate change from their bill to thwart regulations that affect the coal industry.

“I am not surprised that House Republicans would decide to throw any reference to climate change down a legislative Orwellian memory hole. This has been the most anti-environmental House in history,” said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. …

The bill to block climate rules, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), has now been rolled into a larger package to curtail White House policies that Republicans contend will harm coal mining and coal-fired power generation.

It takes aim at a number of other Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules; restricts planned EPA rules governing management and disposal of coal ash, a waste product from coal plants; and restricts potential Interior Department rules on coal-mining wastes; among other provisions.

Yes, the environmentalist movement has long since infiltrated the federal bureaucracy, is steadily and exponentially presenting more barriers to economic growth, and is systematically killing off jobs and entire industries it has oh-so-wisely and magnanimously decided it doesn’t like, all at the cost of making Americans and the world poorer and choking off innovation; but the free marketeers are the ones who are being Orwellian.

Riddle me this, Rep. Markey — why is it that the single thing that so far presents the greatest opportunity for human beings to roll back their carbon footprint is actually natural gas, hem hem, and not some other government initiative or “investment”? Because the federal government isn’t going to be what saves us from potential environmental catastrophe — we’re perfectly capable of saving ourselves, with the innovations and efficiencies born of free-market competition. Central-planners who happen to carry the convenient excuse of ‘combating climate change’ in their back pockets are no nobler than any other sort of central-planners.


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Orwellian. This word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

lorien1973 on September 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means…

Hard Right on September 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

LOL. This is some guy who’s heard the term used derisively before but has never read 1984 and has no idea what it’s about. Libs make these ignorant unapropos allusions all the time.

tommyboy on September 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

My left-over hamburger patty lunch was positively orwellian.

Jeddite on September 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Why didn’t the GOP include a 75% budget cut to the EPA and make the Dems beg to reduce that to 50%?

Play hard ball GOP!

Charlemagne on September 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Up is down.

nobar on September 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

It is outright orwellian how the Sun descends the sky on a mid-September afternoon.

Jeddite on September 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

This “climate change” crap is killing us, so overall I suppose Obama would have to call it successful.

The GOP wants to stop it from killing us. Liberals would prefer to be killed by climate change crap than see people prosper and succeed.

darwin on September 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Why didn’t the GOP include a 75% budget cut to the EPA and make the Dems beg to reduce that to 50%?

Play hard ball GOP!

Charlemagne on September 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Answer.

sharrukin on September 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Anyone who hasn’t done some basic research might think the coal industry/power generation scene involved sweating laborers shoveling coal into the maw of an open furnace.

The processing of coal today, renders it into what can only be called a “flour” and it is blasted, under pressure into the burners to insure maximum heat output and minimum waste.

Combined with the scrubbers, processors and other environmentally sensitive work by the coal industry there is one thing that no one seems to keep in mind.

If you derail a multi-mile long coal train…

…It doesn’t go BANG!

heldmyw on September 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The grass is blue. The sky is green. And, that Markey is one smart feller.

HoustonRight on September 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Riddle me this, Rep. Markey — why is it that the single thing that so far presents the greatest opportunity for human beings to roll back their carbon footprint is actually natural gas, hem hem, and not some other government initiative or “investment”?

Heard a great exchange between Michael Medved and Steve Forbes today, wherein they snarked on the Obama administrations’ infatuation with “Eighteenth Century” (rail) and “Medieval” technology (windmills).

Scratch a fanatical environmentalist and you’re more than likely to find a Luddite.

peski on September 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I think his statement is a Catch-22…well, that makes about as much sense…

right2bright on September 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

It is Ed Markey. Don’t expect coherence.

RedMindBlueState on September 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Romney’s first act should be to fire everyone in the EPA and start over.

Just think of all the “new jobs” he can actually claim he “created”.

GarandFan on September 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The only thing scary then these wack jobs believing and perpetuating this myth is that they really want to destroy the middle class because you just can’t have folk running around think for themselves. All good Stalinist’s like trains because they can make them run on time.

skanter on September 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney’s first act should be to fire everyone in the EPA and start over.

Just think of all the “new jobs” he can actually claim he “created”.

GarandFan on September 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Pardon me for this, I usually hate it when someone changes my posts…but couldn’t resist.

right2bright on September 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Biden thinks it’s Literally Orwellian.

batterup on September 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Central-planners who happen to carry the convenient excuse of ‘combating climate change’ in their back pockets are no nobler than any other sort of central-planners.

Amen, Sister.

jaime on September 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Romney’s first act should be to fire everyone in the EPA and start over.

Just think of all the “new jobs” he can actually claim he “created”.

GarandFan on September 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

How about get rid of it? At the very least he needs to take regulatory power away from them and make them strictly advisory.

The EPA is more akin to the KGB or Stasi nowadays.

darwin on September 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Pardon me for this, I usually hate it when someone changes my posts…but couldn’t resist.

right2bright on September 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Hey, I think that really is orwellian.

SailorMark on September 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Is it me or is it just so Arliskian on how these people just keep pushing their crap.

It was the Tea Party people that caused the Debt Crisis.

Romney who was known as a Rino for being so middle in the road is the Radical one while Obama who voted more left and had run the Country from the left is the middle of the road guy.

And now the GOP are the Orwellian dudes in this Climate thingy I’m getting tired of these Arliskians, everything they spew always the opposite.

cmptrnerd on September 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This has been the most anti-environmentalist House in history,” said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.),

fixed it for ya Eddie.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

After 36 years representing a district that hasn’t sent a Republican to Washington since 1923, Markey is a poster child for both term limits and redistricting.

Humphrey on September 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Speaking of Massachusetts Maniacs, when the story first broke about this killer the media was very interested because they thought she was a conservative. I haven’t heard another word about it in the main stream since it was revealed that she was a liberal Obama supporter.

jaime on September 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

jaime on September 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

and don’t expect to any time soon

Rio Linda Refugee on September 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

A Republican started the EPA.

A Republican will end the EPA.

redguy on September 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

A Republican started the EPA.

A Republican will end the EPA.

redguy on September 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

or the EPA will end the Republic

Rio Linda Refugee on September 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Liberals easily toss out two-bit words, because their definitions of so many aren’t the common dictionary meanings everyone else has come to know for years.

What’s comical, also, that it’s no stretch to imagine so many OWS types say, “I don’ know what dat big wor’ mean, but I agrees wi’ it!”

Liam on September 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Slavery is freedom, didn’t you know?

Socratease on September 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

They throw out “fascist” with the same unknowing regularity.

-I don’t like Barky.

“Fascist!’

-I work for a bank.

“Fascist!”

-I believe in lowering taxes.

“Fascist!”

-My name is Bill Smi…

“Fascist!”

Bishop on September 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

In other news: Rep. Malarkey is still full of malarkey…

Benedict Nelson on September 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

It’s NOT surprising that lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremist markey doesn’t know the meaning of the word “Orwellian.” Like his nut-job fellow leftist party members, there are many, many, many words he doesn’t know the meaning of, like freedom, responsibility, liberty, self-dependence, respect, civility, TRUTH, honesty, integrity, ethics, accountability, self-reliance, work, faith, God, child-birth…to name but a few.

TeaPartyNation on September 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Maybe Rep. Markey would like to explain the reaction by many Massachusetts residents to CAPE WIND and the plans to put a wind farm in Nantucket Sound who are liberal Democrats.

The “Not In My Backyard” protests of the liberal masses has been deafening, and despite the fact that the measure was passed, there are still protests and those who are bringing suit to stop the project.

The suits generally are based on the potential damage that the wind farm represents to the environment, sea life, the fishing industry, tourism, and birds of the region.

It seems to me that a great deal of damage is being done to local habitats, wildlife, and the environment in general, by this rush to implement technology of which many on the left have little to no expertise or understanding.

Strychnine and arsenic are ‘renewable resources’, too. That doesn’t mean they are either benign or beneficial.

thatsafactjack on September 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Meanwhile, not a peep out of Markey on the NOAA/NMFS “catch shares” scam! Catch shares are a perfect example of gov’t over-regulations destroying jobs. Right in Markeys’ back yard, the fishermen are being hit the hardest.

shanimal on September 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Slavery is freedom, didn’t you know?

Socratease on September 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Do you have the latest Obama approved edition of the Newspeak Dictionary?

Kjeil on September 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

jaime on September 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

As someone from Mass, that hair cut would never be mistaken for a conservative.

Anyone who would like aproper education on global warming should check out WUWT

Make it favorite and visit it at least weekly to keep informed of the truth.

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

If it were possible for man to change the climate (AGW), it would have been decreed 76 degrees F and sunny 24/365 in NYC a long time ago. Now that would be Orwellian…

aposematic on September 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

All good Stalinist’s like trains because they can make them run on time.

skanter on September 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Not to mention trains are useful to transport people for, you know, educational purposes.

Aviator on September 17, 2012 at 6:03 PM

My left-over hamburger patty lunch was positively orwellian.

Jeddite on September 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I know what you mean…my boot laces are mostly Orwellian with Kafkaesque overtones.

Mimzey on September 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

All my thoughts and actions are Orwellian and Racist

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Clear and classic case of projection. Whatever they accuse the the Repubs of doing is that which they themselves are doing/plotting/speaking of.

jake49 on September 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Ed Maaaaaaakey. Another contemptible, sanctimonious Massachusetts liberal.

diogenes on September 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I am not surprised that House Republicans would decide to throw any reference to climate change down a legislative Orwellian memory hole. This has been the most anti-environmental[ist] House in history,” said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

Fixed for truth.

Hmph. He makes that sound as if it is a bad thing.

AZfederalist on September 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

We have always been exporting our coal to Oceania.

DarthBrooks on September 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

that word, I don’t think it means what you think it means…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on September 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Ed is my congressman and I wish he would retire. I have one that will be worse due to redistricting, Capuano. The only good thing I can say about Ed Markey is that he has never endorsed violence. I remember last year or the year before Capuano saying “sometimes we have to get bloody.”
I’m glad we lost a congressional seat, hopefully to a conservative district. We don’t deserve it, we should have lost two.

carolt2 on September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Strychnine and arsenic are ‘renewable resources’, too. That doesn’t mean they are either benign or beneficial.

thatsafactjack on September 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Both Strychnine and Arsenic have niche uses that are both benign and beneficial, just like wind and solar. It makes no sense, however, to force their use outside their niches.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Orwellian. This word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Oh, I’m pretty sure they know what the word evokes, and hopes linking it erroneously to the GOP does its job.

hawkeye54 on September 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

How about get rid of it? At the very least he needs to take regulatory power away from them and make them strictly advisory.

The EPA is more akin to the KGB or Stasi nowadays

If he can’t get rid of it outright, he can bleed it by radically slashing its funding.

hawkeye54 on September 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Why do liberals hate science?

Because its rational and logical. Give ‘em emotion every time, being rational and logical are not their strong suits.

hawkeye54 on September 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Markey = mashugana

dirtengineer on September 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

MA-5 had a great primary candidate in http://www.jeffin2012.com/

But somehow, like when Tim Cahill sneaked in to spoil the last election and leave Duval Patrick able to win with less than 50% of the vote, a candidate with some strange platforms has won the primary to be the gop republican candidate against Markey.

See if this guy is a little odd, someone tell me differently, he wants to raise the fica tax and give everyone Obamacare?? and there is nothing on the issues on his website http://www.tomtierney.org/index.php/about/on-the-issues/

but he got the nod from the tea party….heh? Was it sabotage???

http://teapartycheer.com/bios/new-england/massachusetts/tom-tierney-ma-bio/

Does anyone know about this? Last time Mahkee ran against that very entertaining Gerry Dembrowski.

Do you think there is time for someone else to get in the race? I don’t know anyone who likes Ed Markey with his comb over and his laziness, and his 1970′s attitudes.

He is also the main loser of Scott Brown’s Stock insider trading bill. Markey has regulated the telecom industry and gotten rich on telecom stocks. His MA residence is his mother’s old home, which doesn’t even have running water anymore. MahKee is really not a MA resident. How does he get away with this stuff?

Fleuries on September 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

For those of you typing here, the people from MA who use this blog cannot help themselves and we always have to invoke strange spellings of Congressman Markey’s name. That is because in MA he is not called Markey. They say Maaaaaaaaaaakey or MahKee or Mah’Key but we have to make fun.

We spell it at our house, Mock-ee, and we mock him.

Fleuries on September 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

He clearly doesn’t know what the term Orwellian even means. It’s something he heard that sounded cool, so he wanted to use it.

That’s how the majority of Democrats I know behave. They really don’t understand many of the terms they use. If it’s more than 3 syllables and sounds prestigious, they use it.

ButterflyDragon on September 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

The EPA and most other burrocracies would struggle mightily if they had to ‘preserve liberty to ourselves and our posterity’ as defined in the Preamble. It’s only the tacit agreement by all sorts of pols (of both parties)and burrocrats and judges that makes ignoring the guiding principles of the Constitution possible.

If Congress would just pass a law re-enforcing the Preamble’s role as to how the various powers in the Constitution are to be wielded, a lot of what has been going on in the burrocracies and other activities of the Federal government would have to be rethought.

It would also help if all Federal retirement plans were evolved ASAP into market based defined contributions plans from non-marketbased defined contribution plans. Go figure, folks who don’t care about marketplace health and viability are just happy as can be with high taxes and regulations strangling the private sector. Watch them quickly sing a different tune if their retirements were based upon private sector prosperity.

drfredc on September 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Rep. Markey is proof that the citizens of Massachusetts have no sense. How they can re-elect this moron, who went into a high school group and started preaching Democrat dogma and attacking Republicans, just has no clue about right and wrong.

I hope some day this zealot is redistricted and voted out because the district he’s in now is too far gone to understand much.

bflat879 on September 17, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Just kill the damn thing. We don’t need a “climate bill.” Rewriting it is accepting defeat.

J.E. Dyer on September 17, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Biden thinks it’s Literally Orwellian.

batterup on September 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I think Biteme and Malarkey literally talk a lot to each other.

KOOLAID2 on September 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I’m assuming he used the phrase “Orwellian memory hole” to evoke how the Ministry “rectified misprints” — rewriting and reimaging past news items to follow new narratives.

Or maybe how English was twisted into “Newspeak”, the better to control people’s thinking.

Sort of like how the people who once cried about “global warming” now speak of “climate change”, hmm?

sistrum on September 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Sistrum nailed it. Markey is a creep, but he didn’t misuse the term, which can refer to manipulating language and facts to serve political interests.

sauropod on September 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

First, if you’re going to use the phrase, you should link the video. :)

Second, maybe he’s think Orson Wells, instead of Orwell?

GWB on September 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

*thinking

GWB on September 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Hello!

My name is Inigo Montoya!

You killed my father…

Prepare to die!

Haiku Guy on September 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM