Congress Be Damned, Globaloney Marches On!
posted at 7:45 pm on December 7, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh
Now that the Cripple and Tax energy-killing bill flogged by President Barack H. Obama is stalled in the Senate, where it doesn’t have the 60 votes needed to advance (sounds familiar), we can take a breather, right? We’re safe from the overwrought, hyperventilating, anti-Capitalist hysteria that is sweeping Europe; after all, senators surely don’t want to destroy our economy (what’s left of it) by preventing us from generating the energy we need to run America!
Not so fast, monkey boy.
Quietly, sub rosa, the Environmental Protection Agency has been beavering away with it’s “finding” that carbon dioxide — a gas essential to the continued existence of life on this planet (beyond the bacterial stage) — is actually a deadly poison, a pollutant that must be stamped out.
Do I exaggerate? Yes, a little; the EPA doesn’t want to ban all CO2 from the planet… but they do intend to use the finding to implement the entire Cripple and Tax carbon-restricting program that the Senate will not:
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will complete its determination that greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health and the environment, paving the way for regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, power plants, factories refineries and other major sources….
The move gives President Obama a significant tool to combat the gases blamed for the heating of the planet even while Congress remains stalled on economy-wide global warming legislation.
The Obama administration has signaled its intent to issue a so-called endangerment finding for carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases since taking office in January. Ms. Jackson announced a proposed finding in April and has taken steps to implement the rules that would be needed to back it up.
Why are they doing this? And why now? Two reasons:
- They can use the threat of heavy-fisted EPA regulations, which would have all the finesse and sensitivity to business needs of a kid in a china shop, to extort the Senate to pass the Obamic legislation.
The administration evidently believes Republican senators will be so desperate to ward off the thuggish, slash-and-burn EPA-style “regulation,” they will drop their filibuster in the Senate. In other words, the Obama administration now holds the nation’s economy hostage, threatening to wreck it unless Congress passes Cripple and Tax — which will also wreck the economy, but a little more slowly. “Say, nice little country you got there; be a shame if something was to happen to it…”
If this squeeze play works, it will give the radicals in government the power to rule by decree, and to the devil with the legislative branch:
The administration has wielded the finding as a prod to Congress to act on legislation, saying in effect that if lawmakers do not act to control greenhouse gas pollution they will use their rule-making power to do so. At the same time, the president and his top environmental aides have frequently said that they prefer such a major step be taken through the give-and-take of the legislative process.
“Look what you’re making me do!”
Evidently, having gigantic majorities in both chambers of Congress is not enough: The Left will never be satisifed until there is no obstacle, or even a speed bump, between it and direct rule. It’s no coincidence that the Obamacle is so enamored of Venezuelan dictator Oogo Chavez; they are kindred souls.
- The other reason for the finding — and the reason it must be right now, not a month from now — is that Barack Obama plans to use this regulatory threat to boost his internationalist standing at the Copenhagen conference of Anthropogenic Global Climate Change (AGCC) nutters… waving the bloody green shirt, as it were.
The Times on that last point:
The agency finding also will allow Mr. Obama to tell delegates at the United Nations climate change conference that began today in Copenhagen that the United States is moving aggressively to address the problem.
“Aggressively” is the word, all right: The president is aggressing against his own people.
(I think I misspeak; Barack Obama’s “people” are actually those so chillingly described in Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism. But he is aggressing against real America, however.)
There is certainly a utopian economic motivation behind the madness: a climate-change Ponzi scheme to force the “rich countries” to transfer most of their wealth to “poor countries.” In the universe of the Left, distributing the wealth around is a good thing; after all, with our evil Capitalist system, we’ve been holding down the poor for hundreds of years!
Botswana and Belize, Burma, Bulgaria, and Bangladesh would all be well-fed and prosperous — were it not for the developed countries systematically looting them. There is nowhere else our wealth could have come from but stealing it from the poor. (Unlike the Old, Communist Left, the New Left does not believe in wealth creation, only redistribution.)
But a darker motive lurks at the intersection of cultic environmentalism and madness; it’s not just that the rich should be killed and eaten, that’s old hat; humanity itself is a cancer upon the Earth… and it must be expunged. The anti-human radicals at, e.g., the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) believe that amputation is the planet’s last hope; we must extirpate the human race.
And these “elves” are driving the environmentalism bus.
I believe the entire movement is riddled with people who believe Mankind itself should be exterminated, as the only way to open the door for a truly “green” Gaea. It’s not everybody who calls himself an enviro; it’s not Ed Begley, jr., for example. But it is the activist crust, and they’re the ones pushing the agenda. I truly believe that many of what I call the “enviro-mental cases” see globaloney hysteria as their best shot at so devastating the world economy that our global population is reduced to a fraction of our current level… where “reduced” is a euphemism for an almost Malthusian die-off of human beings.
And the One We Have Elected is, all unwittingly — or simply not caring, so long as he gets his — playing right into the nihilists’ hands.
Elections have consequences; one of the consequences of this last one is that we have an “imperial presidency” and “unitary executive” (as the liberals misuse those terms) that dwarfs any feeble steps the Bush administration ever took to castrate Congress, just as the Obama deficit spending towers over Bush’s paltry excesses like Ozymandias looming over the desert sands in Percy Bysshe Shelly’s famous 1818 sonnet. For some unaccountable reason, the Left doesn’t mind having an American monarch, so long as he’s their American monarch.
In fact, I feel a great kinship with Mr. Shelly right about now; with every new outrage by America’s worst president ever, I hear the echoes of Shelly’s arrogant demigod:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Alas, it’s difficult not to proceed immediately from there to the prophetic and terrifying final triplet of that poem… for which you will have to read the entire (14 line) sonnet below:
by Percy Bysshe Shelly
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…