From the president’s press conference today, regarding his proposed energy bill — with its carbon “cap and trade” provisions:
At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air that we breathe. It also provides assistance to businesses and communities as they make the gradual transition to clean energy technologies.
Presumably Mr. Obama, like many people these days, believes that excess carbon dioxide has bad effects on the world’s climate. Which may or may not be true– I still have my doubts. But, that CO2 equals “dangerous carbon emissions” which “contaminate the water we drink and the air we breathe”? Can he be that ignorant of basic biology and chemistry? Or does he assume that his audience is that ignorant? In the latter case he may be right– certainly as regards the news media people in his audience.
And of course it will all be “paid for by the polluters”. What a relief! Some people claim that making energy more expensive would raise their energy bills. But those evil polluters will absorb all the costs, right?
I thank (or blame) the Powerline blog for getting me started on this…
The piece of legislation in question is generally called Waxman-Markey, after its two sponsors. Rep. Harvey Waxman, to put it charitably, doesn’t seem to understand much about the problem which his 1200-page bill is supposed to address. In an NPR interview of Tavis Smiley with Mr. Waxman, he didn’t seem to know that there’s an Arctic Ocean beneath the North Pole:
“We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.”