According to the Dems, Cap And Trade and “Green Jobs” were to have been good for the economy. But with health care taking up so much of the Senate’s floor time, Cap And Trade legislation would be pushed dangerously close to the 2010 elections. As a result, Democrats have begun to demur on “Cap and Tax”.
From Politico: “We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, but I think it’s very difficult in the kind of economic circumstances we have right now,” said Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who called passage of any economy-wide cap and trade “unlikely.”
“I’d just as soon see that set aside until we work through the economy,” said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). “What we don’t want to do is have anything get in the way of working to resolve the problems with the economy.”
“Climate change in an election year has very poor prospects,” added Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). “I’ve told that to the leadership.”
So, what we can learn from these statements is that, for the Democrats, Cap And Trade is critical, absolutely critical to slowing the imminent danger of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)… but it’s less critical when it’s an election year and the possibility exists that the public will see through our “good for the economy” lie.
Cap-and-trade is dead, at least for 2010, unless the Cultural Ministers for Corruption Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can find more ways to bribe Democratic Senators into committing career suicide. I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss that possibility.
What remains critical, for those of us who are not lying buffoons, is the removal as many of these power-seeking AGW alarmists as possible in 2010 before they can pick this legislation back up.