Echoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s maxim, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) wants to capitalize on, extend and even increase current unemployment rates to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Endorsing draft legislation of a so called “cap and trade” bill co-introduced with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kerry stated, “Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent.”
Translated: the recession is good for the environment, so we should make it permanent. Or, as the Heritage Foundation notes, “It took a solid year for the United States to reach 10 percent unemployment through the financial meltdown and the housing crisis, let’s keep it there, or make it worse, with cap and trade. Why not be even more aggressive?” Democrats apparently want 18 percent unemployment to hit the magic 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Never mind the nearly two million jobs that cap and tax will extinguish by 2012. What’s a job when the environment is supposedly in question? Nice to know where Senator Kerry’s priorities lie.
Meanwhile, Leighton Steward, a geologist and former believer in global warming is on Capitol Hill this week to inform our wise representatives that CO2 does not cause warming. In fact, carbon dioxide emissions are good for the planet.