Cap and Trade Update: Rep. Manzullo to Obama Climate ‘Envoy’: it will destroy American manufacturing

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Courtesy of Rep. Manzullo (R-IL):

Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) today asked President Obama’s Climate Change Envoy, Todd Stern, during a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing why American manufacturers should face costly cap and trade mandates when the world’s biggest polluters — China and India — have already said they have no plans to follow suit. Manzullo is the lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment. Manzullo also co-chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus.

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November 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. 1 comment.

The hidden Tyranny of the Cap and Trade Bill…

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

C. S. Lewis

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Update: commenters note it may be section 202, 204 of the bill, they added so many pages, we all have different versions no doubt….

AIP – Jimmy Bise (go read the whole thing!):

…Let me introduce you to a little section of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill called the “Building Energy Performance Labeling Program”. It’s section 304 of the bill and it says, basically, that your house belongs to the state. See, the Federal Government really wants a country full of energy-efficient homes, so much so that the bill mandates that new homes be 30 percent more energy efficient than the current building code on the very day the law is signed. That efficiency goes up to 50 percent by 2014 and only goes higher from there, all the way to 2030. That, by the way, is not merely a target but a requirement of the law. New homes must reach those efficiency targets no matter what.

But what does that have to do with current homeowners like you? Well, I’m glad you asked. You’re certainly not off the hook, no way, no how. Here’s what the Democrats have planned for you. The program requires that states label their buildings so that we can all know how efficient every building (that includes residential and non-residential buildings) is and it requires that the information be made public. To that end, the bill suggests a number of circumstances under which the states could inspect a building, including:

(A) preparation, and public disclosure of the label through filing with tax and title records at the time of–

(i) a building audit conducted with support from Federal or State funds;

(ii) a building energy-efficiency retrofit conducted in response to such an audit;

(iii) a final inspection of major renovations or additions made to a building in accordance with a building permit issued by a local government entity;

(iv) a sale that is recorded for title and tax purposes consistent with paragraph (8);

(v) a new lien recorded on the property for more than a set percentage of the assessed value of the property, if that lien reflects public financial assistance for energy-related improvements to that building; or

(vi) a change in ownership or operation of the building for purposes of utility billing; or

(B) other appropriate means.

Pay close attention to (iii), (iv), and (vi) because those hit you right where you live. What that’s saying is the state will be empowered to inspect your home if you want to 1) renovate your house in any way that requires a building permit, 2) sell your house, or 3) change the name of the person responsible for any utility bill.

By now, if you haven’t swallowed your tongue and are in need of medical attention, you’re probably wondering if there’s a penalty for not being in compliance with the new efficiency ratings. The answer is no, and yes. Here’s where the bill gets really sneaky. So far as I can tell, there is no direct penalty if your house does not meet the bill’s target. However, it does require that the number of buildings inspected by the state meet certain percentage targets and if they do not, the state loses out on a significant portion of the money it could get from Washington. In other words, the bill demands certain things from the states, but ties funding for those demands to compliance with the demands.

Did I say the bill gets sneaky? I was wrong. The bill strong-arms the states like a couple mob heavies leaning on a witness in a Rico trial. In turn, the states are going to put the screws to you, so it gets the billions of dollars Washington is dangling in front of them. So while the Federal government won’t directly punish you, it will provide the states with lots and lots of rectangular, green reasons to do so.

And it gets worse. The Federal government has graciously offered to help homeowners with the retrofits the states will force them to do through a program called the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Purposes (REEP). REEP sets aside a pool of money in each state for property owners who have to turn their polar bear-killing buildings into lean, mean, green machines. But, and I’m sure you’ve guessed this already, there’s a catch. Before I get to that, here’s the magic formula (and don’t read ahead and spoil the surprise!):

(i) AWARDS- For residential buildings–

(I) support for a free or low-cost detailed building energy audit that prescribes, as part of a energy-reducing measures sufficient to achieve at least a 20 percent reduction in energy use, by providing an incentive equal to the documented cost of such audit, but not more than $200, in addition to any earned by achieving a 20 percent or greater efficiency improvement;

(II) a total of $1,000 for a combination of measures, prescribed in an audit conducted under subclause (I), designed to reduce energy consumption by more than 10 percent, and $2,000 for a combination of measures prescribed in such an audit, designed to reduce energy consumption by more than 20 percent;

(III) $3,000 for demonstrated savings of 20 percent, pursuant to a performance-based building retrofit program; and

(IV) $1,000 for each additional 5 percentage points of energy savings achieved beyond savings for which funding is provided under subclause (II) or (III).

If you want to hit that 50 percent savings mark that all new homes have to hit, then you can get as much as $12,200, including inspection, as you scoop all those awards. That’s a pretty good chunk of change that should cover most, if not all of the costs of a retrofit on any moderately-sized older house, right? Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

Except for that catch and boy is it a doozy.

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July 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

NRCC: Tom Perriello VA-05 & Debbie Halvorson IL -11…

Even with President Obama admitting that electricity rates would “skyrocket” as a result of Cap & Trade, Tom Perriello caved to pressure from the White House and Speaker Pelosi to support the bill.

In reality, it took only one call from President Obama for her to change her stance…

Courtesy of the NRCC

Joe Barton R-TX tried valiantly to stop this travesty of a bill:

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) closed the Cap and Trade floor debate with an emotional plea for a no vote.

June 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Update 3: Waxman Markey passes House…

Update 3: clips from Mark Levin yesterday as the voting went down and afterward:

Clips courtesy of nickj077

MM has a list of numbers to reach the GOP 8 who voted Aye

Update 2: Mitchell D-AZ voted no I am glad to say. Roll Call of the vote here. Bishop of NY, of the videos with outraged constituents at his town hall this week, voted Yes. And cancelled his planned townhalls BTW..chicken. Bock Bock Bwack..

Update: MM via HA the GOP who voted Aye on this SmootHawley Redux of an economy killer as we are in a long bottom of a recession, utterly indefensible to vote for this thing in this economy:

Update: Inhofe predicts cap and trade will die in the Senate, which is probably true. I wonder if that made the bitter pill easier to swallow for those eight Republicans.

Update: The boss has the names:

Bono Mack
Castle
Kirk
Lance
LoBiondo
McHugh
Reichert
Smith (NJ)

The morons cheered when they got the vote, Mike Spence was talking with Levin when the board hit the number…

TOTUS said in ABCinformercial that Americans are choosing between the Devil they know and the Devil they dont know on health care.. I think this vote just gave us a clear idea of who the devilish Congress Critters are who need to be voted out at the earliest opportunity…

It is DOA in the Senate, and as Americans see what these “moderate” Dems and 7(?)GOP voted for. Just the imposition of the California building codes o the entire nation is a death blow to construction jobs. And the bill also contains a provision that ANY HOME being sold or resold must pass an “energy efficiency inspection” old windows wont cut it, also prohibits repairing old appliances that dont meet the new code…

Well I predict an awesome tide of pixxed off American voters in 2010 who will remember what these yahoos just trie to do, kill our economy and the American standard of living.

219-212, 8 GOPs voted Yes Per Levin

Here is John Boehner, Minority Leader, best I’ve ever seen him:

Courtesy of nickj077

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

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