Climate bills give Obama unprecedented emergency power

This is pretty scary.

Both the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade energy approved earlier this year and the version just okayed by Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Democrats (Republicans boycotted the vote) contains an obscure but nasty bureaucratic provision that requires President Obama to act like Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez.
Here’s how: The bills require a federal declaration of a “climate emergency” if world greenhouse gas levels reach 450 parts per million. Guess what? The Pacific Northwest National Lab says it is a virtual certainty that level will be reached within a few months. The bill then requires the president to “direct all Federal agencies to use existing statutory authority to take appropriate actions...to address shortfalls" in achieving needed greenhouse gas reductions.
When Vitter asked EPA Administrator what would be done in such a situation, she refused to say. So it must be asked: Would the president be empowered to do things like nationalize whole sectors of industry, ban coal use, restrict private automobile use, or anything else the “emergency” requires? . . . .

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Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "Everything is an emergency. That's why we Marxists have to be in charge of everything. It's just common communist sense. All your emergencies are belong to us!"

11/11/2009 8:18 AM  
Blogger Harry Schell said...

so if a volcano in the South Pacific blows up, Obama can decide to order the US population to make up the difference and rebalance the atmosphere...

This is one of the craziest ideas I have ever heard. Truly, the joke about the difference between God and Obama (God doesn't think he is Obama) isn't funny any more.

Actually the strong theme in the health and climate bills is centralization of power in the feds and the use of coercion to ensure citizens comply with whatever directives are issued.

I would guess there has to be a constitutional issue here.

I don't care if it is Obama or anyone else, POTUS should not have this kind of power over citizens when the science is dubious and so little of what goes into the air is not human in origin.

This is how Chavez got himself into President for Life-manipulation of the law to centralize power. This has got to stop now.

11/11/2009 10:49 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

No scarier than the Patriot Act power grabs. OH wait - Obama still has those too, right?

11/11/2009 11:19 PM  
Blogger The Right Guy said...

John, I told you before, Wesley Mouch is here. After PelObamacare, the government will control 48% of the economy. He's shooting for over 50%. Fascist or Socialist? I used to think he was a fabian socialist, not I am not so sure. He's much worse.

11/12/2009 8:54 PM  

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