19 May 2010

Republicans never sleep!

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, fresh from blocking Democratic efforts to raise the liability cap on BP for the Gulf oil disaster from $75 million to $10 billion, has now proposed a resolution which would deny the EPA the power to regulate greenhouse gases. You can read about it -- and sign a petition to stop it -- here.


Blogger tnlib said...

She's going to be my target for today. What a hideous cow. I would not have known about the petition had you not posted it. Thanks.

19 May, 2010 06:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regulating greenhouse gases via a carbon exchange will enrich the rent-seekers who run the exchange at your expense, driving up the cost of gas, electricity, heating your home and all consumer goods (they are moved to the stores by fossil fuel burning vehicles!)

It's OK, you say. Government will reimburse us via tax credits to compensate for the higher prices.

Where do you think government gets the money? You! The taxpayer.

It's a scam. Just another in a long line of government scams.

Government's focus should be on fostering a good business climate so unemployed can get hired again, not this statist, crony capitalist crap.

19 May, 2010 07:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

TNLib: "Murky" is some piece of work. Unlike some of them, she hardly even bothers to disguise the fact that she's doing the oil companies' bidding.

SF: While it's debatable what's the best way to deal with global warming, people like Murkowski are trying to prevent us from doing anything about it at all. The country cannot afford to go back to the old failed laissez-faire economic model and lack of regulation which caused the Bush recession and the Gulf oil eruption.

19 May, 2010 07:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The statist model has a horrible track record. We don't have capitalism, we have crony capitalism, and our government (dem and repub) has done a terrible job of enforcing the regulations we have on the books.

Ken Salazar admitted government incompetence at least partially contributed to the oil rig disaster. Yes, it's BP's fault, but government's own records show a lack of review and oversight.

I am not anti-government. I am anti-incompetent government.

19 May, 2010 07:32  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Terms like "statist" obscure the issue. Capitalism requires some regulatory oversight. In a democracy the state is, at least to a degree, accountable to the electorate.

but government's own records show a lack of review and oversight.

In other words, regulation was inadequate and/or inadequately enforced. Which is part of my point.

19 May, 2010 11:15  
Blogger TomCat said...

As muh as the statist model has a weak track record, the corporate model has just entered the slip stream and is about to pollute the Florida Keys and East Coast.

20 May, 2010 12:29  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

TC: Hah! Well put.

20 May, 2010 14:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny. Try running an economy without oil...

20 May, 2010 21:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I don't recall hearing anyone suggest an economy without oil. If someone favors health-department regulation of restaurants to minimize the risk of food poisoning, that hardly means he wants an economy without food.

21 May, 2010 05:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's in response to Tom Cat's remark.

We have a company that is pumping oil, and a government that is supposed to approve and monitor its operations. An accident happened anyway. Now you blame only capitalism and exonerate the bureaucracy that failed to do its job?

This was not some rogue capitalist operation. It was done within the legal bounds set up by the United States government.

21 May, 2010 06:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

No one is exonerating the bureaucracy that failed to do its job. We're saying that regulation needs to be stricter, and more strictly enforced. That's the point. There's nothing in TomCat's comment which suggests a desire for "an economy without oil".

21 May, 2010 07:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. Then we agree.

21 May, 2010 07:49  

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