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Permission to Pollute – The Lobbying Begins

Posted by italco on June 6, 2009

anti-government corruption

During the final days of the drafting of a 946-page climate bill,  Rep. Gene Green (D-Tex.) won support for an amendment that deleted a single word and inserted two others. The words could be worth millions of dollars to U.S. oil refiners.

The Green amendment deleted the word “sources” and inserted “emission points.” In the arcane world of climate legislation, that tiny bit of editing might one day give petroleum refiners valuable rights to emit carbon dioxide when it otherwise might not have been allowed. Refiners could get the extra allowances in return for cutting carbon emissions by 50 percent at a single point of a vast refinery complex instead of slashing emissions by 50 percent for the entire facility.

The Center for Public Integrity said its review of Senate disclosure records showed that more than 880 businesses and interest groups have registered to lobby on climate change in the first quarter of 2009 — up more than 14 percent over the same time last year.

An item inserted at the behest of  Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) would give the auto industry $1.4 billion worth of extra allowances starting in 2012 when the cap-and-trade system takes effect, according to an estimate by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

In President Obama’s original cap-and-trade proposal, all allowances, or permits to emit greenhouse gases, would have been auctioned off by the government. The revenue would have been funneled into direct assistance for the poor and an extension of a tax credit for lower- and middle-income workers.

Critics complained that the cost of buying the allowances would be passed onto consumers, being a de facto tax. So House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman  Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and  Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) fashioned a bill that gives away allowances in an attempt to limit cost increases to consumers and industries — and which is tailored to meet the concerns of key members of the committee.

The biggest chunk of free allowances, worth $500 billion, would go to local electricity and natural gas distribution companies, with strings to make sure the firms use them to shield consumers from higher costs.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) led the effort to protect coal-fired utilities and mining firms. He persuaded Waxman and Markey to accept a more modest reduction in emissions overall and to set aside 35 percent of allowances to help residential and industrial consumers of coal-fired power. He also won agreement for extra allowances and money — about $1 billion a year — to develop carbon capture-and-storage projects that will eventually be needed to cut carbon emissions of coal plants.

Anytime I see this kind of activity on something where multi-million dollar industries are lobbying our congress, red flags just start popping up all over the place. This is something we need to watch closely and make sure not one single gift is accepted or given to or by anyone involved. If we start seeing gratutities being offered or accepted we need to slam the hammer down.

No longer will the practice of gratuities be acceptable!!!  AMERICA is watching all of you…better be careful what you do.

“Beat The Drum”

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10 Responses to “Permission to Pollute – The Lobbying Begins”

  1. highplainsgirl said

    Same old crap, different set of people. Do they honestly not care what the future is going to look like?? This is the kind of thing that just ticks me off to no end.

    • italco said

      I hope you noticed, I didn’t mention a single republican in this article. These are people suppose to be on our side looking after the speial interest groups…how much money did they contribute to the campaigns that are up for re-election in 2010? We have a corrut congress who are doing this stuff…on both sides of the aisle.

  2. jruthkelly said

    too slick, play with words and everything changes.

  3. Geonite said

    Even if they had passed on the price of the carbon emissions to the buyers we would have been better off auctioning the carbon credits for the poor. I have a hard time feeling sorry for a new car buyer.

    • italco said

      I agree…I would have been in total favor of auctioning them off and them passing the cost onto the consumer…the consumer will pay for it anyway. These companies are making billions in profits at the expense of the consumer. Why not…we allow it. They own our congress.

  4. HoboDuke said

    Our lobbyist Uncle Stosh representing the Hobo Party is trying to find the Energzy Czar. It is our understanding that we can get a Carbon Credit Card for several billion dollars line of credit. In order to qualify we have to agree that when we drop dead, Acorn handles it so we keep voting when we are feeding the worms.

    • italco said

      Not into stressing over the loss of past elections but do concern myself with future decision making practices. Acorn is not my concern. The money and influences these energy companies, new and old, have on congress (our law makers) are a major concern.

      We have an election coming up in 2010 where over 88% of this law making body (congress) is up for re-election and rather than complain about the things past government officials have done, we can force ethical reform on them now. Take up a drum stick and “beat the drum”…join in and welcome.

  5. sounds shady to me

    • italco said

      The money that was suppose to be made from the sale of these “pollution credits” were origionally going to pay for President Obama’s healthcare reform…now they are generating the funds for healthcare reform on things like the new “beer, wine, and soft drink tax”.

      I understand the need for a company to lobby law makers to serve the interest of their needs, so long as it is done without bribes being offered or accepted. Ethical reform only works when both sides conduct business ethically. When I see wording being changed, I wonder why. When I see a member of congress taking up their cause…I wonder why. We should all be wondering why. Suspicious activity should be investigated.

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