On The Environment, Democrats To Finish A Republican Job
And who are these "Republican-lite" ass-wipes? Representatives John Dingell (D-MI), a long time friend of Big Auto, and Rick Boucher (D-WV) who together control the committee and sub-committee that write environmental regulations for the House. And what do they want to do? First, they intend to amend the Clean Air Act so that states no longer have the authority to set their own emissions standards, even with an EPA exemption. Second, they intend to take away the EPA's power--affirmed by Massachusetts v. EPA--to set climate rules and vest that power...well...nowhere.
In other words, they plan to f*ck high-population, poor air-quality states on the East and West coasts in order to prevent economic losses in their own states. Way to go guys. Taking that whole party unity thing seriously I see. Just goes to show that money is the motivator, regardless of your party.
You'd think people would pay more attention since American Idol is over, but they won't.
No wonder there was a bipartisan approach to leaving the money pipes open.
I see this as a disturbing trend.
It's the judicial philosophy behind this that concerns me so.
It is not unreasonable to look ahead a bit and see that the committee might rule against a households authority to set reasonable limits on the use of toilet paper per sitting.
I might need to go to the store more often.
Ah, yes... Good for business.
Cartledge... Leaving the money pipes open always has bi-partisan support. But I'm hoping that screwing California and it's 33M residents gives some of these representatives pause. Elections and financing are no longer purely local. If 1 in 10 CA residents decided to give $10 to unseat Dingell, he would lose, simple as that.
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I guess I'm not surprised. Just bummed.
WS... Nice, nice! Here's a haiku in response:
Make me choke on smog
To pad your bulging pockets
No more fruit for you!
Raffi... I know, I know. But it looks like Pelosi is going step up and put an end to this nonsense. Good!
Nvisiblewmn... The ironic aspect of this is that Detroit isn't going to sell any more cars in California just because they can ship uber-polluters. It makes no sense.
It sucks that they want to eliminate states to set their own emissions standards.
Breathing air is difficult.
Think I'll stay inside.
But when it's ready to roll,
Here come the shit heads.
black lungs and red eyes
no i didn't smoke the ganj
it's smog killing me
In other words, no science. Just Chicken Little, The Sky is Falling silliness.
How many people die of lung cancer every year? Thousands and thousands. Every one died from inhaling cigarette smoke.
How many people die each year from breathing our air? ZERO.
Yet you want to turn a large but troubled industry -- the auto industry -- on its head, forcing an entire industry to restructure its products to address the neurotic worries of some people in the country.
Typical. Ignore thousands and thousands of deaths that occur every single year to focus on a ridiculous speculative issue that will resolve itself, if it's really an issue.
Frankly, if anyone in California really cared about this issue, talk about forming a new California Clean Car Company would start.
If there is enough will in CA, the money to finance a car company to serve CA's 30 million residents would appear. The population is large enough to support a car company, maybe.
Of course, many people in CA like Corvettes, BMWs, pick-up trucks, Hummers and other vehicles that consume lots of gasoline.
I can't imagine why you would think it's possible to force a huge change on an industry and the entire population of the most populous state in the country when it hasn't been possible to convince everyone that smoking will kill them.
Michael Griffin, NSA Director and Bush apologist, in his statement to NPR on the subject of global warming said,"Who are we to opine on what the correct temperature for earth should be?"
Look for this tag line to become the GOP' corporatism' enablers next argument for doing nothing.
Gee whiz, our life is the result of an "Intelligent Design", so who are we to meddle as seas rise, deserts form, water becomes scarce, thousands of earth's species disappear and millions die?
Put Bushie Commissars in charge of science. Put them in charge of our Justice Department and substitute propaganda slogans for reasoned debate (or truth); this is the "New Way Forward" for Soviet style America.
The great thing about capitalism and a representative government is that the money rules. All you got to do is buy a couple of fucks on one side, while you own the other side. Thus, we are screwed.
If we really wanted to start fixing things we would have to start with campaign reform - no corporate money whatsoever.
That being said, the writing is on the wall for the Big-3 and those of us who depend on them for our livelihoods. Instead of being part of the problem, we need to learn how to be part of the solution.
"the writing is on the wall for the Big-3 and those of us who depend on them for our livelihoods. Instead of being part of the problem, we need to learn how to be part of the solution."
If the Big 3 US car companies were able to convert its entire production of cars to small high-miles-per-gallon vehicles, the industry would collapse.
Why? Because millions of buyers want the big gas-guzzlers they continue to buy. If those buyers can't find an American model that suits them, they will find an import that fills the bill.
The auto market is not monolithic. Detroit has long known that it's possible to make more money from larger vehicles than smaller ones. Meanwhile, due to the cost structure of Detroit -- union rules and compensation -- Detroit is incapable of building small cars profitably.
Daimler recently agreed to unload Chrysler for a pay-off of $1 billion. Daimler paid $38 billion for Chrysler in 1999, figuring it could make the company work. Daimler could not do the job.
The new owner -- Cerberus Hedge Fund -- is in the position of putting Chrysler into bankruptcy to void the labor contracts. Given the amount Cerberus paid to gain control of Chrysler, Cerberus will succeed wildly if it takes the Chapter 11 route. YOu can be sure the Chrysler employees know they have no choice. If they fight or strike, they are screwed.
If they smarten up, they will be fine. The company will return to health too.
But foolish and pointless "greenhouse gas" regulations might derail Chrysler's recovery. That would put a huge number of people out of work. For no good reason.
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And we all win