Bipartisan idiocy


A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers have teamed up on a bill that would put a price on carbon as a way to reduce pollution and curb climate change. The members that have signed onto the House version of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) include Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), John Delaney (D-Md.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

According to Deutch, the legislation seeks to “help reduce U.S. carbon pollution by 40 percent in 12 years, with a 91 percent reduction target by 2050 (vs. 2015 levels)” by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and “increasing the price by $10 every year.” Annually, the Treasury Department “would return 100 percent of the net revenue back to the American people.” “The sea level rise is affecting our coastal communities and it is threatening real estate and clean water sources, shorter winters are impacting seasonal tourism,” Deutch said during a conference call on Monday evening.

“We’ve seen intensified hurricanes slamming into the southeastern U.S. and island territories and dry spells are leading to worse wildfires and harsher droughts – that is not some dystopian science fiction novel, these are the harsh facts of climate change that we are facing today,” he added.

“This bill won’t solve all of our problems. We’re not naive to think that it would. And starting on Day One of the 116th Congress, we look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans alike to consider other parts of the climate change challenge like encouraging R&D and renewable energy options focusing on energy efficiency,” he said. “This a complex, difficult challenge but we cannot be the generation that allows it to become a runaway train. It’s time to put on the brakes.”

The Republican lawmakers were unable to join the press call and did not appear at the news conference about the bill, but they issued statements in support of the legislation.

“Since my first day in Congress, I have committed to finding solutions that mitigate the effects of climate change,” Fitzpatrick said. “We must take a bipartisan, market-driven approach to reduce carbon emissions, which are contributing to atmospheric change, rising sea levels, and more intense natural disasters. I am confident that bipartisan efforts to preserve our environment and protect our way of life for future generations will ultimately succeed.

The link above is a WaPo story about this idiot Fitzpatrick. Excerpt: “He supports a carbon tax and voted against the Affordable Care Act repeal effort last year. He was against the White House’s travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries. He supports a path to citizenship for ‘dreamers,’ the undocumented immigrants brought here as children. He opposed family separations at the border. He supports gun-control measures and has an F rating from the NRA. He didn’t vote for Trump in 2016.”

We always want to ask these fools our favorite questions: (a) to the nearest 1%, what is the percentage of CO2 in 100 parts air? Answer: 0%. (b) to the nearest 1% what is the percentage of CO2 in 1000 parts of air? Answer: 0%. It would be jolly good fun to hear their answers.

2 Responses to “Bipartisan idiocy”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    One would expect this from a Democratic controlled House, but already?

    A preview of the coming legislative nightmare, I fear.

    One wonders how much GOP support an economy crippling bill like this has?

  2. Bosun Says:

    From my perspective, to borrow from Hemingway about bankruptcy, “At first slowly, then suddenly”. It’s the DUMBING DOWN! It has now reached a crescendo and appears to have no bottom. This cannot end well. Are we on the cusp of a new “Dark Age”?

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