Cap Without the Trade
A blurb in a recent edition of National Review’s The Week offers a necessary reminder of an issue that shouldn’t slip out of public view:
Having seized for itself, with the help of the courts, the authority to regulate greenhouse gases without the consent of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama has aggressively proceeded to do so. There shall be a 20 percent reduction in emissions from heavy trucks and buses by 2018, the agency decreed — this following similar declarations regarding cars and light trucks. The idea of setting up a cap-and-trade system of emissions permits has lost favor in Congress, partly because a major scientific scandal diminished the credibility of cap-and-trade advocates, and partly because making energy more costly in a weak economy is politically as well as economically crazy. But the administration has proven that it is determined to unilaterally impose these unpopular caps, and there is little Congress can do to stop it. Unless the opponents of energy restrictions can win a difficult battle against the White House between now and 2012, we’re getting cap but no trade.
What’s needed is statutory language that takes this sweeping power out of the hands of unelected regulators.
I wasn’t joking that the only cap’n’trade I want to see is on regulations generated by DC bureaucrats.
The House can turn over a new leaf and hand up nothing but appropriations bills by budget function or even sub-function. Omnibus bills is how you get pork through and also how you get 2000+ page unread steaming piles of you know what. Fund the EPA at WalMart roll-back levels. If O still wants 16k new IRS agents to ride herd on health care compliance, fund them the same way. Sooner or later, somebody will get a clue.
Seriously, if the Donks screech about shutting down government, who will care if its only the EPA and the IRS?