Stabenow: Warming regs threaten jobs (like mine) (The Michigan View 04.02.11)
Posted by hpayne on April 2, 2011
In 2009, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow told the Detroit News editorial board that fighting the climate crisis was her top priority.
“Climate change is very real,” she said echoing other Gorebama disciples that unless a cap and trade law was passed immediately, the world was doomed to floods, drought, hurricanes and species extinction on an apocalyptic scale. “Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I’m flying. The storms are more volatile. We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes.”
But now with her 2012 re-election in trouble and Big Government in foul odor with the public, Stabenow has done a 180 – asking that the EPA delay its regulatory diktat to strangle American manufacturing with carbon caps. “My amendment is a common-sense approach,” she said in a statement this week.
But Stabenow’s retreat is more than just a cynical election ploy. This is no Left Coast tree-hugger. This is the surrender of a major green disciple from a major industrial state who has loudly advocated for global warming legislation not just because she saw it as the planet’s salvation – but as the new economic model for growth in Rust Belt states like Michigan.
Stabenow’s reversal on EPA regulation is admission that climate change is neither a crisis nor a jobs engine. In other words, a key green politician has just inadvertently admitted that global warming is a scam.
1) The crisis scam. Leaders of the green movement have repeatedly compared global warming to the Holocaust. “Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet,” says prominent global warming strategist and Goracle ally James Hansen. “The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.” Imagine putting off fighting the Nazi Holocaust because it was an election year.
By subjugating carbon caps to the election calendar, Stabenow admits that global warming is important politics, not an important issue.
2) The green economic boom. This is the crucial surrender of Stabenow. “Forget about whether global warming exists,” Stabenow told the News in 2009 after stumbling over the science. “My focus is on jobs.” The Michigan senator has been a crusader for global warming because she sees it as economically beneficial – contrary to economists who say that EPA regulation would be a disaster for the state’s coal energy and manufacturing sectors. Stabenow has used cap and trade to steer thousands of new, green manufacturing jobs to her union supporters.
But in delaying the EPA’s carbon crusade, Stabenow is admitting that carbon regulation is a jobs drag. In a coming election campaign about jobs, jobs, jobs, Stabenow has just stuck a knife in the Green Doctrine that more regulation is a jobs engine.
“For years, I have worked diligently to develop and implement a 21st century manufacturing strategy that will create jobs in the new clean energy economy,” crowed Stabenow in advocating stringent carbon caps two years ago.
The clean energy economy is dead because it threatens jobs. Beginning with Debbie Stabenow’s job.