Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"We Don't Need Your Steeeenkin' Constitution..."

It gets tiresome to report on all the ways in which President Girlypants undermines the Republic. 

Although this is an old story, Professor Singer's analysis is worth reading.

Using Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review, issued by President Bill Clinton back in 1993), the White House Office of Management and Budget (WH-OMB) has published numerical estimates for the 'Social Cost of Carbon' (SCC).  In Public Comments, we have challenged these OMB numbers in three respects: use of outdated climate science; internal inconsistency; omission of CO2 benefits.  These miscalculations -- whether politically inspired or innocently overlooked -- could end up costing the American public hundreds of billions in higher dollar  costs, as well as millions of lost jobs

... I strongly suspect that the real purpose of the White House is to establish a de facto carbon tax.  Such a scheme would usurp the authority of Congress and likely violate the US Constitution, since all tax bills must originate in the House of Representatives

Well, that's antiquarian, Professor!  With this regime, the "law of the land" is whatever His Nibbiness wants it to be.  Obviously, you're just a bitter clinger.

....With a minimum of notice, and without publicity, OMB assembled an Interagency Working Group (IWG), which arrived at a cost of about $12 per ton of emitted carbon, based on a Technical Support Document (TSD) of Feb 2010.  This TSD was updated in May 2013, upping the SCC to about $36 per ton -- and rising over time.  The Dept of Energy (DOE) then promptly used this figure in setting an efficiency standard for microwave ovens....

The entire article is short, but dense, and doesn't allow for excerpt easily.  But the upshot is as reported above:  the Constitution is the enemy of Obama and he treats it as such.

Oh, by the way:  you get treated exactly the same.

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