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  • Today’s Calamity: A Call for Transparency

    Cap and Trade Calamities

    As you read this, the Environmental Protection Agency is modeling the economic impacts of a semi-draft form of the Boxer-Kerry cap and trade legislation. “Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said a bill EPA is analyzing should be marked up in her panel by the second week in November. An EPA official said the agency has pledged to deliver the cost analysis Friday, in time for a three-day set of hearings starting Oct. 27.”

    We’d do it too. But we can’t. According to Congressional Quarterly, the senators “produced a ‘semi-final draft’ of the legislation — including the critical formula for distributing billions of dollars’ worth of pollution credits to different industries and interest groups.” But that draft is unavailable to the public. It has only been given to the EPA to model the economic impacts.

    President Obama, in his memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies, wrote that “Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.”

    Bill Beach, the director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, wrote a letter to Senator Boxer (CCing Senator Kerry, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Senator Inhofe) asking for a copy of the semi-draft legislation to model the economic effects of the bill.

    Charles River Associates (commissioned by National Black Chamber of Commerce), The American Council for Capital Formation (commissioned by National Association of Manufacturers) The Brookings Institution, the Energy Information Administration, the Congressional Budget Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Political Economy Research Institute and The Heritage Foundation all produced economic analyses of the Waxman-Markey House cap and trade bill, but only the EPA has the semi-draft legislation of the Boxer-Kerry version.

    For the sake of transparency, we’d like the EPA or Senator Boxer to publicly release the most recent version of the Boxer-Kerry cap and trade bill that includes the all-important allocation of billions of dollars of allowances. Clearly the more details we have about the bill, the better economic analysis we can provide in a timely manner for Members of Congress and for the general public.

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    15 Responses to Today’s Calamity: A Call for Transparency

    1. Richard, Columbus says:

      President Obama, in his memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies, wrote that “Government should be transparent.

      I agree! Although I doubt he has the guts to discuss this bill openly.

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    3. Greg Vail, AZ says:

      Transparency, like all of Obama's other promises have been put aside. As his liberal left advisers started chiming in soon after his inauguration, reminding him once again of the left's mantra, lies work better than the truth if you keep at them long enough. Thus, we get lies upon lies in hopes that the American public will eventually accept some of them as true. So it is with transparency. Just another lie to feed to the masses with no intent to ever keep the promise.

    4. MrShorty says:

      Why should the Democrats release anything to the conservative media. They won the election and the people said that they were the best without a doubt. Anything they wanted to do, they should do.

      I'm sure the "transparency" Obama and the Democrats promised while running for office was really just an expression to show how thin skinned they really are.

      Lies and deceit are the mantra of the progressive left. Anything is acceptable as long as it helps them fulfill their agenda.

    5. MrShorty, Arizona says:

      Why should the Democrats release anything to the conservative media. They won the election and the people said that they were the best without a doubt. Anything they wanted to do, they should do.

      I’m sure the “transparency” Obama and the Democrats promised while running for office was really just an expression to show how thin skinned they really are.

      Lies and deceit are the mantra of the progressive left. Anything is acceptable as long as it helps them fulfill their agenda.

    6. PAUL DURAND, BURLING says:

      MR. SHORTY'S ARROGANCE IS ASTOUNDING. APPARENTLY THE RESPONSIBILITY TO THE VOTING PUBLIC CEASES AT WINNING THE VOTE!! I WONDER IF HE HANDLES HIS PERSONAL AFFAIRS IN THE SAME MANNER??

    7. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      The obama term will never be open to the people. This will not be due to the fact that common people ask common sense questions and expect common sense answers. The dems can not give these answers as they feel we will never be able to understand what is needed. We can not see the whole picture and must be kept in the dark for fear we will see where this country is going. How much longer will people put up with this crap????

    8. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      Did anyone see Hannity last night where that woman said they DON"T tell the press anything EXCEPT what they wanted to be said, she went on to say that general public did not have the need to know, and one of her favorite people was Mao, she did pair him with Mother Therese, although I for one get no connection, Mother Therese was a generous human being who dedecated her life to God and worked amoung the most needy, what i KNOW OF mAO WAS THAT HE WAS THE OPPOSITE.

    9. Bud b-California says:

      The only transparency in this administration is in the leader himself. He is so transparent we can see all his 'community organizer' tactics. WE AR NOT A COMMUNITY IN THAT SENSE. WE ARE A NATION, INDIVISIBLE AND UNDER GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10. Otiose, Tulsa, OK says:

      Re " … MR. SHORTY’S ARROGANCE IS ASTOUNDING." I think MrShorty was writing "tongue-in-cheek", so to speak. One measure of intelligence is the ability to understand subtle humor.

    11. Louis L Cesar F Levy says:

      Just one thing to AGAIN KNOW. Transparency and manigances are opposites. Global Warming, in its final definitive objective terms is bogus.

      Heeding the voice of the Lurker-Who-Suggest-Spend-In-Futilities-So-As-To-Bring-Pork(his making)Down is the only True reason why they stick on these and forget all that matters. can't you see?

    12. Jerry from Chicago says:

      This is just one more attempt of the Democrats and the Obama administration to tax the hell out of the American public. It will do nothing to stop pollution. It will just cost more to do it. And who will pick up that additional cost?

      Well, there is only one place the government can get money, and that's taxes. If business and industry have to purchase "carbon credits" they will do so and pass along the cost to consumers in the form of higher prices.

      THIS HAS GOT TO STOP. These politicians think they can get away with anything.

      This is what happens when there are no checks and balances in government. You have one party, controlled by a bunch of radicle liberals, each of whom are millionaires, deciding how it's going to be for the resat of us.

      Just like Al Gore's nonsense about global warming was nothing more than a scam to make him a hundred of million dollars in "green" industries.

      The official language of the U.S. isn't English; it's B.S.

    13. Bill S., Kihei, Maui says:

      Our president is a master of double-speak. But then, some pigs are more equal than others.

    14. Linda Carlsbad, CA says:

      Lets see, they are in the White House. They have all our money.They have the power to do anything they want. Steal our country blind. Take over our private industry. Tax us to death.Take our Freedom of Speech. Take our guns. Take 165 million of our troops money. How is this Obama land working out for you! Oh,I forgot, cut all our money for our long range missles when countries want to destroy us!Do we still live in the United States of America?Or do we live in China?

    15. jane e COLUMB says:

      I would like for you to think of what you are doing to our country. if you have your way we will be like China,where you can't anything because it will be against your RULES. GOD CAN HELP YOU GET EVERYTHING WORKED OUT (IF YOU ASK FOR HIS HELP)

      ASK GOD FOR HIS HELP (IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL THE BUSINESS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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