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Babs Boxer, Bernie Sanders propose first US carbon tax
[FRANCE24] US senators proposed a tax on carbon emissions Thursday amid growing calls for action on climate change, but the bill is expected to face staunch opposition from many conservatives.

Two days after President Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
urged Congress to tackle the emissions blamed for rising temperatures, two senators laid out a plan that would for the first time set a price on carbon throughout the United States.

The plan by staunch environmentalists Barbara Call me Senator! Boxer
Senator-for-Life from Caliphornia...
and Bernie Sanders
...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords...
would charge $20 per ton of carbon from major polluters such as coal mines and oil refineries, rising 5.6 percent annually over 10 years.

"We are looking at the danger of a planetary crisis," said Sanders, an independent from Vermont who generally votes with Obama's Democratic Party.

"When scientists tell us that the temperature of this Earth may go up at least eight degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 Celsius) by the end of this century, that means cataclysmic changes to the planet. We have go to act," he told news hounds.

In hopes of shielding consumers from higher costs, 60 percent of the generated revenue would be sent back in a monthly rebate to every US resident. Much of the rest would go to improve energy efficiency at homes and promote renewable energy such as wind and solar in a bid to create jobs.

The senators, citing the Congressional Budget Office, said that the carbon fee would generate $1.2 trillion over 10 years. They said that around $300 billion would be devoted to bringing down the ballooning US debt.

Senator David Vitter, the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee that will take up the bill, attacked the proposal.

"It's not just energy prices that would skyrocket from a carbon tax, the cost of nearly everything built in America would go up," he charged.

Democrats control the Senate but Republicans lead the House of Representatives, where many of the party's politicians contest the view of mainstream scientists that human activity is causing temperatures to rise.

A proposal to set up a "cap-and-trade
... a government initiative to set limits on carbon emissions that could then be traded for money by the people who designed it ...
" system -- which would restrict emissions and provide a market incentive to businesses by allowing a trade in credits -- died in the Senate in 2010.

Europe pioneered the cap-and-trade system but the idea of switching to a straightforward carbon tax has increasingly come into favor. Australia last year introduced a carbon tax of Aus$23 (US$23.8) per ton.
Posted by: Fred || 02/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Didn't our beloved president promise recently not to do such things, or am I misremembering?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/15/2013 5:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Little more than and element of the political camouflage necessary to achieve both space and time. The discussion and truth concerning Benghazi must be pushed to the very rear. The topic(s) utilized to achieve the distance are irrelevant.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 6:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Babs Boxer, Bernie Sanders propose first US carbon tax

Yes, and the sun appears above the horizon in the east in the morning and disappears below the horizon in the west in the evening. Tax, spend, tax, spend, tax, spend. Repeat and rinse.

"The only two certainties in life are death and taxes."
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/15/2013 8:03 Comments || Top||

#4  An attempt to pay down debt thru inflation, albeit 'stealth' inflation, to be blamed on energy companies.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/15/2013 10:15 Comments || Top||

#5  I'ma want a Politician Hot Air tax of %200 of their Salary or Office budget (whichever is higher). None of said tax to go to Congressional retirement funds, Congressional med benefits or other like pork.

Posted by: Water Modem || 02/15/2013 10:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Protect us from these useless, destructive idiots. How did they get in and stay in office?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/15/2013 17:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Next election should be their last.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/15/2013 18:21 Comments || Top||

White House Raises Stakes in Hagel Showdown
[An Nahar] The White House raised the stakes Thursday in its battle to appoint a new defense secretary, accusing Republican politicians blocking the appointment of sending a bad signal to U.S. war allies.
Appointing a dope to be Sec Def sends what kind of signal again?
Appointing yet another antisemitic, terrorist-loving dope sends what kind of signal? (FIFY)
President Barack Obama
In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed...
's choice for the post, former senator Chuck Hagel, must be confirmed by the Senate and a senior Democrat told Agence La Belle France Presse he was not sure his side had the votes to overcome an almost unprecedented filibuster.

White House front man Joshua Earnest said the delay had jeopardized Hagel's planned appearance at a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
ministerial meeting next week in Brussels with U.S. NATO allies to discuss the pull-out from Afghanistan.

"It is difficult to explain to our allies exactly why that is happening. It also sends a signal to our men and women in uniform," Earnest said.

"We need our new defense secretary to
Posted by: Fred || 02/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It is difficult to explain to our allies exactly why that is happening. It also sends a signal to our men and women in uniform," Earnest said.

No need to "explain" anything. Simply send Panetta or the General Allen's replacement. Had you not pulled General Allen out, you could have sent him! No need to make excuses or apologize for our constitutional process.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 4:37 Comments || Top||

Posted by: junkiron || 02/15/2013 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  It is difficult to explain to our allies
...because you know our allies are really stupid and can't understand anything or anyone which is why we have to tell them what to do.
Posted by: Alanc || 02/15/2013 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  The difficult thing to explain is why our allies should make concessions to Champ when he's clearly speeding down the road to irrelevance.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/15/2013 12:08 Comments || Top||

#5  I suspect most of our allies are curious why Hagel was put up in the first place.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/15/2013 14:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Hagel is a Pub. The Pubs don't support him but the Donks do. Go figure. I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere and ended up down the rabbit hole.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/15/2013 17:30 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
'The Pilgrims were illegal aliens' [VIDEOS]
Confidential, expensive USDA sensitivity training

Footage of the United States Department of Agriculture's compulsory "Cultural Sensitivity Training" program reveals USDA employees being instructed to refer to the Pilgrims as "illegal aliens" and minorities as "emerging majorities" -- at "a huge expense" to taxpayers.

The video clips were made public Thursday evening by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made on May 18, 2012.

The clips star Samuel Betances -- a diversity instructor with Souder, Betances and Associates -- who says in the video that he got his diversity training start under former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. In the clips, Betances instructed USDA employees on the proper thinking about diversity and minorities -- or, as he called them, "emerging majorities."

Between requiring the employees to repeat that "every federal agency has discriminated against African-Americans, Hispanics, Native American Indians and other groups," and a long account of his personal history, Betances encouraged the employees to take note because the presentation is "a huge expense."

"If you take a look at all of you here and you think about your salaries and your benefits and what you have left undone -- plus my fee -- plus the expense of the team that's putting the video together, this is a huge expense," he says in his video.
Posted by: tipper || 02/15/2013 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [983 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are they Aliens, or are they aliens???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/15/2013 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't be "illegal" in a place where there were no laws.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/15/2013 3:12 Comments || Top||

#3  The brave work of Samuel Betances is a generational stop-gap measure. His work must continue until total control of the government public education system is achieved and they become effective transmission belts for group-think, victimization, socialism, and communism.

Our next session will permit you to stand up, move around a bit, and become interactive. By a show of hands, how many here are familiar with the Umkhosi Womhlanga dance ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 5:17 Comments || Top||

#4  The Pilgrims as Illegal Aliens

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/15/2013 6:48 Comments || Top||

#5  What superficial, knowlege-free nonsense! But it's most.y conservatives who read history these days, liberals having gone in for what it pleases them to call 'social studies'... and 'news'.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/15/2013 7:39 Comments || Top||

#6  So the USDA position is that letting in 'illegal aliens' means the locals will lose their land, culture, and country in the end. Sounds more like a dire warning than a denunciation to me.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/15/2013 7:59 Comments || Top||

#7  If the Pilgrims were indeed illegal aliens it really points out the need for stronger border inforcement. What a backwards argument.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/15/2013 14:47 Comments || Top||

#8  "Illegal Alien" > D *** NG IT, I don't recall there being any Thanksgiving Turkey-n-Stuff portrayed in the original MTV '80's Video???

No Squanto or Samoset or Pocahontas either.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/15/2013 23:35 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Sheila Jackson Lee: "I'm a Freed Slave"
You know what else she is? Nuts. From the Hill
Posted by: Beavis || 02/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [791 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yet another in the howling crowd of agent provocateurs who scurry about wafting chamber pots, advancing the cause of victimization, entitlement, and reparations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 5:00 Comments || Top||

#2  It is not for nothing we have Dorner apologists swimming just below the surface. The pretext of cultural victimization [emphasis on social cause vs actual crime] has long been preached by the Sheila Jackson Lee crowd.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 5:36 Comments || Top||

#3  The less cause they have, the louder they howl.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/15/2013 6:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Remember the LA riots in 1992?

As they were attempting to loot and burn Korean grocery and liquor stores in the hoods, there were Koreans still alive who had been actual slaves of the Japanese. Of course, that concept meant nothing to Ms Jackson's community when they set out to confiscate the property of Koreans who had labored to pursue the 'American Dream'.

BTW Ms Jackson, how many young people have you, and your fellow pols, reduced to indentured servitude to pay back student loans without the financial means to so for decades. It's the company store game all over again, but you operate it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/15/2013 8:12 Comments || Top||

#5  A few years ago I saw a fellow with a t-shirt that said "retired slave". I wanted to say "You're welcome", since my ancestors are all from New York and Pennsylvania.

Of course, that would have been racist of me.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/15/2013 9:09 Comments || Top||

#6  You owe the Red Chinese 1.2 Trillion Dollars. Your freedom will not last for very long Sheila J.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/15/2013 9:27 Comments || Top||

#7  She's not free. She's still tied to the victimhood, govmint plantation.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/15/2013 9:46 Comments || Top||

#8  What more could we expect from a CBC.....whip ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 9:57 Comments || Top||

#9  she's a f*cking asshat racist. She belittles her staff, is just plain stoopid, and spends a whole day camped out before the SOTU to make sure she gets that dumb mug in the aisle shot.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/15/2013 10:04 Comments || Top||

#10  She looks good for a woman 150 years old.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/15/2013 10:12 Comments || Top||

#11  Or maybe she's from somewhere slavery still exists/existed more recently?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/15/2013 10:13 Comments || Top||

#13  With my level of taxation (and lack of anything in return for the amount paid) I am a NEW slave.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/15/2013 10:25 Comments || Top||

#14  In the meantime, here are some "Peak" job opportunities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 10:26 Comments || Top||

#15  Apologies...the above comment should have been posted to the Spratly Islands article.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/15/2013 10:29 Comments || Top||

#16  #11, well she'll never address the practice of 'pimping' in her community - see sex trade/slavery.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/15/2013 10:34 Comments || Top||

well she'll never address the practice of 'pimping' in her community - see sex trade/slavery.

Anyone remember if she commented on the video of ACORN advising on how to set up underage slave brothels? Or on Planned Parenthood providing cover for them?

Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/15/2013 11:08 Comments || Top||

#18  News flash Sheila,

No one would WANT you as a slave. You are too whiny, too much of a bitch and too hard to make work. You would have been hog food if you were a "slave".

Go away.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/15/2013 12:10 Comments || Top||

#19  It doesn't bother me that idiots say idiotic things. It bothers me that there are people who will listen and take her, um...comments...seriously.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/15/2013 12:25 Comments || Top||

#20  No, you're a Slave, by your own choice, and we don't want a whiner, go away.

Literally, we don't want you, but you keep coming around and saying "I'm a SLAVE", OK you're a Slave, now we can do as we want with you, go to hell with the rest of your slave friends.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/15/2013 12:44 Comments || Top||

#21  Since you cannot enslave a free man, if she was a slave, she was not free.

As she is an extreme statist and racist, I think that's a safe conclusion.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/15/2013 13:45 Comments || Top||

#22  My ancestors were slaves to the Czar. They got out of there (Jews weren't popular there) and made a good life.

Get over it and go on with yer stinkin life.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/15/2013 16:01 Comments || Top||

#23  I guarantee every person on this planet has a slave somewhere in their ancestry. Until very, very recently it wasn't a rare condition.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/15/2013 17:59 Comments || Top||

#24  Rob, you know better than that. Slavery was invented so white men could suppress the black man. Only blacks have been slaves.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/15/2013 20:18 Comments || Top||

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