Shenanigans That Pulled Off Passage of American Clean Energy and Security Act: Precurser to Cap and Trade,


New Report Exposes Special Interests Tied to Cap-and-Trade Bill – HUMAN EVENTS:

“Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 — by only seven votes — was achieved through a combination of hefty Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions, pork-barrel politics, and provisions of corporate welfare and protectionism not seen since the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930. So says a 29-page Americans for Prosperity (AFP) policy paper, Exposing the Special Interests Behind Waxman-Markey, Influence Corruption and Control in H.R. 2454 published September 17 on the AFP Web site.”

Here is what happened.

• During the week of the June 26 rollcall vote, four key Democratic leadership PACs gave $130,000 to 41 swing Democratic voters. One PAC, Friends of Jim Clyburn, “directed by the minority whip from South Carolina, gave undecided members $60,000 just two days before the vote.”

• “Classic pork-barrel politics pushed this flawed legislation over the finish line.” Earmarks totaling $5.45 billion went to the districts of four Democratic Representatives: Bobby Rush (D.-Ill.), $1 billion, Alan Grayson (D.-Fla.), $50 million, Mary Kaptur (D.-Ohio), $3.5 billion, and Frank Kratovil (D-Md.), $1 billion. Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) referred to his fellow Ohioan’s earmark as pork.

• In what has become standard practice in Congress with important legislation with wide-ranging implications, Waxman-Markey’s 309-page manager’s amendment containing many of the provisions “used to cajole last-minute supporters … was not made public until 3 a.m. the morning of the vote and was still being collated into the official text as members were being asked to vote on final passage.”

• The report describes how emission allowances were given away free to buy votes. The bill passed because the carbon-emission “allowance distribution methodology was used to gain support from members of Congress who were rightly concerned over the negative effects [the] bill would have on their constituents.” White House Budget Director Peter Orszag had said in May that “If you didn’t auction the permit, it would represent the largest corporate welfare program that has ever been enacted in the history of the United States.”

Stringing and Strowing says: Just makes you proud to be an American doesn’t it.


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