I spent several hours watching C-Span yesterday as Senators debated one another regarding the
Lieberman-Warner “Cap and Security Act” scheme
. One of the constant defenses thrown around by advocates (Senators Boxer, Kerry, Warner, and Lieberman) for this scheme was that a similar cap and trade model worked to perfection in the
Of course, what they fail to mention is that part of the program’s success back then was the
fortuitous timing of the price of low-sulfur coal
: It had started to drop just around the time of the cap and trade enforcement. Many coal fired plants switched over to the cleaner burning coal and therefore found an easy and less expensive way to clean up their act. Secondly, the technology needed to trim sulfur dioxide was available at the time of that cap and trade scheme. The sort of technology that is needed to cut carbon dioxide on such a grand scale as the Lieberman-Warner bill mandates is not yet available. Also, somebody could inform the Senator’s (sadly, John McCain backs this bill) backing this bill that the current cap and trade scheme in place in
Europe is not working
as planned. Why do we want to adopt a huge bureaucracy that doesn’t work? That means that this bill, if made into law, will be another expensive large government program.
And just like the Farm Bill, get ready to empty your wallets dear taxpayer---Cha-Ching!