But Obama Wants Us To Adopt It Anyway?

Green Inc. Column – Fraud Besets E.U. Carbon Trade System – NYTimes.com

Carbon trading is a system that caps the amount of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, that companies may emit each year. Companies exceeding their quota can buy extra certificates from those companies that succeeded in shrinking their carbon footprint by adopting environmentally friendly technology or modifying production in other ways.

The system is the main tool used by the European Union to meet its ambitious pollution-reduction goals.

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But since the start of the system in Europe, coal-burning utilities have earned windfall profits, while the prices of credits have never been high enough for long enough to force utilities and businesses to replace conventional power with significant amounts of renewable energy or other clean sources.

Meanwhile, in Blue/Green Oregon;

Kulongoski, Oregon lawmakers seek to scale back energy tax credits | Politics & Elections – – Oregonlive.com

SALEM — Big wind energy projects no longer need state incentives, Gov. Ted Kulongoski said today, as lawmakers explored a plan to rein in the soaring costs of Oregon’s tax breaks for green energy.

At a meeting with newspaper editors from across the state, Kulongoski said the $11 million in state tax credits routinely given to 10 megawatt-plus wind farms has “run its course.”

“Do they need the state to subsidize them? No,” Kulongoski said.

His comments came shortly after state officials released a revised price tag of the Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit, which has grown at a brisk pace: $235 million for the current two-year budget cycle, growing to an estimated $374 million for 2011-13.

Those numbers are far higher than estimates from a year ago and have prompted a top-to-bottom review of the incentives. Legislators say the subsidies sap money from public schools and other state services.

At Kulongoski’s request, lawmakers in 2007 expanded the incentives to try to entice wind, solar and other green energy projects to set up shop in Oregon. Since then, the cost of the incentives has grown by 50 percent per year — faster than any other program in state government. Investigations by The Oregonian found that state officials intentionally downplayed cost estimates and that millions of dollars have been wasted on projects that went bankrupt or never performed as promised.

Subsidies are part of the package that Obama wants under the rubric of a “jobs bill”. It didn’t work in Oregon, why do they think it’s going to work nationwide>

In Wake Of Tax Vote; Chicago Shopping For Oregon Jobs.

Why Chicago Loves Portland

For virtuous tax competition, we usually think of Hong Kong. But who would have thought of Chicago as a lower-tax refuge?

The bright idea comes from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who is looking to lure employers from Oregon after that state’s voters approved a huge tax increase last week. The tax hike in Oregon “will help our economic development immediately. You’d better believe it,” Hizzoner told the Chicago Sun Times late last week. “We’ll be out in Oregon enticing corporations to relocate to Chicago.”

Oregon raised its top income tax rate to 11% from 9% and its corporate rate to 7.9% from 6.6%, while doubling many small business tax charges and fees. “What happened in Oregon is not good news for Oregon,” explains Mr. Daley. “They believe that anybody who makes $125,000 or more [annually] or businesses or anyone who makes $250,000—they’re gonna start taxing them. They call them ‘rich people.'”

Mr. Daley isn’t buying that. “I’ve always thought America stands for [rewarding success]. You finish high school. You work hard, go to college and you hope to succeed in life. I never knew it’s a class war—that those who succeed in life are the ones that have to bear all the burden. I never realized that. It will be a whole change in America that those who succeed and work hard, we’re gonna tax ’em more than anyone else.”

It’s nice to think that SOMEONE knows there’s a link between higher taxes and higher job losses.

But Chicago has other taxes that are just as onerous. I think the States like Texas or Idaho will stand a better chance of scooping up those jobs.

The Things Liberals “Know” That Aren’t Necessarily So

The Blue Assumptions

Among those blue-state voters who do put some effort into their politics, I find there are four mistaken assumptions about government that guide their thinking. Government is an exercise of authority, so it’s wise to have a clear understanding of the nature of authority before voting to expand government.The first, and perhaps most dangerous, assumption is that authority confers virtue. This seems to have become rooted in the American psyche after the exhilaration of victory in World War II, and the perceived success of the New Deal. Many people automatically assume liberal politicians are selfless servants of the people, who only want what is best for everyone. The media actively cultivates this mindset through its worship of bold Big Government initiatives, and the heroic statesmen who make them possible. If solving the problems of society is a noble endeavor, and the only solutions are titanic government programs, then the proponents of such programs must be noble!

And remember tow other things as well. Just because something is desirable doesn’t meant it is possible; and because things are possible doesn’t mean they are desirable.

“Progress” may take you places you don’t want to go.

The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good

Justice Dept. Scuttles ‘Kindles on Campus’ Test Because Blind Students Can’t Use Them

Washington (AP) – Three universities testing Amazon’s Kindle in the classroom have agreed to shelve the electronic book readers until they are fully functional for blind students, under a deal struck Wednesday with the Justice Department.

In other news, the Obama Administration. requested that Congress send him a bill requiring citizens not to exhale to prevent CO2 from leading to more Global Warming. He requested exemptions for critical personnel including Union members, Democrat Party donors and members as well as government officials and workers. The bill is expected to create a new agency to be charged with enforcing the ban.

Hosts and Parasites

When I read news stories of the government’s (State and Fed) attempt to “create” jobs by funding public works and protecting the jobs of government workers, I have to shake my head in disbelief. Do they really thing that they (the government) have a back room full of jobs that they hand out to people?

The truth, of course, is that they do and they don’t. They don’t actually have jobs to hand out, but they do have the ability to encourage others to create jobs.

A Capitalist free economy, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, is the worst system for managing an economy, except for all the others.

A Free Market encourages people to innovate, take risks and is able to offer products where they are needed, at a “reasonable” price without employing unaccountable central planners. If someone in a free markets systems offers the wrong products to the wrong set of customers, at a  price they can’t afford, they lose.

The Free Market economy is the engine that makes America work.

What people seem to misunderstand is the relationship between the government and the Free Market.

The relationship is that of a parasite and the host. That is not necessarily a bad thing and it doesn’t mean that government employees are bloodsuckers. Our bodies contains many parasites, some of which are necessary for life.

The Private Sector is the host. It goes on and on, enriching some, beggaring others. The government is the parasite that is supposed to prevent the host from destroying itself with its own excesses. The government (the parasite) takes what is necessary to to do its job from the host.

The problem arises, not because the parasite exists, but because it takes too much from the host. In nature this manifests itself in anemia or other health problems. It is invariably weakens the host and can lead to death.

Think it can’t happen here?

When I was in Grade School back in the 1950’s I can remember being told (probably at one of those assemblies for Washington’s or Lincoln’s Birthday back when holidays were supposed to mean something) about the Voltaire quote that was supposed to have said  “I may disagree with what you say; but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. (Yeah, I know it is probably bogus, but that’s not the point)

The point is that we were having it smacked into our mushy impressionable brains that in America the right to free speech included speech that you didn’t like.

Now we have “Hate Speech”, which is basically speech that some victim group or politician decided that they didn’t like.

How far is that from defending to the death your right to speak? We, our parents and our teachers thought that such a thing couldn’t happen here. But it did and it has.

Think of how many things that American’s used to believe was their heritage that are now discounted and reframed as somehow illegitimate?

The parasite is now in charge and we’re being reduced from patriots to husks that still mumble the words but have been so weakened that there is little time left to react, and even if we do, the poison is in our bloodstream .

Can we be saved? Maybe…maybe not. Time will tell.

The government is getting some help in gutting the Private Sector…Unions.

Maybe Global Warming Will Make The Trains Run On Time?

My Way News – Eurostar train services canceled indefinitely

LONDON (AP) – The only passenger rail link between Britain and the rest of Europe has been shut down indefinitely, Eurostar said Sunday, promising more travel misery for thousands of stranded passengers just before Christmas.

Services have been suspended since late Friday, when a series of glitches stranded five trains inside the Channel Tunnel and trapped more than 2,000 passengers for hours in stuffy and claustrophobic conditions. More than 55,000 passengers overall have been affected.
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Eurostar runs services between England, France and Belgium. The company said Sunday it had traced the problem to “acute weather conditions in northern France,” which has seen its worst winter weather in years.

The same thing happens every winter in Portland, when the Metro has to shut down because of inclement weather.

I guess I can make an argument not to take trains because they help fight “Global Warming” except when the weather’s bad.

Maybe if we have a little more warming the trains can run on time.

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Tensions Increase as Poor Nations Stage a Protest – WSJ.com

COPENHAGEN — Tempers flared Monday at the United Nations climate summit as poor nations staged a walkout to protest what they called inadequate aid offers from rich countries, and the U.S. and China jockeyed for position.

Hang on to your waistcoat and pocket-watch. We’re in definite “Alice in Wonderland” territory here, folks.

We have the “poor” countries, which mean the countries that are run by various dictators and oligarchs, walking out of the “Climate Conference” because they aren’t being promised enough free money from countries with economies that work.

I guess all that “Aid” money that has been given to them hasn’t helped and they need more. Gee, maybe it’s because you invested your aid money in your relatives and cronies businesses and off shore bank accounts? You know, the same place you plan to “invest” this money?

And who is going to administer these trillions of dollars to insure that it’s not going to disappear into a haze of corruption?

Why that would be the UN! You remember, the folks that did such a bang-up job of administering the Oil-for-Food money that ended up in Saddam Hussein’s treasury?

OK, if you’re so worried about this “Global Warming” thing and think that we should be funding developing countries (they’ve been ‘developing’ since the 1950’s but never seem to arrive. I wonder why?) to become “green”, how about you send them all your money?

Or are you some kind of International cheapskate that hates poor people and wants them to starve or die from too much CO2?

I’m generous, if you can convince me that this really needs to be done, I am willing to send every cent that Al Gore has. What could be more generous than that? If it’s not enough I could be persuaded to send along all the money that Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry have. (Which would include their spouse’s money, because I believe that families should share) Maybe I could even be convinced to tap the Kennedy’s? But they have to keep some for drug and alcohol treatment, and defense lawyers, so there would be limits.

Actually, I just waiting to see how far things go before the torches and pitchforks come out. I wonder if I could corner the market on tar and feathers for when the politicians come home to explain to the voters why it would be a good thing to borrow more money from our good friends the Chinese, in order to give the money back to the Chinese to finance the ‘green’ replacements for all those CO2 spewing coal power plants they’ve been feverishly building over the last decade?

What a deal for the Chinese. They buy our bonds, for which we commit to paying them back with interest. Then we take that money anf give it back to them. I wonder? Do you have to be Chinese to get deals like this?

Mystery Solved!

Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway

What’s blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the sky?

If you know the answer, pop it on a postcard and send it to the people of Norway, where this mysterious light display baffled residents yesterday.

Mystery solved! It’s the same thing that’s causing Global Warming on Earth and Mars.

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