On Saturday morning President Obama began his arm-wringing of the Senate for the newly but barely passed H.R. 2454, Waxman-Markey Bill as it now goes to the Senators for debate. The passing of the ‘Cap and Trade’ bill in the House seems to either have emboldened the President or caused him to fear its failure during the bill’s next round of negotiations in the Senate. The cause for such a fear is a real one in that there does not seem to be much public support for the bill. Citizens called their local representative as well as other district’s representatives “melting the phones,” as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) described it in an interview on the Mark Levin Radio Show leading up to the vote Friday evening. Those phone calls were reportedly leaning heavily against the bill with one estimate giving a “20-1” ratio against.
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), the House Minority leader, spoke on the floor of the House for over an hour in an attempt to muster the few votes needed to defeat Waxman-Markey. He does not see the bill’s passage in the Senate as probable due to the Senators’ differing relationship with their voting constituency as they represent their entire state and not just a small district. If the public is that much against it then the Senators, especially those in the “fly over” states, will have a hard time voting in favor of it.
President Obama, however, is beginning his assault on the dispute as he challenged the Senators and Americans to “not be afraid of the future” in his weekend radio and internet address Saturday morning to the country. Also he encouraged them not to listen to the “misinformation” being given which may sway their boldness. Some of that “misinformation” he is talking about may be the evidence of Spain’s economic study performed by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos whose study of Spain’s “green jobs” initiative has displayed a negative impact on that country’s job growth where 2.2 conventional jobs are lost for every “green job” created. BBC News reports Spain suffers the worst unemployment rate in the European Union at 17.4% as of the end of March, with the Bank of Spain predicting a rise to 19.4% by 2010.
The President also stated that “There is no longer a debate about whether carbon pollution is placing our planet in jeopardy.” That thinking however has not reached Australian Senator Steve Fielding, who left his country to seek the advice of the Obama Administration and other sources regarding the science of ‘man-made’ global warming, and whose country is wrestling with its own ‘Cap and Trade’ carbon emissions bill. A Wall Street Journal Opinion piece states that Fielding’s findings resulted in the Senator’s decision to vote against his country’s attempts to manage carbon emissions.
President Obama also stated that millions of jobs would be created as a result of the passage of the ‘Cap and Trade’ bill, but his illustrations representing that promise seems weak at best. The President said that already, as a result of subsidies made with the Recovery Act, California would see a creation of 3,000 temporary jobs to build a “solar plant”, resulting in 1000 permanent jobs; Michigan will receive 2,600 jobs for “wind turbine and wind technology;” Florida can expect “three new solar projects” resulting in 1,400 jobs. The President said the “list goes on and on” but by the numbers suggested that list would have to be pretty long to make up for the millions of jobs lost. If these are the best of his examples then what do the lesser numbers look like?