About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bringing Cap & Trade Close To Home

Taking a break from his relentless pursuit of what will surely turn out to be welfare-state healthcare reform if he is successful, BO jetted off to what has been billed "The United Nations' World Summit On Climate Change" in Copenhagen to make a deal where the U.S. contributes to a program where rich nations put up $100 billion per year to help poor nations fight the effects of the political science formerly known as global warming - now known as climate change.

Crippling American businesses through the costs of Cap & Trade legislation reductions in carbon dioxide emissions thereby providing one more way of making Americans dependent on government has turned out to be BO's second highest anti-American priority - right after healthcare reform. Next in 2010 will come comprehensive immigration reform where the poorest, most uneducated, & lowest skilled people who stole their way into America in the first place will ensure Democrat reelections & an end to freedoms that all too many Americans have taken for granted.

If you think that this Copenhagen conference is really about the environment please watch the video below - the conference provides a forum for the world communist-socialist movement that has the goal of destroying capitalism.

Now with all of the billions & trillions of dollars that BO's projects are costing it is no wonder that people have trouble relating to the numbers so I bring Cap & Trade literally closer to home by seeing what happens if you try to sell an energy inefficient house (& they all will be energy inefficient) after Cap & Trade becomes law - please remember it passed the House by of vote of 219 to 212 on June 26. See blog posting dated June 27 for details.

In particular Section 202 entitled "Building Retrofit Program" of H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act) "establishes a program under which the Administrator of EPA, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, supports development of standards and processes for retrofitting existing residential and nonresidential buildings. Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to provide funding to states to conduct cost-effective building retrofits, using local governments, other agencies or entities to carry out the work, through flexible forms of financial assistance up to 50% of the costs of retrofits, with funding increasing in proportion to efficiency achievement. Also supports retrofits of historic buildings."

These rules will obviously affect home sellers, buyers, & builders. In essence when you sell your house, environmental experts have to come in and do a survey to find out if you've got leaky windows, if all the environmental systems are correct, if you have relatively new appliances, and until you modernize in the way they say, you can't sell. The Heritage Foundation has calculated that the cost of this program will be $1870 for a family of four in 2020 rising to $6800 by 2035 - so plot your own cost curve for you & your family from now to $1870 & then to $6800.

I suggest doing your own study on this to determine how important stopping the Senate action, when it starts, is to you. Here are some sections of the House bill to use as a starting point.

2.1 Subtitle A - Building Energy Efficiency Programs
2.1.1 Section 201, Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes:
2.1.2 Section 202, Building Retrofit Program:
2.1.3 Section 203, Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes:
2.1.4 Section 204, Building Energy Performance Labeling Program:
2.2 Subtitle B - Lighting and Appliance Energy Efficiency Programs
2.2.1 Section 211, Lighting Efficiency Standards:
2.2.2 Section 212, Other Appliance Efficiency Standards:
2.2.3 Section 213, Appliance Efficiency Determinations and Procedures:
2.2.4 Section 214, Best-in-Class Appliances Deployment Program:
2.2.5 Section 215, Purpose of Energy Star:

BO tells you how important it is to him in the video below.

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