In 2008, before Obama became President, he said that under his plans electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Some might have just thought there is a separation of powers in the US government. A President can’t make electricity rates skyrocket on his own. The Congress needs to pass enabling legislation for that to happen. Our narcissist-in-chief figures he will just have his EPA regulate greenhouse gases, and the fees collected from the coal-fired electric power plants will make electricity rates skyrocket. Yesterday, an amendment was rejected by the US Senate that would have prohibited the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change. The details of this vote are here.
While this vote in the US Senate was taking place,Â Obama was out campaigning and making fun of a man for his vehicle that only gets 8 miles per gallon. He told the guy he needs to trade up to a GM Volt because the guy’s current vehicle would just not do. He left out the part about charging that GM Volt with electrical power that comes from a coal-fired electric power plant. The electricity rates skyrocketing all of a sudden reduce the savings of gas at the pump significantly.
We can not simply blame Obama for doing what he wants to do. Some blame belongs to the voters who voted for him. Some blame belongs to the voters who voted for US Senators who enable him. They want you to blame the owners of those electric power plants who are going to pass their increased costs onto their consumers. Please do not fall for that one. They also want you to believe the GOP just wants a return to the days before there was any Clean Air Act. Do not fall for that one either. Below I have a table of the greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change that the McConnell bill covered. I also have another table with the air pollutants that would NOT be affected one iota by the McConnell bill. My final table is to remind us, in November 2012, who these 16 US Senators were who voted to reject the McConnell bill.
Four Common Greenhouse Gases to Address Climate Change
|water vapor||Steam from water comprises up to 70 percent of the total greenhouse effect.|
|carbon dioxide||It is released when power plants process fossil fuels, and also from the breathing of humans and animals, and others.|
|methane||Methane is often trapped inside the earth and it is released by mining. It can also be released by animals such as cows because of flatulence.|
|nitrous oxide||You can find nitrous oxide in medical locations or dental offices, and it is commonly referred to as “laughing gas”.|
Six Common Air Pollutants
|ozone||People with lung disease, children, older adults, and people who are active can be affected when ozone levels are unhealthy.|
|particulate matter||People with heart or lung diseases, children and older adults are the most likely to be affected by particle pollution exposure.|
|carbon monoxide||CO can cause harmful health effects by reducing oxygen delivery to the body’s organs (like the heart and brain) and tissues.|
|nitrogen oxides||NO2 exposure concentrations near roadways are of particular concern for susceptible individuals, including people with asthma asthmatics, children, and the elderly.|
|sulfur dioxide||Current scientific evidence links short-term exposures to SO2, ranging from 5 minutes to 24 hours, with an array of adverse respiratory effects including bronchoconstriction and increased asthma symptoms.|
|lead||Depending on the level of exposure, lead can adversely affect the nervous system, kidney function, immune system, reproductive and developmental systems and the cardiovascular system.|
16 US Senators rejecting the amendment running for reelection November 2012
|New Jersey||Robert Menendez|
|New York||Kirsten Gillibrand|
|Rhode Island||Sheldon Whitehouse|