|Environmental Word Games|
|Written by K. Daniel Glover|
|Thursday, 01 October 2009 18:04|
They did it with "global warming" by changing their lingo to "climate change" when the globe inevitably started cooling again -- as it still is. Now they are doing it with "cap and trade," the longstanding jargon used to describe the global warming tax that could kill the American Dream.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., threw that phrase under the bus a few days ago when talking to a reporter for Environment & Energy Daily about his new legislation, introduced yesterday. His goal is still the same -- cap carbon dioxide emissions while also letting entities trade for the right to emit more CO2 than they otherwise could -- but Kerry ditched the favored catchphrase.
"I don't know what 'cap and trade' means," he said. "I don't think the average American does." Instead, Kerry is calling his scheme a "pollution reduction bill."
He's following the lead of other global warming alarmists, according to E&E Daily:
Kerry's word choice echoes President Obama's references to "greenhouse gas pollution" and "carbon pollution" in his Tuesday address to the United Nations. Top Obama administration science officials, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, have also adopted similar vocabulary in recent months.
The attempt to sugarcoat the debate when facing potential defeat is a classic tactic of radical environmentalists. No one can argue with a phrase like "climate change" because the climate is always changing. By the same token, who doesn't support "pollution reduction"?
But the truth is that the cap-and-trade plans before Congress won't reduce pollution for two reasons: 1) CO2 is not a pollutant. It's a compound essential to life. And 2) Manufacturers will move their jobs to countries where energy is cheaper -- and where pollution is a serious problem.
Kerry can call his bill whatever he wants. The name won't change the fact that his legislation is a job-killer for the United States and a stimulus bill for China.
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