Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Fightin' Green Dog Democrats

Amidst all the darkness, there is a bit of light. Watch as the Green Dog Democrats (from the Midwest too!) fight for clean energy manufacturing in America, debunking all the lies the Republicans are fond of telling when they try and gut both environmental protections and funding for the green economy. The part about "burning incense and lighting candles" to Ronald Reagan is particularly amusing.

Thank you to Think Progress for the video and the links:

Myth: China and India won’t impose limits on climate pollution. The fact is, as Doyle explained, China is moving forward both with taxes on energy-intensive industries and cap-and-trade systems to limit carbon pollution. China also pased ambitious clean energy mandates in 2005 that are driving its explosion of green manufacturing. India imposed a carbon tax last year, and its energy efficiency progress is outstripping the United States.

Myth: Climate standards kill the manufacturing economy. In fact, Germany, which has some of the most stringent climate and clean energy regulations on the planet, now has $41.2 billion of private investment in the new economy, leaving the United States in third place behind Germany and China. Germany is one of the world’s top economic powerhouses because its commitment to advanced manufacturing — demonstrating that industrial jobs don’t require a race to the bottom.

Myth: Cap-and-trade is a socialist-liberal-progressive plot to destroy the economy. As Ryan colorfully explained, Republican idol Ronald Reagan was the first president to implement cap-and-trade markets, successfully eliminating leaded gasoline and ozone-destroying pollutants. George H. W. Bush implemented a cap-and-trade market to stop acid rain pollution with supporters like Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).

The EPA riders were dropped out of this last go-round on the budget, but the battle for manufacturing jobs is far from over. It's doubtful that we will get any kind of coherent energy policy out of this Congress, but hopefully we can protect what is already in place and go from there.