The Energy Plan

Below, I have comments on the Energy plan (HR3005), called "cap and trade" by some.

First, the energy plan is a tax plan. It adds $25 per megawatt hour, up to 20% of power usage, for a real cost of $5 per megawatt hour (page 43, line 10). Take your power bill, and for each kilowatt hour you used, that's 6¢/year. Don't forget that businesses will be charged this too, and will pass those costs on to you. Later (page 45, line 15), they double this, so it's really 12¢ per year per kilowatt hour on your monthly bill. The energy plan also adds a direct tax of 0.043¢ per megawatt hour (page 69, line 7), bringing the total amount to 12.00000516¢ per year per kilowatt hour on your monthly power bill.

There's a great loss of freedom here, too. Not just for corporations, but for you, too. A government committee can tell the power companies how much fossil fuels they can use (page 73, line 21). There are no direct costs here, but they can tell you that you don't get any more power this month. You only get 72 watt bulbs, tops (page 192, line 7). Nobody gets to do anything without a permit (page 609, line 18). This is a direct route to totalitarianism. Given these measures, the government can limit how much energy can be used. That done, the government will then auction off the ability to use energy (page 776, line 15). This can increase prices without limit. Diesel fuel, used in transportation and generation, will be a thing of the past (page 844, line 16). In some places, you may have to go vegan (page 575, line 15). There are even some items that you're not likely to believe until you read them for yourself, including prior restraint (page 914, line 15) and putting the US under UN control frameworks (page 925, line 10).

As is the case with most of the president's plans, there are items for the unions (page 854, line 9), and massive spending everywhere.

Much of the energy plan doesn't make sense at all. The bill wants a 65% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal (page 98, line 3). Coal is carbon. Burn it and you get carbon dioxide. They might as will reduce the value of π by 65% while they're at it. The utilities must come up with a plan to support this and other nonexistent items (page 101, line 16). New buildings will have to use 75% less power (page 297, line 3). Plan on being cold or hot (depending on where you live), in the dark, and using the BBQ a lot. We only get to emit 17% of the gas we do now. I don't know if we could do that if we all went back to the caves. Finally, the plan lists greenhouse gases (page 542, line 25), but leaves off the most important greenhouse gas on Earth — water vapor.

As a final thought to those who believe in global warming (and that it's a problem), note that we could achieve the same planned reduction in global temperatures that the plan contemplates by having every household tape a roll of aluminum foil to their rooftops (actual requirement is just under 10 square meters).