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Dems’ secret desire to ram cap-and-trade through the back door

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Deneen Borelli
Director of Outreach, FreedomWorks
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      Deneen Borelli

      Deneen Borelli is a Daily Caller Columnist. She is Director of Outreach at FreedomWorks. In her role, Deneen will speak at events promoting FreedomWorks’ pro-liberty agenda, participate in recruiting grassroots activists — including minorities — and aggressively challenge the misleading voices of the liberal black establishment. Deneen was previously a Fellow with Project 21. Deneen currently serves as an official contributor on the Fox News Channel programs and has appeared on FNC programs such as “Glenn Beck,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Hannity” and “Fox and Friends.” Deneen has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. Deneen’s commentaries on the importance of freedom and limited government have been published by newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner and Washington Times. She has also been a frequent speaker at political rallies and events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12 March on D.C. that drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. Previously, she served as Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In that capacity, Deneen was the Executive Producer and co-host on “The CORE Hour,” a weekly internet radio talk show. Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. While at PM USA she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities while attending college in the evenings. Deneen has a B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York. Deneen has appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. She currently resides in Westchester County, New York.

From health care to energy independence, Barack Obama seems determined to drive our economy and our liberties over a cliff in his effort to remain faithful to the progressive agenda.
Falling poll numbers and off-year election losses in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts appear to have been no deterrent.

It is this full-court progressive push that has spurred tea party activists to action. Their frustration over a lack of true representation cuts across political boundaries, giving tea parties a political diversity likely never before seen in American politics.

While Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have no qualms about offending the electorate, some of their colleagues have felt the tea party heat and are being more subtle—if not deceiving—in dealing with constituent anger.

With cap-and-trade legislation nearly dead in the Senate, the Obama administration now hopes to ram climate regulation through the backdoor.

Apparently heeding White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never allow a crisis to go to waste,” the Environmental Protection Agency last December issued its “endangerment finding” that carbon dioxide is a threat to human health and the environment.

Why call this vital gas—one which we exhale—a threat? In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the EPA could regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant if it ruled them a public health threat under the Clean Air Act.

Voila!—a stalled legislative branch is taken out of the equation.

No matter how they are implemented, greenhouse gas limits will, in Obama’s own words, cause energy prices to “skyrocket.” They will reduce business output, destroy jobs, raise consumer prices and shift energy production overseas. Coal states will suffer more than others.

This puts Democrats from coal country in a quandary. While many of them want to remain true to progressive principles, they cannot ignore the fact that these EPA regulations will devastate their states’ economies.

But these concerned progressives seem to prefer talk to actual action.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wrote a letter to EPA Director Lisa Jackson this past February, asking for an explanation of how and when the EPA will implement these regulations and if it might see fit to spare industries in their states.

Jackson indicated a willingness to help, but said she still would push ahead on things such as clamping down on drivers. Rockefeller now has legislation to defer enforcement until after November’s elections.

These senators are pointedly ignoring the bipartisan resolution of disapproval (S.J. Res. 26) from Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to block EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gasses. The moderate Murkowski suggests, “We should continue our work to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation, but in the meantime, we cannot turn a blind eye to the EPA’s efforts to impose backdoor climate regulations with no input from Congress.”

Not surprisingly, Obama’s EPA welcomes Rockefeller’s softball approach. EPA spokesman Adora Andy said, “It is important to note that Sen. Rockefeller’s bill, unlike Senator Murkowski’s resolution, does not attempt to overturn or deny the scientific fact that unchecked greenhouse gas pollution threatens the well-being of the American people.”

The White House is seizing the power granted by the court’s ruling to enact regulations the Senate will not pass. And the only relief these liberal senators seek is to keep the heat off them until after the next vote.

  • joltinjoe

    It’s all about November now! America must bounce every Democrat up for re-election. They all went against America’s majority will so the majority must elect their Representatives and Senators. With all representatives on the hot seat the answer is easy. Vote them out. With only 1/3 of the Senators on the hot seat, just vote Republican and Congress can overturn this monstrosity. In addition, if Obama cannot sign the repeal, which he can’t, he can be made powerless for the rest of his term. Then we can elect a conservative, constitutionalist to restore freedom to America. The table is set. Let’s feast. Now you know!