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What!!? McDonnell’s Guy Wants “Cap and Trade”?

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I couldn't believe it. As I perused my local paper this morning, I came across a short article that first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot. According to the paper, David Paylor, director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, said the "state wants to expand its use of 'nutrient trading' to cut pollutants damaging the [Chesapeake] Bay."

What? Virginia wants to use "cap-and-trade" to control pollution? Well, how ironic. What conservatives say is evil for the federal government to do regarding carbon dioxide pollution apparently is just fine for Virginia.

According to Paylor, under such a proposal if a sewage plant wants to expand and release more nutrients into the Chesapeake Bay, it would have to find a way to offset new pollution by purchasing pollution credits from someone else. Paylor's example had the polluter buying an offset from a farmer who had created a buffer to protect a creek from runoff. Paylor noted that legislation to allow cap-and-trade would be introduced at next year's General Assembly.

Right wingers regularly trash the Republican-originated, market-based pollution trading idea as just another way to add to the cost of a service. Get ready for the silence from them on this one, even though - using Paylor's example - the cost of buying offsets would add to the cost of sewage service for the taxpayers who use it.

You know, I just love it when hypocrites don't even realize that they are hypocrites. Cap-and-trade works. I guess that's why the state is now espousing it.

“Sideshow Bob” Strikes Again, Pre-Files Bill to Save Us from Evil...

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Just in case you already didn't realize why we gave Del. Bob Marshall the nickname "Sideshow Bob," you really need to check out his latest lunacy.  Despite the (extremely unfortunate) fact that clean energy and climate legislation appears dead, deceased, going nowhere, etc. at the federal level anytime soon, "Sideshow Bob" is here to save us anyway!  That's right, thanks to Del. Marshall, "Virginia stands poised to stop [Democrats in Congress] at the borders with HB1397 which has already been introduced for the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly."

So...just in case Democrats attempt to jam "cap and trade" legislation through a "lamb duck session" (seriously, that's what this person wrote - "lamb duck!" - LOL) after the November elections, "Sideshow" Bob Marshall's House Bill No. 1397 will ensure that "No state agency shall assist any federal agency in the implementation of a federal global warming or climate change building code."  In addition, as if Ken Kook-inelli needs any further encouragement, "The Attorney General is authorized to initiate legal action against the federal government if there is any federal law, regulation, or policy that seeks to apply federal 'cap and trade' legislation to Virginia."

So, there you have it: even as we watch global warming ravage the planet right before our eyes, and even as monolithic Republican opposition (along with a few "coal-state" Democrats) in the U.S. Senate blocks any action to deal with it, "Sideshow" Bob Marshall is gearing up to save us from the scourge of this Reagan Administration, consrvative Republican, free market idea known as "cap and trade."  

(begin snark) By the way, this is only the latest example of "Sideshow Bob"'s heroic fight against liberalism> Whether it's saving us from the evils of equality for GLBT citizens, of having affordable and high-quality health care, or of saving our planet from climate disaster, Bob Marshall is always there for us. And for that, we should all be thankful. (/end snark)