The “Say Anything” Power Grab

So. The White House sent EPA chief Lisa Jackson over to HuffPo to slam (smear?) the Murkowski resolution set to be voted on in the Senate on Thursday, which is designed to block a Power Grab by EPA and thereby to maintain our Constitution’s separation of powers.

The White House then followed this by threatening to veto the resolution if it passes.

In both cases, Team Obama tie S.J.Res. 26 to the Gulf oil spill and argue that, by blocking EPA’s claimed authority to regulate greenhouse gases, this exercise of the Congressional Review Act would cruelly block the administration’s diligent and dedicated campaign to reduce our dependence on oil and reduce the risk of such spills in the future.

Huh? Far from sounding familiar (at least, before this newest revision of the reasons for the "global warming" agenda was rolled out last week), this should sound somewhat newfangled.

As Utah Sen. Robert Bennett said, "It was very clear there were not the votes in the Senate to do a cap-and-trade bill and that the whole process was going to die. Then we got the oil spill, and all of a sudden, somehow there is some connection between the EPA and the oil spill." Of course it is, dear.

In fact here we see that the "global warming" agenda — that had already morphed into a "climate change" agenda before it was an energy tax to create new jobs (because we all know that’s what tax increases do, silly) — is actually aimed at stopping oil spills. And we’ve always been at war with Eastasia, Winston.

What we have now is a pristine case study of there being no good reason for an agenda as proved by the fact that the reason for the agenda (read: excuse) keeps changing.

In what was surely little more than an exercise in cynicism, I performed a quick search to see just how deeply embedded are these real reasons for what has for years been a "global warming" regulatory agenda. It turns out that EPA forgot to cite them as the reason for, or even related to, its "Endangerment Finding" (that the Murkowski Resolution would block).

OK. To be generous beyond a fault, let’s say they cited these real reasons one half of one time. In 52 deathless pages of background and "global warming" hysteria.

Go ahead. Perform a word-search yourself. You’ll see the following:

"warming" — 82 invocations

"temperature" — 117 invocations

"climate change" — 259 invocations

"dependence" (or "independence"; or "depend" in any relevant way) — 0

"spill" — 0

"drill" or "drilling" — 0

"oil" — 1 relevant usage, but which, well… refers to a different rulemaking altogether, as part of EPA’s lengthy discourse of the regulatory context (see very bottom of page 5 of 52).

"automobile" — see "oil", above; the same discussion dragged "fuel economy" into the mix.

It turns out that at the time, in promoting the "Finding" that the Murkowski resolution seeks to block, the administration actually forgot to make what are now apparently its marquee arguments for the thing. At least, to listen to their keening in opposition to the measure.

Quite a week these people are having. Quite a week. Stay classy, Team Obama.