Monday, June 29, 2009

Cheese Caves, Offsets Integrity Advisory Board, and the Adjustment to the Adjustment Act

From the year 2013, Bill Frezza writes this startling piece related to "dozens of competing bills [that] are making their way through Congress seeking to reform the controversial 'American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.'"

Among others, he discusses "The 'Strategic Biofuels Reserve Reform Act' [which] attempts to cap the amount of excess ethanol the Agriculture Department is allowed to purchase and withhold from the market each year", "the 'Promote Green Driving While Creating or Saving Jobs Act' [which] promises a $20,000 rebate to qualified purchasers of any of the 4.7 million unsold electric vehicles piling up on GM dealers' lots, and writes that "in an effort to keep the last of the nation's oil refineries from closing, the 'Save or Create Domestic Refinery Jobs Act' seeks to normalize the carbon penalty differential between domestically refined gasoline and imported gasoline."

Probably my favorites are a "bill intended to restart the stalled Cape Wind project [which] met stiff resistance from friends and family of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, claiming that erecting windmills near the coast of Cape Cod where Kennedy's ashes were spread would represent sacrilege" and "Waxman-Markey payments to low-income households designed to offset the higher cost of everything from transportation to home heating [which] were the subject of another bill titled the 'Adjustment to the Adjustment Act.'"

His conclusion: "Finally, meteorologists are projecting one of the coolest summers in years as average global temperatures continue to decline after remaining flat for over a decade despite rising greenhouse gas concentrations. Computer models indicating that the world should have ended by now are being checked for errors."

9 comments:

C. August said...

Is Ted Kennedy dead yet?

This is only tangential to the thrust of your post and the absurdity of what Congress is doing, but the following paragraph from the linked article is confusing to me:

A bill intended to restart the stalled Cape Wind project met stiff resistance from friends and family of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, claiming that erecting windmills near the coast of Cape Cod where Kennedy's ashes were spread would represent sacrilege. "Uncle Ted had a special place in his heart for the waters around Martha's Vineyard," said Kennedy's nephew, who inherited his Uncle's Senate seat.

Teddy Kennedy inherited his uncle's seat? Not that I know of. He won his brother's seat in a 1962 special election, after JFK won the presidency. He's served without break since then.

C. August said...

OK, looks like I was played. The details and names of the acts in Bill Frezza's column were so close to sounding "real" that I didn't notice they were just over the top.

It's sad when a satire like this is nearly indistinguishable from reality.

Doug Reich said...

C.,

I just added to the post, "From the year 2013" since his piece was intended as a parody although it is based on very real provisions in the Act. I went along with it, but it probably created confusion so I added line.

Re Kennedy, the family is fighting over the seat right now per below and it looks like his nephew is in line:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2244442/posts

Doug Reich said...

Someone coined a term for this but I forget what it is: the idea that if a parody is so believable as to be indistinguishable from reality something is wrong...

C. August said...

Alright, now I feel like an idiot. I looked again, and finally read the first paragraph, which would have told me right away I was reading a satire.

June 29, 2013 - As the first six months of the second Obama administration draws to a close, dozens of competing bills are making their way through Congress seeking to reform the controversial "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009."

This is what I get for skimming an article.

Doug Reich said...

Don't feel bad. There is nothing in his article that is unbelievable. We will probably read that in a few years and think "if only it were only as bad as he thought..."

Richard said...

"Someone coined a term for this but I forget what it is: the idea that if a parody is so believable as to be indistinguishable from reality something is wrong..."

Gus Van Horn blogged about this a while ago. It's called Poe's Law.
http://gusvanhorn.blogspot.com/2009/05/you-be-serious-and.html

I'm still hoping that for now this depressing 2013 future scenario can be avoided by the bill not passing in the Senate.

Doug Reich said...

The buzz seems to be that this thing will die in the Senate.

Maybe I'm grasping at straws, but I think that this could be the beginning of the end for Obama. This is a major piece of legislation and he is facing rebellion within his own party and anecdotally I have rarely seen people so up in arms.

As I said in a past post, I think "exposure" by virtue of people seeing real legislation that will hurt them might be the tonic we need to wake people up.

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