Cap And Trade Grows

The hard workers at the Government Printing Office have now added in the last minute extras that Democrats attached to the climate change/cap and trade bill, as it now tips the scales at 1,428 pages in all.

That’s right.  Just 1428 pages of legislative language for you to peruse this Summer.

If you want to download it, then here is your link: http://bit.ly/nOeu2

If you remember my blog from earlier this week about how the bill approves the appropriation of “such sums” as may be necessary for various programs, I found 20 of those in the final bill.

* Sec. 122. Large-scale vehicle electrification program.
* Sec. 123. Plug-in electric drive vehicle manufacturing.
* Sec. 131. Establishment of SEED Accounts.
* Sec. 144. Smart Grid peak demand reduction goals.
* Sec. 216A Transmission planning.
* Sec. 184. Clean energy investment fund.
* Sec. 319. Office of Consumer Advocacy.
* Sec. 201. Greater energy efficiency in building codes.
* Sec. 205. Tree planting programs.
* Sec. 214. Best-in-Class Appliances Deployment Program.
* Sec. 241. Industrial plant energy efficiency standards.
* Sec. 242. Electric and thermal waste energy recovery award program.
* Sec. 265. Consumer behavior research.
* Sec. 273. Affiliated island energy independence team.
* Sec. 296. Residential energy efficiency block grant program.
* Sec. 705. Review and program recommendations.
* Sec. 706. National Academy review.
* Sec. 333. Black carbon.
* Sec. 433. Protection of Social Security and Medicare trust funds.
* Sec. 480. Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Fund.

Oh yeah, other stuff caught my eye as well, like on page 473, “Bounties for Replacement, Retirement, and Recycling of Existing Low-Efficiency Products.”

You read that right – under this bill, the Secretary of Energy would pay money to retailers that get rid of older appliances and machines that use extra energy.

In the same section, the bill lays out “Premium Awards” that would be paid to the manufacturers of new energy efficient appliances.

From what I can make of the legislative gobbledygook on page 479 of the bill, it looks like the feds would pay the manufacturers of “Superefficient Best In Class Products” for each unit that they produce.

* $75 for each dishwasher
* $250 for each clothes washer
* $200 for each refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer
* $250 for each clothes dryer
* $200 for each cooking product
* $300 for each water heater

Now I don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that if you pay enough of those awards, that is going to be a big chunk of change in Fiscal Years 2011, 2012 and 2013, which is when the awards would be paid out.

How much money are we talking here?  Well, the entire section relating to super efficient appliances would get $600 million for FY 2011, 2012 and 2013 – and then “such sums” as may be necessary in the future.

The bill specifically says that “no less” than 40% of the money in those first three years shall be for “Premium Awards for Development and Production of Superefficient Best-in-Class Products.”

I just can’t make this stuff up.  I’ll dig a little more for tomorrow.


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