Detroit, Mich. — So why is a senator from a major manufacturing state embracing a massive global-warming tax that will discriminate against her state’s energy and manufacturing sectors?
Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) told the Detroit News Monday she has gained a seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to solve the climate crisis and get a cap-and-trade bill passed. Pressed on why she wants to tackle an issue — global warming — that polls show her constituents care little about, Stabenow gamely recited the Green handbook on fixing the weather. Grasping for words, ignorant of the science, she finally sighed and got to the heart of the matter.
“Forget about whether global warming exists,” she said. “My focus is on jobs.”
There you have it. Stabenow has confirmed what climate realists have known for years: That global warming is but a vehicle for political control of the economy.
A UAW crony and staunch market socialist, Stabenow wants cap and trade because it will allow her (along with the Democrat ideologues now working in and with the Obama White House) to manage large sectors of the U.S. economy and remake them to suit their political constituencies. Global warming may be at the bottom of Michigan voters’ priorities, but jobs is Number One. And Stabenow is using cap and trade to promise thousands of new, “green” manufacturing jobs to her union supporters.
Stabenow waxed eloquent in our interview on the many parts that go into a wind turbine, and one could almost see her mentally tabulating a new union job for each blade and gear “Made in America.” As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, she now has the power to direct billions in federal dollars to Michigan in the form of subsidies for wind and battery technologies — technologies mandated by the climate bill that will emerge from her other role on the Senate Energy Committee.
Just last week, for example, Stabenow took credit for the Energy Department’s award of $1.3 billion to Michigan in “advanced battery, manufacturing, and job training funding.”
“For years, I have worked diligently to develop and implement a 21st century manufacturing strategy that will create jobs in the new clean energy economy,” crowed Stabenow outlining her market socialist vision. “As Michigan’s voice on the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue working to make sure the next generation of advanced technologies and alternative fuel vehicles are made right here in America.”
For the last eight years, Stabenow has watched this bait-and-switch plan work for two-term governor Jennifer Granholm. Even as the state groaned under new taxes and a union-choked auto industry, Granholm directed millions of state dollars to subsidize windmill and movie projects — each deal culminating in media hosannas as Granholm cut the ribbon on the “next generation” of jobs.
Market socialism a la Stabenow/Obama is a national variation on that theme: Tax industry for their emissions, then “invest” those dollars right back into the same industries to create the green jobs (the “jobs of tomorrow”) mandated by the tax collectors.
Such a political economy may be poison for Michigan and the Midwest — but it’s great for Sen. Stabenow.