Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is an idiot

Rick Moran
I know, we shouldn't refer to cabinet officials, in general, as idiots. But really now, how else can you describe someone who advocates for the American consumer paying for emissions - from China:

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said something amazing-U.S. consumers should pay for part of Chinese greenhouse-gas emissions. From Reuters:

"It's important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America - and it's our own consumption activity that's causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke told the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The idea that rich-country consumers should pick up the tab for some of China's industrial emissions has been gaining currency lately-but not from within the Obama administration. The argument is that many of China's factories churn out cheap stuff for the West, not for domestic consumption, so those consumers are actually responsible for the emissions. China, of course, loves the idea. (HT: Hot Air )

This is actually in keeping with what Al Gore and other global warming advocates have been saying for years; that it doesn't matter if China and India don't sign climate change treaties because our selfless example of ruining our economies will shame both nations into cutting their own emissions. And one way to teach those nations how to behave like responsible citizens is by charging a premium for Chinese goods (paid for by tax dollars).

"Kowtow" is the perfect Chinese word to describe the groveling Locke and others in the climate change lobby perform when it comes to dealing with Beijing on global warming.





I know, we shouldn't refer to cabinet officials, in general, as idiots. But really now, how else can you describe someone who advocates for the American consumer paying for emissions - from China:

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said something amazing-U.S. consumers should pay for part of Chinese greenhouse-gas emissions. From Reuters:

"It's important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America - and it's our own consumption activity that's causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke told the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The idea that rich-country consumers should pick up the tab for some of China's industrial emissions has been gaining currency lately-but not from within the Obama administration. The argument is that many of China's factories churn out cheap stuff for the West, not for domestic consumption, so those consumers are actually responsible for the emissions. China, of course, loves the idea. (HT: Hot Air )

This is actually in keeping with what Al Gore and other global warming advocates have been saying for years; that it doesn't matter if China and India don't sign climate change treaties because our selfless example of ruining our economies will shame both nations into cutting their own emissions. And one way to teach those nations how to behave like responsible citizens is by charging a premium for Chinese goods (paid for by tax dollars).

"Kowtow" is the perfect Chinese word to describe the groveling Locke and others in the climate change lobby perform when it comes to dealing with Beijing on global warming.