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RUSH: But I want you to try to get your arms around this by imagining going into Walmart and having a sales tax 21% on everything you buy in there. The New York Times has a blog today called Dot Earth is the name of the blog. The writer here is Sindya N. Bhanoo: ‘To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon. To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent from 2005 levels by 2020,’ which is what Obama has mandated, ‘the cost of driving must simply increase, according to a forthcoming report by researchers at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The 14 percent target was set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal 2010,’ which Obama wrote, so you must feel pain. If we’re going to save the climate, if we’re going to reduce the greenhouse gases and if we’re going to perpetuate this hoax, you people have to feel the pain, you people are going to have to suffer seven-dollar-a-gallon gasoline recommended by some researchers at Harvard. Those are the people Obama loves. Those are the people Obama listens to.

Do not think for a moment that this is out of the realm of possibility. Take a look at where we are now after just over a year and then realize we haven’t even gotten to the bad stuff yet that this guy has planned. (interruption) Well, Snerdley just shouted in my ear over the IFB ‘Americans will not stand for seven dollars a gallon.’ I have been saying the last 20 years that Americans will not stand for X, and they’re standing for it. This is the first major push-back. Well, ’94, but that was the post office scandal in the House and the bank and just a bunch of corruption stuff. This is the first real big — in my life. Now, there have been others, don’t misunderstand, but this is a huge push-back. And they’re going to ram down here our throats anyway. Make no mistake, they’re going to try to do it. They’re dead serious about this about this and they do not care about the outcome.


RUSH: Andrea in Omaha, Nebraska, great to have you on the program. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush, thank you for taking my call, and I love to speak to you when I can, and I’m actually driving from Omaha to Lincoln on Route 80 and my comment is that it’s fine for the people on the east and west coasts in those densely populated areas; they can pay $7 a gallon for gas. That will cut their driving, if they have access to mass transportation. But I think the rest of us in the rural states ought to be exempt. There is no mass transportation here in Nebraska to speak of, for example. So I think we should be exempt from that. Let the liberal people who built all their mass transportation systems enjoy the fruits of it.

RUSH: Well, you’re asking essentially for the Cornhusker kickback.

CALLER: That’s right! You betcha! (giggling)

RUSH: Yeah. At least you’re honest about it, in the same spirit here as Senator Nelson. The way this would happen, of course, would be a ‘carbon tax,’ an initial federal tax on every gallon of gas. They couldn’t just proclaim the price to be seven bucks. If they wanted it to be a constant $7 they’d have to have a floating tax but, they won’t. They’ll have a tax that will get it to of is dollars or even higher. I understand the point you’re making because the people have been advocating for this are the people, the leftists, who live in these big urban centers on the coasts. ‘Okay, you want it? You got it.’

CALLER: That’s right. You know, I actually just left the job communicate 95 miles each way, three days a week. There was absolutely… I mean, how could you do that without a car? You know, there is no mass transportation.

RUSH: You couldn’t.

CALLER: You could bicycle. (chuckles)

RUSH: You couldn’t. To do it you would have to change your lifestyle so dramatically.

CALLER: Yeah, and I started it when the gas was like about $4 a gallon so it was kind of painful little bit, but, yeah, I did it.

RUSH: Well, we have learned that $4 a gallon is a tipping point for people in this country. The point of this story — remember, now, these are recommendations to the government from some egghead researchers at Harvard, and it’s all based on a faulty premise and a hoax, and that is that man-made greenhouse gases are causing climate change, global warming or whatever. That is just the vehicle. This is the one of the greatest ways they could limit freedom: You limit mobility, you limit freedom, you create even more dependence on other things to get by. This is where we’re headed with this administration.


RUSH: Dick in Wisconsin, great to have you on the program, sir, hi.

CALLER: Hey, greetings from the frozen tundra north of Green Bay.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: We’re still driving on the ice and drilling holes and fishing and enjoying our great outdoors here.

RUSH: Well, I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

CALLER: I’d like to comment on this gas thing, you know, ’cause these guys are gonna put everybody in the RV industry in Indiana out of business, all of the recreational parks will be out of business. Nobody will be going anywhere anymore —

RUSH: What’s new?

CALLER: Yeah. They’re going to put millions of people out of work.

RUSH: Millions more people, you mean out of work.

CALLER: Millions more. I mean it will be worse than the Carter recession, and they almost killed the RV industry at that time.

RUSH: Yeah, well, they’re coming back to kill it for sure this time. Now, people, don’t panic yet. This is just in a little Dot Earth blog in the New York Times. Some eggheads at Harvard have looked at the EPA budget, reducing carbon emissions to 2005 levels by 2020 and they say a key ingredient to doing that is seven-dollar-a-gallon gasoline with a vast increase in the federal gasoline tax. So I think it’s just a proposal from Harvard, but Clinton had this idea, carbon tax, one of the first things he proposed in the first six months. Look, Democrats are Democrats, liberals are liberals, and this is what they’re proposing, and this is what they want to do. They want to create — I keep reading, the dream is to create a European welfare state. Europe is pikers compared to what these people want to do. These people want to permanently transform the greatest country on earth and turn it into a basic unrecognizable stepchild. They don’t like this country. This country is unjust and immoral. This country has stolen things that doesn’t belong to it. All the oil that we use, all the trees that we’ve cut down, and all the disease and disaster we’ve caused.

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