Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from
carbon fees in Europe
President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees.
Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president’s commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections.
The bill was co-sponsored by the odious Claire McCaskill (Blue Dog – MO) and her new BFF, some Republican Senator I never heard of.
Via CREDO Action, we also learn that the Obama administration is trying to change FCC rules so that Rupert Murdoch can acquire the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune in cities where he already owns several TV stations. Yes, that’s right: Rupert Fucking Murdoch, wingnut billionaire owner of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, sworn enemy of liberals, and the subject of my groundbreaking exposé on pie-facing.
Shockingly, President Obama’s Federal Communications Commission is trying to change the rules so Murdoch can get exactly what he wants. [“Shockingly?” Hahaha. -Ed.] Even worse, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is hoping the agency can pass these changes without you noticing.
Murdoch’s media grab would be illegal under the current rules. But Chairman Genachowski is pushing the other commissioners for changes that would translate into a giveaway for Murdoch and other media barons.
These rule changes wouldn’t just benefit Murdoch. If the FCC changes the rules, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations, and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too.
Sound familiar? It should — the FCC is pushing the same Bush-era media consolidation policy that millions rallied against in 2003, and 2007, and was defeated in court just two years ago. The Senate even voted to overturn this consolidation policy back in 2008, rebuking runaway media concentration led by, among others, then-Senator Barack Obama.
Then there’s a fun little luncheon at the White House today:
Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are sharing lunch at the White House with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest.
I’m sure any day now we’ll be seeing massive protests of an empowered and enraged citizenry, led by Michael Moore.