You know, Red States - high unemployment, low education, high crime, shorter lifespans, constantly at the trough for federal handouts - those Red States. Well, according to a "scholar" at the prestigious American Enterprise Institute, president Obama's climate change policy is a plot to redistribute wealth from dirt poor Red States to those liberal Blue States. US News & World Report printed it so it's gotta be true.
"The president's proposals will penalize areas and industries
disproportionately dependent on coal-fired power. A recent MIT study
concludes that the winners will be the Pacific coast, New England and
New York. The losers: the south-central and mountain states and Texas.
"The winners are states with high power costs or with significant
inexpensive hydroelectric resources that would be unaffected by GHG
policies. The losers are states with low energy costs driven by
disproportionate use of coal-fired power. By driving power costs up in
the latter group of states, the GHG policies would reduce the
competitive disadvantages of the former group.
"This issue is about wealth redistribution from red states to blue,
and not about carbon dioxide, which, in the Orwellian language of the
left, is “carbon pollution.” It is not toxic to humans at many times
current ambient concentrations. It protects plants from various
environmental stresses. It is like no other effluent; for those, less is
better. That is true as well for the coercion and government planning
authority inherent in the Obama proposals."
Well at least the report doesn't claim that this is Obama's revenge on the south for slavery.
The author of these claims, Ben Zycher, is a veteran fossil fuel hack, something that never seems to be disclosed in his revelatory reports. ClimateProgress gives an example of Dr. Zycher's bizarre reality.