Friday, February 5, 2010

Can you really afford cap and trade?

With cap and trade still an unresolved issue and the raging battle over the veracity of anthropogenic global warming I though it would be interesting to see what is at stake. If Liberals have their way and taxes are implemented on things like oil and coal our lives will change dramatically. I really don't think the general population has a clue how many items are made from oil or are tied to it in some substantive way.

I have included a list of things made from oil. This list does not include the things that are manufactured or transported by processes that utilize oil; just things actually made from oil. If draconian taxes are implemented on oil and energy production processes the price of every item listed below will skyrocket. As you read through the list think of how a dramatic jump in cost of each of these items will affect your daily life. Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list, just the common things.

This list comes from the Illinois Oil and Gas Association along with this warning "Without the use of coal, oil & gas to provide electricity, and the use of petro-chemicals to build computer components you wouldn't be visiting this website today!":


Ballet tights, nylon cord, women's polyester blouses,beads, pajamas, women's polyester pants,bracelets, pantyhose, nylon zippers, plastic hangers, permanent press clothing, dresses, purses, thongs/flip flops, earrings, ribbons, fake fur, windbreakers, sandals, garment bags, shoe laces, rain coats, iron-on patches, sneakers, sweaters, men's nylon undershirts, sofa pillow material, men's polyester shirts, men's polyester slacks, tote bags, umbrellas.


Ball point pens, diskettes, thermometer, Ink, computers,typewriter, ribbon/cartridges, business card holders, copiers, waste baskets, calculators, printer ribbon cartridges, microfilm, carbon paper, protractor, name tags, correction fluid, ring binder, erasers, rulers, letter divider, scotch tape, magic markers, telephone.


Back packs, fishing lures, air mattresses, Polaroid camera, beach balls, fishing poles, hang gliders, vinyl cases, cameras, footballs, glue containers, puzzles,
darts, Frisbees, golf ball/bags, shotgun shell casing, ear plugs, knitting needles, waterproof jackets, stadium cushion, earphones, yarn, kites, tennis racket, fabric, dye, decoys, life-jacket, nylon strings, face protectors, volley balls, model cars, plastic water gun, fishing bobbers, soccer balls, oil paints, parachutes,fishing cylume,light stick, earphones, playing cards, photographs, mono-filament fishing lines, diving boards, poker chips, goggles, roller-skate wheels, whistles, guitar strings, picks, rafts, ice chests, tents, sleeping bags, pole vaulting poles, motorcycle helmets, skis, rubber cement, plastic flower pots, water skis, hot tub covers, sails, snorkels, monkey bars, photo albums, wet suits, flippers, tennis balls, boats, insulated boots,


Acrylic toys, baby oil, laundry basket, waterproof pants, baby aspirin, bath soap, mittens, pacifiers, baby blanket, bibs rattles, double-knit shirts, baby bottles, disposable diapers, baby shoes, teething ring, nipples, dolls, stuffed animals, baby lotion.


Allergy medication, cotton-tipped swabs, inhalator liquid, Pepto-Bismol,
aspirin, first aid cream, lancet for blood testing, pill case, band aids, first aid kits, latex gloves, prescription bottle, burn lotion, glycerin, mosquito spray, rubbing alcohol, chap stick, heart valve replacement, nasal decongestant, surgical tape, syringes, Vaseline, antiseptics, hearing aids,
anesthetics, artificial limbs, eye glasses, antihistamines, cortisone, vaporizers, Bactine, oxygen masks, stethoscope, prescription glasses


cologne, hair brushes, lipstick, permanent wave curlers, perfume, hair color, mascara, petroleum jelly, comb, foam rubber curlers, denture adhesives, shampoo,
contact lens/case, hair spray, hand lotion, shaving foam, cough syrup, hearing aids, hair dryers, shoe inserts, dentures, Keri body lotion, face masks, skin cleanser, deodorants, laxatives, moisturizing cream, soap holder, disposable razors, leather conditioner, mouth wash, sun glasses, facial toner, lens cleanser, nail polish, sunscreen, tooth brushes, toothpaste tubes, vitamins, synthetic wigs, bubble bath soap, capsules.


vinegar bottles, egg carton, meat trays, trash bags, bread box, freezer containers, melamine dishware, tumblers, cake decorations, jars, microwave divided dishes, utensils, candles, freezer bags, milk jugs, vacuum bottles,
coasters, gelatin molds, nylon spatulas, wax paper, coffee pots, ice cream scoops, oven bags, mops, drinking cups, ice trays, plastic containers, fabric softener, detergent, liter bottles, plastic table service, drain stoppers,
dish drainer, lunch boxes, pudding molds, sponges, dish scrubber brush, baggies, drinking straws, Styrofoam, paper cup dispenser, measuring cups, Teflon coated pans, table cloths, refrigerator shelves.


Carpet padding, naugahyde, Venetian blinds, TV cabinets, extension cords, picture frames, flocked wallpaper, shower doors, Formica refrigerator lining, vinyl-coated wallpaper, curtains, kitchen carpet, shag carpet, welcome mats, fan blades, lamps, shower curtain, patio furniture, swings, linoleum, upholstery material, rugs.


caulking material, light switch plates, plunger, faucet washer, clothesline, measuring tape, polyurethane stain, water pipe, electric saw, paint brush, propane bottles, wood floor cleaner/wax, vinyl electrical tape, plastic pipe, shingles (asphalt), light panels, garden hose, plastic wood, spackling paste, awnings, glazing compound, Plexiglas, spray paint, enamel epoxy paint, artificial turf, folding doors, floor wax, glue, house paint, paint rollers, toilet seats, water pipes, putty, solvents, roofing material, plywood adhesive, sockets, propane.


Anti-freeze, flat tire fix, street paving (asphalt,) car battery case,
coolant, motor oil, tires, loud speakers, bearing grease, sports car bodies, traffic cones, car enamel, brake fluid, dash boards, windshield wipers, visors,
car sound insulation, oil filters, car seats, convertible tops, fan belts, gasoline.


Ash trays, dog food dishes, tool boxes, cd's, balloons, dog leash, tape recorders, synthetic rubber, bubble gum, dog toys, flashlights, nylon rope,
bungee strap, fertilizer, flight bags, disposable lighters, cassette player, flea collars, flutes, lighter fluid, cigarette case, electric blankets, tool racks, name tags, cigarette filters, ammonia, insecticides , newspaper tubes,
calibrated container, insect repellent, food preservatives, phonograph records,
crayons, ice buckets, dyes, pillows, credit cards, flashlights, fly swatter, plastic cup holder, dice, movie film, k-resin, plastic tie, polyethylene , polypropylene , rain bonnets, luggage, video cassettes, charcoal lighter, rayon, safety glasses, safety gloves, safety hats, shoe polish, signs,
cassette tapes, toys, watch bands , waterproof boots, shopping bags, bed spreads , traffic cones , check books covers, tobacco pouches, clothes hangers, flea collars, flavors, masking tape, safety flares, flags, signs,

Maybe our politicians should think twice about what they are planning to do.

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Harrison said...

Cap and Trade is dead however the bigger issue is the hostility towards oil exploration. When you look at your list of all the things we get from oil it's almost like Liberals are setting their house (and ours) on fire to stay warm.

Southern Man said...

You are absolutely right. I don't think cap and trade will pass but we have the EPA out there running solo trying to enact emissions limits on CO2. We need to keep this in the headlines until the back off (at least until then).

Joe C. said...

Cap and trade does not "tax" oil production and or products per se, it "taxes" carbon emissions.

Personally, I am against cap and trade too. I think a carbon tax would be simpler than cap and trade and would be more effective.