Defending his new energy tax bill Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told Congress Daily yesterday:

Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent.

The United States has also “achieved” 3.36 million net jobs lost so far this year and a 9.7% unemployment rate. Is this “green jobs” economy that the enviro-left is trying to sell America? Is Kerry admitting that instituting cap and trade will inflict the same amount of damage on the U.S. economy as the housing bubble and financial sector breakdown have?

Kerry-Boxer: 20% less carbon and 10% unemployment through 2020!