Updated: 01/21/2009 - Why have the labor unions not lobbied on behalf of its workers for a full public discussion of climate change. Secondly, why has the Democratic Party abandoned its base, the poor, minorities and workers in manufacturing, all of whom will be adversely impacted by punitive carbon policy. Any policy that further taxes U.S. manufactured goods will not only make the country less competitive internationally, but will destroy more jobs. Cap and trade policies, will in fact do just that. Cap and trade policy will also likely make the U.S. even less competitive with the rest of the world. Is it only the California political and technology elites that carry sway in the “change” rhetoric of the Obama Administration?