By Freedom New Mexico
To protect us from unlikely harm, Congress is rushing toward a trillion dollar disaster that will empower government and enrich a few.
A bill to impose potentially economy-crippling restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions has passed a key Senate committee.
Only eight years ago senators voted 95-0 against imposing Kyoto Protocol’s similar cap-and-trade mandates. As Kyoto’s 2012 expiration date nears, will the Senate reverse itself?
“Concern over global warming is overblown and misdirected,” says Joseph L. Bast, president of the Heartland Institute think tank. “… (W)e should pull the plug on this scam before it destroys billions of dollars of wealth and millions of jobs.”
Bill opponents say it will cost $6 trillion over 40 years. Is the possibility of sea levels rising a few inches in 100 years more burdensome than an annual $494 economic cost for each U.S. man, woman and child? Is trying to reduce temperatures a degree or two in 100 years worth the 2.3 million American jobs critics say will be lost?
Global warming’s momentum increases as its “proof” unravels. Coincidence? If people doubt temperatures are rising, support could vanish. But once governmental coercions are in place, a change in public sentiment won’t matter much.
Reality may be catching up. A study by the Cato Institute’s Patrick J. Michaels and Ross McKitrick of Canada’s Guelph University suggests global warming is based on faulty, contaminated data. They say evidence was ignored that urbanization’s increase in heat-reflecting concrete, steel and asphalt increases ground-level temperatures, which conflict with lower temperatures measured from satellites and balloons.
Some of the nation’s top climate change scientists argued last week in Washington there’s little evidence to connect global warming to infectious diseases, as is claimed.
Dr. Nils-Axel Mrner, formerly head of Paleogeophysics and Geodynanmics at Stockholm University and expert IPCC reviewer, claims sea level figures are falsified. “If you go around the globe,” he says, “you find no rise anywhere. But they need the rise because if there is no rise there is no death threat.”
Dr. Willie Soon, physicist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, says recent literature fails to confirm carbon dioxide as the prime mover in temperature changes or ice-sheet volume for 650,000 years, as claimed.
The Wall Street Journal’s Holman W. Jenkins Jr. suggests so-called global warming “consensus” may stem from “our tendency to replace our beliefs with the crowd’s beliefs.”
Do people buy into the assumed orthodoxy merely because it’s widely accepted? That could explain why alleged global warming “polluters” are eager to game the proposed cap-and-trade scheme, as has occurred in Europe.
Many businesses have no ideological axe. They’ll do business within whatever framework government sets up. Uncertainty can be more disruptive for them than even government regulations or taxes.
Jenkins suggests “global warming politics will certainly end with a whimper once a few consecutive years of cooling are recorded.”
Reliable satellite and balloon-based temperature measurements show no warming in the 23 years they’ve been used.
It’d be nice if the whimpering end came before Congress imposes Draconian measures certain to last longer and be more harmful than mildly fluctuating temperatures.