Science for Sale ...
Washington, May 20, 2009 - Some of you may have seen me on Hardball last night taking on both Chris Matthews and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) on the science behind Catastrophic Man-made Global Warming. [Watch the video by clicking here.] At least that's why I was there - but Chris and Jim really wanted me there so they could call me a Luddite and prove to themselves how smart they are. Of course, they didn't have a single answer to any of the scientific points I brought up. It's no wonder that I'm skeptical of their alarmism. But I am not alone. In 2001, over 17,000 signed onto a letter urging the U.S. not to sign the Kyoto treaty because, “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”
What's worse, right now the Energy Committee is using natural climate variation to institute Cap and Trade, a huge power grab and a crushing tax on American families. Even the authors of this $685 billion tax (probably much more by the time they're done) admit that this will not significantly reduce temperatures or reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Most Americans have seen through the ridiculous claim that humans are causing catastrophic climate change. This shift in public opinion is demonstrated in an April 24, 2009, Rasmussen poll where only 34% of Americans believe climate change is a result of human activity. That’s down from 47% just a year ago. More and more scientific evidence is emerging challenging the notion that climate change is manmade and the American people are listening.
The only thing that’s catastrophic about climate change is the economic impact of this Cap and “Tax” solution of theirs. The Waxman-Markey Cap & Trade bill, (American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454) is an economic disaster for the American people and does absolutely nothing to prevent climate change! As a matter of fact, some scientists believe the bill would only reduce global temperature change by .044C by 2050 (only 3% less than without the bill altogether). This is considered scientifically negligible.
According to the Heritage Foundation the bill would:
- Destroy 1.1 million jobs
- Reduced GDP by $9.6 TRILLION by 2035
- Raise electricity rates 90%
- Raise gas prices by 74%
- Raise residential natural gas prices by 55%
- Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1500
- Increase federal debt by 26% or $29,150 additional federal debt per person
Is this level of taxation and job loss really worth a .044C temperature reduction?
I will keep fighting this huge tax and power grab, while standing up to rid our environment from real pollution. I will continue to seek the true science, and ask the tough questions that need to be asked.
For more information about my position on Man-made Global Warming, please visit the "global warming" section of my website.