ITEM: U.S. News & World Report for February 20, 2009 interviewed Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Waxman said that "broader legislation" is needed beyond the passage of the so-called economic stimulus bill. "What we need to move to is legislation to deal with global warming.... It's the key to our revitalized economy and our long-term prosperity as a nation."
According to California Congressman Tom McClintock, the world’s six billion humans breathe out 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. His state has a goal of reducing emissions by 170 million tons of carbon dioxide to meet legislative requirements. Simple mathematics shows if we can just "do away" with 425 million of Earth’s inhabitants, we can help Governor Schwarzenegger meet his bogie. Congressman McClintock was one of 80 presenters at the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change held this week in New York City.
According to former Vice President Al Gore, “the science is settled” on climate change. “The planet has a fever,” Gore said during testimony before Congress in 2007, and its cause, he averred, is too many cars, power plants, factories, and other human-related sources putting too many emissions into the atmosphere.
The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change opened in New York City Sunday night with addresses by the Honorable Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, and Dr. Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The conference is sponsored by the Heartland Institute, and both the institute and conference participants dispute the claim that the world is faced with and must respond to a global-warming crisis.
They came. They saw. They were conquered — by Mother Nature. Hundreds of global-warming protesters descended on Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 2 to shut down the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant, which provides electrical power to Congress and a number of government buildings. Their plans were iced, however by temperatures that dipped into the teens, accompanied by a blizzard that dumped several inches on the nation’s capital. Schools and businesses were closed and many official government events were cancelled.