The EPA on April 17 proposed new regulations to control carbon dioxide (CO2) and five other “greenhouse gases” as “pollutants” under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. While not mentioning what aspects of carbon-dioxide emissions will be regulated, the carbon dioxide emitted from automobiles and power plants is definitely on the regulation block. The first step toward costly and far-reaching regulations is that the EPA establish carbon dioxide as a regulatory “pollutant,” even though all plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and all animals exhale carbon dioxide.
Time zone by time zone, lights went out around the globe from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time on March 28, in observance of “Earth Hour.” From Sydney, Australia, to Singapore, to Rome, to London, to the United Nations headquarters in New York (naturally), lights went out for the appointed hour. McDonald’s Corporation even dimmed its golden arches at 500 locations in the Midwest. However, the Philippines demonstrated the greatest Earth Hour participation, with 647 cities and towns and over 15 million Filipinos taking part.
Over the past several years, it appeared that our society was doomed to succumb to what Weather Channel founder John Coleman has described as "the greatest scam in history": anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming (AGW). For two decades there has been an incessant drumbeat of propaganda attributing every weather-related event to an increase in carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. With the election of a president who is solidly in the global-warming-alarmist camp — and with many high-level appointees who are bona fide climate-change alarmists — coupled with a Democratic legislature anxious to please their environmentalist and media benefactors, the passage of legislation causing some form of economy-crippling energy taxation seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
Those unfamiliar with the term "cap and trade" and the tremendous economic burden this program would place on society if implemented may first want to consider a couple definitions. The Center for American Progress, in its report, "Cap and Trade 101," states:
While most civil rights organizations are marching in lock-step with the leftist climate catastrophe alarmists, Roy Innis, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) for 35 years, has broken ranks and is urging the poor and black communities to rebel against purveyors of global-warming gloom and doom and other radical environmentalists. Speaking at the 2009 Conference in New York City last week, Innis said, "A lot of people are searching for the right thing to believe in and [have been] captured by a corrupted ideology," a "green" religion.
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.
Fears of man-made global warming are “mistaken,” and far from suffering from too much carbon dioxide, as the daily headlines proclaim, our Earth is actually in the midst of a “CO2 famine.” So says Will Happer. Who is this heretic who dares to contradict Al Gore, Leonardo DiCapprio, the United Nations, and “scientific consensus”? He certainly can’t have any credibility on this issue if he’s not even a rock star or a Hollywood celebrity, right?