Jack Kelly on the Marxman-Wacky bill to prevent a phony catastrophe:
An unusually cold winter (it snowed in Saudi Arabia and Iraq; temperatures fell to minus 80 degrees in Siberia) was followed by an unusually cool spring (it snowed in North Dakota in June for the first time in 60 years).
This may be why only 42 percent of respondents in a Rasmussen poll published June 18 think human activity is causing global warming, and many of those who do don’t see it as a serious problem. (In a Gallup poll in March, warming ranked last among eight environmental concerns.)
“Global temperatures have declined — extending the current downtrend to 11 years with a particularly rapid decline in 2007-2008,” said a draft report written in March by an expert at the Environmental Protection Agency.
You haven’t heard much about this report because the Obama administration is blocking its disclosure. The Competitive Enterprise Institute obtained a copy and put it on its Web site June 25.
Believers in anthroprogenic (man-made) global warming are relying on outdated research and are ignoring major new developments, the report said. Natural factors — chiefly ocean and sun cycles — are the principal causes of global temperature fluctuations.
To combat a problem that probably doesn’t exist, the House narrowly passed a bill to restrict emissions of carbon dioxide (to 83 percent of 2005 levels by 2020 and to 17 percent by 2050). If the Waxman-Markey bill, named after its Democratic sponsors, Rep. Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, were to work exactly as its sponsors claim (and what bill ever has?), global temperatures 100 years from now are projected to be one-tenth of a degree Celsius cooler than they otherwise would have been.
Do read the whole thing. Especially the fun little factoid at the end of the piece:
Waxman-Markey contains unpleasant surprises for Americans, including a provision which could prevent homeowners from selling their homes if they aren’t retrofitted to meet federal “green” guidelines.
Not only does this bill act to raise energy prices – to make them skyrocket as Obama admitted – they will also increase the cost of everything that uses energy. Those costs will be passed on to consumers. And it makes the vast majority of American homes unsalable to boot.
The lunatics really are running the asylum at this point. This is shooting the American economy in the head.
Better think about calling you Senators and making it very, very clear that you want this monstrosity stopped.