CALIFORNIA COMMITS ECO-SUICIDE
By Alan Caruba
Among the many problems involved with this deal is the fact that there is no global warming, as defined by environmentalists, i.e., a sharp, scientifically predictable increase in the Earth’s overall temperature in the years, decades, and centuries ahead. After touting a coming Ice Age in the 1970s, the Greens reversed course and began to conjure up global warming. Basing public policy on a hoax has become the political choice of Democrats.
Worse, the California deal would allow businesses “to buy, sell and trade emission credits with other companies.” A completely bogus market will be created where real money will buy meaningless “credits,” while the emissions involved will continue.
You want electricity? Other than nuclear and hydroelectric power, you will have to tolerate some emissions. Slightly more than half of the electricity generated in America today comes from the burning of a resource we have in abundance, coal. California, which has consistently failed to provide for sufficient generation, now wants to make the provision of electricity even more costly.
If there was ever a better way to drive business and industry out of the State, it has yet to have been invented.
The Democratic Party, intellectually and morally bankrupt at this point in its history, has decided to embrace environmentalism’s biggest lies because they will provide a new basis to attack the industrial heart of the nation’s economy.
Ignoring the real threat, the worldwide Islamic Jihad, Democrats will attempt to distract Americans with scary stories about the future climate of the Earth.
Addressing the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in late August, 2006, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein offered the Democrats' plan to attack global warming in the next session of Congress. She unveiled a legislative package she intends to introduce that would require the auto industry to improve mileage and “coax” power producers to meet emissions standards. This is an extension of the deal California lawmakers have reached with the Governor, extending the deal to the entire nation.
“There is now a scientific consensus that global warming is happening and we can’t stop it,” said Feinstein during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. This is a lie -- a very big lie.
Far from any consensus, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that utterly disputes and debunks that claim made for global warming.
In a recent policy analysis report issued by the Cato Institute, Patrick J. Michaels, a senior fellow in environmental studies at the Institute, a professor of natural resources at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the past President of the Association of State Climatologists, concluded that “It is apparent that many recent stories on melting of high-latitude ice, hurricanes, and extinctions are riddled with self-inconsistencies, are inconsistent with other findings, and are reported — as much by scientists themselves as by reporters — in extreme or misleading fashions that do not accurately portray the actual research.”
The Cato Institute analysis was buttressed by 77 footnotes documenting the misuse of science to advance the global warming hoax. Ironically, the early Green warnings of a coming, new Ice Age were far closer to the truth, given the fact that the Earth is nearing the end of an interglacial period, thus putting us closer to a colder, not warmer, future.
There is no need for the control of greenhouse gas emissions. Even with such controls, the climate of the Earth will be determined by known cycles of solar activity, by known cycles of oceanic activity, by known cycles of hurricane activity, by forces far beyond the control or influence of human activity.
The Democrats' program of emissions controls is a cruel hoax tied to the even greater hoax of global warming. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Senator Feinstein’s “goal would be to keep global temperature increases to a manageable 1 or 2 degrees by the end of the century. To do so by 2050, she said, the United States would have to cut carbon dioxide emissions to levels 70 percent below those of 1990.”
What Senator Feinstein and the Democrats are proposing is nothing less than a criminal conspiracy to undermine the American economy, while China, India, and even Europe would continue to ignore such senseless limitations on the use of energy to expand their economies.
Senator Feinstein told her audience at the Commonwealth Club that, “without such measures, the global temperature could rise by maybe 9 degrees. In that scenario, three of every five species would die, the sea would rise by two feet, massive floods would hit every 10 years, and the State’s drinking water supply would be in jeopardy.”
This is lying and scaremongering on a grand scale and it is about to make its way from California to the halls of the U.S. Congress.
Senator Feinstein will be joined by Senator John Kerry, who is calling for “energy independence” by advocating mandates to reduce U.S. consumption of oil by 2.5 million barrels a day by 2015.
Among the steps that would achieve true energy independence would be to open a small section of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling, and that alone would take ten years before its effect would be felt. Another step would be to require states to permit offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Meanwhile, China, in cooperation with Cuba, will be drilling for oil just ninety miles off the shores of Florida, while that State continues to refuse to permit any drilling.
California is about to commit eco-suicide and wants the rest of the nation to join it. The business and industry that will flee the Golden State is incalculable. The danger of these anti-energy policies to the future of the nation is beyond comprehension.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba’s new book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press.
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