I remember reading when I was a kid about the land of the dinosaurs. I even remember the pictures in the books… all swampy, bubbling tar pits, and whatnot. I also remember other books that talked about the Ice Age, and those illustrations are just as memorable… the woolly mammoth, the early homosapiens with their fur jackets and spears, the saber-toothed tigers (my personal favorite.) Looking back through history, it seems like the only thing constant about the earth’s environment is constant change.
But thanks to Al Gore and his friends, we get to hear about “global warming” as if there was anything we could do about it. Now, a Senate panel has approved a bill to go forward to cap “greenhouse gas emissions”:
The bill would set caps on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from electric utility, transportation and manufacturing industries beginning in 2012 with the goal of cutting emissions 60 percent by 2050. It would create an incentive system that would give credits to industries that cut pollution. Industries that failed to reduce emissions would be forced to buy credits from others.
The problem with this is that while our Senators are worrying about our greenhouse gas emissions, the same country that is using lead paint on our kids’ toys is building new coal-fired power plants at the rate of one new plant every two weeks:
“China’s emission will continue to accelerate as it builds coal plants and imports jobs from the United States. This will be enormously expensive to households within seven years as electricity prices skyrocket by 35 to 65 percent,” said Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the committee.
What this amounts to is global socialism. By purposefully strangling our own industrial capacity by setting artificial caps on things like “greenhouse gas emissions,” we allow other countries to advance their economies to be equal with — or surpass — our own. According to a Washington Times article, this proposal would work out to a burden on our economy of $494 on every man, woman, and child.
The full article can be found here: VOA News – US Senate Panel Approves Bill To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
UPDATE 12/9 9:53am: This “global warming” vote comes on the same day that Chicago is rocked with a snowstorm that cancelled 350 flights, Grand Forks, North Dakota set a new snowfall record of 8.1 inches, and Portland, Maine tied a snowfall record set in 1890 of 8.5 inches. Elsewhere in Maine, places like Marshfield in Washington County had 18 inches of snow. But we’re all gonna die from “global warming”, right Al Gore?