Massive Legislation Based On Junk Science

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On Friday, June 26, the House passed a Climate Change Bill that will “require the U.S. to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by about 80 percent by mid-century.”

While some politicians complain that this bill is going too far and worry about the damage this will do to the economy, with few exceptions, no one disagrees that something should be done to lessen man’s environmental impact. Meanwhile, the same day that the House passed this bill, The Wall Street Journal reported on the collapse of the supposed consensus among scientists that global warming is a man-made phenomenon:

“The number of skeptics, far from shrinking, is swelling. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe now counts more than 700 reputable scientists who disagree with the U.N.—13 times the number who authored the U.N.’s 2007 climate summary for policymakers. Joanne Simpson, the world’s first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, expressed relief upon her retirement last year that she was finally free to speak “frankly” of her nonbelief. Dr. Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming “the worst scientific scandal in history.” Norway’s Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the “new religion.” A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton’s Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled.”

In addition to the lack of evidence, one must also consider the impact that a bill, which requires a reduction of this magnitude in carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, will have on our technological and industrial progress. Without fossil fuels, industrial civilization, and all the benefits that come with it, would come to a grinding halt. There are numerous examples of countries with very low levels of carbon emissions where one can see clearly what life is like without this industrialization, but these are not places one would want to visit: countries where people lack electricity, running water and sufficient food, where disease runs rampant, and most people do not reach the age of 40.

The long-term consequences of the Climate Change Bill are so destructive that some very careful deliberation is in order. Perhaps, if the science were conclusive, proponents of this bill could try to argue about the necessity for government action. But today, given the increasing skepticism from scientists towards the man-made global warming theory, it is unthinkable that Congress is even considering the draconian restrictions on the freedom of Americans contemplated under this new law. Every American who values industry, technology, progress, and freedom should strongly voice his opposition to the Climate Change Bill.

For additional reading on global warming, environmentalism and other related subjects, see here and here.

Posted by on June 29, 2009. Filed under Government & Law, Summer 2009. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
  • Daniel J Casper

    The section of bill HR2454 to which this article refers is Title VII: Global Warming Pollution Reduction Program.

    It states that “Global warming poses a significant threat to the national security, economy, public health and welfare, and environment of the United States, as well as of other nations,” based on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Academy of Sciences.

    This title of the bill establishes a goal of reducing emissions by a percentage, based on the emission levels of the 2005. The target for this “cap” on emissions is graduated by year, with an end goal of increasing emissions by no more than 17% of the 2005 levels by 2050. Emissions producers will be forced to buy “emissions allowances” from the government in order to produce emissions, and will have to submit records of their emissions to the National Academy of Sciences.

    The bill continues: “in the event that the National Academy of Sciences has concluded, in the most recent report submitted under section 705, that the United States will not achieve the necessary domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions, or that global actions will not maintain safe global average surface temperature and atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration thresholds, the President shall submit to Congress a plan identifying domestic and international actions that will achieve necessary additional greenhouse gas reductions, including any recommendations for legislative action.”

    What you see here is the legal precedent for the United States government to seize control of industry, for the sake of a problem which, as this article points out, is not even proven. Even if the problem did exist, that still would not give the government the power to regulate business. Ultimately, whenever human pollution becomes an issue, it is between property owners, settled by the courts according to the damage done to their property.

    The full text of the bill is available at this link:

    http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090331/acesa_discussiondraft.pdf

  • Daniel J Casper

    The section of bill HR2454 to which this article refers is Title VII: Global Warming Pollution Reduction Program.

    It states that “Global warming poses a significant threat to the national security, economy, public health and welfare, and environment of the United States, as well as of other nations,” based on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Academy of Sciences.

    This title of the bill establishes a goal of reducing emissions by a percentage, based on the emission levels of the 2005. The target for this “cap” on emissions is graduated by year, with an end goal of increasing emissions by no more than 17% of the 2005 levels by 2050. Emissions producers will be forced to buy “emissions allowances” from the government in order to produce emissions, and will have to submit records of their emissions to the National Academy of Sciences.

    The bill continues: “in the event that the National Academy of Sciences has concluded, in the most recent report submitted under section 705, that the United States will not achieve the necessary domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions, or that global actions will not maintain safe global average surface temperature and atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration thresholds, the President shall submit to Congress a plan identifying domestic and international actions that will achieve necessary additional greenhouse gas reductions, including any recommendations for legislative action.”

    What you see here is the legal precedent for the United States government to seize control of industry, for the sake of a problem which, as this article points out, is not even proven. Even if the problem did exist, that still would not give the government the power to regulate business. Ultimately, whenever human pollution becomes an issue, it is between property owners, settled by the courts according to the damage done to their property.

    The full text of the bill is available at this link:

    http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090331/acesa_discussiondraft.pdf