Skip to comments.The Global Boogie Man
Posted on 01/29/2009 8:04:56 PM PST by Delacon
The Associated Press quotes Waxman as saying, "Our environment and our economy depend on congressional action to confront the threat of climate change and secure our energy independence." Waxman continued, "U.S. industries want to invest in a clean energy future, but uncertainties about whether, when and how greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced is deterring these vital investments."
Waxman envisions that industries are looking to Washington for leadership. Nothing could be further from the truth. If left to their own devices, industries will do what they ought to do and what share holders need them to do expand, become more efficient and make profits. Nor do investors need Waxman to guide them. To paraphrase a line from scripture, where profit is, so will their money be also. Once "clean energy" offers a better return on investment, they will have more money than they know what to do with.
Waxman, of course, like most new liberals, does not trust markets; he trusts government, which is why he is chomping at the bit to use the power of government to force the energy sector to do what the market has heretofore done much more slowly.
Enter global warming.
Global warming has become the boogie man hiding under every bed and thus the perfect excuse for new liberals like Waxman to raise taxes, regulate business and nationalize industry -- all for our own good of course. The fact that much of what we are being told are nothing but theories, half truths or outright lies is why we are told the debate is over and that government fixes must be rushed through the legislative process. Climate change is the means to a political end that could care less about the science.
Consider the alarmists' warnings that changes in the concentration of C02 levels are having a devastating effect on temperatures. These claims have softened largely because as Christopher Mockton writing for Science and Public Policy.org points out, "The peer-reviewed literature is full of papers questioning the IPCC's estimates of climate sensitivity to changes in CO2 concentration Indeed, low, harmless, beneficial climate sensitivity is almost becoming a consensus in the scientific literature."
Or the admonition that our production of C02 would cause the seas to rise. Patrick J. Michaels, senior fellow at the Cato Institute observes that more recent science has "demonstrated that the outflow of Greenland ice sheets is unlikely to dramatically speed up as a result of surface warming, thus countering the claims of rapid sea level rise this century."
Green house gas emissions were also supposed to influence tropical storm activity. Michaels further observes that subsequent to those warnings studies have presented a "picture of future Atlantic tropical cyclones that is not unlike that of todaywith natural cycles dominating the patterns of variability."
And what of all the sea life that was supposed to die off? Dr. Craig Idso writing for the "Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change" and the "Science and Public Policy Institute" writes that "climate-alarmist claims of impending marine species extinctions due to increases in both temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration are not only not supported by real-world evidence, they are actually refuted by it."
Waxman might find all of this interesting, but ultimately irrelevant. The crisis has been identified and the trumpet sounded. Our economy, our environment our very civilization depends on our stopping the production of carbon dioxide. Here come Henry Waxman and the rest of the new left to the rescue. God help us!
He needs to see a plastic surgeon to get his nose fixed first.
Glad to see the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee has his priorities straight!
What about those global nostrils and their impact on the Coriolus effect?
Waxman reminds me of one of those ‘net pages, every time you click on it, a new caption comes up. Every time Waxman pops up, there’s a new feverish cause he’s the to-die-for advocate for. He can not help himself, he MUST legislate something, some means of further control, some new restriction, or he falls below his personal quote of imposing crap on other people.
Qho in the world keeps electing this pig snouted idiot?
The man has been sniffing too much mustache wax!
Or, he is just plain f**king crazy.
Got a notice in the mail this week that my electric bill is going up 15% Apr 1. Went up 17% Oct 2007. Thats a total of 32% in 18 months.
I can’t wait for the new energy policy that makes my electricity cost more because of carbon taxes and lost generation capacity by killing new power plants..
And then they will use the carbon taxes to subsidize the poor so they can still afford electricity. As for the environment improving as a result of the carbon taxes......we know the answer.
This makes absolutely no sense. How do you legislate certainty?
"Ignore the gas behind the red curtain!"
The Wizard of Snozz strikes again.
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We should return to fault-based separation and divorce very soon, then. Divided families use more than one car, more than one house, and so on. The greenie-sluts are putting more carbon into the atmosphere than any other group. ;-)
Me...? I can’t wait for more noticeable global warming. Those Arctic beaches and warmer mountain climates wait for us.
“Nostrildamus” Waxman was busy convening hearings about steroid use in baseball. Grandstanding photo-op and soundbites on SportsCenter by railroading players asking important questions like “who injected what steroid into whose ass, and when?”
Meanwhile, the only Fannie he and Barney the Pink Dinosaur should have been paying attention to was Fannie Mae, the federally sponsored government corporation that was bankrupting itself under egalitarian Gubmint imposed policies to expand homeownership.
So really this was all Bush’s fault????? Go figure.
I have been very interested in passive solar for years.
It’s really pretty easy and inexpensive to build roof mounted units. One idea i always liked was using old water heater tanks in an insulated enclosure, roof mounted, for hot water. Saw it in Mother Earth News 30 years ago.
Passive heat is easy too. The most expensive part is the plexiglass and the circulating fan. Now with improved photovoltaic cells a circulating fan will run only when the sun is producing passive heat.
When I was a kid, growing up in East Central Iowa, we had a screened in porch on the south side of the house. in the winter time we would cover the screen with plastic. I remember one day when it was -14 outside and dad took a nap in his lounge chair, shirt off, and it was 85 degrees in there. We opened the door and let the heat into the house.