Skip to comments.Gore: Congress must not bicker, act now on climate
Posted on 04/24/2009 10:29:22 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
WASHINGTON (AP) Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice on climate change, urged lawmakers Friday to overcome partisan differences and pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases. [snip]
Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the committee's ranking Republican, argued that the proposed "cap-and-trade" system to cut greenhouse gases would cost tens of billions of dollars a year. "How in the world can we have a (pollution) trade system that doesn't cost jobs and doesn't cost the economy?" he said.
"I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy," countered Gore. He predicted "massive job losses if ... we continue business as usual, ignoring warnings and just sit and wait until oil prices go sky high again."
And he said if climate change is not addressed, costs could be much greater.
But House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio called Gore's testimony deserving of "another Oscar" alluding to the recognition received by the Gore film on climate change. Boehner said the Democratic bill amounts to a "massive national energy tax on every American ....who drives a car, buys a product manufactured in the United States, or has the audacity to flip on a light switch."
And some Democrats also expressed concerns about the economic impact.
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., said he's not convinced the draft legislation will protect U.S. jobs because other countries like China will not face the same economic burdens.
"If the United States leads, China will follow," Gore said.
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The Earth has a fever. And AlGore is a rectal thermometer.
Right....Sure...the USA goes first and as the Goracle says “China will follow”.
Gore has already proved he can’t predict the Future.
OMG, that is exactly what I was thinking after reading this...right after "If US leads, China will follow"...You want to laugh but he really believes this nonsense.
Let the Committee hear from Lord Monckton!
IOW, get those taxes and controls in place FAST before more of the rubes wake up to the scam.
I see no end to this BS! There are way too little Conservatives in politics who are representing us to make any difference. Just "stamp-it" and move on.
I’ll take that bet. Gore will NEVER go to prison. Sorry...
What has become of AlGore’s neck?
Mother Earth took it as her pound of flesh?