Skip to comments.Al Gore’s Morals vs Your Pocketbook
Posted on 04/27/2009 7:36:16 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Endorsing the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill Friday, Al Gore told the House Energy and Commerce Committee: I believe this legislation has the moral significance equivalent to that of the civil rights legislation of the 1960s and the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s. Gore went on to warn of global sea level rises of 20 feet and monster Hurricanes. He even blamed recent floods in Fargo, North Dakota and wildfires in California and Australia on global warming.
We have serious doubts about the scientific validity of linking recent hurricanes, wildfires, and floods to global warming (when called out on it, so does Al Gore). But let us concede for the sake of argument that Al Gore is right and global warming caused the flooding in North Dakota and the wildfires in Australia and California. What does the Waxman-Markey bill actually do about it?
After all, the Voting Rights Act greatly increased minority voting in the south. And the Marshall Plan rebuilt Europe. So what would Waxman-Markey accomplish? When the EPA released their report on the bill last week, they did not say. They only provided dubious claims about the costs of the bill. But other studies have estimated what the benefits of a Waxman-Markey like cap and trade regime would be. The result? Nothing. A study by MIT professor John Reilly found that if a Waxman-Markey like scheme worked perfectly, and other developed nations also cut their emissions too (which they have so far failed to do outside of the current global recession), global temperatures would only be reduced by 0.5 degrees Celsius. That is compared to the 0.8 degrees Celsius change we experienced last century.
In other words, Waxman-Markey will not prevent a single flood, wildfire, or hurricane. It will be completely ineffective. And at what cost to the U.S. economy. Newt Gingrich told the House committee Friday: This bill is an energy tax. An energy tax punishes senior citizens, it punishes rural Americans, if you use electricity it punishes you. This bill will increase your cost of living and may kill your job. On this point there was strong bipartisan consensus.
Global warming Pimp-in-Chief
With regard to the headline of this piece...since when does Al Gore have morals (scruples)?
“...since when does Al Gore have morals (scruples)?”
Yeah, good point. He has neither.
Cap and trade is theft and Waxman and Gore and all the rest plan on getting their cut .
If they wanted to clean the atmosphere they would make the companies doing the polluting spend that money cleaning up their act. Cap and Trade doesnt clean the air it just taxes those who are polluting.
Algore is delusional. He has never overcome his depression from loosing the presidential race. He had to find something to hang his hat on and so he has blown this up into an important crusade for himself. After he lost, no one would listen to anything else he had to say; so he ram-rodded this "global warming/climate change" using scare tactics. Yeah, scaring people always works for a while, and Gore is a typical Scare-them-silly Democrat.
He took a little bit of scientific study, and combined that with a lot of hype. Dufusses went along with him and now, voila, he thinks it is ultimately the most important thing since sliced bread and he is comparing this to the civil rights legislation! LOLOLOL. What a joke. He just cannot find anything worthwhile to do, and now that his claims are getting so many to speak against them, no one will ever ask him to do anything significant.