Skip to comments.Obama officials urge Senate action on climate (Now or never - fix your temperatures - forever!)
Posted on 07/10/2009 12:20:53 AM PDT by Libloather
Obama officials urge Senate action on climate
By DINA CAPPIELLO
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 2:06 AM MDT
WASHINGTON -- Saying global warming poses unprecedented threats to Americans' way of life, four of President Barack Obama's top environmental and energy officials urged the Senate on Tuesday to pass legislation to reduce the pollution linked to the planet's rising temperature.
The heads of the Energy Department, Agriculture Department, Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency told a Senate panel it should pass a bill similar to one the House narrowly cleared late last month. That legislation would impose the first limits on greenhouse gases, eventually leading to an 80 percent reduction by mid-century by putting a price on each ton of climate-altering pollution.
"We will not fully unleash the potential of the clean energy economy unless this committee, and the Senate, put an upper limit on the emissions of heat-trapping gases that are damaging our environment," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in prepared testimony. Salazar acknowledged that another Senate panel has already advanced a bill that would boost the amount of energy generated from renewable sources.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned that a projected temperature increase would make the world a much different place, and said the only way to avoid that outcome is by enacting legislation to curb emissions, such as carbon dioxide, released by the burning of fossil fuels.
"Denial of the climate change problem will not change our destiny; a comprehensive energy and climate bill that caps and then reduces carbon emissions will," Chu said.
But Chu and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted that reductions in the U.S. alone will not be enough to avert the worst consequences of global warming. The hope is that the legislation will inspire other countries to also act.
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Just how stupid do you have to be?
Good, I vote ‘never’.
I can’t even get 3 people to agree what temperature the house should be. Even if we could control the temperature of the Earth, what setting would we even choose?
Panic. The new domestic policy.
I'm beginning to wonder if this imposter in our White House is evil or insane.
Those aren't mutually exclusive.
While I agree they are not, I hoped to escape the gulag by not going too far. LOL
Beginning? And it’s a combination of both - evil and insane - but one could characterize most of Congress - Democrats at least - in that same way.
Try asking 5 people today what do they know or think about the Cap and Trade / energy bill that is before the US Senate?
If you get one person who has any idea what this is and/or what are the implications of it should it become law - as it is poised to do - I will be very surprised.
May I add to your Post by saying : ask any 5 Senators who may have to vote on this bill if they have read it and understand what they have read.
I would be surprised to get one honest answer.
The Democrats of course dont have to read it. They vote in concert when they are told to., but at the very least one of the Republicans should read it and tell the others what’s in it.
Ping me if you find one I've missed.
I’ll take “NEVER” for $100,000 Alex.
“...reduce the pollution linked to the planet’s rising temperature.”
The stupidity of the typical liberal female reporter is bottomless.
And that, Jackson testified, leaves out the benefits of addressing global warming, such as more jobs, less money flowing overseas to oil producers and averting the floods, drought and disease expected to come when the Earth's temperature rises.
Women, Poor and Minorities hit hardest
"Can anyone honestly say that the head of an American household would not spend a dollar a day to safeguard the well-being of his or her children
But then I can't send that Dollar to that kid in South America who has no shoes.
(Gaawd I HATE that commercial!)