So much is misdirection and outright fraud.
For those friends of mine who are concerned about “global warming” let me reassure you. Global warming is what happens between ice ages.
There are no straight lines in nature and there is nothing that humans can do about climate cycles. Places from New Zealand to New York are recording either record breaking colder temperatures for this time of year or the coolest temperatures in decades. By some accounts the Earth is in the beginning of a typical 10 year cooling cycle. The Sun, which accounts for all of Earth’s warming is going through a regular cycle of low sun spot activity. CO2 is plant food, not pollution.
Liberals who worry about their “carbon footprint” can make a real contribution to our environment and reduce CO2 emissions if they would simply stop exhaling.
Waxman-Markey (aka “Cap and Trade”) sets up a huge “market” in energy credits. But, it’s not a free market, it’s a fixed market. The Federal Government will decide the price and the quantity of energy credits and Goldman-Sachs (and others) will make a fortune selling them for the government. A lot of money will be made. You will not be making money. You will be paying the taxes on energy for the privilege of lining the pockets of the politically favored while returning to a 19th century standard of living. You will know gas lines and brown outs.
It is axiomatic that to get less of anything, just tax it. A tax on energy will produce (wait for it)… less energy! You may have thought that the problem we face is too little energy resulting in higher prices for gasoline, heating oil, natural gas, propane and electricity. You might have wondered why it is moral for the U.S. to import oil from foreign nations but somehow immoral to produce our own oil. You might have thought it a little crazy to subsidize Ethanol with $2 per gallon of taxpayer funds and create food shortages by burning our corn. That’s right, watch the numbers spin at the pump and realize that for every gallon in the tank you pay $2 over and above the price per gallon.
Think about this… When you get that shiny new electric skateboard with a bubble top from Government Motors, designed by Barney Frank, engineered by Chuck Schumer with sweetheart financing under a subsidized loan program overseen by Chris Dodd, where will you plug it in? Your freaking ear? The “Wizards of Smart” in Washington, D.C. will not permit construction of power generation facilities and most assuredly not the cheapest, most efficient and safest form of power, nuclear.
What about the “Smart Grid”? Won’t that solve our problems? Yes, if you’re a politically favored company seeking tax money. No, not if you just want ample, economical electricity. The only thing smart about the “Smart Grid” is how smart they are about marketing it. If you think that powering down your toaster after 7:00am or limiting you to two slices instead of four, is “smart” then the Smart Grid is for you. After it’s all said and done, the Smart Grid is a scheme for managing planned electricity shortages, nothing more and nothing less.
So, if all this mess isn’t about saving the planet and increasing power supplies then why bother? What’s the point? Maybe it’s a “Jim Jones” thing on a national level? Maybe the following article has some merit.
Gore: U.S. Climate Bill Will Help Bring About 'Global Governance'
Climate Depot Exclusive
Friday, July 10, 2009By Marc Morano – Climate Depot
Former Vice President Al Gore declared that the Congressional climate bill will help bring about “global governance.”
“I bring you good news from the U.S., “Gore said on July 7, 2009 in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, sponsored by UK Times.
“Just two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey climate bill,” Gore said, noting it was “very much a step in the right direction.” President Obama has pushed for the passage of the bill in the Senate and attended a G8 summit this week where he agreed to attempt to keep the Earth's temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C.
Gore touted the Congressional climate bill, claiming it “will dramatically increase the prospects for success” in combating what he sees as the “crisis” of man-made global warming.
“But it is the awareness itself that will drive the change and one of the ways it will drive the change is through global governance and global agreements.” (Editor's Note: Gore makes the “global governance” comment at the 1min. 10 sec. mark in this UK Times video.)
Gore's call for “global governance” echoes former French President Jacques Chirac's call in 2000.
On November 20, 2000, then French President Chirac said during a speech at The Hague that the UN's Kyoto Protocol represented "the first component of an authentic global governance."
“For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance,” Chirac explained. “From the very earliest age, we should make environmental awareness a major theme of education and a major theme of political debate, until respect for the environment comes to be as fundamental as safeguarding our rights and freedoms. By acting together, by building this unprecedented instrument, the first component of an authentic global governance, we are working for dialogue and peace,” Chirac added.
Former EU Environment Minister Margot Wallstrom said, "Kyoto is about the economy, about leveling the playing field for big businesses worldwide." Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper once dismissed UN's Kyoto Protocol as a “socialist scheme.”
'Global Carbon Tax' Urged at UN Meeting
In addition, calls for a global carbon tax have been urged at recent UN global warming conferences. In December 2007, the UN climate conference in Bali, urged the adoption of a global carbon tax that would represent “a global burden sharing system, fair, with solidarity, and legally binding to all nations.”
“Finally someone will pay for these [climate related] costs,” Othmar Schwank, a global tax advocate, said at the 2007 UN conference after a panel titled “A Global CO2 Tax.”
Schwank noted that wealthy nations like the U.S. would bear the biggest burden based on the “polluters pay principle.” The U.S. and other wealthy nations need to “contribute significantly more to this global fund,” Schwank explained. He also added, “It is very essential to tax coal.”
The 2007 UN conference was presented with a report from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment titled “Global Solidarity in Financing Adaptation.” The report stated there was an “urgent need” for a global tax in order for “damages [from climate change] to be kept from growing to truly catastrophic levels, especially in vulnerable countries of the developing world.”
The tens of billions of dollars per year generated by a global tax would “flow into a global Multilateral Adaptation Fund” to help nations cope with global warming, according to the report.
Schwank said a global carbon dioxide tax is an idea long overdue that is urgently needed to establish “a funding scheme which generates the resources required to address the dimension of challenge with regard to climate change costs.”
'Redistribution of wealth'
The environmental group Friends of the Earth advocated the transfer of money from rich to poor nations during the 2007 UN climate conference.
"A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources,” said Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth.
[Editor's Note: Many critics have often charged that proposed climate tax and regulatory “solutions” were more important to the promoters of man-made climate fears than the accuracy of their science. Former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth reportedly said, "We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing — in terms of economic policy and environmental policy."]