Maryland Tells Private Sector: Go Away!

By February 19, 2008Global Warming

First, the gripe: The Sun:

Gov. Martin O’Malley will support a bill that would impose some of the nation’s toughest limits on global warming pollution, according to administration and legislative sources.

The legislation, which is scheduled to be considered by a state Senate committee today, would impose a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases from all industries in Maryland by 2020 and a 90 percent cut by 2050….[snip]

Under the proposal, the state would use a system of financial penalties and rewards to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists have concluded are warming the atmosphere and melting polar ice, causing rising sea levels.

Global warming pollution? What in the world is that? Carbon dioxide? By that logic, everyone who respirates who is a global warming polluter. First, regulate emissions, then exhalations.

Second, this line: “that scientists have concluded are warming the atmosphere and melting polar ice, causing rising sea levels.” That’s just not true. Scientists have concluded no such thing. Some scientists argue it and cite evidence for their arguments, but more than 400 scientists disputed the man-made global warming theory in 2007.

Have we come so far that reporters don’t even bother to hide their biases for big-government solutions to a disputed problem?

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