A Lieberman-Warner Warm-Up Round-Up

With the Senate to begin the debate Monday on the Lieberman-Warner cap and trade, tax and spend legislation, much excellent commentary is appearing around the web.

  • Heritage Foundation, The Foundry blog, “Lieberman-Warner is Lose, Lose“:
    Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council put out a report claiming “Doing Nothing on Global Warming Comes With Huge Price Tag.” Covering the report’s release, the Austin American-Statesman wrote: “If the United States doesn’t do something soon to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it could cost the country $3.8 trillion annually from higher energy and water costs, real estate losses from hurricanes, rising sea levels and other problems, an environmental group predicted Thursday.” The NRDC’s report is a case study in how environmental groups distort science to deceive the American public.

  • Roy W. Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, in The National Review, “Sacrifices to the Climate Gods“:
    Lieberman-Warner will, in effect, punish the use of energy by making it more expensive. Yet, energy is necessary for all human activities. We are already causing a food crisis around the world by converting food, such as corn, into liquid fuels for transportation. Now, with the Climate Security Act, we will also be causing additional turmoil at home as the poor struggle to survive in a world where only the middle class and wealthy can afford to live relatively comfortably. We will, in effect, be sacrificing even more humans at the altar of radical environmentalism in the vain hope that the gods in charge of weather and climate will look favorably upon us, and not destroy us.

  • Charles Krauthamner, The Washington Post, “Carbon Chastity“:
    Predictions of catastrophe depend on models. Models depend on assumptions about complex planetary systems — from ocean currents to cloud formation — that no one fully understands. Which is why the models are inherently flawed and forever changing. The doomsday scenarios posit a cascade of events, each with a certain probability. The multiple improbability of their simultaneous occurrence renders all such predictions entirely speculative. …Yet on the basis of this speculation, environmental activists, attended by compliant scientists and opportunistic politicians, are advocating radical economic and social regulation. “The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity,” warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, “is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”
  • And here’s the plan for Senate consideration. From The Congressional Record, Daily Digest:

    Senate Chamber
    Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration
    of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3036, Climate
    Security Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture
    on the motion to proceed at approximately 5:30
    p.m.

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