Magic Wand, Wave That Carbon Away…Wish Hard, Now, Wish!

Columnist Deroy Murdock reports that the cap-and-trade legislation seeks to cut CO2 levels in half from about 900 parts per million, the level to which they are expected to rise by 2100. How do you do that? “A staggering 3,700 gigatons (3.7 trillion tons) of CO2 must be squelched worldwide until century’s end to hit this benchmark. This equals 41.1 gigatons of CO2 for each of the 90 years between 2010 and 2100.”

Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute dares to acknowledge reality:

“The idea that the world can achieve these atmospheric targets at anything approaching affordable cost is quite simply fantasy,” Murray tells me. “After ten years with no temperature increase — something the climate models failed to predict — it is irresponsible in the extreme to suggest we should try to meet these targets at any cost. It would be like Gerald Ford’s flu vaccinations, which seemed like a good idea to save a few hundred lives, but ended up killing a thousand — except the human cost here could be orders of magnitude bigger.”

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