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patriot45
01-16-2009, 10:34 AM
The Lib loonies are wasting no time at all to drive us under! They are going to fix climate change, LOL very absurd since the climate will always change.As someone famous once said... they are whacky whackies!

Someone save us from our saviors! (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95NNE8O0&show_article=1)


WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee said Thursday he will move "quickly and decisively" to push legislation curbing greenhouse gases with a goal of passing climate legislation out of his committee before Memorial Day.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., opening the new Congress' first hearing on the threats from global warming, said inaction on the climate issue is causing uncertainties that make it more difficult to emerge from the recession.

"Our environment and our economy depend on congressional action to confront the threat of climate change and secure our energy independence," said Waxman. "U.S. industries want to invest in a clean energy future, but uncertainties about whether, when and how greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced is deterring these vital investments."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., another strong proponent of moving climate legislation, has given no indication how quickly House action might come.

But given the broad impact that regulating greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels, would have, it is widely viewed that any legislation will require substantial bipartisan support, especially in the Senate.

To dramatize the business community's growing consensus that the climate issue must be confronted, Waxman invited to the first hearing 14 corporate executives and environmental leaders who have pressed for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.

The 14 executives and environmentalists sat shoulder to shoulder across at a witness table spanning two-thirds of the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing room.

Dealing with climate change "will not be cheap and not be easy," warned James Rogers, chairman of Duke Energy Corp. But he said coupling a short term stimulus package with a long-term climate plan, "we have the ability to stimulate greater confidence ...(and) put the recession in the rear view mirror."

Earlier the group, the 31-member United States Climate Action Partnership, outlined its blueprint for limiting greenhouse gases, calling for an 80 percent emission reduction by mid-century with half of that coming by 2030. It calls for a ramp up of 20 percent reduction as within a dozen years. Carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing about 1 percent a year since 1990.

The group endorsed a cap-and-trade system where greenhouse gas emissions would be limited, but pollution allowances would be provided by the government, especially for carbon intensive industries such as utilities with coal burning power plants. And it would provide incentives for coal plants that capture carbon dioxide.

The business group's plan does not go as far as what President-elect Barack Obama has proposed, nor one that Waxman has floated. Obama has called for an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 from 1990 levels, meaning greater reductions would have to be made.

Full-Auto
01-16-2009, 01:06 PM
Thank God!

Does that mean it won't be -7 here tomorrow? Or do I have to wait for Obama to take office in a couple of days before they fix the climate? I'm FREEZING!

Oh, and if it was so damn easy, why didn't Bush fix the damn climate this week?

patriot45
01-16-2009, 01:27 PM
Heh, that durn glowball warming has given us freezing weather in Florida! Any warmer and we will have snow!:D

PoliCon
01-16-2009, 01:44 PM
Heh, that durn glowball warming has given us freezing weather in Florida! Any warmer and we will have snow!:Dand no one deserves it more! :p

tacitus
01-16-2009, 02:07 PM
They can contribute to reducing the CO2 levels if they all quit breathing. How many trillions will this cost the taxpayers? If they keep spending at this rate, $1.00 will be worth nothing, if it isn't already.:rolleyes:

PoliCon
01-16-2009, 02:13 PM
Oh hell - you have to love the crap that these guys come up with . . . . .
His big idea is based on principles as old as the whitewashed villages that scatter the hills of southern Europe and North Africa. Turn enough of the world's black urban landscape white, he says, and it would reflect enough sunlight to delay global warming, and grant us some precious breathing space in the global struggle to control carbon emissions.http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/16/white-paint-carbon-emissions-climate

FlaGator
01-16-2009, 03:10 PM
I wish they would just leave the climate alone and let it take care of itself. The earth is an excellent self-correcting system and needs no help from man. When will these people learn that when you try to 'fix' the environment you make it worse. Recent example, the removal of the cats on the island between Austrailia and Antartica and now rabbits are taking over.

lacarnut
01-16-2009, 03:15 PM
Thank God!

Does that mean it won't be -7 here tomorrow? Or do I have to wait for Obama to take office in a couple of days before they fix the climate? I'm FREEZING!

Oh, and if it was so damn easy, why didn't Bush fix the damn climate this week?

All the hot air is coming out of the DC critters. They just need to STFU or we need to put a tax on their stupidity.