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Hot Air

It is official now. We’re all going to die. The planet is burning up and it’s all because of gas-guzzling SUV’s. In fact, there is a move afoot to decertify any weatherman or climatologist who disagrees with the concept of glowball warming. Now Nancy Pelosi is going to generate a lot more hot air on the subject. We’re doomed.

I don’t dispute the fact that greenhouse gases are bad and mankind may be responsible for part of the recent increase but there are other forces wt work here that are being completely ignored. That is the big problem I have with the chicken littles out there. They are too focused on what mankind is doing to the planet and ignoring the climate cycles that are being caused by other forces and have been doing so for millennia.

No one is preparing for an increase in temperatures. Everyone is too busy pointing the finger at automobiles and coal-burning electrical plants. Who cares what causes it? The problem is that there IS a problem and it is not going to go away even if you take every automobile off the road and use nothing but nuclear energy to generate power.

Kyoto be damned. Almost none of the countries that signed on to that treaty have met their goals. Meanwhile, countries that are in a high gear of industrialization like China are spewing greenhouse gases in high volumes and no one can stop them. None of the countries in the EU met their goals either. Give it up, people!

Stifling dissent by decertifying anyone who disagrees is NOT the way to go. We need more open discussion and research into how we can cope with rising temperatures. The biggest carbon dioxide “sink” on the planet is the algae in our oceans. What damage is El Nino doing to them and can we do anything about it? Are we in a “hot” part of sunspot cycles? Evidence says we are. How do we cope? Do we stop building close to the oceans for a while until we see how much sea levels may rise?

There are just too many questions to leave it all up to a bunch of blowhards in Washington and we sure as hell don’t need people stifling dissent. Let’s get our heads together and do more research. Spend more money on climatology and less on stem cell research. It won’t matter whether we have Parkinson’s Disease if we’re all extinct for not having prepared for hotter times.

The human race has survived because we’re adaptable. We need to keep that in mind and proceed from there. We need to adapt to change before we start pointing the finger of blame - especially if we don’t fully understand all the factors at work. HELLO! Is anyone out there listening ... ?

Pelosi Turns Up Heat On Global Warming
Speaker Ignoring House Traditions To Force Legislative Action On Climate Change
WASHINGTON (AP) - January 18, 2007

imageimageHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, intent on putting global warming atop the Democratic agenda, is shaking up traditional committee fiefdoms dominated by some of Congress’ oldest and most powerful members.

She’s moving to create a special committee to recommend legislation for cutting greenhouse gases, most likely to be chaired by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a Democratic leadership aide said Wednesday. Markey has advocated raising mileage standards for cars, trucks and SUVs and is one of the House’s biggest critics of oil companies and U.S. automakers,

Pelosi has discussed the proposal with at least two Democratic committee chairmen: fellow Californian Henry Waxman of Oversight and Government Reform, and West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall, who heads the Natural Resources panel. Pelosi intends to announce the move this week, said the leadership aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because not all of the details have been worked out.

The move, to some degree, would sidestep two of the House’s most powerful Democratic committee bosses, in shaping what’s expected to be at least a yearlong debate on global warming:

• Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell of Michigan, a defender of the auto industry and at 80 the longest serving member of the House.

• New York Rep. Charles Rangel, who as the 76-year-old chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, would have to clear any tax on carbon-based fuels like coal, oil or natural gas, which have been blamed for warming the atmosphere. A chief advocate of such a tax is former Democratic Vice President Al Gore.

Rahall said he had spoken with Pelosi about the idea of a new select committee. Rahall’s panel oversees energy development on public lands, including coal, oil and natural gas as well as cleaner, non-carbon sources such as geothermal and windmills.

“I’ve been assured that no legislative jurisdiction would be taken away from any committee,” Rahall said. “No legislative responsibility would be shifted from any committee.”

As chair of Energy and Commerce, Dingell oversees the Clean Air Act — and would have the most to lose by letting another panel take the lead. The panel’s staff chief, Dennis Fitzgibbons, a former auto company lobbyist, said Dingell was philosophically opposed to Pelosi’s plan.

“He has always been cool to the idea, because it undermines the fundamental idea for establishing committees in the first place, which is to acquire expertise in a certain area,” Fitzgibbons said.

Dingell, asked about the new committee, said, “I have not been officially informed.” Waxman, like Markey a one-time protege of Dingell, said that Pelosi discussed the idea of a special committee with him several days ago. He, too, is a skeptic.

“I believe the existing committees can deal effectively with global warming,” he said Wednesday. “But I can also understand why the speaker believes it’s important to highlight this issue.”

A new committee would give Pelosi a vehicle to push a regulatory scheme for reducing greenhouse gases and pit her against President Bush, who plans to outline his global warming approach in his State of the Union next week. Mr .Bush has repeatedly opposed any mandatory reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, instead advocating voluntary approaches and research on new technologies.

Pelosi has supported mandatory reductions with specific target dates for achieving them. “It’s an issue that the speaker thinks is critical to address,” said Pelosi spokeswoman Jennifer Crider.

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