This article about Sen. Barbara Boxer's proposed legislation to cap carbon emissions should have all of us very, very worried. She is confident that any debate over man-caused global warming is over, (thanks to Al Gore and others). She believes American voters agree with her, after all, voters did give her Democrats control of Congress.
Let us not deceive ourselves. A "cap" on carbon emissions is nothing more than a disguise for an added tax. Our utility bills are going to be higher. We will pay more for electricity, which means everyone who uses electricity will have to charge more for their products and services, which means we will PAY MORE, and more, and more. I'm not an economist, but that much is pretty obvious.
And the WORST THING is that it revolves around the idea that reducing carbon dioxide emissions will reduce global warming and lessen severe climate changes. This is wrong! It has been shown time, after time that the Earth's climate has warmed and cooled, independently of carbon dioxide levels and LONG before man was around burning fossil fuels. The world's top climate scientists agree. Don't believe what the United Nations IPCC says in their press releases. Read back through any of the statements I've posted on this blog, by our best scientists and experts. They all say the same thing.
But as I've been saying, science has been trampled, put down, and silenced on this issue. As Ms. Boxer says, addressing global warming is a "spiritual and moral obligation". Wow! This implies that anyone voting against her legislation is an evil sinner. If Ms. Boxer's legislation doesn't sound like part of a religious crusade, I don't know what does. This is going to get really interesting folks. It's not a game, it is about really, really big money, power and control. I hope Americans and the world wakes up and realizes we're being take for a ride. A big scam, a big lie.
Boxer Promises Carbon Cap Legislation
By Nathan Burchfiel CNSNews.com Staff Writer April 19, 2007(CNSNews.com) -
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, pledged Wednesday to push legislation that would put caps on carbon emissions in an effort to fight global warming. In a speech in Washington, D.C., Boxer said three senators -- Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander, and Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders -- are writing legislation that would cap carbon emissions from power plants. She said the bills should be introduced in coming days.
The pending legislation would differ from existing proposals sponsored by Boxer and others that would create economy wide caps on carbon emissions. The pending proposals would specifically target power plant emissions in a move likely similar to the caps on sulfur emissions in the 1990 Clean Air Act. Boxer said addressing global warming is a "spiritual and moral obligation" and chastised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not setting national pollutant standards for cars and for not allowing states such as California to implement their own standards.
She pledged to pressure EPA administrator Steve Johnson to act on emissions in the wake of the Supreme Court's recent decision that the Clean Air Act does give the agency the authority to regulate carbon. When Johnson appears before the EPW Committee on April 24, Boxer said, "I will challenge him to use the power EPA has had all along to address global warming and has refused to use. The Supreme Court has left this administration with no excuses for further delay." "We must reduce carbon emissions enough so that we can stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million (ppm) to hold temperatures to less than two degrees Fahrenheit from today's levels," Boxer said."
In order to achieve this goal, we need to cap and eventually reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050," she added. Boxer said that as soon as she could secure enough votes from committee members on a "good" bill, she would move legislation from the committee to the full Senate, without regard to whether the legislation could withstand a Republican filibuster or presidential veto.
"Let people stand up and vote no on curbing greenhouse gases," Boxer said. "Let [the American] people see who cares about this issue." A spokesman for EPW Committee ranking member Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Cybercast News Service that Inhofe "welcomes bringing climate legislation up for a vote." "Once the American people get a close look at the proposed 'solutions' to natural climate fluctuations, they will realize that all of the bills are all economic pain for no climate gain," Marc Morano said in an emailed comment. "Low- and middle-income Americans are already being strained by rising energy costs and any legislation that emits from Capitol Hill will do nothing to 'solve' the supposed climate crisis," Morano added.
Boxer also said that while she urges Americans to switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to modern efficient ones, she is not currently pursuing legislation that would ban the old designs. As Cybercast News Service previously reported, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) last month introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would effectively ban the old bulbs by 2020.