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Americans Debating Climate Change

money-wasted.jpgFrom the man who has sent an occupation force to another country with no feasible exit-strategy and thus its own budgetary concerns, comes this gem of a quote; “I urge the Congress to be very careful about running up enormous costs for future generations of Americans.” George W. Bush – as if you hadn’t guessed that already – continued by saying that “We’ll work with the Congress, but the idea of a huge spending bill fueled by tax increases isn’t the right way to proceed.”

This hypocritical posturing by a man, who is now less than a lame-duck president, comes in response to a bill that will be up for debate much of this week in the US Senate. The bill calls for legislation that will cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by approximately 70% by 2050, from power plants, refineries and transportation.

And though no one really expects the bill to look the same by the end of this week, compared to its introductory stage, both Democrats and Republicans are eager to debate the issue of climate change.

Not surprisingly, outside opposition is already stirring, with news agencies once again looking to the petition created by the late Frederick Seitz in response to the Kyoto Protocol, and reissued in 2007 by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

So far, according to the petition’s website, there are over 31,000 American scientists that have signed the petition. They are agreeing to the statement that ‘The proposed limits on greenhouse gases [proposed by the Kyoto protocol] would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.’

It goes on to state;

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.

Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.’

This petition always creates a lot of news, based on the amount of people that have signed the petition. However we have already seen in the past that not everyone who is listed as having signed a petition has actually done so. Nor can we validate the signees, what their specialty is or anything. For all we know there could be a group of dentists who dislike global warming.

Either way, anyone who claims that there is a consensus of opinion or information on humans creating the current warming climate, is definitely pushing an agenda.




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