By Chris Horner
The gang over at DailyKos are upset that Marc Morano, Senate Republican Communications Director for the Environment and Public Works Committee is . . . communicating with the public. This objection raises questions about NASA employees like James Hansen - purportedly “muzzled” for being told, not to stop speaking to the public, but to speak to science and leave policy to the policy people; and spokesman Gavin Schmidt - who regularly posts over at RealClimate on the taxpayer dime (and presumably using other taxpayer resources, as well, if his times of posting are any indication: What, again, is that reason that Executive branch employees aren’t supposed to access private email accounts from work?).
So, to put it gently, Morano is to be muzzled to stop him from performing a specific function of his employment; meanwhile, you and I are to pay people for doing things that are outside of their job description. Welcome (yet again) to the world of global-warming double standards.
Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at CEI. As an attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages, and is the author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism” (Regnery, 2007), which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list. He frequently posts in Planet Gore and this is where this piece appeared today.
Wall Street Journal Review and Outlook
Global warming is becoming a new unified field theory for environmentalists, a crisis so urgent and profound that it even justifies leaping the democratic process. Consider the political campaign to prod the Bush Administration to list the polar bear as an endangered species—even though many proponents admit it isn’t endangered at all. This game began with a 2005 lawsuit against the Interior Department from pressure groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Their demand was that the polar bear be designated as “threatened”—that is, at risk for extinction in the foreseeable future—under the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The problem is that polar bear populations have been rising over the last four decades, and may now be at an historic high.
The logical—and dangerous—leap here is that the greens are attempting to rewrite the Endangered Species Act without actual legislation. If the “iconic” polar bear is classified as threatened, and the harm is formally attributed to warming caused by humans, then their gambit could lead to all sorts of regulatory mischief. Another political goal is to use an “endangered” bear listing to tie up in the courts a modest sale of oil and gas leases in the Chukchi Sea 25 to 200 miles off the coast of Alaska, scheduled for February 6. Read more here.
By Carole “CJ” Williams, Newswithviews.com
Last March, global warming fanatic Al Gore used a picture of two polar bears purportedly stranded on melting ice off the coast of Alaska as a visual aide to support his claim that man-made global warming is doing great harm to Mother Earth. Al Gore, who was awarded a 2007 Nobel Prize for drawing the world’s attention to the dangers of global warming, as well as a coveted Hollywood Oscar in ‘07 for his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, stands to make millions of dollars selling carbon offsets through his London based corporation, Generation Investment Management. According to information from the American Land Rights Assoc., under the ESA any activity regulated by the Federal Government (i.e. air or water quality) would be subject to further regulation because of claims that “greenhouse gas” emissions have a potentially adverse effect on polar bear habitat.
Virtually everything people do involves fossil fuels and greenhouse gases, and since 85% of our energy comes from fossil fuels, almost every heating, cooling, transportation (including shipping) and electricity decision will be affected. Utility and manufacturing companies will be required to slash CO2 emissions, forcing an increase in prices to cover escalated new costs. But it won’t stop there. All other sources of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases will also be regulated and restricted by environmental alarmists; bakeries, breweries, chicken and dairy farms, cattle ranches, dry cleaners, auto manufacturers, cement and other industrial facilities, and on and on, ad nauseum. As their costs go up, so will consumers’ costs to heat and cool homes, drive cars, and clothe and feed their family. And, as costs go up, companies may further reduce their workforces or outsource jobs to other countries so as to stay in business.
Blue collar, poor, and fixed income families will be hit the hardest, but everyone’s jobs and cost of living will be affected. However, the likes of Al Gore and other elitists will still be flying around in private jets and cashing in on their investments in a newly created multi-billion dollar alternative energy industry and carbon offset scheme designed to supposedly mitigate the man-made global warming scam. Read more of this hard-hitting piece here.