Do you share Nancy Pelosi’s view that by next Earth Day, America will be "celebrating" enactment of significant climate change legislation?
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
They know Americans will thank them for higher gasoline prices, smaller cars and more of those toilets that don’t completely flush
There are three questions here. First, will legislation pass? Second, will raising the cost of home heating oil, air conditioning and raising the gas price to $4.00 be "celebrated." And while some may "celebrate" on the Winter Solstice, others may "celebrate" on election day–November 2, 2010– by voting against politicians who voted for said legislation.
There is a third question. What is legislation to combat global warming? It looks suspiciously like the same list of ideas that Time magazine demanded in June 1974 with its cover story about Global Cooling. Will Pelosi and Obama and Reid make the sun stop having sun spots? And what about all those warming and cooling trends that gave us Ice Ages? What laws are they going to pass to fix those? Scientists who plan to pass laws to regulate the temperature are akin to politicians who take our money and spend it themselves–explaining that if they spend your money it is good for the economy, but if you spend it it would fail to stimulate.
It is not nice to examine too closely the religiously held articles of faith of other people’s religions. Still, Global Cooling to Global Warming in twenty years is a bigger switch than American Reds were asked to swallow with the Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty. Still many believed.
Believers always truly, truly believe that everyone will be happy with their vision of goodness imposed by force. Savonarola. Lenin. Castro. Jim Jones. Environmentalists, thanks to the ban on DDT in the third world, have more blood on their hands than most. Here in the states the true believers just know that America is waiting to kill off the coal miner’s jobs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia (and Wyoming and Montana). They know Americans will thank them for higher gasoline prices, smaller cars and more of those toilets that don’t completely flush.
Still, I wish they would keep their laws off my body.