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Measure passes broadly passes with 56-17 vote, but lacks legal power

Many politicians across the U.S. have already made their mind up about climate change and refuse to consider recent allegations of academic misconduct among prominent climate researchers, or other plausible explanations for climate change, such as sun cycles.  Across the country, there are many folks that haven't blindly accepted the theory, though.

Utah's heavily Republican state legislature has passed a new resolution which condemns climate change alarmism.  The resolution lacks any legal authority, but vocally criticizes the anthropogenic global warming community for ignoring recent developments.

The legislation, which resoundingly passed by a vote of 56-17, originally referred to global warming theory as a "conspiracy", but that term was stricken from the measure in favor of "climate data".  

A small excerpt from the measure is:

WHEREAS, there has been a concerted effort by climate change alarmists to marginalize those in the scientific community who are skeptical of global warming by manipulating or pressuring peer-reviewed publications to keep contrary or competing scientific viewpoints and findings on global warming from being reviewed and published; 

WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a blend of government officials and scientists, does no independent climate research but relies on global climate researchers;

WHEREAS, Earth's climate is constantly changing with recent warming potentially an indication of a return to more normal temperatures following a prolonged cooling period from 1250 to 1860 called the "Little Ice Age"; 

The bill points out that pending warming legislation will earn its proponents "more than $7 billion annually in federal government grants".  Originally those grants were referred to as the "the climate change 'gravy train'", but that language was removed from the measure.

The bill is critical of the U.S. Environmental Agency and President Barack Obama's calls to regulate greenhouse gases nationally.  Representative Mike Noel says the warming scare is an example of profiteers posing as environmentalists and exploiting the public for their own gain.  He states, "Sometimes ... we need to have the courage to do nothing."

Arizona is considering similar legislation.

The only potential downside of the measures, is that they could give local environmentalists means to challenge future nuclear plant construction in the states.  President Obama has championed nuclear plant construction, but says that he's doing it to "combat climate change."

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By donjuancarlos on 2/17/2010 10:10:15 AM , Rating: 5
I think they are saying the same thing. They are saying that the movement is spurred by sensationalism rather than clear scientific data.

Either way, I don't think this piece of legislation will do anything...

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By therealnickdanger on 2/17/2010 12:24:23 PM , Rating: 5
Gotta love non-binding resolutions. I wonder how much more work would actually get done if political offices had no salaries and these folks could only work on legislative issues in the evenings after working a real eight-to-five.

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By bhieb on 2/17/10, Rating: 0
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By porkpie on 2/17/2010 12:54:07 PM , Rating: 5
If it helps to stop cap-and-trade legislation being passed, it'll save us a trillion times what those legislators were paid in salaries.

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By TheEinstein on 2/17/2010 3:01:11 PM , Rating: 3
I concur, this could be a step in the CORRECT direction, by making other politicians aware that we are aware, and putting notice on scientists who make a mockery of science. It is the first step to future criminal prosecutions, by making it known a line is being drawn, and I agree with this that it is not useless...

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By cmdrdredd on 2/17/2010 3:51:20 PM , Rating: 1
If it helps to stop cap-and-trade legislation being passed, it'll save us a trillion times what those legislators were paid in salaries.

BINGO! What this does is put in the spotlight the fact that we know they're trying to do government take over, and taxation to the max. This isn't supposed to actually do anything. Those of you saying it's worthless need to get your head out of the sand. This will hinder legislation that agrees with the global warming conspiracy by making those who try to push it aware that there's opposition in public office right now.

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By invidious on 2/17/2010 3:35:37 PM , Rating: 4
State governments can not bind the federal government to anything, this is the only way they can publish their viewpoint. If they want to take it further and introduce binding legistlation to federal legistlature, that could then refer to this legistlation.

But there are too many people on the gravy train at the moment to get it to hault suddenly, it is going to have to be a gradual return to sanity. Which will most likely only occur if 2012 fixes things.

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By Suntan on 2/17/2010 4:54:50 PM , Rating: 3
As I was reading I was wondering why you got rated down for writing what seemed to be a rather sensible response, then I saw what you did at the end here:

Which will most likely only occur if 2012 fixes things.

and I realized that you struck a nerve with one of those "change I thought I could believe in" folks...

Just FYI, most people don't like to be reminded that their "solution to a problem that they didn't like at the time" actually backfired and made things worse.


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By Camikazi on 2/17/2010 5:33:43 PM , Rating: 2
Or they were talking about the end of the world in 2012, which will fix things too since we won't be around to mess up the world :)

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By frobizzle on 2/17/10, Rating: -1
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By porkpie on 2/17/2010 3:19:26 PM , Rating: 3
Giving qualified students who meet all exit requirements a credit to enter college early is not the same thing as "eliminating 12th grade".

But hey, what's a little misrepresentation if it helps boost the global warming cause, right?

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By frobizzle on 2/17/2010 3:30:14 PM , Rating: 1
Wrong. He wants to eliminate 12th grade period. For all students, not just the ones that have enough credits to graduate.

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By porkpie on 2/17/2010 3:30:32 PM , Rating: 3
Wrong. Did you even read your own link?

...that senior year become optional for students who complete their required credits early. He estimated the move could save up to $60 million, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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By invidious on 2/17/2010 3:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
Where is the written that exactly 12 grades are required? By your argument we should expand the system to 13 years and everyone would be that much better off. Instead I would reather see us cut out all of the worthless classes trim public schooling to 9-10 grades.

Regardless of the number of grades the public school system should have concise and quantifiable objectives and should aim to fulfil them in as efficient a manner as possible. If it only takes 9 years to teach the children the ciriculum then either shorten the system to 9 grades or increase the ciriculum to 12 grades worth of content.

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By stilltrying on 2/17/2010 7:17:44 PM , Rating: 1

Here listen to this maybe you will listen to something you have never thought about with regards to school.

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By redbone75 on 2/17/2010 4:57:54 PM , Rating: 4
They are saying that the movement is spurred by sensationalism rather than clear scientific data.

It wouldn't matter if the scientific data were clear and conclusive. They wouldn't support it if it didn't support their agenda or the agendas of companies that bought and paid for these politicians.

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