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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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What they must be thinking...
By corduroygt on 2/17/2010 10:18:12 AM , Rating: 4
Hey, we already live in the desert, and it ain't all that bad!

On a more serious note, this legislation is pointless. If the Federal government gives them money to build solar panels, they'll take it and say it helps Global Warming, because in the end, money talks.

RE: What they must be thinking...
By porkpie on 2/17/2010 12:24:09 PM , Rating: 3
"they'll take it and say it helps Global Warming, because in the end, money talks. "

Which is how AGW got started in the first place. If you're a researcher with no clear evidence, do you gravitate towards the alternative that quintuples your research budget, or the one that maintains the status quo?

RE: What they must be thinking...
By Jaybus on 2/17/2010 5:12:27 PM , Rating: 2
If a government gives a subsidy for playing tennis, more people will start playing tennis. If they pay a high enough subsidy, everyone who can will play tennis. Will that make tennis the favorite sport? If a government places a tax on tennis, some will stop playing to avoid the tax. If they place a high enough tax on tennis, hardly anyone will play. Could we then conclude that nobody likes tennis?

This sort of government intervention, either for or against, distorts the truth. Clearly, for AGW it has caused a distortion of the truth in the form of unscrupulous scientists seeking the grant money. If the respective governments were not willing to fund AGW research so aggressively, I don't think the scientists would have acted in this manner. They have been herded toward "proving" AGW is our worst problem by politicians with an agenda.

Apparently, the politicians from Utah have been cut out of the lucrative loop, so they are fighting back. They would likely resend this resolution if Congress poured more money into their state to do AGW "research".

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