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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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RE: I wish..
By reader1 on 2/17/2010 10:38:00 AM , Rating: -1
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. . . we shouldn't be trying to build policy around unsettled science.


That's true, which is why we need to settle the debate with actual proof. The only way humans can know what their effect is on the climate is by altering our activities and measuring the effect. It's basic science.


RE: I wish..
By milkyway4me on 2/17/2010 10:50:11 AM , Rating: 5
The money in your bank account and wallet is causing you great harm. You must now transfer it to my bank account and wallet respectively to test this theory. Yes, I'll willingly sacrifice myself if I have to in order to test this theory by taking your money. I'm just that kind of stand up guy, no joke.

*fine print: by the way, any money you send me for this great and noble cause is forfeit forever. If i'm wrong, oh well, I dont care, after all, i'll have your money. This experiment is basic science.


RE: I wish..
By clovell on 2/17/2010 10:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
Wait, you want to do a controlled experiment on the entire planet? Do you have any concept of observational studies or sampling theory?


RE: I wish..
By bug77 on 2/17/2010 11:04:32 AM , Rating: 4
Wow, there really is just one idea in your head.

Here comes a piece of your own logic.

Scientists in my neighborhood (trustworthy fellows, we have beer together) agree that you are the cause of global warming. So please go shoot yourself and let's all watch the temperatures decline. And if that doesn't happen, I'll make sure you get a Darwin award.

You know, just measuring the effect, basic science.


RE: I wish..
By just4U on 2/17/2010 11:30:34 AM , Rating: 3
Altering our activities is all fine and good reader1 but the problem with climate initiatives is most of them are not designed to solve those percieved problems and even the least intelligent among us can see that if they look closely.

We would not be changing our habits but rather where our wealth goes.


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