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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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WAIT...
By ksherman on 2/17/2010 10:52:08 AM , Rating: 2
You can deny something like this with a resolution? lulz




RE: WAIT...
By VenomSymbiote on 2/17/2010 11:08:40 AM , Rating: 2
Kind of reminds me of that story where some state tried to vote to legally limit pi to "3".


RE: WAIT...
By drmo on 2/17/2010 12:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I think it was 3.2.


RE: WAIT...
By Jaybus on 2/17/2010 5:01:45 PM , Rating: 4
No way. One can draw a circle, measure its circumference and diameter, and determine experimentally that 3 is close. Or, it can be shown that 3 is close by mathematical proof. Both of these methods are repeatable and can be agreed upon by billions. Not so for global warming, and certain not for man-made global warming. Repeatability of the experiments is shaky, at best, due to fraudulent science. There is much disagreement and several different camps. So 3 is a much, much better approximation of the real Pi than any of the climate models are of the real climate.


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