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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: Great
By bhieb on 2/17/2010 12:42:07 PM , Rating: 0
Was thinking the same thing how many tax payer dollars went to pay these guys for doing basically a fancy press release. Non-binding resolution, come on that is a nothing piece of paper that probably took days if not weeks to finalize.

UT taxpayer money being put to good use. /sarcasm

RE: Great
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.

RE: Great
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...

RE: Great
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.

RE: Great
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.

RE: Great
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.


RE: Great
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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