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:
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";
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."
quote: Governments have agendas just like corporations (in most EU nations now, for instance, you can't even request climate funding unless you implicitly accept AGW in your premise).
quote: If all research is funded by a monolithic entity such as government, there is no independence. If its funded by thousands of private organizations, the bias from one study can be revealed by one funded by another.