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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 porkpie on 2/17/2010 3:19:26 PM , Rating: 3
Giving qualified students who meet all exit requirements a credit to enter college early is not the same thing as "eliminating 12th grade".

But hey, what's a little misrepresentation if it helps boost the global warming cause, right?


RE: Great
By frobizzle on 2/17/2010 3:30:14 PM , Rating: 1
Wrong. He wants to eliminate 12th grade period. For all students, not just the ones that have enough credits to graduate.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/15/nation/la-...


RE: Great
By porkpie on 2/17/2010 3:30:32 PM , Rating: 3
Wrong. Did you even read your own link?

quote:
...that senior year become optional for students who complete their required credits early. He estimated the move could save up to $60 million, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.


RE: Great
By invidious on 2/17/2010 3:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
Where is the written that exactly 12 grades are required? By your argument we should expand the system to 13 years and everyone would be that much better off. Instead I would reather see us cut out all of the worthless classes trim public schooling to 9-10 grades.

Regardless of the number of grades the public school system should have concise and quantifiable objectives and should aim to fulfil them in as efficient a manner as possible. If it only takes 9 years to teach the children the ciriculum then either shorten the system to 9 grades or increase the ciriculum to 12 grades worth of content.


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