The Turning of the Tide…

The opening night of the Heartland International Conference on Climate Change was inspiring, if for only one reason: the tide is turning against global warming alarmism. Public opinion is shifting and not only Americans, but others around the world are coming to realize what noted skeptic, MIT Professor of Meteorology Richard Lindzen said in his keynote address, “We are right, and they are wrong!”

Lindzen’s remarks reminded me of Reagan’s quip to Richard Allen about Cold War policy towards the Soviets, “We win, they lose.”

The other keynote speaker Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic summed up global warming alarmism in three words “it’s an ideology.” Lindzen echoed that sentiment calling it “chiefly a political movement.” It is indeed, when you look at comments like this:

“For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organisation which France and the European Union would like to see established.”
President of France Jacques Chirac, speaking about the Kyoto Treaty at the VIth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2000

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“A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.”
Climate justice campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth Emma Brindal at the UN Climate Change Conference, Bali Indonesia, 2007

“Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”
Former Colorado Senator and US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs in the Clinton Administration, Tim Wirth.

“[Global warming] is about international economy, about trying to create a level playing field for big businesses throughout the world.”
European Commission Vice President Margot Wallström to the Independent of London.

“Rest assured, I am not tackling climate concerns because it’s moral or trendy or good for PR…the biggest driver for me is business potential…”
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt.

Whether it is in pursuit of ideological ends or rank profiteering, these people want to impose massive regulatory taxes on energy production, which will strangle economic growth, and add massive burdens on the middle class.

Apparently the winds of change have blown into Maryland yet, as our own governor Martin O’Malley, has proposed legislation that will impose higher energy costs, enrich alternative energy interests and do nothing to address climate change. All is not lost though. Our own Senator Janet Greenip is also attending the conference to educate herself on the issue. O’Malley’s bill passed the Senate (with a yea vote from Andy Harris. Wouldn’t the Club for Growth like to know about that!) and is now before the House of Delegates. Once again, I urge all of you to contact the members of the House Economic Matters Committee and urge them to reject the Senate bill.

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