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09 November 2010, 2:09 PM
Rep. Shimkus Says Cap and Trade Is Worse Than Al Qaeda Attacking the U.S.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill)

Elections matter.  And here's one we reason we know that.  Rep. Henry Waxman today is the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He's the Waxman of "Waxman-Markey," the House bill that attempted to make a modest dent in the nation's climate change emissions.

You may not have agreed with his approach, but you knew Waxman was trying to do something to address climate change. Don't expect much from the four GOP representatives who are competing to take Waxman's place as chair of the Energy Committees starting in January 2011.  As "Think Progress" reports, three of the quartet are climate change deniers.

Perhaps the most colorful of the four is Rep. John Shimkus (R-IIl.).  Rep. Shimkus said at a committee hearing that the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade approach was a graver threat to freedom and liberty than the 9-11 attacks.

I think this is the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced. I’ve lived through some tough times in Congress — impeachment, two wars, terrorist attacks. I fear this more than all of the above activities that have happened.

(Tell that to the families of people who died on 9-11, in Iraq, or in Afghanistan, Mr. Shimkus.)

He also has implied that the earth will be worse off if we reduce CO2 emissions because cutting such emissions is “taking away plant food from the atmosphere.”  Maybe true, if your plants have evolved to live in really, really hot places.

But Rep. Shimkus didn't stop there.  He said that we didn't have to worry about climate change because God promised Noah, after the Flood, not to destroy the earth.

It's hard to know how to respond to such thinking, except, perhaps, to agree that climate change won't destroy the earth.  That's not what we're worried about.  But it may kill all the polar bears, pika, coral and thousands of other species, displace tens of millions of people, acidify the oceans, and make life on this planet - the only one we've got - a lot more expensive, inhospitable, and unpleasant. 

For those who are truly "conservative" - those who want to keep it like it was, to see life (human and otherwise) flourish as it has for centuries - those threats should be enough of a call to action.

Thank God for someone who understands how important C02 is for our biosphere. Only the nuts think we're in for a out of control warming. Poor Planet Earth, can't handle C02 today that it did fine with in the distant past.

I hardly think we are nuts. We look at the data, both past and present. These are facts that have been measured. Would you respond that way if your medicatal doctor told you were in congestive heart failure and you need to stop smoking? The doctors diagnosis is based on batteries of tests. Likewise with the climate scientists. These climate scientists are highly educated and trained individuals working at NASA, Univerisities, the NSF, the National Academy of Science, etc.

You may want to deny warming is caused by humans but recognize that earth's atmosphere is a finate space and we have been discharging waste products into it for 150 years and altering the concentrations of key compounds that regulate earth's temperature.

Sure the concentrations were much higher in the past, but do you really want to live in a terrarium sitting in a window? Well, you better get your kids used to it, and yourself too for that matter. Because it is going to get hot, and fast.

Thanks for the posting from a PA scientist.

Has anyone in asked what is the C02 level in the air only 0.038 % man can account for about 3% of that the rest is occurs normal by nature, unless we have increased forest fires which we now allow due to the same don't cut the trees let them burn policys that have been adopted.

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