Cap and trade is all pain and no gain

  Cap-and-trade is a tax, and it's going to be a great big one. – Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. – President Barack Obama Cap-and-trade schemes will inflict massive economic pain for no environmental gain. It will create an intrusive "Green Nanny State" that destroys jobs, reduces personal freedoms, staggers economic opportunities and limits civil rights. While much media attention in recent months has been riveted on health care, government bailouts and runaway spending, another major issue is flying under the radar in Washington, the so-called "cap-and-trade" legislation. Designed to address "global [...]

By |2009-10-21T13:17:20+00:00October 21st, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Cap and trade is all pain and no gain

All pain, no gain

What is Cap and Trade? To address concerns that global warming threatens our planet, activists and politicians are pushing for a “cap-and-trade” program that would limit and tax carbon dioxide released by power plants, cars, factories and other facilities. It is a very complicated regulatory scheme that penalizes businesses and people who use energy or electricity generated from oil, gasoline, natural gas and coal (fossil fuels). Under cap and trade, Congress would place a limit or “cap” on the amount of carbon dioxide that our nation would be allowed to generate as a whole, and that limit would decrease drastically over [...]

By |2009-10-08T19:59:44+00:00October 8th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on All pain, no gain

Leader of none

  “Few challenges facing America – and the world – are more urgent than combating climate change,” President Obama has asserted. “We will make it clear that America is ready to lead.” The President and Al Gore are certainly ready to lead. But how many will follow? Even in America, and certainly on the world stage, the two increasingly look like Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. As they tilt for windmills, and against a “monstrous giant of infamous repute” – climate disasters conjured up by computer models and Hollywood special effects masters – their erstwhile followers are making [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:34:06+00:00September 8th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Leader of none

Climate Depot is impacting Obama’s climate initiative

  The Washington Post's Andrew Freedman of paper's "The Capital Weather Gang", has written a thorough commentary on why he believes the man-made global warming movement is failing politically and scientifically to convince the public and lawmakers of the seriousness of the issue. Freedman appears to lay the fault directly at the feet of President Obama, writing that Obama's "mistakes may cost the planet dearly." Freedman also cites Climate Depot (and the Heartland Institute) as having made a huge impact in shaping lawmakers and the public's skeptical view of the latest climate science. Freedman wrote in a September 1, 2009 Washington Post essay [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:34:06+00:00September 1st, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Climate Depot is impacting Obama’s climate initiative

Carbon tax proposal targets ‘wealthy’ Americans

Should the rich be taxed more for their so-called contribution to global warming?  Well before you answer "Yes," be careful you're not considered part of the rich! According to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, you might be categorized a wealthy person if you drive an SUV, live in a suburban home, or take airplane flights -- activities which global warming proponents believe produce excessive amounts of carbon dioxide.  Currently, the world average for each individual's annual CO2 contribution is about 5 tons.  But since each European produces 10 tons, and each [...]

By |2009-08-07T00:00:00+00:00August 7th, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Carbon tax proposal targets ‘wealthy’ Americans

Cap and trade not scientifically justified

Cap and trade policies are widely touted as an answer to global warming. But does the science support this assertion? Not according to climatologist Chip Knappenberger of New Hope Environmental Services who has this to say: “The effect on ‘global warming’ of such measures is scientifically meaningless. A full implementation of Waxman-Markey’s 83% reduction of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions would prevent only about one-third of a degree Fahrenheit of projected warming by the year 2100 — an amount so small as to be virtually undetectable. Basically, the climate impact of the cap-and-trade bill will only be to set back [...]

By |2009-08-05T00:00:00+00:00August 5th, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Cap and trade not scientifically justified

Artificial leaf to improve solar power?

Tree leaves are good at providing shade, but could they also provide insight into how to produce abundant energy?  Well according to a team of international scientists, the answer is "yes," as leaves have been churning out energy by soaking in the sun's rays for millennia. As reported in Energy and Environment Daily, these scientists are attempting to produce artificial leaves that could do much the same thing as their natural counterparts by copying the process where chlorosomes work to create photosynthesis.  If successful, the newly manufactured leaves would create energy much more efficiently than current solar photovoltaic technology, [...]

By |2009-08-04T00:00:00+00:00August 4th, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Artificial leaf to improve solar power?

Polls shows opposition to climate bill

Does the American public believe cap and trade legislation on global warming will hurt our economy?  Well according to recent polling by Rasmussen, roughly 50% of the public believe this climate bill will definitely hurt the economy, while only 19% say it would actually help.  Strangely, two-thirds of those surveyed who work in the field of politics agree with the minority that cap and trade will provide an economic boon! In yet another poll, the National Center for Public Policy Research found that nearly three quarters of African Americans would rather see economic recovery be a top priority than [...]

By |2009-08-03T00:00:00+00:00August 3rd, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Polls shows opposition to climate bill

Millions of jobs at risk U.S. climate con-job

  Global Warming is the centerpiece of White House revenue-generation and energy policies. A mind-numbing 1,500-page bill would tax, regulate and penalize all U.S. hydrocarbon energy use to “save the planet” from climate Armageddon. Not one member read the legislation, but the House passed it 219 to 212. The Senate promises an August vote. However, average global temperatures peaked in 1998 and since have fallen slightly, even as carbon-dioxide levels continued climbing. Thousands of scientists say CO{-2} has little effect on planetary temperatures, and there is no climate crisis. The legislation would cost millions of jobs and trillions of dollars for [...]

By |2009-07-29T11:48:53+00:00July 29th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Millions of jobs at risk U.S. climate con-job

Wildlife keeping up with climate change

Global warming advocates say at least a million wildlife species will ultimately be lost because the plants, trees and animals won’t be able to “keep up” with the rapid pace of man-made global warming. Laying aside the fact that global temperatures are currently declining instead of warming, how could the wild species hopefully adapt to further warming? In Australia, biologists are closely studying the noxious alien cane toad. Bufo marinus was introduced from Southeast Asia in the 1930s to eat two species of beetles that were destroying the sugarcane fields. Unfortunately, the cane toads couldn’t jump high enough to catch many [...]

By |2009-07-29T11:30:49+00:00July 29th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Wildlife keeping up with climate change

Gore: U.S. climate bill to bring global governance

Former Vice President Al Gore declared that the Congressional climate bill will help bring about “global governance.” “I bring you good news from the U.S.," Gore said on July 7, 2009 in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, sponsored by UK Times. “Just two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey climate bill,” Gore said, noting it was “very much a step in the right direction.” President Obama has pushed for the passage of the bill in the Senate and attended a G8 summit this week where he agreed to attempt to keep the [...]

By |2009-07-13T12:27:02+00:00July 13th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Gore: U.S. climate bill to bring global governance

Waxman-Markey: Intense pain, no eco gain

Even a $600-a-year increase in utility bills would be a "hardship" for 78% of American families, notes a recent Lauer Johnson Research poll. They should be so lucky. If the pending Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill (HR 2454) becomes law, utility bills will soar. Farm and business energy costs will skyrocket — and be passed on to consumers, or defrayed by layoffs. Everything Americans grow, make, buy and do will be far pricier. And bureaucrats will control our lives. Compared to no cap-and-tax regime, Waxman-Markey would cost the United States a cumulative $9.6 trillion in real GDP losses by 2035, concludes [...]

By |2009-07-13T12:05:01+00:00July 13th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Waxman-Markey: Intense pain, no eco gain

Climate Depot in the news

Marc Morano, the editor in chief of CFACT’s groundbreaking new website, has been stirring up quite a fuss lately reporting all the latest news and developments in the fight against global warming alarmists like Al Gore.  Morano has been cited by three major news outlets in as many days.  On July 7, Sean Hannity of FOX News cited and gave this comment: “Al Gore may have some explaining to do. It's been over three years since his global warming propaganda film hit theaters and, since that time, reports that the Earth's temperature has actually dropped.” In an article [...]

By |2012-10-19T18:04:11+00:00July 8th, 2009|Citations|Comments Off on Climate Depot in the news

EPA suppresses report

Alan Carlin, a senior operations research analyst who has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 38 years, alleges the agency has suppressed his most recent report on the CO2 Endangerment Finding.  In this video, he appears on FOX News to discuss the situation. In the report, which can be found here, Carlin says that the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis fails “the ultimate scientific test—conformance with real world data.”  He also criticizes the EPA’s acceptance of “the findings reached by outside groups, particularly the IPCC and the CCSP, as being correct without a careful and critical examination of their conclusions [...]

By |2009-07-08T09:07:15+00:00July 8th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on EPA suppresses report

EPA action endangers good public policy

  Advocates of climate change have become increasingly shrill in their alarmist claims of doom and gloom lately, arguing in recent weeks (as reported in CFACT’s Climate Depot) that global warming will kill millions through droughts and floods, bring humanity back to the Stone Age, and (perhaps even most troubling) is responsible for costing Tiger Woods a U.S. Open championship. Incredibly, they are quick to ridicule any skeptic who would question their alarmist cries, and some even advocate putting such nay-sayers on trial for “crimes against humanity.” Now comes word that EPA might have gone so far as to mute a [...]

By |2009-07-08T08:46:14+00:00July 8th, 2009|News|Comments Off on EPA action endangers good public policy
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