Commisioner Hedegaard posed this question: "While some argue that the U.S. cannot afford climate and energy legislation, my question is: Can the U.S. afford not to have ambitious legislation that paves the way for a more energy-efficient future? We all know that we are in for a future where energy and resources will be still more expensive, and the companies and nations that are the most energy-efficient will prosper the most." CFACT Executive Director, Craig Rucker responded to her question. Commissioner Hedegaard's Denmark may have surrounded itself with wind turbines, but could not afford such feel good luxuries if it were [...]
By Edgar GÃ¤rtner There were no significant steps taken toward a new global waming treaty at the April meeting in the Bonn Maritim Hotel of two ad hoc working. The official purpose of the conference was for the industrialized nations to negotiate additional obligations on the carbon dioxide reductions and their long-term co-operation with poorer countries. Two thousand delegates met in the conference centre's elegant halls. NGOs demonstrated on a pile of broken glass in the hotel's driveway as their way admonish conference participants over their recent fiasco in Copenhagen and to try launch a new run towards a Kyoto type [...]
"Reports of global warming disasters are ..... bogus" according to Paul Driessen who spoke at the Midwest Defending the Dream Summit. Paul is a policy analyst for CFACT and the author of the book "Eco-Imperialism". He spoke on a global warming panel alongside Lord Christopher Monckton, Congressman Sensenbrenner (WI), State Representative Jim Ott (WI), and Niger Innis. Paul's talk focused on the science of global warming. "Climate change is real...of course it's real, it's been going on since the dawn of time!" was the message Paul brought to the conference attendees. With wit and humor, mixed with plenty of facts, Paul [...]
CFACT delegate and former Margaret Thatcher advisor Lord Christopher Monckton attended a speech by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman Dr. Rajendra Pachauri to ask the chairman several difficult questions. ClimateDepot.com executive editor Marc Morano also asked difficult questions. When Lord Monckton's questions about a conflict of interest between Dr. Pachauri's financial interest and position on the IPCC were not adequately answered he stood up and demanded an adequate response Dr. Pachauri appeared totally unprepared to appropriately answer the questions and ran out of the building immediately after the Q&A session closed without talking to anybody.
On British TV channel Sky News, ClimateDepot.com executive editor Marc Morano debated an environmental scientist who wants the developing world to better manage its use of resources to curtail its emissions at the expense of further development. The professor also overstated the number of scientists who support the dire predictions of the UN IPCC. Morano made the following comments about his debate on ClimateDepot.com: A contentious live global warming debate took place in Copenhagen on UK's Sky News TV on December 12 between ProfessorMark Maslin of the University College London and Climate Depot's Executive Editor Marc Morano. During the debate, Professor Maslin erroneously [...]
Congressman Steve Stockman addressed the Copenhagen Climate Challenge Conference co-sponsored by CFACT and the Climate-Sense Coalition on December 8-9. His humorous, yet hard hitting style helped him attract the attention of the NY Times, where he was pictured on the front page of the Environment section. You can also view video of Stockman's remarks and many other exclusive videos on www.cfact.tv.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - A large group of UN delegates and journalists attended the Copenhagen Climate Challenge Conference at a famous historical building in downtown Copenhagen. CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker chaired the conference, which brought together accomplished scientists and policy experts to present scientific evidence that suggests the debate over the human influence on the climate is not settled. From the beginning, the two day conference exceeded expectations and the mood was very upbeat. The crowd was so large it flowed out the door and into the hallway. Attendees heard world renowned climate scientist and Science & Environmental Policy Project President [...]
House Global Warming Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) was outraged that a renegade freelance lobbyist had sent a dozen phony letters to members of Congress, urging them to vote against cap-and-trade legislation. Congress will not tolerate “forgery and identity theft” in attempting to influence the passage of legislation, members solemnly intoned. The letters misled Congress and imperiled its integrity and deliberative process. Few Americans would disagree. But after their usual pontificating, the Democrats once again proved that, if they didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards. Mr. Markey and his big-D colleagues excoriated the guilty parties they had summoned [...]
We have come together today united by a common goal: preserving jobs, families and communities … seeking improved opportunities, living standards and quality of life … revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, like those along Route 64 and in North St. Louis … bringing health and prosperity to Earth’s most impoverished nations … and pursuing social, economic and environmental justice – for workers and poor families … of every creed and color … across this great land and in faraway nations. But what do we mean by “justice”? How do we define this important humanitarian concept? What do we include in this definition [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]