By Alan Caruba
Having betrayed Republicans on all other key issues from education to immigration, the announcement that George W. Bush intends to introduce global warming legislation should come as no surprise.
The Washington Times on Monday reports that, “President Bush is poised to change course and announce as early as this week that he wants Congress to pass a bill to combat global warming, and will lay out principles for what that should include.”
So, having defeated Al Gore in what the Democrats still insist was a stolen election, we have come full circle to George W. introducing legislation to lock into place the bogus theory of global warming, insuring that, as the Earth gives every sign of entering a cooling cycle, we shall continue to destroy the economy by reducing “greenhouse gas” emissions.
Republican members of Congress, briefed last week, told the administration that they thought the White House was making a mistake. You think?
The reason given for the proposed legislation is to head off what the White House and a lot of others believe will be “a regulatory disaster” as the environmentalists pursue a policy of limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) and other so-called greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.
Never mind that CO2 constitutes barely 0.038 percent of the atmosphere and that CO2 does not precede a climate change, but follows it, the actual science is of no concern to either the White House or the Greens.
Apparently, the science meant nothing to the Supreme Court that ruled last year that CO2 was a form of “pollution” that should be controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency. That “pollution” is responsible for every blade of grass, every tree, and every form of vegetation on the Earth. This isn’t just stupidity, it’s suicidal.
This announcement comes one week before Earth Day on April 22 and we are all going to be awash in environmental propaganda. An army of Greens will hold all manner of Earth Day events and the mainstream media will inundate us all with the usual lies about everything from global warming to endangered species. Being politicians, the White House sees an opportunity to “position” itself on the side of the movement that has been doing everything in its power to undermine the economy.
In addition, whatever the legislation may be, it ignores the fact that neither China with its billion-plus population, India with its billion-plus population, and all other developing nations are exempt from any limits on CO2. There is no logical way to limit CO2 unless all the other nations of the world join in and even Europe, whose nations all signed the Kyoto Protocol, has never met the limits set. And never will.
George W. Bush has finally mutated into George W. Gore, surrendering to the environmental movement’s lies instead of fighting the avalanche of current legislation and that which will follow if the Democrats take control of the White House and increases their control of Congress after the next elections.