A Utah legislative committee Thursday threw its support behind a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to halt its carbon-dioxide reduction policies.
The resolution itself lists a lot of arguments against EPA:s decree that CO2 is a “dangerous pollutant”.
As I wrote in my post Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 91
“This one’s for the EPA and the Obama administration. Who in their political “wisdom” in the name of Global Warming Hysteria, have decreed that the trace gas CO2, which is essential for ALL LIFE ON EARTH, is a ”dangerous pollutant”.
Every time we and ALL animals breathe we produce CO2. So how is EPA going to solve this “problem”?
Kill us all?”
See some of my posts about EPA:s ruling:
Utah legislative panel OKs resolution on climate-change
By Amy Joi O’Donoghue
Published: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 9:54 p.m. MST
SALT LAKE CITY — Citing cataclysmic impacts to the economy — from ranching to mining to small-business interests — a legislative committee Thursday threw its support behind a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to halt its carbon-dioxide reduction policies.
”We are responsible to look at the big picture,” said Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, sponsor of the measure. ”The economy is as important as the environment.”
Fueled by concerns over devastating impacts to Utah’s farmers, ranchers, mining industry, businesses and consumers, HJR12 is intended to send a message to the federal government that the regulation of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas is fraught with economic impracticalities and based on unproven global warming theory.
”Sometimes when we don’t have all the answers, we need to have the courage to do nothing,” said Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, arguing forcefully on behalf of the resolution. Making reference to the medical profession’s Hippocratic oath, Noel said, ”As policymakers, we should first do no harm.”
The cornerstone of concern is the ”endangerment finding” by the EPA that carbon dioxide constitutes a greenhouse-gas emission and by extension falls under the purview of the agency to be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
Critics of that practice, such as the National Farm Bureau, have gone into a tailspin, fearful that ranching and farming activities will fall under the agency’s hammer.
Randy Parker, chief executive officer of the Utah Farm Bureau, said such regulation would be ”crippling” to Utah’s agricultural industry.
”Agriculture is being regulated and taxed to death because of this mentality,” he said. ”We are at the breaking point. … The cost of producing food in this country is on the verge of being unsustainable for the agricultural industry.”
Explicit in the resolution is the dismissal of global warming as a sound phenomenon and the assertion that the premise has given rise to a climate-change ”gravy train” supported by an annual $7 billion in federal grants. At the same time, the resolution states, manipulating alarmists thwart the voices of skeptics.
”We seem to have lost our common sense in some of these matters,” said Gibson, a dairy farmer from Weber County. ”People pushing this squelch all the voices of opposition.”
Supporters of the resolution pointed out that there are similar measures being introduced and discussed in the halls of Congress. Mike Peterson, with the Utah Rural Electric Association, said the Clean Air Act was never intended as a vehicle to regulate carbon dioxide.
Even one of its crafters, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, has said the regulation of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas by the EPA would constitute a ”glorious mess,” Peterson said.
Rep. Phil Riesen, D-Salt Lake, was the lone dissenter on the committee and disapproved of the resolution, saying steps need to be taken now to preserve the environment for generations to come. Joining in his opposition was a University of Utah engineering professor, who in testimony got caught up in a confrontational debate with Noel over carbon dioxide and its classification as a pollutant.
The resolution here:
CLIMATE CHANGE JOINT RESOLUTION
2010 GENERAL SESSION
STATE OF UTAH
Chief Sponsor: Kerry W. Gibson
Senate Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins
This joint resolution of the Legislature urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to cease its carbon dioxide reduction policies, programs, and regulations until climate data and global warming science are substantiated.
urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs and withdraw its “Endangerment Finding” and related regulations until a full and independent investigation of the climate data conspiracy and global warming science can be substantiated.
Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
WHEREAS, proposed cap and trade legislation before the United States Congress, together with potential state actions to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), would result in significantly higher energy costs to American consumers, business, and industry;
WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Endangerment Finding” and proposed action to regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act is based on flawed climate data and would place significant regulatory and financial burdens on all sectors of the nation’s economy at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate exceeds 10%;
WHEREAS, global temperatures have been level and declining in some areas over the past 12 years;
WHEREAS, the “hockey stick” global warming assertion has been discredited and climate alarmists’ carbon dioxide-related global warming hypothesis is unable to account for the current downturn in global temperatures;
WHEREAS, there is a statistically more direct correlation between twentieth century temperature rise and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere than CO2;
WHEREAS, outlawed and largely phased out by 1978, in the year 2000 CFC’s began to decline at approximately the same time as global temperatures began to decline;
WHEREAS, emails and other communications between climate researchers around the globe, referred to as “Climategate,” indicate a well organized and ongoing effort to manipulate and incorporate “tricks” related to global temperature data in order to produce a global warming outcome;
WHEREAS, there has been a concerted effort by climate change alarmists to marginalize those in the scientific community who are skeptical of global warming by manipulating or pressuring peer-reviewed publications to keep contrary or competing scientific viewpoints and findings on global warming from being reviewed and published;
WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a blend of government officials and scientists, does no independent climate research but relies on global climate researchers;
WHEREAS, Earth’s climate is constantly changing with recent warming potentially an indication of a return to more normal temperatures following a prolonged cooling period from 1250 to 1860 called the “Little Ice Age”;
WHEREAS, the climate change “gravy train,” estimated at more than $7 billion annually in federal government grants, may have influenced the climate research focus and findings that have produced a “scientific consensus” at research institutions and universities;
WHEREAS, the recently completed Copenhagen climate change summit resulted in little agreement, especially among growing CO2-emitting nations like China and India, and calls on the United States to pay billions of dollars to developing countries to reduce CO2 emissions at a time when the United States’ national debt will exceed $12 trillion;
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that current legislation providing agriculture offsets and carbon credits to reduce CO2 emissions would result in tree planting on 59 million acres of crop and pasture land, damaging America’s food security and rural communities;
WHEREAS, according to the World Health Organization, 1.6 billion people do not have adequate food and clean water; and
WHEREAS, global governance related to global warming and reduction of CO2 would ultimately lock billions of human beings into long-term poverty:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs and withdraw its “Endangerment Finding” and related regulations until a full and independent investigation of the climate data conspiracy and global warming science can be substantiated.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and to the members of Utah’s congressional delegation.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-21-10 10:43 AM
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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