Global Warming, whether or not it was ever anything more, is now a religious faith. Its adherents only permit the scientists who keep the faith (and get easily funded) to speak on the issue—even when they are recognized experts. At a time when the evidence against the theory is piling up, global warming zealots are doubling down. And their zeal gets uglier.
Which brings us to the Democrat Representative from Oregon, Peter DeFazio. CNS News reports,
Blasting Republican “climate-change deniers” as well as “blathering idiots on talk shows” who joked about the “Arctic vortex,” Rep. Peter DeFazio urged Congress to tackle climate change in 2014. He called it one of the “biggest challenges of our time.”
He wants the Obama administration to regulate carbon emissions as pollution. And “even if we take strong measures here, we’ve got to force those measures on other countries,” he said in a five-minute speech on the House floor Wednesday.
“Now how are we going to get China and other countries lined up on this?” DeFazio asked. He called trade agreements a “strong tool” to demand reductions:
“We can’t put U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage when they are dealing with climate change issues and carbon dioxide emissions and the Chinese aren’t, ’cause we live, unfortunately, on the same planet as the Chinese and they’re destroying the world’s climate very, very quickly. So even if we take strong measures here, we’ve got to force those measures on other countries,” he said.
Sorry, but keeping peace with China is just one challenge that is far bigger than the alleged warming of the planet. China and other nations have already made it clear they are not going to suffer a slowdown or a halt in the rise of their standard of living in order to pretend that carbon dioxide is a pollutant.
DeFazio whines about putting our manufacturers at a disadvantage. Well how much more should the Chinese and the rest of the developing world consider it a disadvantage to slow down their efforts to raise their standard of living? Making the internal combustion engine more expensive to operate is a life of death matter in much of the world.
Do you think the Chinese are going to allow the U.S. to “force” them to comply with our carbon dioxide paranoia? I think that is a fantasy. Consider how they are willing to turn a major city into a place that requires face masks due to real pollution. If they are going to tolerate real, damaging pollution, rather than retard industrialization, then they are not going to agree to obstruct development for a made-up threat like global warming.
All they have to do is watch what the European Union is doing to itself and see that they do not want to follow their example.
It will become more expensive for businesses in the European Union to burn fossil fuels this year after the 28-country bloc decided Wednesday to beef up its carbon trading system.
The agreement ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe’s prime tool in the fight against climate change and the world’s biggest emission trading system.
Under the cap-and-trade scheme, companies pay per ton of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere, with the pollution certificates traded on the market. The EU now decided to postpone the sale of 900 million additional carbon allowances — a move that will tighten supply and likely drive up prices of carbon allowances by 10 to 15 per cent, according to analysts.
The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to force China to do anything so stupid. Hopefully it doesn’t have the power to withstand the U.S. voter, either.