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Congress weighs bill on global warming

Published: Sun, April 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Congress passed major environmental laws, acid rain was destroying lakes and forests, polluted rivers were on fire and smog was choking people in some cities.

The fallout from global warming, while subtle now, could eventually be even more dire. That prospect has Democrats pushing legislation that rivals in scope the nation’s landmark anti-pollution laws.

Lawmakers this coming week begin hearings on an energy and global-warming bill that could revolutionize how the country produces and uses energy. It also could reduce, for the first time, the pollution responsible for heating up the planet.

If Congress balks, the Obama administration has signaled a willingness to use decades-old clean-air laws to impose tough new regulations for motor vehicles and many industrial plants to limit their release of climate-changing pollution.


1NoBS(2834 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes, we should endeavor to pollute as little as possible, but man-made global warming is, to use an appropriate cliche, just so much hot air.

Scientists have proven that there have been many Ice Ages over the course of Earth's history. We're still coming out of the last one. Since 1900, generally accepted as the start of the Industrial Revolution, the Earth's temperature has risen less than one degree Centigrade. Before that, we don't have reliable records.

It's a natural cycle, not something man-made that we can throw money at and stop. Who says where the temps are right now is where they're supposed to be, anyway?

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2cambridge(4150 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago


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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Taxes are natural.
Lying to raises taxes is natural.
Global warming is natural.


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4wearepack(26 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

While most people agree that the science on global warming is far from ambiguous, I don't see the threat of global climate change to be the spark that should get us all moving here.

If we can convert, over the next couple decades, to efficient wind, solar, and geothermal energies (among other options), we can lessen our dependency on foreign resources, create new industries here in America, and, at the most basic level, need less hard-to-get, finite materials. What could possibly be bad about that?

This will be no clean cut merger from Oil/Coal dependency to other sources. But imagine how much nicer to NOT NEED a resource that can be toxic, lead to work related cancer (coal), or, simply, run out.

The best analogy I head was about losing the rail industry to the auto industry. None of us regret that, but the shift caused some major job loss/stress. Eventually, we all know, it paid off.

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5cambridge(4150 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Well said. The best part of the energy solutions you posted would be those countries in the Middle East having all that oil an nobody wanting it.

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