Elections matter — especially the Congressional elections of 2010 — because it brought a lot more sensible thought to Capitol Hill on the question of climate change. A largely underreported but important vote occurred last week. The House rejected this alarmist amendment by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) to bill that would strip the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon dioxide (which we exhale) as a “pollutant.”
“Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.”
As The Heartland Institute’s president, Joseph Bast, put it to me in an email: “I believe this is the first time the question has been put to the chamber in clear language.” Indeed. In the past Congress has unanimously rejected the noxious Kyoto Protocol, or, in a subsequent vote this week, rejected EPA’s regulatory authority when it comes to “greenhouse gases” such as CO2.
But here it was, in clear language — a rejection of the ideas that (1) the planet is dangerously warming, (2) the science is “settled” on that point and (3) we are all at peril by the development. It should be noted that three among those 240 House members voting against this amendment were Democrats.
So stand up and cheer, climate realists! We’ve scored a trifecta! The public doesn’t believe the human-cased global warming alarmism, the scientific community knows hogwash when it sees it, and now Congress is on board.
Unfortunately, this stripping of EPA authority on CO2 was removed from the budget bill House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just brokered. But we’ll take it — with confidence that the end is near when it comes to this economically ruinous power-grab by the EPA. All trends are definitely on the sensible side.