To learn more about the economic and strategic risks associated with an LCFS, visit www.secureourfuels.org. You can find detailed fact sheets here: http://secureourfuels.org/research. If you want gasoline to be plentiful and reasonably priced, use this link to send a message to your Representative & Senators. Send a message to Congress: demand that they vote against the Low Carbon Fuel Standard scam.
If you don’t care about escalating fuel prices, if you don’t care about fuel scarcity, if you don’t care about the negative economic and security impact of decreased domestic oil production and increased dependence on Arab oil imports then ignore this post and do nothing.
The Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a scam designed to make the cost of motor fuel spiral, in the vain hope of making alternative fuels more attractive. Of course, there are no real alternatives available in industrial quantities, and there won’t be in the near future. It boils down to another redistribution of wealth scheme.
The Threat Is Real. President Obama, as Illinois’ junior member of the Senate, introduced LCFS legislation last Congress,i and has strongly supported action in California to ban certain North American fuels.ii Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA),iii a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR),iv of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources panel, have both offered LCFS legislation this Congress. And Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, continues to advocate for an LCFS.v The likelihood of a one-size-fits-all low-carbon fuel mandate becoming law – perhaps as a part of broader cap-and-trade legislation – is real. Link to source pdf.
The Consumer Energy Alliance has gathered the facts and composed a stock email you can use. They will even address it for you. Please take advantage of their groundwork. Contact Congress today and express your objections to being rooked.
The EPA is about to rule that CO2 is a pollutant. Americans for Prosperity is organizing an email campaign to oppose the proposed rule. CO2 is a byproduct of baking, brewing, burning almost any fuel and living. We can’t breath without releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. If they can regulate it, they can punish us for everything we do, even for living.
Once this “endangerment finding” has been reached, the EPA will be empowered to advance carbon dioxide regulations to their heart’s content. But even if they wanted to take the severe economic impact of this proposal into account, they can’t. Once the endangerment finding is final, they would be compelled to work aggressively to eliminate it across the economy.One lawsuit by a fringe environmental group could bring our economy to a standstill.
Please click this link to tell the EPA to cork itself.
Freedom Works sent an email over the signature of Dick Armey, urging me to send an email to my Senators condemning the Cap & Trade carbon tax scheme. I did not need much urging to comply with his request.
The email form is set up to send messages to President Obama, Vice President Biden, your Senators & Representative. It is free, quick and easy. And one more thing, it is estimated that the Carbon Tax will cost the average family $3900.00 per year.
…and the idiot proponents of same.
Just a small piece of the interviews here:
Gigot: All right, Rob.
Finally, why this weekend’s Live Earth concerts may hurt the planet more than help. Kim?
Strassel: So while most of us are doing really unconscionable things this weekend, like driving our SUVs, Al Gore is hosting seven concerts, rock concerts, across the globe to raise awareness of global warming. You would think something as sanctimonious as this would get him credit, but in fact he is getting slammed by environmentalists. Why? Turns out that hosting big rock concerts wastes lots of energy: the stage lights, the speakers, the private jets to ferry all the performers to their performances.
The Live Earth people are, of course, defending themselves, saying this is going to be as green as an event can possibly get. But I think I’m with the critics. If you’re going to talk the talk, you should walk the walk, and in this case, Al Gore might just have wanted to have sent an email.
Yes, indeed. I wonder how many pounds of jet fuel was burned, how many gallons of gasoline was burned, how many liters of diesel fuel was burned and how many mega-watts of electricity were expended to make the Green Concerts for Stupid People happen?
Or, maybe the pressures of the Myth of Global Warming did it.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – Al Gore’s son was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs after deputies pulled him over for speeding, authorities said.
Al Gore III
Al Gore III, 24, was driving a blue Toyota Prius about 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway when he was pulled over at about 2:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.
The deputies said they smelled marijuana and searched the car, Amormino said. They found less than an ounce of marijuana along with Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, which is used for attention deficit disorder, he said.
“He does not have a prescription for any of those drugs,” Amormino said.
Gore was being held in the men’s central jail in Santa Ana on $20,000 bail.
Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for his parents, did not immediately return phone messages to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The son of the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee also was pulled over and arrested for pot possession in December 2003, in Bethesda, Md., while he was a student at Harvard University.
He completed substance abuse counseling as part of a pretrial diversion program to settle those charges.
The youngest of Al and Tipper Gore’s four children and their only son, Gore lives in Los Angeles and is an associate publisher of GOOD, a magazine about philanthropy aimed at young people.
In his best-selling book The Assault on Reason, Al Gore name-checks Jürgen Habermas, Noam Chomsky, and I.F. Stone, digresses into the peculiarities of human brain chemistry, and, as expected, explains the intricacies of atmospheric science. He is, The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson recently wrote, “too ostentatiously smart to be elected president.” And as his book makes clear, he thinks the rest of us are hopelessly dumb.
Thursday, May 24, 2007 9:37 PM
From Kevin McCullough
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Posted by: Kevin McCullough at 8:41 PM
It’s days like today that make me wish James Inhoffe was in the GOP field for President. In the following speech today in committee – he gave Barbara Boxer the philosophical beatdown of her career:
Thank you for having this hearing today, Madam Chairman. I have to say, however, that we seem to have hearing after hearing after hearing on climate change – indeed, this is the Committee’s second one this week alone – but we don’t seem to actually discuss legislation. While other Committees without jurisdiction on this issue attempt to write our nation’s global warming policies, this Committee sits idly by talking about tangential issues. I believe that if we do wrestle with actual legislation, then the folly of cap-and-trade carbon legislation will become apparent.
The recreation industry’s true threats come not from climate change – which has always changed and will always change – but from the so-called global warming ‘solutions’ being proposed by government policymakers. Misguided efforts to ‘solve’ global warming threaten to damage the travel and recreation industry. In short, it is a direct threat America’s way of life. If we cannot fly to remote locations, and if few automobiles are capable of pulling boats, jet skies, and campers, and if RVs become a thing of the past as environmentalists would like, then minor climate fluctuations will have little impact on recreation because Americans will not have the means to recreate.
I will not belabor my views about the scientific underpinnings of global warming alarmism, other than to make a few observations. The fact that climate fluctuates – changes – is nothing new, and should not be feared. It has always changed, and unless the processes of the planet suddenly stopped, it always will. There is little disagreement that it warmed in the Northern Hemisphere from about 1970’s until 1998, and that since that time, temperatures flattened. And there is general agreement that some human activities such as the building of cities and expanding agriculture, have contributed to this. But there remains much debate in the peer-reviewed scientific literature as to the many factors which may influence climate that is of importance to the question of whether climate fluctuations are natural or caused by humans. But regardless of that debate, a healthy functioning planet means constant changes in our climate.
There are winners and losers as climate fluctuates. A warming period could be a boon for warm weather destinations like beaches and lakes and a cooling period like we experienced from 1940-1970s could be beneficial for cold weather recreation like skiing and snowboarding. This past winter saw record snows in the Rocky Mountain region as well as an unusually cold spring in Alaska. Currently, we are seeing a Memorial Day snow advisory for the Colorado Mountains. Wyoming being buried in a May snowstorm and parts of Canada are still enduring winter. In addition, South Africa just set 54 new cold weather records with some parts seeing snow for the first time in 33 years as snow and ice continue to fall. And I am not finished. A massive snowstorm in China has closed highways and stranded motorists. And finally, winter has arrived early in Australia as the snow season is off to a promising start for the winter recreation industry.
But the most verifiable threat to the recreation and travel industry is the unintended consequences of misguided government policy and environmental activists. The chilling effect of guilt that the climate alarmists are attempting to instill in Americans for owning four wheel drive vehicles, flying in an airplane and enjoying travel is enough to harm the industry. For examples of this promotion of misguided policies and guilt, you need look no further than a proposal in April by the UK-based Institute for Public Policy Research, which called for tobacco-style health warnings on airplanes to warn passengers that the plane flight may be contributing to a global warming crisis. The group proposed posting signs on airplanes which read “flying causes climate change.”
Another example of unintended consequences by climate crusaders was the recent proclamation by a UK grocery store announcing it would usher in ‘carbon friendly’ policies and stop importing food from faraway nations. This proposal may have been popular with wealthy Western environmentalists, but the idea did not sit so well with poor African farmers. As a February 21, 2007 BBC article details:
“Kenyan farmers, whose lifelong carbon emissions are negligible compared with their counterparts in the West, are fast becoming the victims of a green campaign that could threaten their livelihoods. A recent bold statement by UK supermarket Tesco ushering in ‘carbon friendly’ measures – such as restricting the imports of air freighted goods by half and the introduction of “carbon counting” labeling – has had environmentalists dancing in the fresh produce aisles, but has left African horticulturists confused and concerned.”
The BBC article continues:
“Half of this produce goes to the UK’s supermarkets, generating at least £100m per year for this developing country. The dependence on the UK market cannot be underestimated, says Stephen Mbithi Mwikya, chief executive of FPEAK. For Kenya, horticulture is the country’s second biggest foreign exchange earner after tourism. ‘This announcement from Tesco is devastating’, says Mr Mbithi.”
The recent announcement by travel guru Mark Ellingham, the author of the Rough Guide travel book series, that he was now recanting his promotion of worldwide travel is another blow to the travel and recreation industry. Ellingham now says that our addiction to ‘binge flying’ is killing the planet.
This kind of alarmism should concern the travel and recreation industry, not natural climate fluctuations which mankind has no control over.
There is even more proof showing that the dangers facing travel and recreation are coming from climate hysteria. The Associated Press on May 16, 2007 reported that ecotourism –the type of travel you would expect environmentalists to endorse–is no more Earth friendly than regular travel due to the long plane flights necessary to bring vacationers to exotic locales. The Norwegian Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoey is now warning about long distance travel.
“Long distance travel — especially air travel — is a challenge to all of us. We know that it has serious impacts on the climate,” Bjoernoey said.
I cannot think of a more devastating sentiment to the industry than that. Reduce air travel because of unfounded fears of climate doom. That is the authentic threat not only to the travel industry, but the developing world which depends so much on tourism to improve the life its residents. Clearly, the unfounded fears of a man-made climate catastrophe and the proposed solutions represent the gravest threats to the industry.
No Senator – THANK YOU!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007 11:41 PM
Some students in Rhode Island are being “forced” to watch “Inconvient Truth” in order to graduate. Very initeresting. This seems not quite right, does it?
Monday, May 07, 2007 1:34 PM