Let Cap and Trade Die

Tyler Prochazka

Former Vice President Al Gore tells us that the world is on the brink of disaster. Global warming, he says, will destroy the planet. According to him, there is no room for debate. The government must save us. Despite these claims of catastrophe, be cautious of global warming hysteria and calls to take “drastic action.”

In the 1970s, scientists seemed to overwhelmingly agree that a devastating ice age was imminent. It would last for “10,000 years” they said. Famine and nuclear wars would result from this global cool down. Obviously, this didn’t exactly pan out. [1]

Since that time, it has been global warming that will doom us all.

Fool me once, shame on you.

According to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, there has been no global temperature increase in over a decade. [1]

Moreover, a group of over 30 thousand scientists signed a petition that said greenhouse gasses have no negative effect on the environment. It went on to say that extra carbon dioxide actually helps the environment. [2]

To solve this non-crisis of global warming Congress is proposing a cap-and-trade system where the government sets a limit on the amount of pollutants a business can emit.

The current cap-and-trade bill being considered would cause severe damage to the economy. The Heritage foundation found that millions of jobs would be permanently lost and incomes would contract sharply. [3] It would likely amount to the largest tax increase in American history, costing the average American about $1,000 more a year directly. [4] It would hit people in poverty the most who would have to devote more of their income to energy instead of food and shelter.

Even with the destructive distortions to the economy, cap-and-trade would not have any noticeable effect on carbon dioxide levels. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson even admits this saying, “U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels.” [5]

The real solution, if global warming is a problem, is to allow for the economy to grow so that people can innovate and create adaptations to natural disasters. Some scientists that believe in global warming say that adapting to the new environment will be far cheaper and far more effective than something like cap-and-trade. [6] Stifling the economy only undercuts the effort to innovate and create these adaptations, which would save us from any potential global warming crisis.

Furthermore, the encroachments on freedom perpetrated by this bill should not be even on the table. It seems as if every supposed crisis is just another way for politicians to defy the constitution and defy individual liberty. It should not be up to a bureaucrat how much energy I use.

Global warming likely won’t destroy the world, but the hysteria surrounding it just might.

SOURCES:

  1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/13/AR2009021302514.html?sub=new
  2. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul537.html
  3. http://www.heritage.org/Research/EnergyandEnvironment/cda0904.cfm
  4. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123655590609066021.html
  5. http://blog.heritage.org/2009/07/08/epa-admits-cap-and-trade-won%E2%80%99t-work/
  6. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/mar/26/science/sci-adapt26
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One Comment on “Let Cap and Trade Die”


  1. A key part of the global warming concept is wild swings and variations in weather. This is clearly evidenced in a number of countries. The north west of England has just had a ‘once in a thousand year’ storm (Cumbria). And other parts of England have had similar wild fluctuations in weather – from deluge to dry periods. If you take the average temperatures, they are not too far different from 20 years ago – but the mean variations are considerably different.


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