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Fiscal Policy &Junk Science Richard Falknor on 25 Jan 2009 07:44 pm

Republican Solons Must Confront Maryland’s Green Statists

UPDATE  JANUARY 29! On February 10 at  1PM in Annapolis, the Maryland Senate Health Education and Environmental Affairs panel will hear the O’Malley Administration’s SB278,  “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009” here Presumably the Republican team will present their rebuttal to the premises and the details of this legislation.  Today House of Delegates Republican Leader Anthony O’Donnell declared — “Nuclear energy is safe, clean, and environmentally-friendly, something we can all use and appreciate in the near and long term. It is enjoying renewed support in Washington and must as well in Maryland.  Labor unions and industry as well as many environmentalists are vigorously supporting nuclear development.”  

Republican Solons Must Confront Maryland’s Green Statists

The governor of Maryland made explicit Friday his support for the “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act” to be introduced tomorrow in the General Assembly.

The governor’s website here added details about the proposed legislation, noting – –

“In 2008, per an Executive Order by Governor O’Malley, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change released its Climate Action Plan detailing what effects global warming will have on the State and recommending actions to protect Maryland’s property and people from rising sea levels and changing weather patterns as well as a ‘road map’ of forty-two actions to help the state greatly reduce its global warming pollution. Preliminary estimates indicate that, by 2020, implementation of these forty-two strategies could result in a net economic benefit to the state of approximately $2 billion dollars.”

Yesterday, reporter Timothy B. Wheeler trumpeted here in his Baltimore Sun article “Climate bill expected to pass Assembly – Compromise plan has backing of industry, labor, governor” that —

“The bill O’Malley is pushing is a carefully crafted compromise worked out in recent weeks among proponents and opponents of last year’s legislation. It would commit the state to achieving a 25 percent reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases – mainly carbon dioxide – by 2020. The state would have until 2012 to develop a plan for reaching the goal.”

But not so fast! Last month, we wrote in “Think Tank Drowns Claims of Maryland Green Scheme” here about the Beacon Hill Institute’s  “Peer Review –Maryland Commission on Climate Change Climate Action Plan [CAP].”

The respected Boston think-tank found here – –

“For policymakers, the CAP report offers no worthwhile guidance. The report fails to quantify the monetary benefits of reduced GHG emissions rendering its cost savings estimates implausible if not downright unbelievable. The faulty analysis contained in the CAP report leaves policymakers with no basis on which to judge the merits of the CAP report’s recommendations for action on the mitigation of GHG emissions.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Just today, Mick C. Pitlick in the American Thinker here explained the anti-carbon fervor, the near- religious ideology that conservatives must confront – –

“Anti-carbonism’s economic dimension concerns subordination of choice in a marketplace to central planning.
Oil, gas, and coal are cheap for the value they offer, and they are plentiful.  Carbon based energies provide the mobility and scalability that allows the suburbs to grow. They are the main source of the abundant energy that feeds entrepreneurialism, individuality, and the American dream. Have carbon will travel, to the destination, at the time, and in the manner you wish.
Anti-carbonists generally are threatened by this decentralized economic freedom. At least for others, if not themselves, they believe in city living and mass transit. They value income equality over wealth creation and are contemptuous of owners’ interests, which they believe are inimical to those of workers and consumers. Enterprise, in their view, grows through bullying and brutishness, rather than by serving customers well. Rationing industry’s carbon supplies is one way to curb capitalism’s greedy expansionism.
By gripping and allocating the supply of energy the politicians gain a major additional instrument of political power.”

And U. S. senator James Inhofe provides a current picture on scientists and the claims of the Green Statists – –

“Over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore. This new 231-page U.S. Senate Minority Report — updated from 2007’s groundbreaking report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming ‘consensus’ — features the skeptical voices of over 650 prominent international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC. This updated report includes an additional 250 (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the initial release in December 2007.  The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.”

In 2007, Maryland Republican lawmakers looked like deer in the headlights in the struggle over the so-called Maryland Clean Cars Act.  While current Republican leaders like delegate Anthony O’Donnell and state senator Allan Kittleman stood fast against the measure, half of the Republican rank and file lost their way when the Green Team turned up the heat.

 The Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 here

“authorizes [the Maryland Department of the Environment] to: (1) adopt California regulations, procedures, and certification data by reference . . . .”

As Brian Sussman explained here last month in the American Thinker —

“Obama’s plan to ‘stop global warming’ is the same one that’s been touted by Gore, and identical to the plan rolled out last week by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  Without a vote of the people or the state legislature, CARB approved a roadmap for how California would implement its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.  It’s a liberty-sucking roadmap complete with new taxes, economic inflation and a heavy dose of Big Brother.”(Underscoring Forum’s.)

Let’s hope this time that the General Assembly Republicans can take the opportunity presented by the introduction of the “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act” to explain to the public the economic and liberty costs of following the Green Team’s path; and that Republican legislators instead will publicly get behind ways to increase the energy supply here and here rather than shrink Maryland’s economy. After all, Maryland is the fourth largest energy-importing state in the U.S., as Virginia is the second.

The bottom line is that Green Statism like government-run medicine is not about conservation or health-care. Rather these schemes are about giving the government class more power over our lives.

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