Congress is about to embrace a scientific hoax.
The House will vote Friday on a bill based on a scientific impossibility that will impose a huge tax burden on an already staggering economy, and in the words of President Barack Obama, send the cost of everybody's electricity skyrocketing.
According to the legislation, a 17-percent emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2020 would be required. Electric utilities would be forced to meet 20 percent of their electricity demand through renewable energy sources by 2020, and come up with $90 billion for new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and another $60 billion for carbon capture and sequestration, a process not yet possible. Another key provision, the so-called “cap-and-trade” part, would require industries and manufacturers to cut carbon emissions by setting up a system where they could buy and sell pollution credits.
Says House Republican Whip Eric Cantor: “There is no question that the cap-and-trade bill will cost millions of jobs and it is pretty evident, I think now, given the word that we are hearing, that the other side has 190 votes at this point, far short of that which are needed to pass this bill,”
And the whole 1,000-plus page cap-and-trade bill that even its sponsors haven't read is based on fiction, a scientific absurdity.
The bill is aimed at reducing the levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which the global warming alarmists insist are being raised to dangerous levels by human activity and lofting itself into the atmosphere, creating a layer that keeps heat trapped, thus dangerously warming the planet.
Thanks to Robert W. Felix, of the authoritative iceagenow.com, the absurdity of that claim is evident by a simple fact: CO2 is heavier than air. As such is incapable of rising up into the upper atmosphere.
I asked Canada's Dr. Tim Ball, a renowned environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg, a scientist with an extensive background in climatology, about this. His reply:
"CO2 is about 1.5 the density of air. One of the great fallacies promoted by [the proponents of the global warming theory] is that CO2 is well and quickly mixed through the atmosphere. It isn't. They also argue that the CO2 is most effective in trapping heat from the Earth (infrared) at the top of the atmosphere. This is why the computer models predicted greatest warming at the top of the atmosphere over the tropics. The problem is the actual measurements show that is not happening."
If CO2 is 1½ times heavier than air, how in the world can it ascend into the upper atmosphere? As Felix points out, it is more likely dropping to the level of our feet. Yet in hyping the cap-and-trade bill, one of its two sponsors tells us the exact opposite:
“We are going to pass the most important energy and environment bill in history,” said Rep Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “We are going to reduce the carbon we send up into the atmosphere but at the same time we are going to begin to back out the oil that we import from countries that we should not be importing it from.”
“Send up into the atmosphere?” How? In a giant space shuttle? A huge balloon? It's heavier than air. It can't rise upward on its own. Got that? Can't!
And the House may be about to buy into this fiction and put us all in the poor house.
I urge members of Congress to throttle this monster in its crib before it grows up and swallows our economy.
Here is what Felix wrote Wednesday: “Last weekend I took a whirlwind trip to Chicago. While there I visited the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s an amazing place, with full-sized airplanes, a full-sized combine, a full-sized train engine, and an entire German U-boat, the first U-boat ever captured.
“But for me, the highlight was taking a tour through a replica of an old coal mine.
“After descending deep into the bowels of the earth, we were given a safety talk. The tour guide pointed to a tiny birdcage which, in one of those old-time mines, would have housed a canary.
“As long as the canary continued to sing, the miners knew that carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and methane (CH4) levels were safe. Canaries have very small lungs that are more quickly affected by these gases than human lungs.
“If the canary stopped singing, the miners knew to skedaddle.
“Too much CO would poison the miners, too much methane would explode, and too much CO2 would suffocate them. Carbon monoxide is far more lethal than CO2.
“The deeper into the ground the miners dug, the more dangerous it became, because these gases — which are heavier than air — have a tendency to accumulate at the bottoms of coal mines.
“Lest you missed that, let me say it in a different way.
"CO2 is heavier than air.
“Isn’t CO2 supposed to be rising high into the sky and creating the greenhouse effect and therefore causing global warming? Isn’t CO2 supposed to be a thin layer of invisible gas lurking somewhere a hundred or so miles up in the sky, reflecting heat back onto our planet?
“How in the world can CO2 be rising into the sky and creating the greenhouse effect if it’s heavier than air? Isn’t it more likely to be accumulating down around my feet?
“ ‘CO2 most certainly does not form some sort of magical layer in the atmosphere that then acts like a greenhouse,’ says analytical chemist Hans Schreuder. ‘That is pure pseudo-science!’
“Do you suppose, just maybe, that we’re not getting the full story?
“Listen to the canary. If the canary is still singing, we’re OK.”
And if the House of Representatives gets its head out of the imaginary layer of CO2 and comes down to earth, we'll be OK too.
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