wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost2

Most Read: Opinions

direct signup

Today’s Opinions poll

Will Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty proposal help the poor?

Submit
Next
Review your answers and share

Join a Discussion

There are no discussions scheduled today.

Weekly schedule, past shows

The Insiders
Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Regulating carbon won't help anything

Count me as one of the Republicans Carter referenced whose attack on the Environmental Protection Agency regulations will be “swift and certain.” The reasons for not regulating carbon have been the same for years, anchored by the uncertain cost-benefit of doing so. Even if you accept the entirety of climate change as pseudo-religion, America’s unilateral action will have zero effect on achieving the climate that Democrats want us to have.

If Obama really wanted to do something, he wouldn’t unilaterally punish Americans who actually pay power bills; he would launch a diplomatic initiative to act in concert with other emissions sources. But this isn’t about that. It’s about Obama, as I’ve said before, wanting us to live a lifestyle he approves of — i.e. ride a bicycle, live in a university town, and work for the government or an NGO. 

Everybody please read what Professor William Happer has to say from Princeton. He supplies an inconvenient truth of his own — namely, oh by the way, the climate has not warmed in the last decade. Happer informs us that “the lack of any statistically significant warming for over a decade has made it more difficult for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its supporters to demonize the atmospheric gas CO2 which is released when fossil fuels are burned.”

What about that? If it’s wrong, say so. If you’re not sure, then pause.

And finally, if you think man-made global climate change is occurring, talk about mitigation and technology that will exist in this decade, rather than pretend there are remedies that don’t include oil, gas and coal. On this issue and others, Obama needs to break out of the mind-set of “when in doubt, regulate.” 

And while I’m at it, if you really believe in global warming, then why aren’t you screaming at Obama to rush nuclear power plant construction in America? What do you have to say about ice cream, which produces more pollutants, pound for pound, than just about any human activity? When are you going to get vocal about bottled water — its refrigeration, storage in petrochemical bottles and transportation?

There’s a lot more to this issue than being for or against regulating carbon. Everything that has been said or written about the issue should be treated as if it was written on an Etch a Sketch. Let’s give it a good shake and start over.

By  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/27/2012

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company