The Big Question: Is the push for a climate change bill dead? - The Hill's Congress Blog
[Lots of people say "yes" here]Glacial goose bumps! Arctic ice at 10-year high
Richard S. Lindzen, atmospheric physicist and professor at MIT, said:
It is difficult to see what, other than cupidity, could lead to any gathering momentum. In point of fact, nothing proposed would have any discernible impact on climate regardless of one's views on climate science. Rather, the legislation would simply be another mix of payoffs and taxes. Public concern over climate is sinking. The science is increasingly acknowledged as being far from certain and even dubious. Scandals, while being denied, are clearly real. Claims of certainty are being endorsed by professional societies with no expertise (presumably under pressure from the environmental enthusiasts in the White House) while many actual scientists are acknowledging severe problems. The situation is quite a mess, and, I suspect that many politicians sense this. Supporting such legislation gets ever riskier. Atop all this, the developing world is more clearly and vocally identifying carbon control with attempts to stifle desperately needed development -- which is to say that the issue is developing a patina of profound immorality.
Amid proof of junk science, Obama pushes carbon taxesLieberman on climate change, political and otherwise: 'I'm just being me' | The Connecticut Mirror
With a close Republican ally and a liberal Democrat who campaigned for his defeat in 2006, independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman expects to introduce revised climate-change legislation next week.
"My guess is we don't take it up in the Senate until sometime in June, but I think we have a real shot at it," Lieberman said. "To me, it will be one of the most significant things I ever have done."
At Goodwin College, Lieberman said the effects of climate change are readily apparent, in ways that are subtle and dramatic.
"When I started on this long ago the worst consequences of climate change were not visible to the eye," he said. "Today if you look at satellite pictures of polar ice caps, 25 years ago and today, it is startling how much smaller they are."