Warner: Climate change a national security issue

Apr 24, 2009 By DINA CAPPIELLO , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice on climate change, urged lawmakers Friday to overcome partisan differences and pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases.

Gore, who won a for his work on global warming, called the climate issue the most important ever before Congress. A Democratic bill limiting carbon dioxide and other pollution linked to a warming of the Earth will simultaneously solve the problems of the climate, economy and national security, he told a House panel.

"We are, along with the rest of humanity, facing the dire and growing threat of the climate crisis," said Gore, who argued that Congress must act to "restore America's leadership of the world and begin, at long last, to solve the climate crisis."

He said he was worried that a U.S. failure to act could lead to " a slow-motion collapse" of international negotiations on climate.

The bill Gore cited calls for a reduction of by 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, and 83 percent by mid-century. It also would require utilities to produce a quarter of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Gore's backing comes after three days of hearings where experts, Republicans and moderate Democrats expressed concern that the bill, which would establish a cap-and-trade system to cut emissions, would drive up .

Gore, who served Tennessee in Congress, rejected any conflict between addressing global warming and economic well-being. But he urged the House panel to make sure the bill includes provisions to protect people who would unfairly face hardships, such as workers in energy-intensive industries who could lose their jobs and those who face higher energy bills.

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the committee's ranking Republican, argued that the proposed "cap-and-trade" system to cut greenhouse gases would cost tens of billions of dollars a year. "How in the world can we have a (pollution) trade system that doesn't cost jobs and doesn't cost the economy?" he said.

"I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy," countered Gore. He predicted "massive job losses if ... we continue business as usual, ignoring warnings and just sit and wait until oil prices go sky high again."

And he said if is not addressed, costs could be much greater.

But House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio called Gore's testimony deserving of "another Oscar" - alluding to the recognition received by the Gore film on climate change. Boehner said the Democratic bill amounts to a "massive national energy tax on every American ....who drives a car, buys a product manufactured in the United States, or has the audacity to flip on a light switch."

And some Democrats also expressed concerns about the economic impact.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., said he's not convinced the draft legislation will protect U.S. jobs because other countries like China will not face the same economic burdens.

"If the United States leads, China will follow," Gore said.

He offered the panel a litany of examples of what rising temperatures are already doing to the planet. He spoke of Arctic warming, melting Greenland ice sheets, and how increasingly acidic seas are striking seashells and coral reefs with a type of osteoporosis.

The legislation's supporters also hoped former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., who co-sponsored climate legislation in the Senate last year, would give the issue some bipartisan flavor.

Appearing with Gore, Warner argued that dealing with climate change is a national security issue that must be addressed.

"This particular moment in history is critical," said Warner. "Future generations ... will look back at what we did, maybe what we didn't do."

But Warner, who retired from the Senate last year after 30 years in Congress, said there will be "a rough road ahead" if greenhouse gases are to be reduced. He cautioned against moving too quickly when technology to curtail heat-trapping emissions may not be available.

He said the Democratic proposal was not perfect, but that Congress needs to pass a bill and "establish a beachhead" in the battle against the impacts of climate change.

Warner has been a strong advocate for mandatory action to reduce greenhouse gases. But his bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., as well as Democrats, failed to get enough votes in the Senate to break a GOP filibuster. That debate, like much of the discussion this week before the House committee, focused on bitter disagreement over the expected economic costs, and similar arguments have been made this week.

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Roach
3.9 / 5 (7) Apr 24, 2009
"Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice on climate change, urged lawmakers Friday to overcome partisan differences and pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases."
and "A Democratic bill limiting carbon dioxide and other pollution linked to a warming of the Earth will simultaneously solve the problems of the climate, economy and national security, he told a House panel." and "He said the Democratic proposal was not perfect, but that Congress needs to pass a bill "

Just so long as we're clear Democrat is the new bipartisan and screw the enviroment we got laws to make up.
omatumr
3.4 / 5 (5) Apr 24, 2009
This unholy alliance of politics and science is just what former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about in his 17 January 1961 Farewell Address to the Nation:

"The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded."

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
http://www.omatumr.com

Velanarris
5 / 5 (5) Apr 24, 2009
"He said the Democratic proposal was not perfect, but that Congress needs to pass a bill "
Because all the other bills we've bum rushed have fixed the economy.


If one more politician, from any party, stands and and tells me "I just wrote this on a bar napkin and you gotta say yes." I'm going to rise up with my fellow man and slay them.
omatumr
2.5 / 5 (6) Apr 24, 2009
THE GREATEST THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY - DISHONESTY IN SCIENCE

Now, forty-eight (48 years) after the warning from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the greatest threat to national security is the large number of scientists who have learned to find and report what is wanted by the federal bureaucrats distributing research funds.

Three recent examples:

1996: The Galileo probe that entered Jupiter "found" only normal isotope ratios there, just as expected from the nebular model for the formation of the solar system from an interstellar cloud.

2001: Scientists "discovered" that neutrinos from H-fusion in the Sun oscillate away before reaching our detectors. Therefore there is no deficiency of neutrinos from H-fusion in the Sun. This confirms that the Sun - the heat source that sustains life here on Earth - is just a ball of Hydrogen.

NOW: Scientists have a "consensus finding" that has been officially blessed by former Vice-President Al Gore, the United Nations, and the Nobel Prize Committee: Man-made CO2 influences our climate more than the Sun, a variable star.

In my opinion, all three of these discoveries will turn out to be false, despite all of the public funds that were spent to finance them.

President Eisenhower was right. Public funds, intended to promote science and national security, have in fact lessened both.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
http://www.omatumr.com
MikeB
5 / 5 (2) Apr 24, 2009
Professor Manuel,
Have you ever joined any discussions at wattsupwiththat.com?
vos
5 / 5 (5) Apr 25, 2009
the only way that "global warming" is a security issue is if the deluded greenies waste all of our money on buying fairy dust from al gore. global warming is a nonissue and if it were their fixes wouldn't achieve anything. al gore knows that but doesn't care, all he wants is to make us poor so he can get more control over us. for our own good of course.
The science is clear, AGW is fake.
Doug_Huffman
5 / 5 (3) Apr 25, 2009
Atlas is shrugging. Hang on, it'll be over soon.
omatumr
1 / 5 (2) Apr 25, 2009
"Professor Manuel,
Have you ever joined any discussions at wattsupwiththat.com?"

Yes, Mike, I have. And I have great respect for that group.

However, my research been focused more on:

A.) The origin of the solar system recorded in the abundances of isotopes in the Earth, the Moon, meteorites, other planets, the solar photosphere, solar wind, and solar flares.

B.) Sources of nuclear energy recorded in the nuclear rest masses of the 3,000 different types of atoms that comprise the entire visible universe.

Experimental data in area A revealed that:

__a-1) The Sun itself exploded as a supernova 5 billion years ago at the birth of the Solar System and ejected all of the material that now orbits it.

__a-2) The Sun reformed on the collapsed supernova core, a pulsar.

__a-3) The Sun sorts atoms by mass and moves lightweight ones to the solar surface. The interior of the Sun now consists mostly of the same elements found in ordinary meteorites and rocky planets: Fe, O, Si, Ni, S, Mg and Ca.

Experimental data in area B revealed that:

__b-1) The Neutron-Neutron interaction in every nucleus is strongly repulsive.

__b-2) N-N repulsion is the energy source that causes violent explosions, mass ejections, neutron-emission and/or fission of neutron stars.

__b-3) N-N repulsion in the core of the Sun (and other ordinary stars) produces solar luminosity, solar neutrinos, and solar wind Hydrogen in the quantities measured pouring from the solar surface.

All of our findings relate to climate topics discussed at wattsupwiththat.com, but many readers do not yet appreciate that information on the origin and violent energy source of our stormy Sun is needed to understand our changing climate.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
http://www.omatumr.com
CWFlink
3.8 / 5 (4) Apr 26, 2009
The greatest threat to national security: DISHONESTY IN SCIENCE !!!! AMEN!

There are no "partisan differences" involved... both parties are eager to make their contributors RICH by funding the type of "future" that benefits THEM instead of protects US.

It will all be clear enough shortly.
omatumr
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2009
Professor Richard Harrison, a respected solar scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, recently admitted to Richard Gray, Science Correspondent for the Telegraph that:

1. "The Sun influences us in many ways and is central to life on Earth," and

2. "Although humans have been studying the Sun for millennia, we still know relatively little."

See: Richard Gray, "Space missions to visit the sun," The Telegraph.co.uk (25 April 2009)
http://www.telegr...sun.html


Over 50 years ago President Eisenhower created NASA as a federal space agency to protect our national security in the new space age after the USSR launched Sputnik in 1958.

Former Vice President Al Gore and Senator John Warner should use their collective influence with Congress to demand an investigation:

Why -- 50 years after NASA was established -- do scientists still know so little about the nearby star that heats planet Earth and sustains life?

That is a real national security issue!
With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA PI for Apollo Samples
http://www.omatumr.com
omatumr@yahoo.com