WI Global Warming Task Force: all cost, no benefit

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A squeak of protest from Wisconsin — by Jim Ott, formerly a meteorologist with WTMJ-TV (Channel 4)
 
The editorial mentioned the “recommendations” of the task force regarding nuclear energy. In fact, the task force states on page 49 that, “This recommendation is not a recommendation by the Task Force that a new nuclear power plant be built.” The easiest way to reduce greenhouse gases – increased use of nuclear energy – is clearly not a priority of the task force.
 
And, like the task force, the Journal Sentinel fails to make any mention of the potential cost to you or to our state’s economy if the “recommendations” are enacted into law. Isn’t this important information? Would you be willing to pay $6 a gallon for gas to fight global warming? How does a 40% increase in the cost of electricity sound? The price of virtually everything would rise. Last year, Wisconsin’s economy grew by a paltry 1%. What will raising prices, taxes and the cost of doing business do to Wisconsin’s economy?
 
It’s important to understand that if the task force’s recommendations are adopted, we all will be forced to make dramatic changes in how we live. The state will interject itself into every facet of our lives, including but not limited to requiring an energy audit when we sell our homes, telling farmers what to feed their cows, adjusting the school funding mechanism, mandating what type of lighting landlords must install and maybe even regulating how many miles we can drive our cars – all in the name of “fighting global climate change.”
 
Finally, any effort by an individual state to address global warming is pointless. Even if Wisconsin’s greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced to zero, there would be no measurable impact on global atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and therefore no measurable effect on global temperatures. So a cost/benefit analysis of the task force’s recommendations reveals major increases in prices and taxes for consumers, massive growth in state government rules and regulations and no impact or benefit to Earth’s climate.
 
Regardless of how you feel about “global climate change,” the task force’s recommendations are a recipe for disaster.
 
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