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  •  in 2007 ALEC wrote a "resolution" opposing (4+ / 0-)
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    Chi, Azazello, TN yellow dog, millwood

    regulation of green house gases.

    Here's some key phrases from that resolution:

    The rise in carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases is not linked to a decline in welfare or public health—indeed, quite the opposite is true.

    global sea level is rising at a pace of less than 6 inches per century, which is consistent with the rate of sea level rise that has been occurring since the end of the last ice age epoch 15,000 years ago  ...  The value of waterfront real estate has dramatically increased, even as sea level has risen.

    The Supreme Court cited “the global retreat of mountain glaciers, reduction in snow-cover extent, the earlier spring melting of rivers and lakes”as harms. It is difficult to see how those events “endanger public health or welfare”

    The warming temperatures and increased precipitation of the 20th century have resulted in moister soil and less frequent and less severe drought than in centuries past.9 Scientists have likened the warmer, moister conditions of the 20th century to “literally becoming more like a garderner’s [sic] greenhouse.”

    And this is the kind of propaganda that ALEC legislators receive in the mail every month - and listen to at ALEC meetings multiple times per year.
    •  Obviously scientific ignorance plays a role (2+ / 0-)
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      millwood, Steven D

      To believe some of this ALEC rot about global warming, you'd have to be a scientific ignoramus.  

      I don't know if this generation of legislators can be saved (ie, educated enough to see how implausible this is).  Make your kids study their science extra hard, because we're going to need them badly,

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