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    Citation to Sununu there:

    While average global temperatures have increased by one degree over the last century, it is difficult to determine how much of this increase is due to human influence.  Moreover, the regulatory regime required by such legislation - even if fully implemented - would have a minimal impact on atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.  Indeed, today's carbon dioxide levels are 378 parts-per-million (ppm).  Modeling suggests that under current policy, carbon dioxide concentrations in the year 2010 could be between 555 ppm to 609 ppm.  Even with all of the policy mandates under S. 1151, the resulting concentration would be, at best, ten percent less.  The impact on global temperature would be negligible, but the costs of such regulations - including higher energy prices - would be very real.

    There are so many ways to read / tear this apart. For example, the "ten percent less" ... would people think differently if it were written as the proposed policy mandates would only reduce by 1/3rd the project growth in the coming five years.  See, the proposals would potentially reduce GHG from 550-600 to 500-540 which would mean cutting the growth from 378 ppm from 167-217 ppm to roughly 122-157 ppm.  Hmm, wonder why Sununu used "ten percent" rather than that 1/3rd reduction.

    And, what is his basis for arguing "negligible" impact on temperatures? The Marshall Institute?


    Letters to the Editor / Such -- love Blue Hampshire, but are your fellow citizens inundating the local press with letters about this?  And, considering this diary, associating Sununu directly with imperiling Polar Bears?

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    by A Siegel on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 02:51:31 PM PST

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