Saturday, August 09, 2008

Let's ask the weather guy

State Representative Jim Ott (R-Cold Front) takes on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editors and Governor Doyle's Global Warming Task Force in Sunday's Crossroads section.

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.