The Brave New World Of The Global Warming Alarmists

Despite the fact that the planet hasn’t warmed very much over the last century, that it hasn’t gotten warmer over roughly the last decade, that it isn’t expected to get warmer over the next decade or so, and that over 31,000 U.S. scientists deny man-made global warming, the fanaticism of the global warming alarmists doesn’t seem to have been dimmed one iota.

To the contrary, as more and more holes are being blasted into the manmade global warming theory, Al Gore and Company seem to be suggesting ever more draconian “solutions” to prevent ever wilder and less plausible doomsday scenarios.

For example, imagine what a nightmare it would be to implement this bizarre regulatory scheme they’re suggesting in Britain, here in the United States,

Every adult should be forced to use a ‘carbon ration card’ when they pay for petrol, airline tickets or household energy, MPs say.

The influential Environmental Audit Committee says a personal carbon trading scheme is the best and fairest way of cutting Britain’s CO2 emissions without penalising the poor.

Under the scheme, everyone would be given an annual carbon allowance to use when buying oil, gas, electricity and flights.

Anyone who exceeds their entitlement would have to buy top-up credits from individuals who haven’t used up their allowance. The amount paid would be driven by market forces and the deal done through a specialist company.

MPs, led by Tory Tim Yeo, say the scheme could be more effective at cutting greenhouse gas emissions than green taxes.

But critics say the idea is costly, bureaucratic, intrusive and unworkable.

The Government says it supports the scheme in principle, but warns it is ‘ahead of its time’.

The idea of personal carbon trading is increasingly being promoted by environmentalists. In theory it could be used to cover all purchases – from petrol to food.

For the scheme to work, the Government would need to give out 45million carbon cards – each one linked to a personal carbon account. Every year, the account would be credited with a notional amount of CO2 in kilograms.

…The Climate Change Bill going through Parliament aims to cut emissions by 60 per cent by 2050. The Government has said it backs the idea in principle, but it is currently too expensive and bureaucratic.

Environment Minister Hilary Benn said: ‘It’s got potential but, in essence, it’s ahead of its time. There are a lot of practical problems to overcome.’

A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report into the scheme found it would cost between :£700million and :£2billion to set up and up to another :£2billion a year to run.

Tory environment spokesman Peter Ainsworth added: ‘Although it does have potential we should proceed with care. We don’t want to alienate people and we want everyone to be on board.’

But critics say the idea is deeply flawed. The scheme would penalise those living in the countryside who were dependent on their cars, as well as the elderly or housebound who need to heat their homes in the day.

Large families would suffer, as would those working at nights when little public transport is available.

It would need to take into account the size of families, and their ages. There is huge potential for fraud.

Matthew Elliott of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said the cards would be hugely unpopular. ‘The Government has shown itself incapable of managing any huge, complex IT system.’ he said.

The complex regulatory scheme, the government intrusion into people’s every day lives, the massive increase of government power, the socialistic wealth transfers, the potential for fraud — it’s a liberal dream program. If Obama, Gore, and Company thought they could get away with this, they’d be proposing it tomorrow.

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