The inexorable drumbeat of climate disaster stories goes on, but no one seems interested in checking the facts.
The most recent assault on common sense comes from Alaska. There, Republican senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski are now said to be favoring onerous climate change legislation sponsored by Arizona’s John McCain. McCain believes he can ride global warming all the way to the 2008 presidential nomination by grabbing the horde of green-leaning California and Pacific Coast delegates who will be off-limits to his southern competition, Bill Frist (Tennessee) and George Allen (Virginia), both of whom oppose McCain’s expensive, ineffective bill.
That’s right. McCain’s bill will do absolutely nothing measurable to curtail global warming for the foreseeable future. It’s nicknamed “Kyoto Lite” in Washington, because it is an imitation of the infamous Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
But Kyoto is itself useless. Even Al Gore’s scientists conceded that, over 50 years, with full participation by every nation involved, the change in global temperature Kyoto would cause would be a teeny thirteen-hundredths of a degree, an amount impossibly small to measure. Given that McCain’s staff surely knows that, the hidden agenda for his presidential strategy becomes obvious.