Boxer gave Inhofe a few gifts. The first was a shirt printed with a gavel, reading “elections have consequences.” It was a reference to what she told Inhofe eight years ago shortly after she took the gavel, when she wielded her power by letting former Vice President Al Gore speak longer than Inhofe wanted him to.
Environmental reporter Coral Davenport was excited about the issue's political prospects for the Democratic presidential candidate (Hillary?), in Thursday's lead New York Times story, "In Climate Deal, Obama May Set a Theme for 2016."
Davenport eagerly cited polls showing most Americans think "climate change" is a problem that requires action. Yet her very own recent article mocking the GOP on its stance cited a Pew poll "showing that Americans rank climate change near the bottom of policy concerns."
Morano on Fox Business with Stuart Varney: 'They are implying – this is where it gets so far off the charts of science – they are implying that a carbon tax will somehow alter global temperature and future storms. That we can -- through a carbon tax --impact the climate. This makes absolutely no sense -- because carbon taxes, EPA regulations and cap-and-trade -- not only would they not impact global temperatures, they would not even impact global CO2 levels in any way even if you buy their science.
It’s pure symbolism. There is no method by which you could gauge whether they would have an impact on climate.'
U.S. action alone would have little to no effect on global warming, warned a former Republican EPA administrator.“Absent action by China, Brazil, India and other fast-growing economies, what we do alone will not suffice,” George H.W. Bush EPA administrator William Reilly testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Reilly did, however, say that the rules were “absolutely necessary if we are to have the credibility to negotiate with other countries, who typically fault the developed world for causing the problem and worry that carbon constraints will thwart their legitimate need for economic growth.”