Sen. McCain Sounds Global Warming Alarm

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Sen. McCain Sounds Global Warming Alarm

quote:Originally posted by Melvin Udall:
[b] Imagine if the the dinosaurs had been saved from extinction; we'd all be better off, right?[/b]

Rest assured that homo sapiens will,
at the very best,
inhabit this planet for one tenth
the time that dinosaurs flourished here.

Sen. McCain Sounds Global Warming Alarm

November 16, 2004
Election Over, McCain Criticizes Bush on Climate Change

asting no time distancing himself from President Bush on an issue that has long divided them, Senator John McCain yesterday called the White House stance on climate change "terribly disappointing" and said inaction in the face of mounting scientific data was unjustified.Two weeks after the end of a campaign in which he stumped for Mr. Bush's re-election, Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, is convening a Senate hearing today on the human effect on climate and what to do about it. Mr. Bush, citing the cost to the economy and what the administration describes as the uncertainty of the science, has opposed restrictions on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases since early 2001, when he abandoned a pledge he made in his first presidential campaign to restrict carbon dioxide from power plants. In contrast, for three years Mr. McCain has pushed for a bill he wrote with Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, that would create the first, modest curbs on greenhouse gases. "This is a very time-sensitive issue," he said in an interview yesterday.Dana M. Perino, a White House spokeswoman, said that Mr. Bush saw climate change as a serious issue but that he favored using voluntary means to slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, as "a first step in an aggressive strategy to meet the challenge of long-term global climate change."The focus of today's hearing, the last of Mr. McCain's six-year tenure as chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will be rapid warming in the Arctic, the subject of a recent report by a panel of nearly 300 scientists. The report, commissioned by eight nations with Arctic territory, including the United States, found that rising temperatures had already eroded glaciers, sea ice and permafrost and could lead to vast changes in the region's environment and in global sea levels by the end of the 21st century. The hearing is the latest of more than a dozen on human-caused global warming that Mr. McCain has convened during his chairmanship of the committee. The new chairman is expected to be Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican who has voted against Mr. McCain's bill but has often said that the warming climate poses a severe challenge to his state and particularly to indigenous Arctic cultures. The hearings have been organized in part to build a case for the McCain-Lieberman bill, called the Climate Stewardship Act. Mr. McCain said that the bill, which he describes as modest, had probably lost some support in the Senate because of the election results, but that he looked at this as a temporary setback."We got 43 votes," he said of the last vote on the bill, a year ago. "We may get less than that given the change in the Senate. But we need to get people on the record.''Environmental campaigners and industry lobbyists have tended to agree that whatever the bill's short-term prospects in the Senate, it is very unlikely to pass in the House any time soon.Mr. McCain said he had decided to agree to disagree with Mr. Bush on the issue during the campaign. But he strongly criticized frequent assertions by the White House, many Republican legislators and industry lobbyists that inaction was justified by uncertainty in the science.For their part, advocates associated with industry say Mr. McCain has custom-tailored his hearings to play up the direst climate projections. After a McCain climate hearing in September, for example, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian group opposed to regulations as a solution to most environmental problems, described the gathering as "another pep rally to build support for his energy rationing legislation" and said it had "focused on junk science."But Mr. McCain said yesterday that the evidence, which he called alarming, was clearer than ever. With several other senators, he visited the Arctic fringe in Norway and Iceland in late summer."It was remarkable,'' he said, "going up on a small ship next to this glacier and seeing where it had been just 10 short years ago and how quickly it's receded.''Particularly disturbing, he went on, is the rapid pace of warming."The Inuit language for 10,000 years never had a word for robin," he said, "and now there are robins all over their villages."Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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Re: Sen. McCain Sounds Global Warming Alarm

I seem to recall that the senate voted 99-0 against approving the Kyoto accord under Clinton. Why was that?Next, let's assume for the sake of discussion that "global warming" is a problem and that it is subject to our control. For those who want to reverse it, how far back in the other direction should we send global temperatures? Can you tell us a safe number? And if you start the reversal, how will you stop it, and then regulate the temperature once the "target" is reached?Once you start fooling with Mother Nature intentionally, all Hell is liable to break loose, and stuffing Hell back in the bottle may not be as easy as one would like.In other words, is global cooling acceptable? What new words will have to be created in the English language to deal with it?Reminds me of the endangered species crowd, that seems to love one-sided thinking. Imagine if the the dinosaurs had been saved from extinction; we'd all be better off, right?

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Any mention of how the undersea volcano has contributed to an increase in melt - or was it ignored as a factor yet the resulting melt counted in ? Just curious - lots of earth changes going on and it sure is interesting to learn about.

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Hello John? This is Susan....what is our position on Global warming? know the melting ice caps causing sea level rises and stuff like that. Do we have solid scientific basis or some plausible emotional fear driven hyperbole that will pass muster so we can get sustainable votes. Over....
Hello....? Anybody in there?

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