[Congress] will apparently move forward with their enormous tax-and-spend bill known as Waxman-Markey this week and it’s all concealed in a cloak of green political correctness. The real purpose of the plan is to dramatically enhance the power of Washington politicians by giving them control over vast swaths of the U.S. economy.
So says Phil Kerpen, of Americans for Prosperity, in a scathing indictment of what is more commonly known as the cap-and-trade bill. That bill purports to rid the planet of its fever by placing limits on the greenhouse gases emitted by business and industry. Those who exceed the government-imposed limits will be fined, unless they can purchase “credits” from others who have not already exceeded their own limits. The costs, of course, will be borne by the consumer, as companies offset the increased cost of energy that will result (and remember, the Obama administration made clear that those costs would “necessarily sky-rocket”).
Though some claim there is consensus among climate scientists that global warming is a reality and that it is largely the result of human activity, the science is nebulous, at best, especially when juxtaposed against the demonstrable plateau in warming over the last 11 years.
With that in mind, join us as we discuss this extremely important issue. Can it be conclusively shown that human activity is, in fact, the single, largest contributor to global warming, or are the skeptics right, that it’s little more than a natural cycle? What, if anything, can or should be done to combat it? Who should bear responsibility for taking those actions? And finally, and perhaps most importantly, is Congress actually vested by the Constitution with the power to regulate emissions and, if so, where can that authority be found?