Solving the Problem, One Inflated Syllable at a Time

| January 30, 2007 | 1 Reply

You have to hand it to Senator Barbara Boxer for not at all being shy about her vanity and the vanity of her fellow Senators.

Boxer chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works which held its first hearing today on the issue of climate change. Normally, such a hearing would include some basic opening comments, then it would proceed right to the witnesses who would generally be experts in some aspect of climate change. Perhaps we might hear from some climatologists, geologists, or some other sort of -ologists whose great knowledge and experience would help them explain to the committee the complicated mechanisms behind global climate change now and as far into the past as we have data. There would no doubt be a lot of facts and figures the Senators (you and me, too!) could assimilate and evaluate, so as to build a better-informed opinion.

What we got was this:

The purpose of the hearing is to hear from each Senator about his or her views on global warming, and what the Senator believes the nation’s response should be to the issue.

Ooooookay. Does anyone really give two hoots and a holler about what the Senators think about global warming? I don’t want the Senators to think anything about global warming right now. I want them to listen carefully to the evidence and reach an informed conclusion.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Senator Boxer has already made up her mind about what she intends to do and this hearing, as hopeful as we may be that it will be useful, is just an excuse for her to say that she gave the issue fair consideration. Witness this quote:

“Time is running out, and we need to move forward on this,” Boxer said of global warming during a conference call with reporters. “The states are beginning to take steps, and we need to take steps as well.”

Because God forbid that the states take action before the behemoth rises to blanket everyone with a few metric tons of bureaucracy!

Boxer’s vision is to put into place a law much liek the one recently passed in California. The problem with that is that she has no clue whether that law is actually going to be an effective one or not. Oh, she has a chance to see. She could wait a year or so and see if the law is actually doing what it was proposed to do. But no. She can’t wait because…


I suspect that the real reason that Boxer is in such a hurry is because she knows that her laws will help funnel money to the special interests who back her up. She knows full well that by simply holding these hearings, environmental alarmists will raise millions of dollars to “help” her cause (and pay for some healthy salaries, jet plane trips, company cars, dinners, and such for the people who run these alarmist non-profit groups).

But hey, these guys were the ones America wanted, so there you go. Nothing says “solving the problem” like standing around in a circle telling every one how you feel about it.

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