A U.S. Senate committee has passed landmark legislation aimed at combating global warming by limiting carbon dioxide emissions. The vote was timed to coincide with the U.N. conference on climate change taking place in Bali, Indonesia. VOA's Deborah Tate reports from Capitol Hill.
The bill would set caps on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from electric utility, transportation and manufacturing industries beginning in 2012 with the goal of cutting emissions 60 percent by 2050. It would create an incentive system that would give credits to industries that cut pollution. Industries that failed to reduce emissions would be forced to buy credits from others.
The Democratic-led Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11 to eight, largely along party lines, to send the measure to the full Senate for what supporters hope will be action early next year.
Bleated Babs Boxer, California Democrat and chairwoman of the committee...
..."We are facing a crisis that will hit our children and our grandchildren the hardest if we do not act now. Not to act would be wrong, cowardly, and irresponsible."
Senator Boxer, who is expected to travel to Bali as part of a U.S. congressional delegation next week, said committee approval of the bill sends a signal to the rest of the world that the United States is serious about reducing global warming.
The government meddles in the affairs of private business enough already. Levying fines on successful businesses will make their products more expensive and will cause the economy to creep closer to depression. But that's exactly what liberals want, an America in need of their help...help that comes in exchange for votes. Hopefully the full Senate will soundly reject this lunacy when it comes time to vote, but I fear that they'll get swept up in the idiotic global-warming frenzy that the Goreacle has orchestrated.
It's about control people! The politicians want to control as much of your lives as they can. Every day, the creeping, putrid rot of liberalism seizes a little more control of businesses, schools, entertainment, travel, food, etc. Today it's private business. Tomorrow it's healthcare, 1/7th of the US economy. The next day, they'll ban smoking, spanking, and fat consumption in the private homes of law-abiding citizens. The desire of politicians to control your private lives never ends.