Senator says science behind man-made global warming is alarmist, oversold
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The plan to impose a carbon tax on American citizens may be dead at least for the time being after Republican Senator Lindsey Graham shockingly reversed his views on climate change, telling a press conference that the science behind man-made global warming is in question and those pushing it are alarmists who have oversold the problem.
South Carolina Republican Graham told reporters that he would vote against the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill he helped author as a consequence of his reversal, meaning the package will fall short of the votes it needs to obtain passage, according to a Senate aide.
In an October 2009 New York Times op-ed co-authored with Sen. John Kerry, Graham argued, that “climate change is real and threatens our economy and national security.”
However, following the evisceration of trust in promoters of man-made global warming in the aftermath of the Climategate scandal, Graham has now sensationally reversed his position, stating, “The science about global warming has changed. I think they’ve oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they’ve been alarmist and the science is in question,” adding, “The whole movement has taken a giant step backward.”
Answering a follow up question, Graham noted that, “The public acceptance about global warming has changed,” possibly referring to polls which now indicate that the majority of Americans do not believe in the reality of man-made climate change.
Insiders say that Graham’s reversal all but kills the cap and trade provision that was contained in the Kerry-Lieberman bill.
“I just can’t see where we’d get 60 votes for a comprehensive energy bill with a cap on carbon at this point,” the aide to a senator on the Environment and Public Works Committee, who is closely involved with the issue, told Raw Story.
However, the elite are still desperate to impose a consumption tax on Americans as part of the move towards a “post-industrial revolution” and the kind of nightmare “green economy” that has left Spain with a 20 per cent unemployment rate. In a so-called green economy, over 2.2 jobs are lost for every “green job” created.
The Senate is expected to try and push a watered down bill with the hope of moving towards a carbon tax later on.
“If we passed a bill that has a good renewable energy standard, has strong building codes, invests in efficiency and raises fuel economy, we’re on the path to lowering emissions, and it makes it easier to pass cap and trade later,” argued the aide, who requested anonymity.
As we previously reported, Graham withdrew his support for both the Democrat’s pro-amnesty immigration bill and cap and trade legislation just a week after ALIPAC Chairman Gheen gave a speech in which he demanded that Graham come clean on the fact that he was being blackmailed over his homosexuality.
Graham’s support for legislation that was highly unpopular amongst his own constituents strongly suggested that he was being strong-armed into toeing the line on policies being pushed by the Washington establishment.
Now that Gheen’s allegations are out in the open, Graham may feel that the heat is off and he can abandon his endorsement of unpopular legislation and concentrate on trying to keep his Senate seat.