The House passed important new legislation on June 26. The subject was climate change, but it will affect America in a million impossible to anticipate ways. Of course, Congress does not care. They have not bothered to read the bill, all 1,092 pages, nor has there been any serious studies to anticipate its consequences. Two years of research and modeling might not suffice to understand its likely effects on the vast, complex US economy.
Nor, of course, has the field of climate science recieved the funding and staffing required to provide a basis for trillion-dollar impacts on the US economy. It’s as if the Apollo project was conducted out of a garage in Palo Alto, CA.
About HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
- Full text of this bill
- Outline of the bill
- “On the House floor“, David Freddoso, op-ed in the Washington Examiner, 26 June 2009
This is like Lord of the Flies, children pretending to be a government. It ended badly for them, and will probably end badly for us. Such large process errors in the operation of our government might eventually prove lethal for our peace and prosperity. Perhaps for the Republic itself.
Anthropogenic global warming might be a servere threat. This bill might be wonderful, perfection in legislation. We don’t know, and don’t care. It’s an odd way to run a nation. Links to past posts about climate change appear below the fold.
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- About Science & Nature – the history of climate fears