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A View from the Altar / Honorable Senator Martinez,
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Honorable Senator Martinez,

Thank you for your response to my e-mail regarding the Waxman-Markey bill.  This bill is about to be considered by the Senate.  It is vital to the energy future of America that this bill be defeated.  The ostensible justification for the bill is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thereby reduce the threat of global warming.

There are two basic reasons you should reconsider your support for this bill.  The science does not support it and neither does an economic analysis of its effects.  On the scientific front, global warming has not been proved to exist.  Even if you are convinced that claims about warming are valid, it is not apparent that warming is harmful, nor has any connection been proved showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide is causing global climate to change.  And even if you believe carbon dioxide is changing the climate, it’s not apparent that human activity is responsible for the change.

On the economic front, the Waxman-Markey bill is an energy tax.   Enacting this tax will further cripple the ailing American economy and drive manufacturing jobs to China and India where production is more competitive.  The heavy losses of American jobs and industrial strength will be wasted since China, India, and the rest of the world will not agree to ruin their own economies in order to mollify Western environmentalists.

The most responsible action for the Senate is to delay this bill until two things happen.  First, a genuine consensus on man-made global warming must be reached.  Questions and challenges arising daily by scientific investigation need sound answers before such a damaging tax is enacted.  Second, two of the world’s largest CO2 emitters, China and India, must get on board with CO2 limits.  But until the science is strong enough to convince them, they will not take on the kind of sacrifices envisioned by Waxman-Markey and will continue to industrialize at a rapid rate, far outpacing any CO2 reductions Americans alone could possibly achieve.

Please consider changing your position on this bill and oppose new energy taxes under Waxman-Markey and any other, similar bills.

Sincerely,

Stephen W. Reed

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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