Oh, Utah! Now the Utah House of Representatives has gone and passed a (non-binding) resolution which questions climate change science.
Science by legislative fiat doesn’t look pretty. It’s one thing to debate ways to address the problem, but it’s quite another to throw credibility out the window.The resolution
… urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs and withdraw its “Endangerment Finding” and related regulations until a full and independent investigation of climate data and global warming science can be substantiated. …
The legislator who sponsored this bit of folderol is a “dairy and crop farmer,” name of Kerry W. Gibson. You can bet Gibson uses all the science he can in his business, but he seems to have trouble when it comes to listening to Utah’s own experts. As reported by Desert News, during the debate on the resolution,
Rep. David Litvak, D-Salt Lake, read from a letter by scientists “at that radical university — BYU,” which said politicians should not be attacking scientists or science that they, for political reasons, disagree with.
To be fair, the resolution stems from economic concerns stemming from fears that cap-and-trade policies might harm Utah’s agricultural economy. Nevertheless, the attempt at being scientific is somewhat remarkable. Some of the whereas’s from the bill read as follows, and speak for themselves:
WHEREAS, global temperatures have been level and declining in some areas over the past 12 years;
WHEREAS, the “hockey stick” global warming assertion has been discredited and climate alarmists’ carbon dioxide-related global warming hypothesis is unable to account for the current downturn in global temperatures;
WHEREAS, there is a statistically more direct correlation between twentieth century temperature rise and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere than CO2;
WHEREAS, outlawed and largely phased out by 1978, in the year 2000 CFC’s began to decline at approximately the same time as global temperatures began to decline;