NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

We are victims of political posturing

Robert J. Samuelson writes about "Greenhouse Hypocrisy," Washington Post, June 29, 2005.

Samelson gets it right:
What we have now is a respectable charade. Politicians and advocates make speeches, convene conferences and formulate plans. They pose as warriors against global warming. The media participate in the resulting deception by treating their gestures seriously. One danger is that some of these measures will harm the economy without producing significant environmental benefits. Policies motivated by political gain will inflict public pain. Why should anyone applaud?
Our public pain is on the way, with mandated CO2 reductions that will cost car buyers in 2009-2016 between $1,000 to $3,000, with no measurable change in global warming. The PUC is considering a “carbon tax” which will be added to electric bills for power generated by oil, coal, or natural gas. No proven benefit. .

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