Skip to comments.Global Warming Not A 'Hoax,' Beebe Says
Posted on 01/03/2009 7:33:43 AM PST by presidio9
Global warming is serious problem, not a "hoax," and requires more than a state response, Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday.
"I think it's a threat, and I think global warming is occurring," Beebe said in response to a caller to his statewide radio program who said he believed the climate change crisis was a "hoax."
Another caller asked if Arkansas was going to promote a national carbon tax, which is being discussed in Washington, D.C., as a way to get companies to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere, a major cause of global warming.
Any initiative designed to tackle the global warming issue "shouldn't be done on a state-by-state basis ... It should be done regional, national or global," Beebe said during his monthly call-in show "Ask the Governor" on the Arkansas Radio Network.
In October, the Governor's Commission on Global Warming recommended the state impose a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in the state until technology to capture emissions improves. Southwestern Electric Power Co. is building a $1.5 billion coal-fired plant in Southwest Arkansas.
The commission, which said the plants are a major source of carbon emissions, also suggested a carbon tax that would set a fee for the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
In November, the state Department of Environmental Quality granted an air quality permit for the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County.
Last month, opponents presented the governor with 3,700 signatures on petitions asking that the project be halted until environmental concerns can be addressed. Beebe said he did not think he has the authority to impose such a moratorium.
Responding to another caller Friday, Beebe said he had not reviewed a bill pre-filed this week that would allow consumers to place security freezes on their credit reports, but said he agrees with the concept.
Rep. Dawn Creekmore, D-Hensley, prefiled a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would expand the state's current security-freeze law and allow all consumers, not just those who have already been victims of identity theft, to place freezes on their credit reports.
In 2007, Beebe vetoed similar legislation by Creekmore, saying he was concerned that parts of the legislation might be taken advantage of by those wanting to commit identify theft.
"We had some concerns that it would do more harm than good," the governor said Friday.
Beebe later in the 2007 session signed a measure backed by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that allows credit freezes for victims of identify theft.
Late last year, three of the nation's main credit bureaus began allowing consumers to places freezes on their reports, regardless of whether they were victims of identify theft.
"If this can be written in such a way that you can do this even before you've been affected by a credit problem, then yes, I can be supportive of it," Beebe said. "The concept is 'yes, let's protect the consumers, but let's not make it easier for the bad guys.'"
Beebe is sucking up to Washington for a handout.
Beebe says??? Oh, well then. I believe it.
Actually I believe that someone stuned that Beebe.
(Sorry. It had to be said.)
I think people are going to get beyond mad about this crap. They’d better.
I think all these idiot politicians get a private showing of how big an intravenous tube they can insert into their taxpayers if they accept the global warming premise. Probably, it isn’t too hard of a sell.
Let me just say that Mike Beebe better get his facts straight. The people of Arkansas are not idiots. If politicians try to push a carbon tax or increase gasoline taxes, the American people will clean house. Count on it.
Beebe is a joax.
The bigger the lie....
And globull warming is a whopper.
I look at it more as the Scam of the Millennium. A hoax would cause a lot less harm.
Gee, and there’s no indication of which political party Governor Beebe belongs to. Could he be with the “Silly Party?”
Then again, there’s “global warming” and there’s “man-made global warming”. Big difference.
To show the fallacy of their argument, ask to see ONE scientific study showing AGW. Don’t hold your breath for an answer, you won’t get even one study never name a scientifically performed study. Not ONE.
Personally, I think it should be done state-by-state so that any Governor who is persuasive enough to convince his dolt voters to go along with the hoax is free to punish them without injuring anyone else. Then the remainder of the population who are not zombies are free to vote with their feet by moving to a saner state.
I hate to sound tedious, but where in the Constitution does it say that the Federal government should regulate climate? It is not their mission, nor their role.
A state can try a carbon tax, but it will hurt them compared to other states. Another way to say this, is that reality will strike them sooner than with a nationwide tax, which will only hurt the whole country in competition with the rest of the world.
I like the questioner’s phrase referring to a a carbon tax as something designed to get “the companies” to act in a certain way. Of course, the customers will pay the tax. Already, companies are caving on this issue, because it really makes little difference to them. Many of them line up with their own “green” advertisements, which is a way of kow-towing to the politicians.
The headline made me cheer, though. How often do you see even the slightest acknowledgement that there isn’t a “consensus” on global warming?
Their defensiveness means that, in spite of the media, we are getting heard.
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