What Is This Publication?
Faced with what seems to be an increasing level of misleading rhetoric about conservative positions on public policy issues, The National Center for Public Policy Research has resolved to help bridge the gap between rhetoric and reality.
Disclaimer: We freely acknowledge that not all conservatives share every view related as "what conservatives think," nor does every speaker of what our editors perceive to be a left-wing comment think of themselves as "liberal." However, unanimity is impossible on questions such as these. We therefore offer our best judgment, and offer apologies to anyone who believes we could have done better.
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Photo of Valley Forge National Historic Park by James Lemass
Environment: Are Conservatives
"Un-American" on Global Warming?
On the matter of global warming, more precisely, the modern theory that human actions are causing the planet to heat to a soon-to-be-catastrophic degree, conservatives make several observations:
In summary: When it comes to global warming,
conservatives are not convinced there is a problem, are convinced
the left's expensive solution wouldn't work, but are willing
to consider the matter further.
(1) This is based on a review of global satellite and balloon temperature measurements and high-quality U.S.-based surface temperature station measurements. For additional details understandable to laymen, we recommend the short document "There Has Been No Global Warming for the Past 70 Years," published by The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and available online at http://www.co2science.org/edit/v3_edit/v3n13edit.htm as of January 22, 2004.
(2) If the Kyoto global warming treaty were to be ratified and adhered to by the U.S., Russia and E.U. (unlikely in all three cases, as the U.S. and Russia have not ratified and the E.U., which has, is not meeting its emissions targets), under the best of circumstances global "greenhouse gas" emissions would be reduced by about 2 percent. Global warming theory advocates say a 60 percent cut or more is needed to reverse what they believe is human-caused global warming.
(3) The $18 billion figure and the comparison to other nations' climate research spending comes from U.S. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), as quoted by Greenwire, January 16, 2004.
Fact Sheet: The Bush Administration's Actions on Global Climate
Change," The White House, September 2003, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/09/20030930-4.html
Issue Date: January 23,