January 23, 2009

Repeal global warming, Piscopo urges

Thanks to Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green's blog, I see that the state representative whose district includes Burlington, Republican John Piscopo, has introduced a measure "to repeal global warming legislation that was passed based on the assumption that global warming is caused by human action."
I have a call in to Piscopo to find out why he's seeking the legislation.
But here is something from a 2006 transcript of the House proceedings that provides a revealing glimpse:

Mr. Speaker, I didn't want to make this into a big global warming debate, but I guess it's been introduced, and I just kind of want to summarize.
Yes, there is some warming on the planet in the last few years. A lot of it can be measured by the activity on the sun. The sun is just more active. We go through periods of warming. We'll go through periods of cooling.
Mark my words, in ten years, we're all going to be worried about late spring frosts, and early fall frosts, and crops dying and we're going to be in some huge climate cooling hysteria. That's just the way it is with this globe. It warms and it cools.
There is nothing the little State of Connecticut, in rolling back its economy to 1990 standards, or over-regulating its manufacturing industry or anything like that, is going to do to stop this huge planet from having fluctuations in its climate.
And I can introduce a lot of different science to this. A lot of it gets squashed by our mainstream media, but I hope that you will all keep an open mind on this debate, in the future, and I will keep trying.

And here is a press release he put out about it awhile back that I wish I'd seen before today.
Here's what state Rep. Bill Hamzy, the Plymouth Republican whose district includes northwestern Bristol had to say during the same 2006 floor debate where Piscopo spoke:

I also rise to speak on the issue of global warming, which was introduced by one of my fellow Representatives, and also state that I believe you can have, in this Chamber, a difference of opinion without resorting to code words like right-wing think tank, or left-wing think tank, or liberal or conservative.
And you can have an honest difference of opinion in a conversation about issues that we take up in this Chamber. And because of differences of opinion, I'm not sure that it's credible to be throwing out those types of words.
If you go back over the course of the history of this world, more than just 15 or 20 years, but go back 1,000 years, you'll see the pattern of global warming and global cooling and recognize that while, I also believe that it's incumbent upon us to reduce emissions.
But I do not believe that the emissions that are released in the State of Connecticut affect the global warming as an entire universe.

And last February, with this measure, Hamzy and Piscopo sought to use money allocated to combat global warming to reduce electrical rates instead.

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Concerned Conservative said...

John Piscopo is truly a strong conservative, a great member of the General Assembly, and a man of great character.

Thank you Steve for including him in your posts here on your blog.

Roald A. said...

More legislators may follow Rep Piscopo's lead, starting in Arizona. Read how that happens at this link: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/11/post_135.html

Notice how that story was written before the news of Obama's selection of Janet Napolitano as Sec of Homeland Security. Unlike other states with Lt Governors, AZ's Sec of State fills that vacancy, so now their brand-new Republican Governor Jan Brewer may be free to sign resubmitted bills that were vetoed by Napolitano, such as one that would prevent state agencies from participating in regional agreements to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, consider what the Western Climate Initiative's fate will be in another GOP controlled legislature like Utah, or in Montana where there is a GOP controlled Senate and 50-50 split in the House.... domino effect collapse, anyone?

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conn-man said...

FINALLY !!!!!!!!!!!

A government official with active brain cells .

Picsopo for president ? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Scientists do not agree that there is global warming other than the earth's natural cycles.

Odin said...

To all sensible readers: stay away from this thread. Not a single legitimate scientist disputes the fact that human activity is responsible for the current level of global warming, so there is no point in posting rebuttals based on facts. People like Piscopo and
"Concerned Conservative" are wedded to a political agenda that is not supported by scientific facts, so they invent "facts" that support their agenda.

Odin said...


It's easy to say "scientists". But like I just said, not a single real scientist agrees with you. The only disbelievers left are the Rush Limbo types and extreme right-wing politicians (i.e. a small minority of the Republican Party).

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Anonymous said...

I wonder if that ice sculpture of Al Gore in Fairbanks, Alaska has melted yet. :)

Concerned Conservative said...
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Concerned Conservative said...

After reading the post by "Odin" attacking me for no reason, I wonder how you can single me out as one who speaks with "vitriol". I suggest Steve that you monitor the nasty-ness and uncalled for speech coming from flaming leftists such as the "Odin" and others.

In response to the point brought up by Piscopo, I ask if the carbon etc. released through the burning of fossil fuels and industry in general is creating climate change (and it may well be), I say the biggest creators of this condition are the emerging industrial countries like Red China, India, Eastern Europe, Indonesia and in Africa.

In addition over regulating the American economy (Connecticut in particular) and punishing the job creators in the US is only going to worsen the economic mess conservatives are being blamed for creating. Once again it is obvious that liberals are/have been creating economic stagnation and are anti-economic growth except for that of government.

I initially posted that I respect Piscopo as a Legislator in general. I did not make any comments on his stance on global warming.

I would ask Steve, if you are to criticize me for being inflamatory, one should note the belligerence, lack of maturity, inability to reason and lack of comprehension skill of some people that post here particulary that of "Odin".

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Ellen said...

Speaking of facts, this site provides a long list of those (scroll down below the opening article), as well as many links to further information:



And, a question:

What do the following scientists have in common?

Dr. Edward Wegman, former chairman of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences;

Dr. David Bromwich, president of the International Commission on Polar Meteorology;

Prof. Paul Reiter, Chief of Insects and Infectious Diseases at the Pasteur Institute;

Prof. Hendrik Tennekes, director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute;

Dr. Christopher Landsea, past chairman of the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones;

Dr. Antonino Zichichi, one of the world’s foremost physicists, former president of the European Physical Society, who discovered nuclear antimatter;

Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, world-renowned expert on the ancient ice cores used in climate research;

Prof. Tom V. Segalstad, head of the Geological Museum, University of Oslo;

Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, founding director of the International Arctic Research Center, twice named one of the “1,000 Most Cited Scientists”;

Dr. Claude Allegre, member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences and French Academy of Science;

Dr. Richard Lindzen, Professor of Meteorology at M.I.T., member, the National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate;

Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the space research laboratory of the Russian Academy of Science’s Pulkovo Observatory and of the International Space Station’s Astrometria project;

Dr. Richard Tol, Principal researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies at Vrije Universiteit, and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change;

Dr. Sami Solanki, director and scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany;

Prof. Freeman Dyson, one of the world’s most eminent physicists;

Dr. Eigils Friis-Christensen, director of the Danish National Space Centre, vice-president of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy.

One answer is that none of them is a "legitimate" scientist according to Odin's claim that "Not a single legitimate scientist disputes [AGW]."

Another is that all of these and more are featured in the book The Deniers.

Another is that they're only a small (though illustrious) sample of the large and increasing number of scientists who dispute the claim that human-produced CO2 is causing a climate crisis.

tloogp said...


Your feeble minded fascistic attempt to stop the truth from coming out has failed over and over again. Your religion is being exposed for the fraud that it is. I don’t expect you to read any of this research but here is a link to a site that complies just a small amount of legitimate research disputing GW. Oh wait it’s climate change now as the globe stopped warming 10 years ago. None of this research relies on computer models that the researcher will not great access to their modeling data.


Concerned Conservative said...

Interesting stuff!

Oh and by the way...

Piscopo for Governor 2010

He'll get the rust off Connecticut!