April 28, 2009
It would be comedic– if it weren’t so serious.
Al Gore & pals are trying to push through a very serious, very burdensome carbon tax, a new derivatives bubble stands to grow around it, and there is in fact no scientific consensus on the issue– and yet the chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Environment, Rep. Ed Markey cuts off every single member of the House who attempts to raise questions or challenge Al Gore’s claims in any way, shape or form.
While it happened to Reps. Scalise, Burgess and Barton, the most blatant example was to during questioning by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), who was repeatedly interrupted by the chairman’s gaveling. Walden, for his part, protested the rude breach of order, as he was trying to ask some rather mundane, yet mildly challenging questions about the role of the CO2 debate in regards to protecting the forests.
Walden rebuffs the interruption with a recognition of the childish behavior: “Mr. Chairman….” Chairman Markey proclaims he ‘wasn’t gaveling’ but only ‘tapping.’ Gore, on the otherhand, seemed free to rant & rave with little or any consideration of the formal time limits. The only gaveling during Gore’s testimony came when Congressmen tried to respond to his statements or address certain points.
Meanwhile, the cost of such a carbon tax could easily reach heights of $700 Billion per year, a serious blow that obviously must be debated and counteracted.