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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  June 25, 2009

Topic category:  Climate/Climate Change/Weather

Drop the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Once respectable organization now a political operative of climate alarmists

In a mass email to members, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) urges members to support the "American Clean Energy and Security Act" aka the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. However, nowhere in the email nor in the link to a form for urging congressional passage of the bill is it identified as the costly and counterproductive Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.

The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill is founded on deeply flawed "science" put forth by a relatively small band of politically and financially-motivated climate "alarmist" scientists who stand to personally benefit from mandatory (and costly) reductions in fossil fuel use (this includes natural gas, oil, and coal). This bill will sharply increase costs for everything that uses fuel or energy for transportation and/or production. That means everything.

This would be a very bad bill if the economy were robust and able to absorb attempts to artificially restrict fossil fuel use at time when no cost-effective alternatives are widely available. However, at a time when our economy continues to worsen under the directionless leadership of a clueless federal government, this bill will have devastating financial consequences to just about every American family.

As if that weren't bad enough, the once-respected National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has sent a mass email that deviously urges members to support Waxman-Markey without ever mentioning that this is the "cap-and-trade" scheme that will cost most Americans dearly with dramatically higher energy and fuel bills. If you think gasoline and electricity are high now, just wait until this bill becomes effective (you'll think of today as "the good old days" of affordable energy!). Evidently, the geniuses at the NTHP never considered how much less we'll be able to afford for historic preservation if our energy prices are soaring!

Bad decisions should have consequences. This action by the NTHP is not only bad, it is devious. The failure to identify this bill as the infamous "cap-and-trade" scheme legislation that will skyrocket energy costs is an attempt to fool members into supporting the bill because it has an earmark for funding that would apply to historic buildings. Once again, Congress piles on extraneous expenses into yet another bill in order to muster lobbying support from groups who perceive a benefit from passage of the underlying legislation. The NTHP is being a willing dupe in urging support for this very costly scheme that will have no practical benefit whatsoever to Americans, now or in the future.

SInce the NTHP appears to have become nothing more than a lobbying effort for big government schemes, there is no longer any valid reason to support this organization.

I urge everyone with a sense of responsibility to take the following actions:

It is time we stopped this insane Congress from parlaying global ignorance about CO2 into a massive regulatory scheme designed to pay off political contributions of those who see a lucrative future in alternate energy schemes so long as existing relatively cheap energy can be artificially escalated in price so that costly alternatives will be acceptable to the people.

This tawdry manipulation of the population for financial and political gain has got to stop. It won't stop if you sit idly by and simply watch it unfold.

Contact the NTHP, and then urge your members of Congress to reject Waxman-Markey on the basis that it is conceived from deeply flawed "science" and will have no measurable impact on climate at a huge cost in energy and fuel for the average American family.

Failure to speak out now forfeits any right to complain about soaring fuel and energy costs in future.

Bob Webster
WEBCommentary (Editor, Publisher)

Biography - Bob Webster

Author of "Looking Out the Window", an evidence-based examination of the "climate change" issue, Bob Webster, is a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s). He is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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