You know pictures do indeed speak a thousand words!
I attended the Stop Global Warming Rally sponsored by the Alliance for Global Warming Solutions to urge Governor O'Malley and legislators to pass the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill proposed to reduce carbon emission by 25% by 2020 and 90% by 2050.
A similar bill (HB 890/SB 409) thankfully, failed to get out of committee last year. This year's bill is proposed to be very similar to the 2007 version. Indeed, the interim report of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, written by an alarmist advocacy group, recommended building off the 2007 bill. Myself and others have gone over ad nauseum why this legislation is bad. A more accurate name for the bill should be The Economy Destruction, Higher Energy Costs, More Expansive and Intrusive Government Act.
Several legislators walked the "Green Carpet" pledging their support for the bill. Delegates, Kumar Barve, Heather Mizeur, Ben Barnes, Justin Ross, Doyle Niemann, Jeff Waldstreicher, Jon Cardin, and Alfred Carr; along with senators Paul Pinsky, James Rosapepe, and Brian Frosh among others.
I believe the legislators sincerity and their belief in "the cause." However, they are dead wrong and their well meaning but misguided policy prescriptions will harm an already vulnerable economy, raise taxes and energy costs on working/middle class families, and make absolutely no impact on global temperatures. They may feel good about themselves, should this bill pass, but we will all pay through the nose for their false sense of security.
Any way on to the fun stuff: pics and commentary on the rally.
The crowd was rather friendly and congenial, they are just dead wrong on climate change. Although, I did stand next to one guy who was complaining about fascist Republicans. I guess he did not see my book recommendation.
I recorded a few minutes on a cam corder, but the speakers were obscured by a cover tent and umbrellas. It is also hard to take video and simultaneously snap pictures with a camera.
My favorite line out of all the speakers was from Brad Heavener State Director of Environment Maryland, who said "sure it will cost a little bit" in his dissembling on the draconian ramifications of alarmist policy prescriptions.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network Director Mike Tidwell's speech was like an old style southern revival sermon. Then again, climate change is a secular religion. Tidwell reminded me of this scene from Ghostbusters:
Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.
Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.
On to the pictures
What a wonderful day for a global warming rally!
Someone tell them the battle of the ICC is over and they lost.
Don't you just hate Yankee fans! Oh wait the other guy is dressed like a freakin smokestack. Street theater at its best.
Its always about the children. Where was Progressive Cheverly on Jessica's Law?
Legislators sign up to screw Maryland taxpayers and increase our energy costs