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CLIMATE: Wake up and smell the snowflakes

Letter by Ken Morse, Olympia on Dec. 30, 2010 at 10:29 am | 54 Comments »
December 30, 2010 3:16 pm

Though a British court found Al Gore’s scare-film had more factual holes than Swiss cheese, the most “Inconvenient Truth” is Mother Nature’s. While we rejoice over snowshoers rescued on Snoqualmie Pass, the snow quietly falls across the nation to testify against global warming quackery. Florida manatees flock to power-plant warm water to survive.

Abandoning the 1970s’ global cooling craze, activists joined Gore’s bandwagon. Shouldn’t we be more wary of politicians who invest in stocks, then write law forcing us to by their product?

Cap-and-trade legislation failed in the Senate, but global warming advocates at the Environmental Protection Agency implement it through regulation anyway. It’s time to heed Mother Nature’s warning: “Wake up and smell the snowflakes.”

EPA’s global warming regulations are just the tip of the iceberg. In our state, some regulations benefit a few lucky businesses.

For example, most don’t realize the state code for septic systems (WAC 246-272A) disallows the Uniform Plumbing Code, creates virtual monopolies and exempts certain products from field-performance requirements. It’s the ultimate dream: a code to keep competitors out which is full of delicious anti-consumer provisions producing ripe fruit for a few lucky corporations.

Last summer in Lewis County, citizens rose up to defeat the Department of Ecology’s proposal to “reserve the right” to slap water meters on private wells. Given the current disregard bureaucrats have toward citizen rights and consumer protection, it is high time the public pushed back.

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