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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The rent seekers are getting interested in the profit potential in the "fight against global warming." Here is an input from "junkscience:"

Former RNC head goes ‘Benedict Arnold’ on climate

Former Republican National Committee chairman — and the man who reportedly advised President Bush in early 2001 not to regulate carbon dioxide — has switched sides and is now being paid to lobby for greenhouse gas regulation on behalf of the eco-activist group Environmental Defense.

According to Greenwire’s John Fialka (Feb. 21), ED board member and hedge fund tycoon Julian Robertson is putting up the cash to hire DC lobbying powerhouse Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mehlman and former Democratic congressman Vic Fazio will lead Akin Gump’s efforts. "Their first mission is to find the right political formula to attract the 60 votes necessary to overcome a likely filibuster threat [of climate legislation] in the Senate," reported Fialka.

In addition to advising Mr. Bush against CO2 regulation, during the 2004 presidential contest, Mehlman told the Toledo Blade (Aug. 31, 2004) that, "If the U.S. had ratified the Kyoto protocol to reduce ‘global warming’ as Mr. Kerry advocated, the U.S. would have lost 1.4 million industrial jobs."

The one thing that can be said for Benedict Arnold — as opposed to Mehlman – is that at least Arnold didn’t go traitor for the cash.

Lobbyists… yuck.

This reminds me about a conversation that happened at a global warming conference. A denier said to a rent seeker, "Do you really believe in this global warming hype?" The rent seeker replied, "Who gives a shit, there's a lot of money to be made." So, the train is leaving the station. Get on board. There is plenty of money to be made before the ignorant masses figure out it's a hoax.


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