During the cap & tax debate I sent emails to all of my representative, including Bill Nelson. Well BIll responded to me today. Yes it is a form letter that lays out his position, but oh my God. I don't know where to begin. Let me just show the whole thing to you:
Thank you for contacting me regarding cap-and-trade legislation.
I am interested in cap-and-trade programs because they would let the market, not the government, dictate how to lower harmful emissions. I believe that we have the technology and ability to meet the challenge of climate change in a way that will provide new economic opportunities and make us more competitive internationally while protecting consumers from high energy prices and breaking our dependence on oil.
Global warming threatens Florida's fragile ecosystem and $56 billion tourism industry. Rising sea levels will encroach on Florida's pristine beaches and harm coastal wetlands and the Everglades. Increased carbon dioxide and water temperatures will damage sensitive coral reefs and endanger Florida's diverse marine species. A scientific study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded with 90 percent certainty that global warming is caused by the accumulation of man-made greenhouse gasses.
On June 26, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The Senate is expected to consider legislation to address energy independence and climate change in the fall.
I will continue to work in the Senate to fight the effects of global warming. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me, and I respect your views. Please feel free to regarding any additional issues of concern.
Senator Bill Nelson
Holy crap, where do you start with this mess?
Rising sea levels will encroach on Florida's beaches? Even if they do actually rise like the alarmist say, how much beach would be lost by 9 inches? Vertical rise from all Florida beaches is about 6 feet or more due to tides.
90% certainty global warming caused by man-made GHGs? MM GHGs contribute to much less than 1% of GHGs. The vast majority is contributed by water vapor. Oh that whole water vapor thing is also a balancing mechanism affecting those sea levels he is so worried about.
IPCC consensus? What consensus?
The scariest thing about this is that he believes it (or someone in his office is doing a damn good job of faking it). My first reaction was to just trash this trash, but the more I think about it I think something needs to be done with this.
Any suggestions from our political experts on how to use this letter in a way to gain a politcal benefit?