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2010 Was The Hottest Year Ever

By Matthew Yglesias  

"2010 Was The Hottest Year Ever"

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It’s amazing what a wide array of international players, scientists, etc. are willing to join the left-wing conspiracy to convince you that climate change is a problem:

The U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization said Thursday that 2010 was the warmest year on record, confirming a “significant” long-term trend of global warming and producing exceptional weather variations.

The trend also helped to melt Arctic sea ice cover to a record low for December last month, the WMO said in a statement.

Last year “ranked as the warmest year on record, together with 2005 and 1998,” the WMO added, confirming preliminary findings released at the global climate conference early December that were based on a 10-month period.

The fact that all three of the hottest years ever came within the past 15 years is really even more disturbing in terms of illustrating where the trends are headed. Meanwhile, Dave Roberts notes that the Republican Study Committee’s proposed budget entails deep cuts to clean energy and energy efficiency programs:

Energy Star Program: $52 million a year. Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants: $2.5 billion a year. DOE Weatherization Grants to States: $530 million a year. Amtrak Subsidies: $1.565 billion a year. (There are no cuts to highway subsidies, of course.) Technology Innovation Program: $70 million a year. (Wait, I thought support for innovation was “post-partisan”!) Applied Research at Department of Energy: $1.27 billion a year. New Starts Transit: $2 billion a year. Subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: $12.5 million a year. Title X Family Planning: $318 million a year. Appalachian Regional Commission: $76 million a year. (Why do we need this? They already have coal mines there!) FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership: $200 million a year. Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: $150 million a year. National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program: $56.2 million a year.

Obviously any program of deep cuts to domestic discretionary spending is going to slice some good energy programs. But what’s really noteworthy about the RSC budget is what it doesn’t cut. There are no reductions in subsidies for highways-building, for fossil fuel production, or for farmers so in addition to doing nothing to overcome our dirty infrastructural legacy, they’d have us continue full speed ahead on deepening our dependence on oil-powered vehicles and coal-fired power plants.

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