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Is Global Warming a Civil Rights Issue?

Paul Chesser, special correspondent for the Heartland Institute, posted this encouraging item on his blog May 1, 2009.

The Climate Drudge (aka Marc Morano) just sent out this link to a Wall Street Journal blog post which explains how difficult it has been for House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to buy enough votes to get his global warming legislation out of a key subcommittee.

The Journal reporters explain how skeptical moderate Democrats are having qualms about the bill, but then they quote very liberal Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina about the challenges:

“I don’t think the votes are there in the subcommittee,” Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.) said in an interview. Mr. Butterfield said he was particularly concerned about the bill’s impact on low-income Americans, adding “What do I tell a single mom making eight dollars an hour?”

Could it be that Butterfield, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is understanding the message that the Congress of Racial Equality’s Roy Innis has been delivering for so long now? If liberals have trouble supporting cap-and-trade, is there any hope for it at all?

See the Opposing Views debate, Is Global Warming a Crisis?


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