As most of you know, former Vice President and soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore spoke in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Science and Technology Wednesday about the dangers of anthropogenic global warming (video available here).
What you probably didn't know is that the global warmingest-in-chief actually recommended a tax on pollution to solve the problem.
I kid you not.
*****Update: Prepared text of Gore's testimony is available here.
As ABC News reported (emphasis added):
I promise you a day will come when our children and grandchildren will look back and they will ask one of two questions. Either they will ask, 'what in God's name were they doing? Didn't they see the evidence?'" Gore asked. Or he said, "they may look back and say 'how did they find the uncommon moral courage to rise above politics and redeem the promise of American democracy?
Of course, Gore placed the burden of solving this as yet unproven crisis on America and Americans:
America is the natural leader of the world. And our world faces a true planetary emergency.
How should we solve this problem? Well, according to ABC News:
Gore suggested several proposals including a 90 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — an aggressive reduction that critics argue would cripple the U.S. economy.
He also suggested that Congress raise fuel economy standards and enact a moratorium on any new coal fired power plants that don't include technology to capture greenhouse gas pollution and store it underground.
Isn't that special?
And, as you might expect, Gore called for Congress to create "pollution" taxes. In his view, taxes should be reduced on employment and production to make way for new taxes on the pollution one emits, mainly CO2.
I'm sure you can't wait to find out how much that will cost you in the future to solve a problem that likely doesn't exist now, and, according to most of the global warming skeptics, will actually be one of global cooling within the next couple of decades.
Of course, people like Gore at that point will likely blame that cooling on global warming, right?