Naughty Conservatives Shouldn’t Mind Votes for Waxman-Markey (Or So We’re Told)

In an error-riddled column posted Wednesday on, the supposedly conservative Michael Gerson has a novel take on the Republican Congressmen who voted for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill: He blames conservatives for minding.

One of his reasons: “It is typical that we praise independent judgment and political nerve in our elected officials — until they actually show those qualities.”

If any conservatives and/or others dedicated to limiting government called on our elected representatives to show “independent judgement and political nerve” in service of anything other than principle, they were wrong to do so.

Gerson doesn’t quote anybody, though, and I can see why: There are a lot more quotes available of conservatives calling upon their elected representatives to govern conservatively.

Gerson’s try to tar the conservative movement with a hypocrisy tag doesn’t work.

Gerson is honest, though, in saying he likes the bill (I find it difficult to believe this man is a conservative).

He likes it because, he says, the global warming theory is the dominant view of the “scientific community” (a brush broad enough to include gynecologists), because “some scientists” warn of “possible ‘tipping points’,” and because, supposedly, mankind’s carbon dioxide emissions have reduced crop yields and driven some species to extinction. How he could possibly know this is not mentioned, possibly because what he claims is beyond the current ability of modern science to prove or disprove.

Gerson says “global warming since the 19th century is undeniable,” which is another way of saying the planet warmed as the Little Ice Age ended, though Gerson does not mention that there even was a Little Ice Age (and before it, warmer temperatures, though no SUVs).

Gerson doesn’t mention, either, that if concern for crop yields is paramount, a little more CO2 in the atmosphere might be just the thing.

And then there’s his comment that warming since the end of the Little Ice Age is “closely correlated with increases in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide,” which by itself would prove nothing if it were true, but it isn’t.

There’s more, such as Gerson’s ludicrious comment that in failing to appreciate cap-and-trade, “conservatives seem strangely intent on ignoring the power of markets to encourage… innovation,” as if Waxman-Markey had anything whatsoever to do with free markets (oops, Gerson left the word “free” out, so there goes the innovation).

I could go on, but there’s really no need. I linked to the version of this column on TownHall with comments. The column is impossible to appreciate, but some of the comments are superlative.

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