N.H. would be hurt by climate change deal
With a skeptical American public already rising up against a cap-and-trade scheme that would send energy prices through the roof, a whistleblower at the influential Climate Research Unit revealing that the temperature data used to make the case for global warming was badly manipulated, predictions of yet another cold winter, and the fact it has been nearly a decade since global temperatures stopped rising, the global warming debate is at a crossroads.In New Hampshire, the impact of President Obama turning over U.S. policy to some U.N. bureaucrat could be devastating. According to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers, it would mean the price of gasoline would increase 25 percent, electricity by 27 percent, and natural gas by 60 percent. We would stand to lose 9,000 New Hampshire jobs by 2030.India and China have suggested they might agree to increase their emissions at a slightly slower rate. However, that will still put the U.S. at a huge competitive disadvantage. Developing countries in the Third World are willing to get on board, but only if they get staggering wealth transfers from U.S. taxpayers.The world is starting to come to grips with the limits of the American president's rhetoric, but Obama has yet to face this reality. During his goodwill tour of Asia last month, Obama stood with Chinese President Hu Jintao and promised to "rally the world" toward a binding global agreement on global warming - a Kyoto II - in Copenhagen.Obama, it seems, is more interested in pleasing adoring crowds in Europe than blocking a policy that would slam New Hampshirites with huge costs. But these huge price impacts create problems abroad, too. Australia's Senate has already rejected cap-and-trade. China and India can accept some efficiency measures, but certainly cannot risk disrupting economic growth. It looks increasingly clear that the most likely result from Copenhagen will be a lot of sweeping rhetoric about progress, a commitment to meet again next year in Mexico City, and no agreement of any substance.Unfortunately, that doesn't lessen the anger for the American people because the Obama administration is doing more than making promises abroad. The administration is actually taking active steps to circumvent the Senate and implement policies that outsource our economic future the United Nations.Under the direction of White House Climate Czar Carol Browner, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to unleash an onslaught of greenhouse gas regulations. These regulations are an interpretation of the 1970 Clean Air Act. They are further based on the United Nations climate reports that depend, in turn, on the now-discredited temperature data from the Climate Research Unit.Americans for Prosperity will be there in Copenhagen to tell the real story of what is at stake: our country's economic future, and whether this administration will get away with outsourcing it to bureaucrats at the United Nations and so-called scientists who are willing to obfuscate and manipulate. We can't afford to lose this fight. Phil Kerpen is director of policy and Corey R. Lewandowski is New Hampshire state director of Americans for Prosperity.