Composite Campaign Speech
on Global Warming
On October 30, 2003, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate voted on a bill, S. 139, to restrict our energy use to slow global warming. Sponsored by John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph Lieberman (DConn.), it went on to defeat, 55–43.
The narrow margin of defeat for S. 139 guarantees three things: global warming is politically hot, President Bush's environmental record will be an important part of the 2004 campaign for his defeat, and S. 139 will never go away. On Halloween 2003, McCain vowed to reintroduce the bill in 2004, promising a year-over-year fight until it passes, just as he did with his “Campaign Finance Reform” legislation.
In preparation for the vote on S. 139, and for years previous, McCain and others concerned about global warming assembled a written record in numerous House and Senate hearings on the subject, and in other venues. So much so, that a pretty decent campaign speech could be constructed by merely concatenating the recorded wisdom of our Solons on the subject of global warming. Think of the following as a generic campaign speech in the 2004 election cycle. (Each of the following statements is a direct quote from the sources noted.)
Global warming is a serious threat. There is overwhelming evidence that increasing amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are heating up the earth's climate and that inaction could be disastrous (1).
President Bush speaks of an axis of terror, but there is another axis of evil in the world: poverty and ignorance, disease and environmental disorder (2). The Bush Administration ignores the terror of environmental peril and denies the reality of 2,500 United Nations scientists who tell us that unless we find ways to stop global warming, sea levels could swell up to 35 feet, submerging millions of homes under our present day oceans (3). The crisis in climate change