HB 549, introduced by Rep. Joe Reed, has been referred to the state legislature’s Natural Resources comittee:
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: “AN ACT STATING MONTANA’S POSITION ON GLOBAL WARMING; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.”
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Public policy concerning global warming. (1) The legislature finds that to ensure economic development in Montana and the appropriate management of Montana’s natural resources it is necessary to adopt a public policy regarding global warming.
(2) The legislature finds:
(a) global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana;
(b) reasonable amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere have no verifiable impacts on the environment; and
(c) global warming is a natural occurrence and human activity has not accelerated it.
(3) (a) For the purposes of this section, “global warming” relates to an increase in the average temperature of the earth’s surface.
(b) It does not include a one-time, catastrophic release of carbon dioxide.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 75, chapter 2, and the provisions of Title 75, chapter 2, apply to [section 1].
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
Presumably Mr. Reed is not aware that global warming is already destroying the namesakes of Montana’s Glacier National Park, and that global warming-induced infestations of bark beetles are already destroying Montana’s forests. How destroying the timber industry and wilderness tourism would benefit the state economy is not quite clear.
Nor, for that matter, is it clear what basis Mr. Reed has for his “findings.” He seems to have simply made them up from whole cloth, without even realizing that he’s simultaneously arguing for three incompatible position: that global warming isn’t happening and can’t happen, that it’s happening but not because of human-produced carbon dioxide, and that it’s happening because of carbon dioxide but that’s OK.
At least he isn’t talking about astrological causes of global warming.