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RUSH: ‘A noted geologist who coauthored the New York Times bestseller Sugar Busters has turned his attention to convincing Congress that carbon dioxide emissions are good for the Earth and don’t cause global warming.’ I first came across this on a blog, it’s at the US Snooze & World Report, the Washington Whispers column by Paul Bedard.

‘Leighton Steward is on Capitol Hill this week armed with studies and his book ‘Fire, Ice and Paradise’ in a bid to show –‘ and, by the way, our official climatologist, Dr. Roy Spencer, is there as well trying to persuade members of the Senate that there is no manmade global warming and the culprit is not carbon dioxide. And he’s trying to get these senators ‘working on the energy bill that the carbon dioxide cap-and-trade scheme could actually hurt the environment by reducing CO2 levels.’ Leighton Steward says, ‘I’m trying to kill the whole thing. We are tilting at windmills.’ And when I saw this — and we’ve got a sound bite here, by the way, this afternoon on the Fox Business Network live, Stuart Varney spoke with Leighton Steward about cap and trade and Stuart Varney said to him, ‘You’re saying that we need more CO2 emissions, that it would in fact be good for the environment?’

STEWARD: There is real good news out there that the Earth needs more CO2 if we want to green the Earth. Now, if cap-and-trade comes in and we really get successful in trying to reduce CO2, we will actually take food out of the mouths of people, and we will move in a direction of browning the Earth. I know that sounds unbelievable, but it’s true.

RUSH: Why does it sound unbelievable? Only because there is a culture that has developed resulting from the hoax that CO2, which we exhale, is a poison and that it will destroy the climate. When in fact he’s right, green things need it. They need it. Green things cannot live without CO2. I got to thinking about this and I think that these senators all know this. Now, there are probably some idiots in the Senate who probably have bought the hoax. I mean not all those guy’s elevators go all the way to the top floor. Many of them are an order of fries short of a Happy Meal. But still they’re there and they got elected. But most of them know full well this is a hoax, just like Obama knows his stimulus plan is not about creating jobs. Obama is a about creating economic stagnation and prolonging it. Obama is shepherding our economic decline. It’s time to bring the United States in line with other nations around the world and so cap and trade, the global warming hoax, it’s just part of the mix. It’s all part of the methodology to get us into a pared-down economy, to raise taxes, to punish achievement, to penalize economic activity with higher taxes.

He said we’re just tilting at windmills out there, Leighton Steward did. This is a noted geologist. I mean profoundly high reputation among his peers. He does bring a lot of truth to power when he goes and tells these guys. But all this legislation — health care, for example, is not about health care, it’s not about improving your health care, it’s not about insuring more people. It’s not about anything that they say it’s about. It’s about straitjacketing the US private sector, it’s about straitjacketing our economy, it’s about raping one-sixth the economy and putting it under the control of Barack Obama, peace be upon him. That’s what all this is about. These are just mechanisms to make that happen. So Leighton Steward can go up there and he can tell ’em right and he can probably even convince them, those that don’t agree with him that he’s right and it won’t matter because it’s not about climate change. It’s not about saving. It’s about destroying, mark my words.

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