Struggle Over Climate Bill Continues

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Former Vice President Al Gore says a new climate bill is one of the most important legislations ever to be introduced while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks it's bad for America.

Friday on Capital Hill the two heavy-hitters argued their positions on the new climate change bill that is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions commonly blamed for global warming.

Critics of the bill fear it will create a cap-and-trade system to cut emissions, which they say would raise energy costs. Gore, however, urges quick approval of the bill.

"Each day that we wait, we increase the risk that we will leave our children and grandchildren an irreparably damaged planet," Gore said. "Passage of this legislation will restore America's leadership of the world and begin at long last to solve the climate crisis."

"Energy tax punishes senior citizens. It punishes all Americans," Gingrich countered. "If you use electricity, it punishes you. If you use heating oil, it punishes. If you use gas, it punishes you.

"This bill will increase your cost of living and may kill your job," he added.

CBN News Science and Medical Reporter Gailon Totheroh spoke with Canadian economist Ross McKitrick about the impact of limiting carbon dioxide emissions.

McKitrick warns that there are serious consequences to overrating carbon dioxide's effect on climate.

"There's no way to reduce CO2 emissions except by reducing the energy consumption itself," he explained. "So it would force the low cost suppliers of electricity, mainly the coal and oil-fired power plants, to raise their costs substantially, to essentially back out of the market."

"They'd be replaced with... higher cost electricity sources," McKitrick added.

A recent Pew survey also found that Christians are more likely to doubt global warming than the rest of Americans.

The survey showed 71 percent of Americans believe there is solid evidence to support global warming, but only 58 percent of evangelical Christians think the evidence is true.

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