A couple of gems. From state Rep. Jeff Lewis:
"It's global warming, not America warming," the lawmaker said. "Other countries like China, India and Russia must do something also. So the question becomes: Why should we handicap our economy when they're not willing to do the same to theirs?"
Somewhere Rep. Lewis' parents are asking: "If China, India and Russia jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?"
Hubbard, a Democrat, said the Georgia delegation shot down an aggressive global-warming policy in committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lewis and state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, said they were reluctant to ask for federal interference and wanted a cost-benefit analysis before any new rules.
But the full conference did vote in support of California's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, with Georgia one of a handful of holdouts.
"There are 40 states who feel we ought to start looking at this issue," said Hubbard, who championed the policy at the convention.
He said the science of global warming is clear, and he accused Georgia's skeptics of greed. "The lobbyists from the Southern Co. were over there in the committee meeting whispering in their ears," he said.
(State Rep. Mitch) Seabaugh, one of Georgia's legislators at the meeting, said the Southern Co.'s lobbyists voiced no opposition. ...
Seabaugh, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee, received more than $24,000 in campaign donations since the beginning of 2006 from industries that are major emitters of carbon dioxide and their lobbyists, including energy, paper, building materials and oil companies.