Can the feds really micromanage the environment?

For Immediate Release Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Lieberman-Warner bill assumes the federal government can control the weather

Joining the debate surrounding the Lieberman-Warner Climate Securities Act of 2007, the Libertarian Party issued the following statement from party spokesperson Andrew Davis:

“The idea that the federal government can micromanage the global environment is about as absurd as it can get. Congress might as well pass legislation calling for the regulation of eclipses and the earth’s rotation–as it would be in the same spirit as the Lieberman-Warner Act. This act, supposedly done in the best interest of society, will cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars for results impossible to measure or predict. If our elected officials want to gamble with the weather, the Libertarian Party asks that they do so on their own dime, and not that of the taxpayer.”

The Libertarian Party supports a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources, but believes that environmental stewardship is best left to individuals, not the government.

“The government has no right to restrict or impede American corporations from doing business with costly legislation based upon impossible-to-prove assumptions. The future of the environmental movement should rest in the hands of consumers and their choices made in the free market rather than in burdensome legislation that is destined to yield no results at an astronomical cost to an already struggling U.S. economy.”

The Libertarian Party recently issued an “Earth Day” press release calling for a reduction in the size of government as a way to “go green.” That release can be found here .

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting . The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

For more information on this issue, or to arrange a media interview, please call Andrew Davis at (202) 333-0008 during normal business hours, or at (202) 731-0002 during any other time.

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