Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bike League at Congressional hearing this morning

In 20 minutes, Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, will speak at the Select Committee Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing titled "Constructing a Green Transportation Policy: Transit Modes and Infrastructure". The hearing is at 9:30 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2203, Washington, D.C. Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Vice Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced the hearing in response to Congress and the Obama administration's pressing agenda items -- global warming, clean energy and job-creating infrastructure projects. Clarke will discuss the considerable role cycling and walking can play in combating climate change and promoting energy independence. Footage of the hearing will be available here. Click here to view Clarke's written statement to the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.


  1. I am all for adding bike lanes to make a ride to work safer. I am all for conserving our natural resources.....they are God given. We need to be energy independent an drill for our own oil and natural resources.
    Riding bikes is family fun. Riding to work saves our natural resources. It is a great way to stay healthy.
    Man-made global warming is a HOAX. Obama is wrong(not only this issue). It is a TAX. CO2 is plant food and only makes up .017% of our atmosphere. See Brian(aka Brad) Sussman's article on entitled "The Real Climate Deniers" as well as many many others. Google: man made global warming hoax. Our atmosphere goes through solar cycles and has for thousands of years. Man-made global warming is based on lies.
    We need to be riding our bikes for the right reasons; family fun, fitness & conserve resources not wrong reasons to "stop global warming" it does not exist.

  2. Climate change is not a hoax, it is backed by science, and we are moving beyond the historical cyclical temperature ranges.

    Here is a link to an article (with supporting reference linked).

    You may not like the politics of the site, but the links support the conclusions.

    I read Brian Sussman's article, but I have a hard time taking it seriously for the following reasons: he uses a cold spell in the US as evidence that the planet is not in a decades-long warming trend (as if the US stock market's rise today is evidence that we're not in a global recession), refers to climate scientists as "global whiners," environmentalists as "eco-freaks," and the data he cites as "facts" don't match the data from his cited source, the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC). (Is Brian lying, or have the data changed?)

    He also suggests that a cap and trade system would cause terrible hardship. Yet the New England states already employ a cap and trade system. The fact that we don't hear much about it suggests to me that it is working just fine and wouldn't unduly hinder the nation if rolled out nationwide. My father lives in New Hampshire and his utility bills actually are less than mine! Brian Sussman does not appear to have his facts straight.

    I agree that if we all started riding bikes we wouldn't reverse the changes in climate, although it would make Cleveland a much nicer place to live.