BP, Conoco, Caterpillar Quit Climate Action Group

As Climategate scandals continue to expose widespread fraud in the global warming “scientific” community, three major companies this week announced their withdrawal from the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobbying group of businesses and radical environmentalists that “have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.”

BP America, ConocoPhillips and Caterpillar were the largest companies to withdraw from the group this week revealing a refreshing new boldness from companies once browbeaten by radical environmentalists into supporting “global warming” legislation.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he wasn’t surprised by this turn of events.

“With cap-and-trade virtually dead this year and the credibility of the UN’s global warming science collapsing, it is no surprise that companies are questioning whether job-killing global warming legislation — no matter how beneficial to their own bottom lines — is really a sound policy after all,” Inhofe told HUMAN EVENTS. “They apparently now see that it’s not. The American people support alternative energy — but not with policies such as cap-and-trade that tax the energy they use now. The best option, the one that Republicans support, is to use all of our domestic energy resources in a way that creates jobs, strengthens energy security, and keeps energy affordable and reliable.”

“House climate legislation and Senate proposals to date have disadvantaged the transportation sector and its consumers, left domestic refineries unfairly penalized versus international competition, and ignored the critical role that natural gas can play in reducing GHG emissions,” ConocoPhillips Chief Executive James Mulva said in a written statement.

“The climate change conversation is shifting to discussion of more detailed specific policy proposals and we think that we can be a more effective advocate for a bill if we participate as BP and not as part of a larger organization,” BP spokesman Ronnie Chappell said. “We can be more effective if we show up in the discussion as BP.”

“We are withdrawing our participation of USCAP, not our efforts to enact environmentally sound, economically sustainable climate and energy policies that do not place the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage to others,” Caterpillar spokesman Kate Kenny said.

Climategate is wreaking havoc on the racket that is global warming. The falling dominoes are accelerating.

Reid’s Stimulus II Falters

The Hill newspaper is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lacks the votes to bring his new $15 billion “stimulus” bill to the floor to begin debate when the Senate returns from its week-long President’s Day recess on Monday.

The trimmed-down bill is a partisan effort that would, among other things, extend unemployment benefits yet again, allocate more funding to infrastructure spending (less than one third of the first “stimulus” bill has been spent) and resurrect the inept Jimmy Carter-style employer tax credit for hiring that is more of a one-year wage subsidy than an actual tax cut.

A bi-partisan bill offered by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mt.) and top Republican on the committee Chuck Grassley (D-Iowa) had a price tag of $85 billion that extended some specific business-friendly provisions such as tax credits for research and development tax credit and “green collar” biodiesel. The larger tax credit extender bill was shot down by Reid.

Conservatives Sign Mount Vernon Statement

Over 80 conservative leaders met yesterday in the Collingwood Library and Museum in Alexandria, Va., part of the original Mount Vernon estate owned by George Washington, to sign a document they call the “Mount Vernon Statement” outlining a set of principles articulating the embrace of constitutional conservatism. (In 1960 a similar document called the “Sharon Statement,” was signed by conservative leaders at the Sharon, Conn. home of National Review Editor William F. Buckley, Jr., at the ceremony founding the Young Americans for Freedom group).

Attendees at the Mount Vernon signing ceremony included former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, and nephew of William F. Buckley, Jr., Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy; Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator; David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union; David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness, Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America and many others including representatives of the Tea Party groups.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) have voiced their support for the Mount Vernon Statement.

“For those of us striving hard every day to defend our nation’s freedoms from liberalism’s belief that an ever-increasing government is the cure for every care, the Mount Vernon Statement is a breath of fresh air that reminds us that constitutional conservatism need not be reinvented or poll-tested in each new election cycle,” Pence said. “It merely needs to be restated and practiced, as its principles are timeless. I am therefore honored to be included as a signer of this proclamation.”

“America became the world’s greatest nation because of the freedom of our people to take risks and succeed without the heavy hand of government dragging them down,” DeMint said. “This didn’t happen by accident, our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to limit our federal government’s ability to interfere with our lives. Unfortunately, many of our elected leaders have forgotten this. They see no limits and create new government programs to address every problem. This has led to crushing debt and crippling taxes that threaten to pass on to our children and grandchildren a nation that is weaker than the one we inherited. We must act boldly if we’re going to save freedom.”

“I fully support the Mount Vernon Statement as a vital recommitment to our Constitution and the liberty it was written to protect,” DeMint added. “If our leaders cannot agree to these fundamental American principles, they are part of the problem and should be replaced.”