Energy Exec Says ‘E-mails Helped Our Cause’
Mike Carey, ACARE President
Asked whether he thinks the tables could be turned on climate change alarmists after e-mail evidence of manipulation of climate change data by UK researchers surfaced last week, Mike Carey isn’t ready to declare victory. The president of the American Council for Affordable and Reliable Energy does, however, see value in those e-mails coming into public view.
“I think, definitely, those e-mails helped our cause, but there’s a lot of work to do,” said Carey during an interview that followed his address to a Saturday afternoon crowd of more than 2,500 tea party attendees at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis.
“The bottom line is that what we’ve seen in these e-mails, what we’ve seen with the press and these e-mails, truly shows that maybe we’ve been right all along,” he said, “and maybe they have just been kind of trying to tar us as something we are not.
“Anytime you believe in affordable and reliable domestic energy, somebody wants to look at you as if you’re a dinosaur,” Carey added.
As for the need to implement cap-and-trade measures, such as those contained in the U.S. House of Representative’s Waxman-Markey bill or the Senate’s Kerry-Boxer bill, Carey said people are starting to really question whether there was ever really a need to do it — and for good reason.
Carey said cap-and-trade legislation “will just devastate the Midwest, devastate Missouri and devastate St. Louis,” and that’s why his group is trying to stop them from becoming law.
On the global scale, his group is trying to stop the Copenhagen Treaty, a pact he describes as “looney” that’s set for discussion Dec. 7 in Denmark. Still, he remains hopeful.
“I think people are going to really start looking at these climate treaties that are multinational when the only country that has to lessen the amount of carbon they produce is the United States,” he explained.