During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to discuss newly proposed climate change legislation from Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) just said this about cap-and-trade programs to limit carbon emissions:
This is the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced. I’ve lived through some tough times in Congress: impeachment, two wars, terrorist attacks. I fear this more than all of the above activities that have happened.
You may recall Shimkus from some of his other rational, non-hyperbolic arguments, such as the time he publicly reasoned that high carbon dioxide levels might not be so bad. After all, the dinosaurs didn’t seem to mind.