That Regulatory Saber
by Floy Lilley
TO REGULATE ‘POLLUTANT’ CO2" screams the headline. Thus does
our most recent fearless leader thumb his nose at We the People.
Not trusting to democratic institutions like Congress, Obama hides
skirts in a spineless ploy to have his way mandated upon us.
or transparent legislation was not
looking promising. The U.S. Senate voted
down Obama’s climate plan. Climate czar Carol Browner has been
by the Senate moderates that no
one was wagering that cap and trade climate legislation was
going to get passed. Did Browner put her old EPA hat back on to
help rattle this saber? How embarrassing for greens to hold so many
political Democratic Party cards and still be so impotent.
is a very bad day for pushing expensive climate change alarmism.
Climate policies are shifting toward reason, sobriety, debate, engaged
real science, and fiscal restraint.
to have second thoughts about the advice he’s being given when so
many prominent scientists are freshly skeptical:
of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton,
has become outspoken and critical of the computer models which
are driving climate alarmism. Dyson says, "I have studied
the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve
the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of
describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans.
They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the
chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They
do not begin to describe the real world that we live in."
Dyson tackles these bogus
climate models along with stratospheric
cooling in two short YouTube videos.
president of the World Federation of Scientists, is now saying
that "models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) are incoherent and invalid from a scientific point
Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT, takes a harder look at
climate feedbacks. "Future generations will wonder in
bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world
went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature
increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross
exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined
into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate
a roll-back of the industrial age."
foremost Earth scientist, Ian
Plimer, publishes Heaven
And Earth: Global-Warming The Missing Science.
The inconvenient professor Plimer states that "The
hypothesis that human activity can create global warming is extraordinary
because it is contrary to validated knowledge from solar physics,
astronomy, history, archaeology and geology."
- A U.S. Navy
warns of possibly "several decades of crushing cold temperatures
and global famine." Concern
about cooling becomes commonplace. Mother Nature might even
be credited with saving capitalism if this climate realism can
end the suffocating alarmism. Russia
airs cooling concerns freely. The Russians say our twelve-thousand-year-long
warm period is ending and we are entering another ice age.
graphs (within the PDF report) show global temperature has
been falling for seven years. The graphs also show "CO2
concentration had been rising at about half the UN's central estimate,
requiring its warming projections to be halved and rendering them
harmless; and that 20 years of satellite observations of changes
in outgoing long-wave radiation had demonstrated conclusively
that the UN had exaggerated the effect of CO2 on temperature by
a factor of 710. The economic graph showed the cost of adapting
to "global warming" (if and when it resumed) as being many times
cheaper than the cost of attempting to mitigate it."
out of time to force us to swallow his catastrophic global warming
agenda. The catastrophe evaporates as the harsh reality of the economic
costs of such a global climate bureaucracy become clearer. Climate
policies in Europe are changing rapidly. France’s most eminent climate
Allegre, is likely to become that country’s equivalent head
of the EPA. The G-20 meeting in London earlier this month ignored
climate change. The G-20’s written statement mentioned the word
"climate" only two times out of 3,146 words. Expectations
are falling rapidly for the Copenhagen Climate Convention efforts
this December to birth Son-of-Kyoto.
GREEN POLICY WILL KILL U.S. ECONOMY, SAYS OIL CHIEF"
screams another headline. Has this President forgotten already
that our U.S. economy is in a protracted nosedive? His budget calls
for a $646
billion climate tax through a carbon-trading system that will
throttle taxpayers. White House officials already admit this tax
could be three times larger. A family of four could have to shell
out nearly $45,000 in climate taxes during the coming decade. And
that is all before the EPA gets started regulating. Whatever is
he thinking of?
have not waited for any EPA to tell them they can’t breathe out.
They’ve gotten a jump on rationing energy. One victim is protesting.
An electric utility
sues New York over CO2 regulation. The utility valiantly fights
the state on claims broadly ranging from "impermissible taxation"
to Constitutional violations. I wish the utility well, but our government
has never met a tax that was "impermissible" and doesn’t
appear to give a flip about the Constitution.
having been said, you can take
action on the EPA’s proposed action. The EPA’s action is that
the EPA Administrator signed a proposal with two distinct findings
regarding greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air
- The Administrator
is proposing to find that the current and projected concentrations
of the mix of six key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2),
methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons
(HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
– in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of
current and future generations. This is referred to as the endangerment
- The Administrator
is further proposing to find that the combined emissions of CO2,
CH4, N2O, and HFCs from new motor vehicles
and motor vehicle engines contribute to the atmospheric concentrations
of these key greenhouse gases and hence to the threat of climate
change. This is referred to as the cause or contribute finding.
action would not itself impose any requirements on industry or other
entities. An endangerment finding under one provision of the Clean
Air Act would not by itself automatically trigger regulation under
the entire Act.
comment period is open for 60 days. Take the gloves off. Submit
written comments. Attend one of two hearings. Support those who
do. Obama has to already know that this issue is going to take him
down. Whatever is he thinking of?
Lilley [send her mail]
is an adjunct faculty member at the Mises Institute. She was formerly
with the University of Texas at Austin's Chair of Free Enterprise,
and an attorney-at-law in Texas and Florida.
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