Monday, March 23, 2009

They must be stopped

Oh yeah, this'll make everything better...
The Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House on Friday finding that global warming is endangering the public's health and welfare, according to several sources, a move that could have far-reaching implications for the nation's economy and environment.

The proposal -- which comes in response to a 2007 Supreme Court decision ordering EPA to consider whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases should be regulated under the Clean Air Act -- could lay the groundwork for nationwide measures to limit such emissions.

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"By moving forward with the endangerment finding on greenhouse gases, EPA is putting in motion a set of decisions that may have far-reaching unintended consequences," said Bill Kovacs, vice president of environment, technology and regulatory affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "Specifically, once the finding is made, no matter how limited, some environmental groups will sue to make sure it is applied to all aspects of the Clean Air Act.

"This will mean that all infrastructure projects, including those under the president's stimulus initiative, will be subject to environmental review for greenhouse gases. Since not one of the projects has been subjected to that review, it is possible that the projects under the stimulus initiative will cease. This will be devastating to the economy."

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On Thursday Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, said, "There is no question that the law and the facts require an endangerment finding, and it should happen without further delay, and I believe it will."

If the power to tax is the power to destroy, how would you describe the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions? Or methane? I'm pretty sure that I emit both every day, and will continue to regardless of how I behave until some considerable time after I'm dead.

There is no part of this that is not a farce. If there is actual scientific evidence to support the theory that mankind is warming the globe, it's buried behind pseudo-scientific hogwash and hysteria. If there is any evidence to support the theory that significant economic suffering now will ameliorate potential suffering in 100 years, I've not seen it. What I have seen is eco-hysterics, anti-American leftists and big government politicians advocating the same policies they always advocate - more power for government, more control over the means and methods of production, less freedom for the citizens of this country.

This is obviously not a surprise, but the fact that we expect these people to behave this way doesn't make it any more palatable. They have to be stopped. Virtually every action that has been taken by this President and this Congress since the election in November looks as if has been specifically designed and intended to damage the American economy. Virtually every action that has been taken by this President and this Congress since the election in November, in the words of a better writer than I, "evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism."

And what's coming next? Nothing good. The destruction of the health care system and government rationing of medicine? (Otherwise known as "Universal Health Care.") Giving left-wing activist groups determine the reallocation of representatives? (The 2010 Census and ACORN.) Significant increases in energy prices? ("Green" energy and cap-and-trade.)

I am praying that the Democrats can be defeated in the off-year election next year. The prospect of a full Obama term with Reid and Pelosi at the helm is just horrifying.

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