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March 23, 2009

Elections Have Consequences*...EPA Set To Regulate Just About Everything In The Name Of So-Called "Global Warming"

Awesome!

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.

..."This is historic news," said Frank O'Donnell, who heads the public watchdog group Clean Air Watch. "It will set the stage for the first-ever national limits on global warming pollution. And it is likely to help light a fire under Congress to get moving."

But business groups decried the move as an economic disaster.

"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."

Once again the giant shiny thing in the sky could not be reached for comment about the Earth's temperature.

Obama said he was getting politics out of science. Unfortunately he's simply replacing it with blind faith since the data surely doesn't support his 'scientific' positions.

The Chamber of Commerce guy is undoubtedly right, enviros will use this finding to tie anything they don't like up in the courts for a good long time. Aside from delays and costs, it will simply mean a great deal of normal activity will not be a matter for free people to decide individually or through their elected representatives but rather in courts.

What could go wrong?

*In fairness, I'm not absolutely convinced a President McCain wouldn't have done the same thing. I guess in this case 'elections' includes primaries.


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