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2009-12-10 - 1:54 p.m.

Despite the quiet of the work night, I may have stopped something bad from happening by being in the right place at the right time.

Sometimes my gut instincts are good ones.


So the EPA has declared CO2 a pollutant and harmful to humans (that last part kinda makes sense, because if you breathe only that, you'll die). This despite the fact that every living mammal on the planet produces it.

(Ya know, long ago I knew it would come to this - I predicted someone would say that people were damaging the environment. Next, it will be suggested that we kill ourselves for the sake of Gaia.)

Now, let's link this to the cap-and-trade bill. It's passed the House, but the Senate is not moving quickly enough for the President. So what can the administration do to force the issue? Enter the EPA - which is part of the Executive Branch.

Now, because of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, the EPA got the authority to declare CO2 a pollutant, which they did. This gives the EPA the right to regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act - and it's all legal.

A spokesman for the Obama administration has issued a warning to Congress. The Senate isn't moving fast enough. So now the White House is telling the Senate to get off its collective asses and pass it. If the Senate fails to do so, the spokesman infers that the EPA will take a "command-and-control" role over the process in a way that could hurt businesses.

Now, they haven't named the spokesman, but check this out:

"If you don't pass this legislation, then ... the EPA is going to have to regulate in this area ... [A]nd it is not going to be able to regulate on a market-based way, so it's going to have to regulate in a command-and-control way, which will probably generate even more uncertainty."

Oh, and the "official" thinks that congressional action is preferable - because that would provide "compensation" for higher energy prices No mention of what "compensation" there would be.

So here we have an administration using the authority of the EPA to tell the Senate that it (the EPA) may do something that might hurt the private sector - and, at bare minimum, would introduce "uncertainty" into businesses - if the Senate doesn't pass a piece of legislation the president wants.

Sound good to you?


Well, despite the dire warnings...I'm going to the PO and getting some lunch.

Which means I'll be polluting the environment just by existing.

Let's hope I don't run into any Al Gore worshippers.

Be seeing you.


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