by William Teach | February 6, 2011 8:17 am
And by dirty air, they mean carbon dioxide, a trace gas that is necessary for life on Earth: Clean Air Under Siege
Shortly after he entered the Senate in 2007, John Barrasso told his Wyoming constituents that the country’s biggest need was an energy policy to deal with carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.
That was then. In lockstep with other Senate Republicans, he helped kill last year’s energy and climate bill. Now he has introduced a bill that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency and any other part of the federal government from regulating carbon pollution.
Oooh, scary! “Pollution.” You know, the type that plant life loves. The stuff most other life on Earth expels during respiration.
Congress’s failure to enact a climate bill means that the E.P.A.’s authority to regulate these gases – an authority conferred by a landmark Supreme Court decision in 2007 – is, for now, the only tool available to the federal government to combat global warming.
An authority not conferred by the Legislative branch.
The modest regulations the agency has already proposed, plus stronger ones it will issue later this year, should lead to the retirement of many of the nation’s older, dirtier coal-fired power plants and a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions.
Which would do what, exactly? Other than cause rolling brownouts and blackouts, since it is difficult to get power from solar panels covered with snow and wind turbines whose hydraulic fluids are frozen. I guess the Fish Wrap editorial board missed that globull warming has made it so cold that manholes are exploding in NY City. But, they are worried about all sorts of bills in Congress that would weaken the EPA’s non-existent authority to regulate greenhouse gases, which have caused 92 roofs to collapse in Mass., snow in West Palm Beach, and farmers worried about crop survival. Oh, and Warmists spinning like tops, with their “AGW causes cold and snow” meme, which, oops, is bat guano.
That is just obstruction by another name. It would delay modernization and ensure that more carbon is dumped into the atmosphere. History shows that regulatory delays have a way of becoming permanent.
Modernization, eh? To…..what? Enviro-weenies block the building of alternative energy plants or their transmission lines. You liberals won’t actually allow the building of new nuclear plants. France beats us on the use of nuclear. France! I’m not a big fan of coal, but, America needs power, not stupid pronouncements from climate hypocrites sitting comfortably in their Manhattan offices. Say, what happened to all that Stimulus money that was supposed to be used to modernize the energy infrastructure? Perhaps the Times should investigate that.
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