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EPA Formally Declares CO2 a Dangerous Pollutant
The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 7, 2009 | Nick Loris

Posted on 12/10/2009 8:55:25 AM PST by myknowledge

Step aside, elected Members of Congress. If you can’t pass cap and trade legislation, The Environmental Protection Agency will move in with massively complex and costly regulations that would micromanage just about every aspect of the economy. They announced today that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten public health and the environment.

Since 85 percent of the U.S. economy runs on fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, imposing a cost on CO2 is equivalent to placing an economy-wide tax on energy use. The kind of industrial-strength EPA red tape that the agency could enforce in the name of global warming would result in millions of dollars in compliance costs. These are unnecessary costs that businesses will inevitably pass on to the American consumer, slow economic growth and kill jobs. Although the crafted rules say only facilities that emit 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year or more will be affected, businesses fear the exemption may not hold up in court and could now be imposed on many smaller commercial buildings, farms, restaurants, churches and small businesses.

Even EPA administrator Lisa Jackson acknowledged top-down regulations would be more costly than a cap and trade system, saying, “Legislation is so important because it will combine the most efficient, most economy-wide, least costly, least disruptive way to deal with carbon dioxide pollution,” she recently stated, adding that “we get further faster without top-down regulation.” Of course, this isn’t a legitimate argument to pass cap and trade legislation. Cap and trade, a climate treaty and EPA regulations are the three ugly step-sisters of climate policy. Yet they’re trudging forward anyway.

The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis study of the economic effects of carbon dioxide regulations found cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) losses of $7 trillion by 2029 single-year GDP losses exceeding $600 billion in some years, energy cost increases of 30 percent or more, and annual job losses exceeding 800,000 for several years. Hit particularly hard is manufacturing, which will see job losses in some industries that exceed 50 percent.

And George Will writes that any emissions reduction targets, whether they come from the EPA, cap and trade, or a Copenhagen treaty are simply unattainable: “Barack Obama, understanding the histrionics required in climate-change debates, promises that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be 83 percent below 2005 levels. If so, 2050 emissions will equal those in 1910, when there were 92 million Americans. But there will be 420 million Americans in 2050, so Obama’s promise means that per capita emissions then will be about what they were in 1875. That. Will. Not. Happen.”

In the press release today, the EPA stated, “Science overwhelmingly shows greenhouse gas concentrations at unprecedented levels due to human activity,” and that “GHGs are the primary driver of climate change.” When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the initial endangerment finding in April, administrator Jackson noted that the agency “relied heavily upon the major findings and conclusions from recent assessments of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPPC].” Not only does Climategate seriously call this into question but so do the 700 dissenting scientists refuting claims made by the IPCC report. That 700 figure is more than 13 times the number of scientists (52) who had a direct role in the IPCC report.

Regardless of one’s view of carbon dioxide and global warming, environmental improvement and economic growth do not have to be mutually exclusive; in fact, most of the time environmental improvements come as a result of economic development. Companies will innovate and invest their resources to become more energy efficient because it will save them money in both the short and the long run.

In his New York Times column over the weekend, Jared Diamond points to Wal-Mart as an example: “Obviously, a business can save money by finding ways to spend less while maintaining sales. This is what Wal-Mart did with fuel costs, which the company reduced by $26 million per year simply by changing the way it managed its enormous truck fleet. Instead of running a truck’s engine all night to heat or cool the cab during mandatory 10-hour rest stops, the company installed small auxiliary power units to do the job. In addition to lowering fuel costs, the move eliminated the carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 18,300 passenger vehicles off the road.”

Increased regulations and red tape will stifle that innovation by reducing the amount of resources that can be invested efficiently. They will have disruptive impacts on the economy and on living standards that will ripple throughout the country to reduce the earth’s temperature a few tenths of a degree.

For more, see The Heritage Foundation’s full analysis on the how EPA regulations would hijack the economy.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: agenda; bhoepa; co2; endangermentfinding; envirofascism; envirowhackos; epa; epabrownshirts; epagestapo; globalwarming; greenhousegas; heritagefoundation; pollutant

This is Earth's valuable fertilizer: Carbon Dioxide, or CO2.

1 posted on 12/10/2009 8:55:26 AM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

These criminals need to be stopped.


2 posted on 12/10/2009 8:57:37 AM PST by antonico
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To: antonico

Don’t hold your breath, unless your favorite color is blue.


3 posted on 12/10/2009 8:58:47 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: myknowledge

Is there any truth to the rumor that we are going to be limited to the number of times we will be able to exhale in any given day?


4 posted on 12/10/2009 8:58:58 AM PST by kempster
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To: myknowledge

In 2012 I hope the Palin Administration will prosecute and jail the power-grabbing, anti-Constitutional EPA leadership (right after the agency is eliminated)


5 posted on 12/10/2009 8:59:58 AM PST by PGR88
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To: myknowledge; Entrepreneur; livius; DollyCali; According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; Thunder90; ...
EPA bureaucrats are useless breathers.

 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

6 posted on 12/10/2009 9:00:32 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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To: kempster

In order to reduce CO2 emissions, I propose a national “Stop Exhaling Day”. However, only liberals, statists, communists and those who voted for Obama will be required to participate.


7 posted on 12/10/2009 9:02:04 AM PST by Signalman
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To: kempster

Imagine, now they can pass a Global “Head Tax” on every single person in the world.

Expect the blue helmets to show up at your door if you don’t pay, well or they will show up to usurp leaders who don’t pay that is.


8 posted on 12/10/2009 9:06:15 AM PST by GraceG
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To: myknowledge
EPA Formally Declares CO2 a Dangerous Pollutant

In related news, the FDA has approved Brawndo as a new plant fertilizer.
It's got what plants crave! It's got electrolytes!

9 posted on 12/10/2009 9:07:27 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: antonico

The take over is nearly complete. First the economy. Second, healthcare. And, third, the environment. It’s all about CONTROL.

The anointed one has done more in eleven months to destroy the US than ALL the Congress critters of the past 200+ years, combined.

It’s time to take back the country.


10 posted on 12/10/2009 9:08:00 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: myknowledge

Exactly. Increasing CO2 is an unalloyed boon to all life on Earth.


11 posted on 12/10/2009 9:08:54 AM PST by DManA
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To: Bobkk47
In a similar vein, I propose a new defense against the charge of murder. Each murder victim was exhaling carbon dioxide, a pollutant. Therefore, the perpetrator was engaged in pollution remediation activities!

Not guilty!

12 posted on 12/10/2009 9:09:27 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: myknowledge

The EPA is a clear and present danger to the American population. They are a ship of fools.


13 posted on 12/10/2009 9:09:30 AM PST by Pilated
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To: PGR88

You are falling for the slight of hand. The EPA ONLY does what Congress want’s them to do. CONGRESS is the bad guy in this story, nobody else.


14 posted on 12/10/2009 9:10:07 AM PST by DManA
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To: myknowledge; shibumi; Markos33; Slings and Arrows
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, EVERYBODY STOP EXHALING RIGHT NOW!!!!
15 posted on 12/10/2009 9:11:59 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: myknowledge

Begin to reform Congress in 2010!

Call for complete REFORM in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then begin to clean up the mess.


16 posted on 12/10/2009 9:12:40 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: kempster

You just used yours all up for today.

Good luck and God speed.


17 posted on 12/10/2009 9:13:07 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: myknowledge

MYSELF6 FORMALLY DECLARES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A DANGEROUS POLUTANT.


18 posted on 12/10/2009 9:13:20 AM PST by myself6
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To: myknowledge

This is absolute madness that would make a Monty Python skit seem not so absurd.


19 posted on 12/10/2009 9:13:35 AM PST by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: myknowledge

When will the majority of Americans realize that email, talking, snail mail, tea parties, and just bitching will not do it?


20 posted on 12/10/2009 9:15:12 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Salamander
"FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, EVERYBODY STOP EXHALING RIGHT NOW!!!! "

Thanks to all the anti-smoking nazis, their unwitting dupes and the panic over second-hand smoke, governments at all levels have the tools in place to regulate who can exhale what and where they can exhale it. Now, by government decree, we are all exhaling dangerous pollutants, expect these statutes to start being used to corral people into certain zones and place a whole lot of public lands off limits.

Think I'm kidding? Just wait....

21 posted on 12/10/2009 9:15:52 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Bobkk47

This is a great idea. If they cut back the rest of us will still be able to use our barbeques and fill up before sundown.


22 posted on 12/10/2009 9:16:38 AM PST by kempster
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To: Logical me

I think a lot of folks already do realize it...

They are simply waiting for the spark...


23 posted on 12/10/2009 9:17:13 AM PST by myself6
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To: Bobkk47

Lets get together a bunch of volunteers to go out and actively reduce the level of pollutants being pumped into the atmosphere!

I think we should concentrate on the federal capital so as to help raise awareness to the real crises that is presented by letting noxious gas factories continue to exhaust their CO2 into our atmosphere.


24 posted on 12/10/2009 9:23:00 AM PST by myself6
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To: Salamander; Markos33; Slings and Arrows
"Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)
25 posted on 12/10/2009 9:25:29 AM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: Bobkk47

Seems like the best way to cut down on CO2 is to ban and sports activities, football, jogging, etc. Anything that makes a human breathe heavily is surely creating too much CO2.

No more bicycles, no skate boards, no exercize of any kind. Uses up too much oxygen.


26 posted on 12/10/2009 9:26:52 AM PST by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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To: myknowledge

EPA: too much authority in one place.


27 posted on 12/10/2009 9:29:25 AM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Nope.
Don’t think you’re kidding at all.

I’ve long asked *why* it’s the “B of ATF”.

Why lump ~those~ particular 3 things to together?

There is no logical commonality.

[unless of course it’s a strategic plan to outlaw them one by one]

I, for one, will LMAO when the limo libs can’t have any more of their precious snooty wine tasting parties or champagne.


28 posted on 12/10/2009 9:29:36 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: Salamander
"I’ve long asked *why* it’s the “B of ATF”...Why lump ~those~ particular 3 things to together?"

They stole it from a convenience store in the America where I grew up.

29 posted on 12/10/2009 9:31:29 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: EggsAckley; shibumi

Don’t forget sex....when done ‘properly’.

:)


30 posted on 12/10/2009 9:32:15 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: Joe 6-pack

*rimshot!*


31 posted on 12/10/2009 9:35:24 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: myself6

I think a lot of folks already do realize it...

They are simply waiting for the spark...
___________________________________________________________
I agree, everyone is waiting for that *spark*


32 posted on 12/10/2009 9:38:37 AM PST by Irenic
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To: PubliusMM
Exactly. Given that the Congress absolutely DOES have the power to immediately defund and abolish the EPA based on this clearly illegal power grab, and they obviously choose NOT to, one can only conclude that the Congress has willingly abdicated its Constitutional authority and obligations.

We're not supposed to have unelected, unaccountable, unrepresentative agencies running the nation's economy like this. And they are doing it based on absolute junk "science" that has already been debunked as a complete hoax and fraud!

Seriously, we may as well just have a King with absolute power. Our "representative" government is total sham, an enemy of The People, a de facto dictatorship, and we are nothing but meek and helpless subjects.

33 posted on 12/10/2009 10:08:59 AM PST by Zeddicus
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To: myknowledge; All

34 posted on 12/10/2009 12:34:32 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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