Skip to comments.Climate-Change Bill Could Lead to Increased Regulations on Fireworks
Posted on 07/07/2009 3:11:11 AM PDT by Man50D
Americans use more 200 million pounds of fireworks each year, the majority on July Fourth. Because fireworks emit carbon dioxide (CO2) as they burn, however, the fireworks industry may come under tighter regulation if cap-and-trade legislation passes in the Senate in coming months.
A cap-and-trade bill already passed in the House on June 26, which has raised concerns that Americans will soon be paying more for energy.
The House bill, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, introduces the possibility of calculating the amount of carbon emitted by products and labeling the products with this information.
The (EPA) administrator shall conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a national program for measuring, reporting, publicly disclosing, and labeling products or materials sold in the United States for their carbon content, the act lays out in Section 274.
David Chavez, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energys Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a fireworks expert, said that most consumer fireworks in the U.S. are sold around Independence Day, but carbon emissions from fireworks are only a tiny piece of the carbon-emission pie.
Compared to other sources of CO2 emission, pyrotechnics is probably not even in the ballpark, Chavez told CNSNews.com.
According to the American Pyrotechnic Association, in 2008, Americans used 213 million pounds all told -- including 186 million pounds purchased by individual consumers and 27 million pounds used in professional displays.
Chavez said that in a worst-case scenario, carbon dioxide emissions from fireworks would amount to 0.006 percent of the total emissions for the nation.
Basically, the amount of pollution created by all fireworks in this scenario would be equal to about the amount of CO2 produced by 50,000 average Americans annually, he told CNSNews.com.
According to the Clean Energy and Security Act, the term carbon footprint refers to the level of greenhouse gas emissions produced by a particular activity, service or entity.
The carbon lifecycle of a product is the greenhouse gas emissions that are released as part of the processes of creating, producing, processing or manufacturing, modifying, transporting, distributing, storing, using, recycling, or disposing of goods and services.
Both the footprint and the lifecycle of the fireworks industry would come under government scrutiny if the cap-and-trade bill is enacted as proposed.
The precise effects of cap-and-trade on firework consumption remains unclear, but some scientists are currently trying to develop green, environmentally friendly fireworks, which they hope will supplant traditional fireworks.
A new generation of green fireworks is quietly making its way toward the sky, Michael Bernstein of the American Chemical Society said in a press release.
Just when you wonder how stupid our Rat Congress can get, it becomes even stupider.
Is there no end to this Climate Change nonsense!
It would have been safer and preferable for AlGore Inventor of the Internet(R) to be allowed to be POTUS. At least his madness would have been subjected to checks-and-balances. Unleashed, he has become a monster.
The Saracuda is also unleashed now. Things will get interesting.
There’s not going to by anything left that we recognize by next summer if this keeps up.
When the powers of darkness come in like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard.
America (the people, not the gummit) wasn’t born yesterday. It may take a while to grasp what is happening, but when it does, watch out!
Yes, watch out. The government has gotten so much control. It’s not going to want to give it up.
It is fascinating to see how polarizing Obama is.
The 40% of Americans who could have voted for some presidential candidate last year, but didn’t, are an awfully huge Atlas. When they care enough to shrug......
A trait shared by........how many? This is a test...!
....these inspections will begin in what neighborhoods...I believe I have an idea..... What neighborhoods will be avoided by these "inspectors"...? GRIN
The Democrats in our town were working hard to get the fireworks cancelled this year.
They started out by saying by getting the Democrats on the County Freeholder Board to cut the subsidy that the county has been provding for the past twenty years.
Then they argued that there was not enough money, since the town was furloughing some employees, and that any money the town had should be spent on reducing the scope of the furlough.
After the furlough, the Democrats argued that spending money on the fireworks was inappropriate because it would hurt the feelings of the employees who had been furloughed.
Then the Democrats on the County Freeholder Board announced that they were going to fund the fireworks at a nearby town, which has a more “diverse” population and lower incomes, because they wanted to be “inclusive”.
After that town failed to match the funds, causing that display to fall through, the county finally came up with the same subsidy as in years past. The county money was lined up and the town money was lined up.
Then the Democrats played their final two cards.
First they said that the town was going to have to spend a boatload of money to put in temporary provisions to make the fireworks “accessible” to the handicapped. This was shot down in short order.
An, finally, they started whining about CO2 and global warming. By this time, it was too late to stop things from going forward. I got the feeling that they were just establishing a place-holder, for when they try to kill the fireworks for next year.
I don’t know why they had it in for the fireworks display. It is a time-honored tradition that everybody in town enjoys. But they played every card in their hand trying to get them cancelled, and I don’t think they are going to give up.
Anything and everything patriotic is targeted........ Let's move the targets to the proper locations....
It represents the best of America. It is a "tradition" therefore needs to be gutted. It reminds people of the war for Independence, which is patriotic, therefore must be eliminated.
If it is pro-America it needs to die so that the masses forget about the goodness of America and accept their new marxist overlords.
The bullshit from GodGov gets deeper and deeper.
Liberals try real hard but they haven’t exterminated us yet. I went to my hometown for Independence day for the first time in years and found traditional America. Lots of horses, tractors, and kids in our parade.
I made up a slideshow but I don’t know how well it works.
I think a lot it has to do with the fact that fireworks displays have been the traditional method of saluting America and all that she stands for, for almost two centuries. This is not the America they envision and want nothing to do with validating that America.
Simple truth is 4th of July fireworks displays are just too patriotic for many of today's Americans.
There will be high fines and long jail sentences for sparkler bootleggers.
BBQs are already regulated in Los Angeles. Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!
climate change=change to communism.
Cap and Trade bills will only be passed to stop the colors Red, White, and Blue ,in traditional fireworks displays.
What a great parade.
There were a lot of pictures I didn’t include. Fire trucks from all around the area, a truckload of kids on their bikes, that sort of thing.
One thing I noticed missing from the parade was a high school marching band. A teacher won’t work to put it together and not enough kids want to put in the time either.
Note the streets of our town are extremely wide...Why? This width allowed a wagon drawn by Ox or Horse to make a U-Turn.....
Patriotism is alive and well in Fredericksburg, Texas.....
We "almost" got rain last night....Not a cloud in the sky today...predicting up to 105 degrees today...
My little hometown of Hanover Michigan (pop 424 as of 2000) has the biggest celebration in the area. Things were a little subdued this year due to the economy but I would estimate between 15 and 20 thousand people in town for the day. The party store, grocery store and bar were doing a booming business.
There were tractor pulls at the farm heritage museum and the antique reed organ museum had stuff going on all weekend. My niece took 3rd place in the talent contest so she had a good day.
Just Wow! Your sildeshow was wonderful! That is America! Thanks!
Sheer lunacy. I cannot believe ANY professional would even think about doing this work.
Wouldn't it be easier to just ban fireworks and provide government issue Mentos, Diet Pepsi and plastic bottles?
So, I guess that would be some guy in a cherry-picker bucket, with a pair of flashlights, blinking them on and off?
Nothing says America like a father with his kid on a tractor.
The Chinese label this lunacy by year...."the year of the fools".......
Anyone remember the watermelon’s environmental “racism?” That is how overpowering the watermelons can be with this power the House gave to them.