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Climate-Change Bill Could Lead to Increased Regulations on Fireworks
CNSNews.com ^ | July 07, 2009 | Marie Magleby

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 Energy’s 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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; capandtrade; chemicals; fireworks
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1 posted on 07/07/2009 3:11:11 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; Normandy; According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

2 posted on 07/07/2009 3:12:50 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" - Lady Thatcher)
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To: Man50D

Just when you wonder how stupid our Rat Congress can get, it becomes even stupider.


3 posted on 07/07/2009 3:13:24 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Just when you wonder how stupid our Rat Congress can get, it becomes even stupider.

They know exactly what they are doing.
4 posted on 07/07/2009 3:15:28 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

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.


5 posted on 07/07/2009 3:19:06 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

The Saracuda is also unleashed now. Things will get interesting.


6 posted on 07/07/2009 3:20:47 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Man50D

There’s not going to by anything left that we recognize by next summer if this keeps up.


7 posted on 07/07/2009 3:25:15 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (_Resident of the United States and Kenya's favorite son, Baraaaack Hussein Obamaaaa...)
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To: DoughtyOne

Big “if.”

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!


8 posted on 07/07/2009 3:28:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
According to Rasmussen, the awakening has begun.... The monthly polls indicate a steady decline in support for the O...

Poll results

9 posted on 07/07/2009 3:42:15 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yes, watch out. The government has gotten so much control. It’s not going to want to give it up.


10 posted on 07/07/2009 3:43:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (_Resident of the United States and Kenya's favorite son, Baraaaack Hussein Obamaaaa...)
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To: cbkaty

It is fascinating to see how polarizing Obama is.


11 posted on 07/07/2009 3:44:09 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It may take a while to grasp what is happening, but when it does, watch out!

Yep. When people start having inspectors show up at their doors demanding an invasive inspection of their energy usage the crap will hit the fan. When people end up getting evicted from their own newly condemned home because the power gestapo doesn't like their appliances, the crap will hit the fan. When they suddenly find themselves unable to sell their homes due to the wrong lighbulbs or water heater, the crap will hit the fan.

Our government is treading on some dangerous new ground.
12 posted on 07/07/2009 3:47:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek

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......


13 posted on 07/07/2009 3:49:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It is fascinating to see how polarizing Obama is.

A trait shared by........how many? This is a test...!

14 posted on 07/07/2009 3:52:14 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Man50D
No big thing. There is not much left to celebrate on July 4th anymore.

Μολὼν λάβε


15 posted on 07/07/2009 3:52:30 AM PDT by wastoute (translation of tag "Come and get them (bastards)" and the Scout Motto)
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To: cripplecreek
When people start having inspectors show up at their doors demanding an invasive inspection of their energy usage the crap will hit the fan.

....these inspections will begin in what neighborhoods...I believe I have an idea..... What neighborhoods will be avoided by these "inspectors"...? GRIN

16 posted on 07/07/2009 3:55:44 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Man50D
...boy, I was wondering when they were going to crack down on arsonist and all that smoke they put into the atmosphere. Probably put an extra 5 years to their sentences, unless they plea bargain down to a misdemeanor using an open flame without government permission
17 posted on 07/07/2009 3:57:56 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Man50D

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.


18 posted on 07/07/2009 4:07:10 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Don't blame me... I voted for PALIN!)
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I don’t know why they had it in for the fireworks display. It is a time-honored tradition that everybody in town enjoys.

Anything and everything patriotic is targeted........ Let's move the targets to the proper locations....

19 posted on 07/07/2009 4:19:41 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: cbkaty
..any decent BBQ place puts enough smoke and the great aroma into our atmosphere daily....another American tradition THAT WILL BE targeted. Any place to get our money.
20 posted on 07/07/2009 4:27:33 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: bondjamesbond
I don’t know why they had it in for the fireworks display.

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.

That's why.

Fight.

21 posted on 07/07/2009 4:27:34 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE crimes.)
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To: Man50D

The bullshit from GodGov gets deeper and deeper.


22 posted on 07/07/2009 4:30:12 AM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: cbkaty

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.

http://s736.photobucket.com/albums/xx2/Snappler_2009/?albumview=slideshow


23 posted on 07/07/2009 4:31:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: bondjamesbond
re: I don’t know why they had it in for the fireworks display

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.

24 posted on 07/07/2009 4:33:28 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: Man50D
Bluenoses ALWAYS turn first to the fun things in life and attempt to ban them.

There will be high fines and long jail sentences for sparkler bootleggers.

25 posted on 07/07/2009 4:35:04 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Doogle
..any decent BBQ place puts enough smoke and the great aroma into our atmosphere daily....another American tradition THAT WILL BE targeted. Any place to get our money.

BBQs are already regulated in Los Angeles. Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!

Executive Order: G-786 - Consumer Products Charcoal Lighter Material

26 posted on 07/07/2009 4:35:49 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Don't blame me... I voted for PALIN!)
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To: Man50D

climate change=change to communism.

LLS


27 posted on 07/07/2009 4:40:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: Man50D

Cap and Trade bills will only be passed to stop the colors Red, White, and Blue ,in traditional fireworks displays.


28 posted on 07/07/2009 4:43:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: cripplecreek

What a great parade.


29 posted on 07/07/2009 4:47:21 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Don't blame me... I voted for PALIN!)
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To: bondjamesbond

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.


30 posted on 07/07/2009 4:53:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek
Independence day in our town.....Fredericksburg, Texas...who knows when the carbon police will shut down our patriotic parades too.....

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.....

31 posted on 07/07/2009 5:15:01 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: cripplecreek
Your parade and Pix are excellent...keep it going. I noticed all the green grass...haven't seen that here in the Texas Hill Country for some time..

We "almost" got rain last night....Not a cloud in the sky today...predicting up to 105 degrees today...

32 posted on 07/07/2009 5:19:10 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: cbkaty

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.


33 posted on 07/07/2009 5:28:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek

Just Wow! Your sildeshow was wonderful! That is America! Thanks!


34 posted on 07/07/2009 5:31:27 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Man50D
...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

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?

35 posted on 07/07/2009 5:31:52 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Man50D

“Green” fireworks???

So, I guess that would be some guy in a cherry-picker bucket, with a pair of flashlights, blinking them on and off?

“Ooooohhh! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh!”

Jeez!


36 posted on 07/07/2009 5:33:35 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (My gub'mint calls me a terrorist, but my kids call me "Mom".)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Nothing says America like a father with his kid on a tractor.


37 posted on 07/07/2009 5:44:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
...some scientists are currently trying to develop “green,” environmentally friendly fireworks

The Chinese label this lunacy by year...."the year of the fools".......

38 posted on 07/07/2009 5:49:09 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: cripplecreek
Nothing says America like a father with his kid on a tractor.

America!

39 posted on 07/07/2009 5:56:06 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Man50D

Anyone remember the watermelon’s environmental “racism?” That is how overpowering the watermelons can be with this power the House gave to them.


40 posted on 07/07/2009 10:43:28 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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