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Something Troubling is In the Air
Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2009 | Ed Feulner

Posted on 07/08/2009 10:44:09 AM PDT by Kaslin

You may want to think twice before taking your next deep breath. Every time you exhale, you’re supposedly endangering the planet -- by contributing to global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency says global warming poses a “serious threat to public health and safety.” That sets the stage for the EPA to regulate, through the Clean Air Act, almost anything that emits carbon dioxide.

CO2, of course, is a naturally-occurring gas. It’s produced whenever a person breathes and, yes, whenever we use any sort of fossil fuel. Driving a car, mowing a lawn, boiling a cup of water, even flipping on a light switch (thus using electricity generated in CO2-emitting power plants) produces carbon dioxide. Yet in 2007 the Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide may be considered a pollutant as defined by the Clean Air Act -- thus giving the EPA the authority to regulate it.

Last year the EPA issued an “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (ANPR) that shows it plans a strict regulatory regime for CO2. The ANPR and its supporting documents run to 18,000 pages. The level of detail suggests that the EPA has already decided to impose regulations unprecedented in their cost, complexity and scope.

Unelected federal bureaucrats could soon be demanding that manufacturers change how they design their products and insisting that all vehicles meet higher fuel economy standards. In fact, the ANPR outlines just such restrictions in detail. But the agency doesn’t stop with moving objects.

Its restrictions also would apply to as many as a million buildings, 200,000 manufacturing plants and 20,000 farms. And dealing with the EPA is no picnic. Strict agency regulation typically imposes an average of $125,000 in costs and requires companies to spend 866 hours every year to complete its bureaucratic forms.

Of course, these regulations would weigh down our already-sagging economy.

A study last year from The Heritage Foundation predicted CO2 regulations could cost up to 800,000 jobs per year in some years. Even in a “good” year, our economy would lose more than half a million jobs every year from 2015 through 2026. (These are net job losses, by the way. The Heritage estimate takes into account all the “green” jobs the government is supposedly going to create, and still shows hundreds of thousands of lost jobs each year.)

Man­ufacturing would be hit especially hard. As many as 3 million people could end up unemployed. That’s because business owners, faced with a massive carbon tax, would pack up and move their plants to China, India or some other location where the government doesn’t impose exorbitant costs.

Congress hasn’t helped matters with its latest attempt at “cap and trade” legislation. Expect significantly higher energy costs if the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which recently passed the House, becomes law.

As Heritage energy expert Ben Lieberman testified before Congress, the trouble starts as soon as the bill's provisions take effect in 2012. “For a household of four, energy costs go up $436 that year, and they eventually reach $1,241 in 2035 and average $829 annually over that span,” he said. “Electricity costs go up 90 percent by 2035, gasoline by 58 percent, and natural gas by 55 percent by 2035. The cumulative higher energy costs for a family of four by then will be nearly $20,000.”

Regulating CO2 isn’t what Congress had in mind when it passed the Clean Air Act in the 1970s. If the EPA moves forward, a handful of unelected bureaucrats could wreak havoc on our economy. It’s time lawmakers take a deep breath -- and think twice.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: agenda; airquality; bho44; bhoenvironment; bhoepa; co2; feulner
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1 posted on 07/08/2009 10:44:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I just don’t breath out.


2 posted on 07/08/2009 10:45:29 AM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: Kaslin
Something Troubling is In the Air

Oh, that's just the leftover pasta salad I had for lunch.

3 posted on 07/08/2009 10:46:44 AM PDT by B-Chan
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To: Kaslin
Exhaling will get you 2 to 5.

Farting will get you 10 to 15.

4 posted on 07/08/2009 10:46:45 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Kaslin

Just wait. When Waxman-Markley goes down in flames, the great 0 will use the EPA to impose it by regulatory means.

Congress could pass a law telling the EPA that it has no power to regulate CO2, but this Congress won’t.


5 posted on 07/08/2009 10:50:22 AM PDT by mojito
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To: AU72

roflmao


6 posted on 07/08/2009 10:50:45 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Kaslin
This is the statist's dream - to scare people enough that they will pay taxes for breathing...

What kind of moronic electorate falls for this? The Main stream media has brainwashed everyone.

7 posted on 07/08/2009 10:52:06 AM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: Kaslin
It’s time lawmakers take a deep breath -- and think twice -- and hold it indefinitely so as not to emit any CO2.
8 posted on 07/08/2009 10:52:41 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Kaslin

I saw a motor home the other day that said on the side “Meat Is Not Green” so we don’t eat meat and the animal population grows larger and where does the gasses from them go??


9 posted on 07/08/2009 10:52:58 AM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: Kaslin; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; Normandy; According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

10 posted on 07/08/2009 10:53:37 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: Kaslin

The 2nd amendment takes care of this, we just shoot the bozos in charge of this bs and they don’t pollute when they aren’t breathing


11 posted on 07/08/2009 10:53:42 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: x_plus_one
Personal Carbon credits for the privilege of breathing “the people's air”.
12 posted on 07/08/2009 10:54:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: handy old one

Tangent:

“Salad is not food. Salad is what food eats.”


13 posted on 07/08/2009 10:54:11 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: Kaslin

Not to mention we need it to go our food.


14 posted on 07/08/2009 10:54:49 AM PDT by AliVeritas ( Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: handy old one

I asked a Moonbat if Buffaloes fart. She didn’t get it. So I explained to her that before the White Man came and killed them all, that the Buffalo heard of the Great Plains covered four states.


15 posted on 07/08/2009 10:55:48 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kaslin

The largest source of CO2 in the world is the oceans, lakes and rivers.

What are we going to do about that?


16 posted on 07/08/2009 10:56:20 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Kaslin
you’re supposedly endangering the planet

You mean this planet? Cuz there are lots of planets. But "the" is a definite article.

(By the way, when did "the world" become "the planet"? And why?)
17 posted on 07/08/2009 10:56:43 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Colvin
I just don’t breath out.

That's all right--Clinton never inhaled.

18 posted on 07/08/2009 10:56:44 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: massgopguy

Don’t know if they fart but the meat sure is good!!


19 posted on 07/08/2009 10:57:07 AM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: Kaslin
CO2 = 0.038% of our atmosphere; 3% of which (at most) man is responsible. The global temperature is unchanged over the past 30 years, and has cooled by 0.74 degrees during the past ten years, during which time the CO2 concentration (such as it is) has risen. Facts are stubborn things.

That's why "Climate Change" has nothing to do with scientific or any other sort of facts - it is about power and money and control.

20 posted on 07/08/2009 10:59:44 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: mojito

Would be nice to take it to the EPA and the enviro-weenies by suing to block any action by the EPA to enact any attempted control of CO2.


21 posted on 07/08/2009 11:00:00 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: Kaslin

This is why if enviromentalist want us to take global warming seriously they should be a good example and never exhale again!


22 posted on 07/08/2009 11:00:07 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: LearsFool
(By the way, when did "the world" become "the planet"? And why?)

Dunno. But I do know that scientologists have been talking about Earth as 'The Planet' for quite some time.

23 posted on 07/08/2009 11:01:17 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 169 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: LearsFool
you’re supposedly endangering the planet

(By the way, when did "the world" become "the planet"? And why?)

Maybe it was spoken by Perry White.


24 posted on 07/08/2009 11:04:20 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: Kaslin
Mars Warming Photobucket
25 posted on 07/08/2009 11:15:17 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin
I need an explanation on this. In the past history of the earth we have had volcanic eruptions by the thousands that have released tons of C02, dust and God knows what else. It boggles my mind that today's industry is saturating the atmosphere with C02 to a point where it causes the earth to warm.
It sounds like Professional BS to me.
26 posted on 07/08/2009 11:26:11 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Kaslin

smoke pot and don’t inhale like BJ taught us.


27 posted on 07/08/2009 11:27:45 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: ANGGAPO
It sounds like Professional BS to me.

Naw, it's amatuer BS. Professional BS whould be some what believable.

28 posted on 07/08/2009 11:32:51 AM PDT by CPOSharky (Too many zeros in the budget. And the White House.)
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To: Kaslin
"I didn't exhale"

- Bill Clinton.

29 posted on 07/08/2009 11:35:02 AM PDT by meyer ( "The world is a beautiful place and worth fighting for. But not without Freedom.")
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To: mojito
Congress could pass a law telling the EPA that it has no power to regulate CO2, but this Congress won’t.

Unfortunately, the last congress didn't either.

30 posted on 07/08/2009 11:36:21 AM PDT by meyer ( "The world is a beautiful place and worth fighting for. But not without Freedom.")
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To: GraceG
Sure. That explains Global Warming, but...

This explains everything!


31 posted on 07/08/2009 11:41:07 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 169 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

I’m SOOOO stealing that!


32 posted on 07/08/2009 11:44:30 AM PDT by SIDENET ("Join me or die. Can you do any less?" -Mr. Sparkle)
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To: Kaslin

This means that we should all stop exercising. After all, when you exercise, you breathe out more carbon dioxide than when at rest. We must all become couch potatoes immediately!


33 posted on 07/08/2009 11:51:21 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Kaslin

>>>the trouble starts as soon as the bill’s provisions take effect in 2012<<<

Now isn’t that convenient?


34 posted on 07/08/2009 12:10:05 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: null and void

What does the black hole in that graphic represent?


35 posted on 07/08/2009 12:16:56 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: longfellow
"...we just shoot the bozos in charge of this bs..."

Just be sure you don't use a CO2 powered pistol ;-)

36 posted on 07/08/2009 12:19:10 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GraceG

I’d tell you but then you’d have to kill yourself...


37 posted on 07/08/2009 12:27:21 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 169 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Kaslin

The government is laying the foundations for massive genocide. Revolution is the only way we will survive to retrieve our freedom.


38 posted on 07/08/2009 12:28:13 PM PDT by gorilla_warrior (Metrosexual hairless RINOs for hopey-changey bipartisan-ness)
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To: AU72

Will “three strikes” apply? I’m a repeat offender.


39 posted on 07/08/2009 12:49:31 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

“The largest source of CO2 in the world is the oceans, lakes and rivers.

What are we going to do about that?”

Big tarps.

On sale at Walmart!

:0)


40 posted on 07/08/2009 12:53:58 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: GraceG
Perhaps this will help?


41 posted on 07/08/2009 12:55:19 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 169 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: handy old one
I saw a motor home the other day that said on the side “Meat Is Not Green”

Wait a sec. On the side of a motor home? Driving down the road getting, like, 5 mpg?

42 posted on 07/08/2009 1:02:59 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: handy old one
I saw a motor home the other day that said on the side “Meat Is Not Green”

Wait a sec. On the side of a motor home? Driving down the road getting, like, 5 mpg?

43 posted on 07/08/2009 1:03:14 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: handy old one
I saw a motor home the other day that said on the side “Meat Is Not Green”

Wait a sec. On the side of a motor home? Driving down the road getting, like, 5 mpg?

44 posted on 07/08/2009 1:03:25 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: handy old one
I saw a motor home the other day that said on the side “Meat Is Not Green”

Wait a sec. On the side of a motor home? Driving down the road getting, like, 5 mpg?

45 posted on 07/08/2009 1:03:33 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: tnlibertarian

What in tarnation?!? Quadruple post?!?


46 posted on 07/08/2009 1:04:31 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: tnlibertarian

No! They were pushing it!!! Funniest thing I ever saw!! I wonder if they used low voc paint??


47 posted on 07/08/2009 1:04:58 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: Kaslin

The EPA currently holds Congress hostage, if they don’t pass a bill regulating GHGs then EPA stands ready to unilaterally enact their planned regulations which will need no approval from the lawmakers and can be repealed only by an overriding law.

Obama may intervene if he sees fit.

If the EPA doesn’t act in lieu of a bill now, the door has been opened for lawsuits from the usual list of green suspects — and they will.

Hobson’s Choice, anyone?


48 posted on 07/08/2009 1:52:53 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

damn, didn’t think of that.


49 posted on 07/08/2009 4:53:26 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Kaslin

Without a doubt, the most important and pressing action the EPA could take now is to move to regulate the most important of all the “Green House Gases”- DiHydrousOxide... or Water. Water vapor causes more “Global Warming” than CO2 by hundreds of percent, yet no one mentions this fact at all. Why not encourage the penchant of leftist bureaucracy for the accumulation of power and regulatory morass by goading them into taking on this impossible and absurd task of preventing ocean evaporation, taxing all agricultural watering that results in evap problems, etc. Reductum ad Absurdum.

The shear monstrosity of a bureaucratic machine large enough to even attempt such a thing would be self defeating, and self marginalizing. Can you think of another way of emphasizing the idiocy of attempting the ridiculous and unnecessary “regulation” of a naturally occurring substance that is also so absolutely necessary for the existance of life itself? Only H2O and CO2 can be described as such of almost any and all common substances.


50 posted on 07/08/2009 5:22:54 PM PDT by Richard Axtell (Let us all relive the Thirties; the Depression, the "New Deal", and the "Cult of Personality.".)
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