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The EPA's Power Grab ( The climate campaigners play their trump card, ...might be a joker. )
The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2009, | Steven F. Hayward

Posted on 12/22/2009 9:35:28 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The climate campaign, built step-by-step over the last 20 years, has reached its Waterloo. The Copenhagen conference that ended Friday was an exercise in political theater. It not only failed to produce a binding agreement, but the potential emissions curbs it endorsed fall far below what climate orthodoxy demands, while the proposed wealth transfer from rich nations to poor nations is a political nonstarter. Back home, cap and trade legislation remains on life support, even though it has been significantly watered down so as to postpone real costs to consumers for a decade or more. In the midst of this gloom, the climate campaign has played its trump card in the United States: The Environmental Protection Agency formally announced on December 7 its intention to regulate greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act.

That trump card, however, may turn out to be a joker.

The Clean Air Act (CAA), enacted in 1970 and last updated in 1990, is an abysmal policy mechanism for controlling greenhouse gases, and was never intended for this kind of problem. But the EPA's gambit is not about policy--it is all about politics. The EPA's grasp for dominion over greenhouse gases has been a long time in coming, starting as an effort to bring pressure on the Bush administration to relent in its opposition to a U.N.-led international climate treaty, and continuing under Obama as a means of pressuring Congress and the business community to support cap and trade.

The key antecedent to this gambit was a botched Supreme

Court decision in 2007, Massachusetts v. EPA, in which a 5-4 majority (Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the Court's four liberals) ruled that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide were indeed "pollutants" under the capacious definitions of the Clean Air Act, ......

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agw; capandtax; carbontrade; cleanairact; climatechange; climategate; co2; copenhagen; epa; globalwarminghoax; globalwarmingscandal; greenhousegases

1 posted on 12/22/2009 9:35:28 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Waterloo? Maybe it should be called Iceloo.

2 posted on 12/22/2009 9:40:29 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I was trying to figure out,...what he was driving at.,....but there are emails and documents that the EPA doesn't want ...out there...
3 posted on 12/22/2009 9:53:18 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This may be the “proverbial straw”. Even before this criminal cabal takes steps to complete their disastrous coup against the American People, I see the Rat Congress starting to squirm and look for ways off the ship.

4 posted on 12/22/2009 9:54:29 AM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: xcamel; SunkenCiv; steelyourfaith


5 posted on 12/22/2009 10:05:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Delacon; SteamShovel; SolitaryMan; grey_whiskers; IrishCatholic; Darnright; ...
Thanx !


Beam me to Planet Gore !

6 posted on 12/22/2009 10:17:58 AM PST by steelyourfaith (This space for rent.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All

The last two lines of the article;

“What was “settled” is about to become unsettled. In other words, in hoping to use the EPA’s Clean Air Act club to bully Congress into passing cap and trade, the -climate campaign may have made its biggest blunder yet.”

I searched McFarland EPA e-mails and you can see the actual e-mails here...;

I searched +McGartland, Al director US EPA+ and found;

this at Michelle Malkin...

Its made clear that the EPA has used ???IPCC??? peer review guidelines that the public comment process was abused.

See Trackbacks.

7 posted on 12/22/2009 12:03:30 PM PST by widdle_wabbit
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To: HiTech RedNeck

1st order of business upon retaking the House: Defund EPA!

8 posted on 12/22/2009 12:11:31 PM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: widdle_wabbit

I believe when the EPA told their own scientists to stuff it, the EPA said they were depending on CRU fraudsters as the final say.

9 posted on 12/22/2009 12:13:08 PM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: widdle_wabbit
This one might get some interest:

Warren Buffet Slams ‘Cap and Trade’ as Tax on All Americans!


2009 June 26

Warren Buffett, once an Obama Zombie, is singing a different tune about the liberal Democrats ‘Cap and Poverity’, oops I mean ‘Cap and Trade’ bill that is being slammed through Congress. It seems Warren Buffett has finally woken up to the ridiculous economic notions of our liberal friends. (Check out his video below)

The ‘Cap and Trade’ bill is now over 1200 pages in length, based on ridiculous global warming science that is nothing more than baloney. This is nothing new for the Democrats, almost every bill they push through is based on baloney ideas, but this one takes the cake.  Below is the real story on the bill based on CBO (Congressional Budget Office) and Heritage Foundation analysis.

10 posted on 12/22/2009 12:18:17 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Tarpon; Texan Tory
I posted this earlier.....

Der Spiegel: Copenhagen a Club for Losers

And within the article is this line.....pointed out by Texan Tory

“...Even if the world’s leading climate scientists are only partially correct...”

11 posted on 12/22/2009 12:27:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

preventive science, the newest ruse. And I bet I could come up with some really good things that we should do, because the effects might be true.

More junk science

12 posted on 12/22/2009 12:37:09 PM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I don’t know. I’ve received advanced notice that the EPA is about to regulate urine emissions. They are about to announce that urine is a toxic waste product and that, under the Clean Water Act of 1971, the EPA has the authority to regulate it. A pirated copy of their ruling states that since urine is a toxic polutant, the EPA will be issung mandatory guidelines on how much and where each American will be allowed to urinate starting January 1, 2011. As part of the Obama Administration’s mandatory SmartNet system, monitors will be placed on all private and business toilets and urinals. In this way, the government will be able to monitor deadly urine emissions. Citizens and businesses that exceed their quota will be fined so as to compensate for their Urine Spillprint. Businesses using less than their alloted amount can purchase “Urine Credits” that may be redeemed for tax benefits or traded to others.

13 posted on 12/22/2009 12:48:10 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Feh. Warren Buffett cares exclusively about Warren Buffett.

14 posted on 12/22/2009 12:49:43 PM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice
They will mandate water treatment plants to refuse to accept fecal mater. The public will have dispose in on their own.

Of course that will be a huge health hazard, but the EPA figures if people get sick, then that is just hard luck.

15 posted on 12/22/2009 7:10:30 PM PST by oyez ( damnant quod non intelligunt)
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