So much for the spectacle of Democrats and Republicans fighting their way through Congress over the future of Cap and Trade energy legislation. Thanks to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in little noticed press releases from March 29 and April 1, the “final decision” that “greenhouse gases (GHGs)” and “carbon pollution” will be regulated (taxed) by the federal government is complete and the imposition of “construction and operating permit requirements for the largest emitting facilities will begin.”
The first misleadingly titled release “EPA Formally Announces Phase-in of Clean Air Act Permitting for Greenhouse Gases/Agency reiterates no stationary source requirements until 2011” makes it clear the EPA absolutely will regulate (tax) stationary sources of greenhouse gases (power plants, factories, farms, homes, etc…) starting Jan 2011.
Administrator Jackson is quoted as saying “This is a common sense plan for phasing in the protections of the Clean Air Act. It gives large facilities the time they need to innovate, (and) governments the time to prepare to cut greenhouse gases”. The amount of time being 10 whole months from now when apparently vast new supplies of energy derived from pixie dust and the tears of clowns will come online to power the U.S. economy.
Not only has the final decision been made to regulate (tax) the release of CO2, but limits for emissions will be set by the government in the near future, presumably without the inconvenience of public hearings: “The agency will make a decision later this spring on the amount of GHGs facilities can emit before having to include limits for these emissions in their permits.”
Interestingly enough the March 29 release does not explicitly state that stationary source CO2 emission standards would go into effect, only that “the rule limiting GHG emissions for cars and light trucks would trigger these requirements in January 2011.”
That’s where the April 1 press release comes in. Titled: “DOT, EPA Set Aggressive National Standards for Fuel Economy and First Ever Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels For Passenger Cars and Light Trucks”. While cloaked in the language of automobiles and trucks, it is the trigger for the direct control of all energy use in the nation by the EPA and their political overloads (President Obama) and by extension the U.S. economy.
The release leaves little room for misinterpretation: “Responding to one of the first major directives of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today jointly established historic new federal rules that set the first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards.”
The purpose of the new emissions standards is to greatly increase the price of energy in America leading to $8 or more for a gallon of gas and electricity bills which will “necessarily skyrocket” according to Obama. This may lead to increased energy efficiencies, but it will also force businesses to lay off millions of workers during a time of 10% unemployment (and 20% underemployment) to pay for higher energy costs and will ultimately transform what has been a terrible recession into another Great Depression.
The fact that not one shred of evidence proves CO2 is responsible for global warming does not appear to concern the EPA or Obama. On the contrary, even ClimateGate scientists agree that the world has not warmed since 1995. By all accounts the earth is entering a cooling period likely to last 30 or more years due to solar and ocean cycles, which have a far greater effect on global temperatures than CO2.
It is strange to see not one single mention regarding these alarming developments in the main stream media however, given the timing of the April 1 press release, the day before Good Friday, and the avoidance of direct language by the EPA, I suppose it isn’t all that surprising.
But soon enough Americans are going to wake up and realize they’ve been had.
Fred Dardick got a BS in Biology at Boston University and MS in Biology at Stanford University before deciding that science bored him. He now runs a staffing company in Chicago where he is much happier now.
You can find Fred’s political commentaries on his website Political Kryptonite.
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