The EPA is scheduled today to officially declare CO2 (that stuff we produce every time we exhale, trees need it to survive, … you know… that stuff) a public danger. Once that happens, the EPA can require that the federal government limit CO2 emissions from cars, power stations, refineries and countless other businesses that might produce CO2 as a byproduct. This gives the Libs the ability to cripple American business even further through costly regulations and fines, at a time when we can least afford it, all without having to go through that pesky little entity called the United States Congress.
Even though the EPA is supposed to be a completely independent government agency, their announcement happens to coincide perfectly with Obama’s trip to Copenhagen this week for the global climate summit. Here is an article on the scheduled EPA announcement from the Wall Street Journal…
EPA Poised To Declare CO2 A Public Danger
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.
Such an “endangerment” decision is necessary for the EPA to move ahead early next year with new emission standards for cars. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said it could also mean large emitters such as power stations, cement kilns, crude-oil refineries and chemical plants would have to curb their greenhouse gas output.
The announcement would also give President Barack Obama and his climate envoy negotiating leverage at a global climate summit starting next week in Copenhagen, Denmark and increase pressure on Congress to pass a climate bill that would modify the price of polluting.
While environmentalists celebrate EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, it has caused many large emitters to cringe at the potential costs of compliance.
According to a preliminary endangerment finding published in April, EPA scientists fear that man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are contributing to a warming of the global climate…