Friday is the deadline for public comment on the EPA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on whether carbon emissions constitute an “endangerment” to the environment and public health through November 28, 2008. If the answer is yes, look for federal regulation of CO2, turning most industrial activity — human activity — over to the control of the EPA.
(EPA? At first. We can easily envision a separate Office of Carbon Control, with enforcement by the Carbon Cops, clad in those smart charcoal gray uniforms. No Fourth Amendment is safe from the Carbon Cops!)
For more background and a web engine that allows you to submit comments to the EPA, please go to this NAM page, “Express Your Concern to the EPA about ANPR.” How’s that for a call to action?
The Heritage Foundation has also been organizating comments on the carbon regulation scheme. From its Morning Bell blog:
There is something you can do today to prevent future job losses, and it will not cost you, or the American taxpayer, trillions of dollars. As you are reading this, bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency are deciding whether to implement an all-encompassing plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA believes a 1990 amendment to the Clean Air Act gave the agency the unchecked authority to centrally plan our entire economy. The Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking the EPA released earlier this year envisions federal regulations that would bring heavy burdens to one-fifth of all food service businesses, a third of all health care businesses, half of the entire lodging industry, and even 10% of all buildings used for worship. The EPA even claims the power to set speed limits and regulate your lawnmower.
Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis estimates the EPA plan will cause a net job loss of more than 500,000 by 2011, and will destroy 2.9 million manufacturing jobs by 2029. Obama energy adviser Jason Grumet signaled that the Obama administration would use the EPA plan as a job-loss cudgel to force Congress to adopt Obama’s equally pernicious job-killing cap-and-trade plan.
You can help stop the EPA dead in its tracks right now. As part of the regulatory process, the EPA must take comments from the public before issuing its final ruling. The Heritage Foundation has set up StopEPA.com to make it as easy as possible for you to let the EPA know what you think. But the EPA is not forced to listen forever. The agency will stop taking comments this Friday. Before it’s too late, click here to make your voice heard.
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