If Carbon is a Dangerous Pollutant, then Beware the Killer Trees

A half a kudo — guess that would be a “ku” — to The Associated Press for bringing attention to President Obama’s hyperbole yesterday attacking businesses as polluters that “currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink….”

From the AP’s “Fact Check” feature:

OBAMA: Speaking about a climate bill coming up for action in the House this week, he said: “At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air that we breathe.”

THE FACTS: Carbon dioxide is not directly harmful to humans’ air and water in the way of traditional pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide or mercury. Carbon dioxide has no direct effect on drinking-water quality, but is likely to affect how much is available. Carbon dioxide in itself is not harmful when inhaled in normal amounts, but increased warming from carbon dioxide increases harmful smog.

The AP gets only a ku because it goes to extreme lengths to find merit in the President’s misrepresentation: “The gas that is exhaled every time a person breathes, and released by the burning of fossil fuels, is primarily considered a pollutant because as it builds up in the atmosphere it raises the temperature of the planet.” So has the AP agreed to redefine the term “pollutant” in lines with the usage demanded by anti-carbon activists? Now where did we put that Style Book…

Remember how the politicians, activists and media went bonkers when then-candidate Ronald Reagan suggested trees cause more pollution than vehicles? The result was constant mockery about “killer trees” — a theme meant to define Reagan as a pro-pollution dolt.

So the same group of opinion makers and their philosophical progeny are right now calling President Obama to account for similar rhetorical excess, right?

Well, no. A few conservative bloggers noticed, along with the AP. Otherwise the punditry and activists and media are staying silent, breathing quietly, hoping no one notices their exhalation of dangerous carbon pollution.

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  • Edddie Marks says:

    I was stunned at the twisted logic used in many of the positions espoused in the series of articles on this site i.e. card check takes away the secret ballot vote (untrue) and the seeming lack of basic high school scientific knowledge shown in the above position piece. I then noticed this is site is operated by NAM (appropriately named after another disaster I participated in) so its opinion positions ( those not based on facts or based entirely on self interest) are understandable; just another spin room whose opinions are based on the free market bs that has driven the economy into ruin.

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