Carbon Dioxide is Not a Pollutant

No matter what the U.S. Supreme Court, the EPA and members of Congress say.

The Washington Post story today, “House GOP readies bill to prohibit EPA from regulating carbon emissions,” quotes the reaction of Rep. Earl Blumenaur (D-OR) to the introduction of the bill: “I am outraged that House Republicans are launching this attack on the most basic law that keeps our air safe to breathe.”

Regulation of carbon dioxide has nothing to do with keeping “our air safe to breathe.” It has to do with the claims of CO2 contributing to anthropogenic global warming.  If you’re going to make the case, make the case.

We had to laugh at the rhetoric, too. Back when we edited an editorial page in Oregon, there were two basic types of letters to the editor. One started with, “I am outraged,” and the other with, “I am appalled.”

Here’s the news release that inflames passions so: “Upton, Whitfield, Inhofe Unveil Energy Tax Prevention Act to Protect America’s Jobs & Families“:

Reps. Upton and Whitfield and Sen. Inhofe are releasing the draft as part of a deliberative process with their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to discuss the most effective approach to stop EPA’s cap and trade agenda. The draft legislation is based on the belief that 1) Congress, not EPA bureaucrats, should be in charge of setting America’s climate change policy; and that 2) A 2-year delay of EPA’s cap-and-trade agenda provides no meaningful certainty for job creators, fails to protect jobs, and punts decision-making in Congress on a critically important economic issue past the voters and the election next year.

“The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011” would:

•Stop EPA bureaucrats from making legislative decisions that should be made by Congress;
•Clarify that the Clean Air Act was not written by Congress to address climate change;
•Stop EPA bureaucrats from imposing a backdoor cap-and-trade tax that would make gasoline, electricity, fertilizer, and groceries more expensive for consumers; and
•Protect American jobs and manufacturers from overreaching EPA regulations that hinder our ability to compete with China and other countries.

The Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the draft legislation at 10 a.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 9.

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  • Right on! That’s how people should respond to this blog post, instead of saying “I am outraged.” 🙂

    CO2 is something every human being produces, so it’s unreasonable to say the government must regulate it. Talk about micromanaging!

    Let’s just get government out of the way and let business get back to work doing what it does best. Three cheers for House Republicans.

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