Monday, November 27, 2006

Global Warming Court Date

Reading this the thought crossed my mind that the people who truly want power to rule the lives of others are simply relentless. Individuals who desire power work at it constantly, while people who simply want to be left alone to live their lives react only when necessary.

Supreme Court To Hear Global Warming Case November 29: The burning of fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, into the air. The build up of these gases traps heat in the atmosphere and, as a result, is increasing the Earth’s surface air temperature and altering weather patterns worldwide. If greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, the magnitude of the impacts of climate change to our citizen’s health and welfare, our beaches and other precious coastal resources, our forests and wildlife, our agricultural activities, and our state and local economies will become greater and more dire. The longer we wait to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the worse the problem will become and the harder it will be to mitigate.

That is the horror story. I don't believe any of it. The case is Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 05-1120. As I noted last July, this is an overt attempt by the Attorney General of Massachusetts, eleven other states and multiple environmentalist groups to use the Environmental Protection Agency to grab regulatory control of the economy. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) said at the time: “Unfortunately, those who have failed to impose their draconian ideology through legislation are now trying to use the courts to overturn the will of Congress.” That sounds correct to me.

The Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Environmental Defense Fund are major non-profit organizations supporting this move by elected Democrats. The goal is to define carbon dioxide as a pollutant, thus opening the door to government regulation of any source bureaucrats define as excessive. Well if the air is polluted with CO2, then it is also polluted with oxygen and water vapor. Always read Wikipedia with skepticism but it has more background on the case.

Treehugger: But lets not get too carried away; even if Massachusetts wins, the EPA will not start to regulate CO2 emissions from cars immediately: "Agency scientists would merely have to determine formally whether greenhouse gases are likely to endanger public health. If they decide this is the case, the agency may begin hammering out regulations. But all this would take years to unfold."

Human caused catastrophic global warming is a false myth being sold to the public in order to achieve political power over the land and resources of the planet. Life on Earth is not in danger from the internal combustion engine and the modern industrial society. I hope there is enough wisdom on the Supreme Court to tell the difference between what is truly natural and what are manipulations of skillful and relentless propagandists.