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An Honest Look at Clean Air and Global Warming

Scott Slesinger

Posted January 6, 2011 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Yesterday Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter to his House colleagues responding to comments that the Environmental Protection Agency was overstepping its bounds in regulating carbon.  Rep. Connolly’s articulate letter clearly shows that EPA has the legal authority to regulate carbon pollution, and that the EPA has had such authority since the Clean Air Act was first written in 1970.  Read Representative Connolly’s letter here

He also shows that concern about climate change dates back to the Clean Air Act debates in 1970. 

Recently, Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee,  has joined with a polluter front-group, the Koch Industries-backed Americans For Prosperity (AFP), to claim that the EPA’s efforts are an “an unconstitutional power grab” that will “kill millions of jobs.”  Connolly’s letter illustrates that not only is the EPA acting within its legal authority, but also that it is merely doing what it is obligated to do according to the science and the Supreme Court.

As Representative Connolly explains, reducing carbon emissions will not only help the environment, but will also serve as a major incentive for industry to curb our oil addiction and reduce our dependence on dirty fuels.  Doing so will make the U.S. a major player in the 21st century race for new energy sources, including renewable, wind, and solar energy that will never run out or need to be imported.

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Meme MineJan 6 2011 08:25 PM

THE DENIERS HAVE WON
As a former climate change believer, may I personally apologize for condemning billions of children to death by CO2 for 25 years, “just” to get them to turn the lights out more often? I had become the fear mongering neocon of CO2 environMENTALism as I issued CO2 death warrants to YOUR family and mine. I apologize for calling cold -warm, warm -hot and for calling all bad weather -Humanity’s fault. I apologize for splitting responsible environmentalism and dragging progressivism down with it. I apologize for trying to control climates of a planet instead striving to achieve the needed population control. I apologize for our constant demonizing, fear mongering, our utter hate for humanity and our whacko exaggerations of climate change. I apologize for not admitting that Climate Change was the END OF THE WORLD, as in “unstoppable warming” and “out of control warming and “runaway warming“. I’m sorry I forgot this MOST important fact: that it was the trusted scientists and their evil chemicals that made environmentalism necessary in the first place. We admit to being pretend rebels as we were spoon-fed by corporations and politicians promising to lower the seas. The neocons have never admitted their Iraq War WMD’s. I admit my ideology’s WMD’s that led us to another Bush-like false war against a false enemy. Please forgive me?
Upon settlement, Polar Bears were indigenous to as far south as Minnesota, but called Yellow Bears as they retained their summer coats longer. Is it true? What does it matter because in this open sewer of untreated information, we just believe what ever fits our “what‘s hot and what‘s not mentality“. We are a lowbrow society of ignorants, that are too lazy to attain wisdom and truth.

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