Sunday, December 06, 2009

Here's a cheery thing to read on a cold morning

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.

Such an "endangerment" decision is necessary for the EPA to move ahead early next year with new emission standards for cars. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said it could also mean large emitters such as power stations, cement kilns, crude-oil refineries and chemical plants would have to curb their greenhouse gas output
"Screw the economy! We can seize control with this! And it's Settled Science!!"

Add 'screw recovery' to that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to cheer for things like this. I decided about a year ago that America was on a path that was not just unsustainable, but an incredibly dramatic example thereof.

The thing that the .gov seems to miss is that a law only works if the people agree to abide by it. The more power they try to grab, the sooner we'll get to the day when people stop playing nice. There's a big difference between legal and moral, and I think people are waking up to that more every day.

Of course, if we had a literal armed revolt, things would just get worse. I mean, how many revolutions turned out well in all of history? Two? Three? Not good odds for a second one here.