In a move to burnish the record of President Obama before he goes to the Copenhagen Global Warming Conference, the EPA declared that CO2, as well as some other “greenhouse” gases, are “dangerous.”
While the Competitive Enterprise Institute and others are suing to stop this, this finding may be instituted in the meantime.
This allows the EPA to control the extent to which you emit CO2, methane–you name it–into the air.
As the WSJ reports here this is an even worse result than cap and tax:
An “endangerment” finding by the Environmental Protection Agency could pave the way for the government to require businesses that emit carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases to make costly changes in machinery to reduce emissions — even if Congress doesn’t pass pending climate-change legislation. EPA action to regulate emissions could affect the U.S. economy more directly, and more quickly, than any global deal inked in the Danish capital, where no binding agreement is expected.
The EPA claims it will be prudent in enforcing the CO2 ruling, but you don’t really believe that, do you? Read this passage and then look at how one’s “Carbon Footprint” is calculated following the passage. You see, don’t you, how much control the folks in DC will have over your life? From what you drive, to how to how wash your clothes, to IF you drive, to what you eat. Nothing will be too trivial for the feds to concern themselves with. Add that to the spies the local governments want to have in each neighborhood to watch everyone’s carbon footprint and, voila! tyranny.
An endangerment finding would allow the EPA to use the federal Clean Air Act to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions, which are produced whenever fossil fuel is burned. Under that law, the EPA could require emitters of as little as 250 tons of carbon dioxide per year to install new technology to curb their emissions starting as soon as 2012.