“Gassy” Goldberg’s Earth Day EPA Assault

earth_cc_gwAs I searched online to come up with posting material related to the 39th commemoration of Earth Day today, I came across the following choice item from the “Doughy Pantload” himself, in which he tells us…

One of the most important events of our lifetimes may have just transpired. A federal agency has decided that it has the power to regulate everything, including the air you breathe.

Nominally, the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement last Friday only applies to new-car emissions. But pretty much everyone agrees that the ruling opens the door to regulating, well, everything.

According to the EPA, greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide — the gas you exhale — as well as methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. It is literally impossible to imagine a significant economic or human activity that does not involve the production of one of these gases. Don’t think just of the gas and electricity bills. Cow flatulence is a serious concern of the EPA’s already. What next? Perhaps an EPA mandarin will pick up a copy of “The Greenpeace Guide to Environmentally Friendly Sex” and go after the root causes of global warming.

(And by the way, concerning the EPA and “cow flatulence,” I believe this is noteworthy information.)

Continuing…

Two years ago, the Supreme Court — the least democratic branch of our formal government — decided in Massachusetts v. EPA that the agency could regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. With this judicial green light, the EPA has launched its power grab over all that burns, breathes, burps, flies, drives and passes gas.

…Democrats are delighted by the EPA decision because it allows them to have their preferred policy — carbon regulation — without actually having to vote for it.

Either way, it doesn’t sound like these folks take their oaths of office very seriously.

Well, I’m sure “pretty much everyone” agrees on the following concerning the Massachusetts v. EPA Supreme Court ruling (as noted here)…

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency determined in 2003, first, that the EPA lacked authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs), second, that even if the EPA did have such authority the EPA declined to regulate carbon dioxide and other GHGs.

And the individual in charge of the EPA at this time was Christine Todd Whitman, succeeded by Michael Leavitt in August 2003 (the petitioners filing suit in response to the EPA’s ruling included twelve states, several cities and territories, and a coalition of environmental groups – the Court’s 2007 ruling was that the Bushco EPA did indeed have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, though they refused to do so, with Leavitt’s successor at EPA, Stephen Johnson, fighting the efforts of 17 states to do what the EPA would not until 1/20/09).

Based on this, then, I suppose Goldberg could pass for an expert on flatulence, at least of the pundit variety for sure. And it’s also important to note that, even under the foul, fetid Bushco reign and for all time before and since, the EPA, as a government agency, has been “charged to protect the environment and human health.”

Talk about not taking an oath of office very seriously (from ’01 to’09 anyway)…

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