Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Climate Change: Texas Sues EPA Over CO2 Claims

Last December, the tip of the Iceberg ClimateGate was just visible above the waterline, and two of the world's apparently unsinkable vehicles of international taxation and wealth redistribution, the HMS Copenhagen and the USS Cap'n'Tax were racing toward it, preparing for dual head-on collisions.

With those left in the West's taxpayer base destined to learn that Global Warming/Climate Change Doomsday claims were founded on doctored data, the time to divest them of their money was getting very short.

As the clock ticked, Obama's EPA did what they could: They launched what they hoped would be a truly "unsinkable" vehicle to halt the warming of America, this time a ruling that carbon dioxide endangers human health. According current law, that ruling is thought to mean that the EPA can force carbon-emissions "regulations" down America's throat without a single Congressional vote. And even without legitimate scientific evidence.

But even the invincible EPA is now headed for the Iceberg.

From Ed Stoddard at Reuters:
Texas and several national industry groups on Tuesday filed separate petitions in federal court challenging the government's authority to regulate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Texas said it had filed a petition for review challenging the EPA's "endangerment finding" with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Texas has also asked the EPA to reconsider its ruling.
"The EPA's misguided plan paints a big target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers and the hundreds of thousands of Texans they employ," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said.
The National Association of Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association also said on Tuesday they filed a petition challenging the EPA in federal appeals court.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. iron and steel makers have also signaled they would file lawsuits.
These petitions challenging the EPA's CO2 "endangerment finding" are mighty welcome. The EPA has painted their "big target" not only on the backs of Texas farmers and oil and natural gas drillers, but on each and every American destined to pay for the de-carbinization of a planet occupied by carbon-based life forms.

It is unconscionable that the EPA, headed and staffed by unelected officials driven by an ideological and political agenda, could sign, seal, and deliver economy-killing regulations based on scientific claims now being recanted by their very authors.

What about the argument that Texans should be concerned about their contribution to global warming? Check out this, from Stephen Goddard at Watts Up With That?
Brenham, Texas is a relatively rural area (population 13,500) centrally located between San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.  They have a good temperature record extending back nearly 120 years. According to USHCN records, Brenham was at least as warm 100 years ago as it is now. 

Yet the race continues. Will the EPA manage to issue its economy-strangling regulations before it hits Iceberg ClimateGate?

Not if the American people remove enough Democrats from office in the upcoming elections.

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