The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. Such regulation is without scientific basis. An EPA internal analysis says that the proposed regulations would reduce the global mean temperature by only 0.006 to 0.015 of a degree Celsius by the year 2100.
Such regulation would be destructive to the economy. “CO2 restrictions implied in the EPA regulations would have serious economic, employment, and energy market impacts at the national level and that the impacts on low-income groups, the elderly, Blacks, and Hispanics would be especially severe.” – Dr. Roger Bezdek, Former Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
The EPA is taking its authority for such regulation from a March 2007 Supreme Court decision Massachusetts v. EPA, where the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA may regulate green house gases. “May” regulate, not had to. But EPA administrator Lisa Jackson says she is legally obligated to do it. Not so, but perhaps she is politically obligated to do it as a part of the administration’s anti-business agenda, its grab for more power, and as an exercise of the Green Religion.