EPA: Rules Won’t Slow Climate Change Much, but They Will Slow the Economy

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=climate+change&iid=2265183″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/2265183/report-blames-human/report-blames-human.jpg?size=500&imageId=2265183″ width=”234″ height=”154″ /]A few years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had the authority to regulate certain greenhouse-gas emissions. But those environmentalists excited about the dramatic and beneficial effects such regulations would have on global ‘climate change’ (the newer, more politically acceptable name for global warming) make want to take heed of the EPA’s own recent analysis.

A recent CNS News report notes the following:

Tough new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency restricting greenhouse gas emissions would reduce the global mean temperature by only 0.006 to 0.0015 of a degree Celsius by the year 2100, according to the EPA’s analysis.

Self-proclaimed protectors of the planet may be a little disappointed by this revelation, but even more worrisome is the predicted effect these rules would have on the already struggling economy:

(D)uring this time, tens of thousands of sources each year would be prevented from constructing or modifying. In fact, it is reasonable to assume that many of those sources will be forced to abandon altogether plans to construct or modify. As a result, a literal application (of the permit requirement) to GHG (greenhouse gas) sources would slow construction nationwide for years, with all of the adverse effects that this would have on economic development.

The report notes that the EPA has taken some steps to mitigate the effect of regulations by raising the threshold, allowing some sources to be exempted from the rules. However, that change to the threshold may be struck down because it violates the Clean Air Act, the supposed statutory authority given to the EPA to regulate such emissions.

On the bright side, in 90 years, when most of us are dead, the average temperature will be reduced by an amount none of us, if we are still living, will be able to notice. So what’s the point to this again?

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