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By Kirk Myers

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27 Feb 10 - A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling declaring CO2 a harmful pollutant will generate hundreds of new regulations that will drive up the cost of living for financially strapped Americans while severely burdening small businesses and hampering U.S. competitiveness in the world marketplace.

The EPA ruling, which is designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, “amounts to little more than a new tax on businesses and consumers,” says the National Taxpayers Union.

“If EPA’s ‘endangerment finding’ is fully implemented, all kinds of products and services – from milk and paper towels to gasoline and electric bills – will cost more. And these new taxes are the last things Americans can afford right now as they attempt to crawl out of a recession.”

“This action poses a threat to every American family and business if it leads to regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Such regulation would be intrusive, inefficient, and excessively costly. It could chill job growth and delay business expansion,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute. “The Clean Air Act was meant to control traditional air pollution, not greenhouse gases that come from every vehicle, home, factory and farm in America,” he said.

The new finding has been denounced by members of both political parties, including Collin Peterson, the Democratic Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from Minnesota’s seventh congressional district.

“With or without congressional action, EPA will be free to regulate greenhouse gases, resulting in one of the largest and most bureaucratic nightmares that the U.S. economy and Americans have ever seen,” Peterson warned in a recent press announcement.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska also condemned the ruling.

“Businesses will be forced to cut jobs, if not close their doors for good. Domestic energy production will be severely restricted, increasing our dependence on foreign suppliers and threatening our national security. Housing will become less affordable, and consumer goods more expensive, as the impacts of the EPA's regulations ripple and rake their way across our economy,” she said.

Economy-killing ruling based on flawed science

The EPA ruling is based on the theory that rising CO2 levels, caused by human activity, amplify the earth’s normal greenhouse effect, which, in turn, causes global warming. But the hotly debated theory has come under increasing attack in recent months following the release of pilfered e-mails from Britain’s Climate Research Unit (CRU). The correspondence shows leading climate scientists conspiring to manipulate data, evade freedom of information requests, silence critics, and interfere with the publication of research challenging the man-caused warming theory.

The IPCC report has been attacked in recent months by critics who accuse the organization of using non-peer-reviewed research to support its predictions of catastrophic climate change. In February, the IPCC was forced to retract statements in its assessment claiming that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 and 40 percent of the Amazon rainforest would very likely disappear if temperatures continued to rise.

The IPCC also had to back away from a statement in the report claiming that rising seas would endanger the 55 percent of the countryside in Netherlands that is below sea level. The embarrassing truth: only 20 percent of the Netherlands is below sea level.

All three fraudulent claims were lifted from non-peer-reviewed magazine articles or studies supplied by writers or researchers linked to environmental pressure groups and the climate-change movement. Britain’s Sunday Telegraph documented at least 16 non-peer-reviewed articles produced by the preservationist group World Wildlife Fund – all used as sources in the IPPC report.

CO2 a harmless trace gas

The EPA’s endangerment finding identifies six greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride – which it asserts are the “primary driver of climate change” and “threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.”

But according to paleobotany research site Geocraft....“At 385 parts per million, CO2 is a minor constituent of earth's atmosphere – less than 4/100 of 1 percent of all gases present. Compared to earlier geologic times, earth's current atmosphere is CO2-impoverished.

As physical science and mathematics professor Richard F. Yada writes in his 2009 paper, “Reality Check: CO2”:

“The great lesson from geologic history is that carbon dioxide is critical to life. The move to label it as a pollutant is simply preposterous. The logical extension to that thought process is that the government has legally regulated life. The notion would be laughable if it were not so tragically real.”

In short, the incessant fear-mongering about rising CO2 emissions – and the EPA’s decision to declare an atmospheric plant nutrient dangerous – is based on unrealistic and unproven climate models whose predictive accuracy is questionable, if not completely unsound.

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