Smells Like A Cap-and-Trade Loophole

Posted: August 28, 2009 in Economy, Environment
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Hold your breath. Seriously.

In a move that would bypass legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on the verge of declaring carbon dioxide and five other emissions dangerous pollutants. Should this happen, the federal government would then be required to impose regulations on those emissions per the Clean Air Act.

Trapped under the umbrella of climate change, the current administration would be free to impose the emission regulations they want without legislation, but they are faced with a challenging dilemma. Humans expel carbon dioxide when they breathe. How does a government regulate that? Furthermore, methane, another emission on the dangerous pollutant list, is expelled by gassy cows. How is the government supposed to regulate that?

While those kinds of regulations may seem a bit far-fetched, what this EPA decision does do is free up the administration from having to pass “cap-and-trade” legislation and can implement it directly by using the Clean Air Act loophole. With cap-and-trade, President Obama has already promised that energy bills would sky-rocket.

Sort of makes me want to expel like a gassy cow.

Questions: How does a government regulate emissions of its own people and livestock? Is this just a loophole to get cap-and-trade passed via the Clean Air Act?

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