Our economy is in dire straights with the combined total of unemployed and underemployed well into the depression era levels of the 1930's. As the NYT pointed out a few days ago, many of those out of employment today can expect to be out of employment for years. The Obama administration has warred on private enterprise - paying not but lip service to the creation of jobs in the private sector. And now, the next shell is loaded in the Obama's howitzer aimed at private industry and the unwashed masses. Obama's EPA announced today that they will impose regulations on our energy industry next year in an effort to curb the dangerous pollutant that is carbon dioxide - all in an effort to stem global warming.
This from WaPo:
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson laid out the timetable for regulating greenhouse gas emissions Monday, writing in a letter to lawmakers that she plans to start targeting large facilities such as power plants next year but won't target small emitters before 2016.
The letter makes it clear the Obama administration will move ahead with curbing global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act unless Congress moves to stop it. Jackson emphasized that the administration was required to act under a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said greenhouse gases from motor vehicles qualified as a pollutant under the 40-year-old air-quality law. Jackson was responding to a letter several coal-state senators sent her late Friday.
"I share your goals of ensuring economic recovery at this critical time and of addressing greenhouse-gas emissions in sensible ways that are consistent with the call for comprehensive energy and climate legislation," she wrote.
Under the plan Jackson outlined, major emitters of carbon dioxide that are already seeking air-pollution permits would face regulation as early as the start of 2011. Medium-size emitters such as a large liquor distillery would not face restrictions until the second half of 2011 at the earliest, and smaller facilities such as dry cleaners and hospitals wouldn't come under the rules until 2016. . . .
Wonderful. The science of anthropogenic global warming is, today, in absolute tatters. As discussed here, the best that can be said about AGW today is that it is unproven. They are figuring that out in Europe (though it would seem that nary a word of that is appearing in our MSM). Yet the Obama administration isn't even blinking on this, thus proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that global warming is a political - not scientific - issue. Even treating it as a political issue, does it make any sense to impose higher costs on our energy sector - all of which will be passed on to the end user - during our greatest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. It makes as much sense today as the Smoot Hawley Tarrif did in 1930. This administration doesn't just need to be voted out of office, they need to be banished to a Siberian gulag where they can contemplate global warming for the rest of their very cold lives - and not do any further damage to our nation.