The Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has released a finding that states that carbon dioxide, which is released when humans exhale, is a “pollutant” that “may” threaten “public health or welfare.” Due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2007, a finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that such gases are “pollutants” creates mandatory procedures to regulate and ration the quantity of such gases. Thus, the Obama Administration will decide how to ration CO2 even without clear Congressional authorization, or guidance, on how to accomplish this. This means that the Obama Administration can craft potentially economically harmful rules that will damage states that rely quite strongly on industries that emit Co2, which, in and of itself, is not harmful (only the indirect result, so-called “climate change,” which is still being debated by scientists, is considered a “threat” to public health).
Rationing so-called CO2 emissions, however, will result in the EPA regulating many daily activities that Americans routinely take for granted. In order to mandate the proper level of CO2, as the EPA sees it, will require rules, regulations, and laws that order and compel Americans, through the threat of force, fines, or imprisonment, to buy smaller cars (even if Americans have a preference for larger cars), to live closer to work in dense environments, and to have an overall lower standard of living. Americans are skeptical of such a policy. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 51% of Americans now believe that humans are not the predominant cause of “climate change.” And one can see why. The more that one thinks through this policy, the more it appears that climate change is used as a tool to spread fear into the electorate, with the aim of gaining approval for regulations that are guaranteed to lower the standard of living of Americans by artificially raising the price of carbon and forcing Americans to adopt energy sources that are speculative and do not exist at this period of time.
Further, by rushing through with this fiat regulatory policy, rather than trusting the large Democrat majority in Congress to come up with a so-called climate change policy, shows that the Obama Administration realizes that the public is not supportive of policies that are designed to ration energy consumption. However, by imposing such policies by fiat through the EPA, it will make it harder to hold elected officials accountable since the administrative state is, as Ronald Reagan once stated, the closest thing to eternal life on Earth.