In­tem­per­ate global warm­ing rules

Obama’s EPA to drive up the cost of en­ergy again

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

It may not be cool to dis­pute global warm­ing, but facts don’t lie or play pol­i­tics. Just as the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is propos­ing new re­stric­tions on “green­house gases” that it claims cause the Earth to heat up, new sci­ence is shred­ding the the­ory that blames pur­ported warm­ing on hu­man ac­tiv­ity. Fact or fic­tion, the price for pre­cip­i­tous gov­ern­ment ac­tion will be borne by the long-suf­fer­ing Amer­i­can tax­payer.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) pro­posed fresh reg­u­la­tions on Tues­day that would re­strict car­bon-diox­ide emis­sions from new power plants. The rules, to be fi­nal­ized later this year, would force the plants to limit their emis­sions to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per kilo­watt hour. How­ever, the pro­posed level could only be reached with the use of ex­pen­sive car­bon-se­ques­tra­tion equip­ment that traps emis­sions un­der­ground, a tech­nol­ogy still un­der de­vel­op­ment.

At the same time, sci­en­tists have an­nounced new find­ings that make a mock­ery of the claims that hu­man be­ings burn­ing fos­sil fu­els such as coal are the source of global warm­ing and that dras­tic ac­tion must be taken to save the planet from eco­log­i­cal catas­tro­phe.

Re­searchers led by Syra­cuse Univer­sity geo­chemist Zunli Lu have un­earthed new ev­i­dence that the Me­dieval Warm Pe­riod, which lasted from around A.D. 950 to 1260, was not a tem­per­a­ture event con­fined to Europe, as some pre­vi­ously thought, but ex­tended as far south as Antarc­tica. The team drew its con­clu­sions from the study of ikaite crys­tals re­cov­ered from sed­i­ment sam­ples de­posited over 2,000 years off the coast of Antarc­tica. Heavy oxy­gen iso­topes in ikaite in­di­cate tem­per­a­ture at the time for crys­tal for­ma­tion. Cal­cu­lat­ing the con­cen­tra­tion of iso­topes imbed­ded in their sam­ples, they de­ter­mined that Antarc­tica ex­pe­ri­enced a tem­per­ate era at the same time that warm­ing oc­curred in the North­ern Hemi­sphere.

The study is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause it in­di­cates that wide­spread — or global — warm­ing has oc­curred in the past unas­so­ci­ated with hu­man com­bus­tion of fos­sil fu­els. It fur­ther con­firms the ob­vi­ous point that Earth’s tem­per­a­tures have os­cil­lated his­tor­i­cally be­tween pe­ri­ods of rel­a­tive warmth and frigid­ity as ev­i­denced by the con­tin­u­ous ad­vance and re­treat of po­lar glaciers over much of the North­ern Hemi­sphere. In fact, the mod­ern age is sim­ply a tem­per­ate respite from mile-high ice sheets that one day are likely to creep down from the north once again.

The new EPA rules would move Amer­ica away from coal by ren­der­ing plants us­ing this af­ford­able en­ergy source too pricey to build. The agency disin­gen­u­ously claims it “does not project ad­di­tional cost for in­dus­try to com­ply with this stan­dard.” That may be true sim­ply be­cause the in­dus­try won’t bother spend­ing money on ful­fill­ing the new man­dates. Thus, Mr. Obama’s expressed wish to end coal-based en­ergy by driv­ing plant own­ers into bank­ruptcy is com­ing to pass.

Coal plants gen­er­ate 45 per­cent of this coun­try’s electricity and do so at rates lower than any other form of power. As coal goes away, Amer­i­cans col­lec­tively will pay tens of bil­lions more dol­lars in their util­ity bills for en­ergy sub­sti­tutes. Spend­ing hard­earned money on crack­pot global-warm­ing the­o­ries isn’t cool.

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