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Good News, There are Federal Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions!

Thursday, 18 August 2011 09:08

Those who are concerned about global warming will be happy to discover when they read the Washington Post that the federal government has limits on greenhouse gas emissions. The Post had a page two article that told readers how the world would be different if the Tea Party folks, as personified by the House Republicans, ran the country.

The second item in the Post's list of differences is:

"It would no longer have federal limits on greenhouse gases."

Yes, that would be a big difference if the country actually did have limits on greenhouse gas emissions. The bill cited in the article would prohibit the Environment Protection Agency from using its regulatory powers to restrict emissions of greenhouse gases. However, there is no current statute that actually limits greenhouse gases, so the Tea Party folks don't have very much that they could change in this area. 

Comments (4)Add Comment
written by fuller schmidt, August 18, 2011 11:12
It's too much work for the Republican PR Machine to have to be factual about their victimhood. And it's not necessary anyway - nobody reads hard things anymore.
written by izzatzo, August 18, 2011 11:49
Well yeah but since Obama did take their guns away from them he's also taking away their emissions as well isn't he. ISN'T HE?! ANSWER ME BUBBA!
written by james, August 18, 2011 2:06
EPA has regulatory proposals to restrict greenhouse emissions for power plants and industrial boilers under the Clean Air Act statute. The newer gas mileage standards also impact greenhouse gas emissions. So it is more complex than assumed to be simply a talking point.
The radical reich is strong on symbolism ...
written by John Puma, August 18, 2011 4:45
Just think of the bill to prevent that which does not exist as symbolic extra nails in the collective coffin of future generations.

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