Friday, April 24, 2009

The EPA and Humor, Maybe

George Reisman has posted a comment on the EPA's recent ruling of CO2 as a pollutant, subject to control under the Clean Air Act.
New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are reportedly preparing a joint statement citing the legitimacy and inevitability of taxes on CO2 emissions in general and on human exhalations of CO2 in particular. Humans emit CO2 into the atmosphere and thus contribute to global warming every time they exhale, in other words, every time they let out their breath. Some studies have estimated that taking all human beings together their exhalations account for as much as 8 per cent of all human-caused CO2 emissions. This is more than the proportion emitted by all privately owned aircraft in the world and is thus an important and fruitful target for reduction.
That I am not 100% sure whether or not the estimable Dr. Reisman's essay is sarcastic humor or straight reporting is the worst condemnation of the EPA action (and the entire issue, not to mention today's culture overall) that I can imagine.

1 comment:

VH said...

And what of methane gas? Cows are largely responsible for this gas contributing to GW, right? Now we need a massive government program with billions of dollars in subsidies to create a device to plug bovine butts. Har, har!