Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Like the Weather? Couldn't be signs of Climate Change? Court Decides Probably.

Knowing that climate change might might in fact be real and not a hoax, you would think even Republicans would err on the side of caution, since the consequences would be devastating to animal survival and our global economy.

But that's not part of the radicalized Republican tea party agenda. Reckless would be one word to describe their behavior. Their solution is breathtaking, and included in the story below:  
McClatchy News: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the EPA’s 2009 finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health and the environment was based on “an ocean of evidence,” saying the agency’s move to limit those emissions from cars and trucks was “neither arbitrary nor capricious.”

One complaint the court considered was that the EPA had “delegated” its judgment to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international group that summarizes scientific papers on the subject … “It makes no difference that much of the scientific evidence in large part consisted of ‘syntheses’ of individual studies and research,” the court said. “Even individual studies and research papers often synthesize past work in an area and then build upon it. This is how science works. EPA is not required to re-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.”

The National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO, Jay Timmons, said in a statement: “The debate to address climate change should take place in the U.S. Congress and should foster economic growth and job creation, not impose additional burdens on businesses.”
The most bizarre idea yet to come from the now radicalized GOP, is to pass a law prohibiting scientific evidence from effecting EPA regulations, especially if it’s costly to business.
The next steps could play out in Congress, where Republicans have proposed amending the Clean Air Act to prohibit the EPA from making any regulations of greenhouse gases due to climate change.

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