Don’t Bother Us With the Facts

The Environmental Protection Agency was directed by a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to find out whether greenhouse gases endangered public health and the environment. The EPA did that and issued its findings in an email to the White House. The White House refused to open the email:

This week, more than six months later, the E.P.A. is set to respond to that order by releasing a watered-down version of the original proposal that offers no conclusion. Instead, the document reviews the legal and economic issues presented by declaring greenhouse gases a pollutant.

Over the past five days, the officials said, the White House successfully put pressure on the E.P.A. to eliminate large sections of the original analysis that supported regulation, including a finding that tough regulation of motor vehicle emissions could produce $500 billion to $2 trillion in economic benefits over the next 32 years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Both documents, as prepared by the E.P.A., “showed that the Clean Air Act can work for certain sectors of the economy, to reduce greenhouse gases,” one of the senior E.P.A. officials said.

“That’s not what the administration wants to show. They want to show that the Clean Air Act can’t work.”

John Cole concludes that the government is being run by four-year-olds:

Other well known strategies that could dovetail nicely with this include holding your breath until you are blue, stating the check is in the mail, the tantrum, claiming the dog ate your homework, running away from home, or putting your fingers in your ears and yelling “LALALALALALALA.” Seriously, I would love to see someone try this shit with the IRS. “Sorry, guys, I never opened the email so as far as I am concerned, I don’t owe you a damned thing.” I hear prisons for white collar crimes have an almost resort like atmosphere.

Andrew Tilghman passes on some wisdom from the president who gives George W. Bush hope that history will speak kindly of him:

Before he left for Washington for the first time, former President Harry Truman got a piece of memorable advice: “Work hard, keep your mouth shut, and answer your mail.”

Maybe President Bush never got that same advice.

One Response to “Don’t Bother Us With the Facts”

  1. John Frykman says:

    Since when did the Supremes get their advanced degrees in science? If they declared the moon is made of green cheese, does that make it so? I guess they don’t know that each of them is exhaling poisonous toxins, which all life needs to sustain itself. How about declaring water vapor a poisonous toxin too. It is a much more important greenhouse gas than CO2.

    Hooray for the White House for ignoring a Supreme Court who refuses to stick to business—namely interpreting the Constitution. It has no legal basis to make pseudo-scientific pronouncements that can have untold negative effects on this country’s way of life, its economic and political power.

    I wonder if China and India are going to cut back on their consumption of fossil fuels because of what the Supremes mumbled.

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