The plot of the movie Logan’s Run has been summarized by one writer in this manner:
In the 23rd century, the survivors of a holocaust now lives within a domed city that is sealed off from the outside world. In the domed city, men and women live in a society where you can only live until you are 30-years old (due to population control and limited resources), the people have two choices: They can either take part in a extermination ceremony called “Carousel” where they are promised of being reborn or they can go on the run and escape to outside the domed city.
Sound vaguely familiar?
Barack Obama is set to impose grand new taxes on the energy industry through EPA regulatory actions and bypass Congress. As noted previously, this will most likely negatively impact the economy via much higher costs for electricity, gasoline and heating oil. It could really not come at a worse time. And Obama did warn us.
“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
What really angers me is that Obama did make clear how Marxist Obama intended to remake this country yet the execrable media did its absolute best to dismiss Obama’s own words.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has ruled that CO2 is a pollutant.
People produce CO2- 2.3 pounds, or 1 kg/day. That means that each person produces 365 kg of CO2 per year and the total CO2 production by the entire US population in one year is 113,150,000 metric tons. The entire CO2 production by the United States is 5,838,181,000 metric tons. That means the people of this country produce 2% of that CO2 each year. Humans contribute a significant portion of the total CO2 emissions into the atmosphere each year.
Something has to be done about that.
Now every useful idiot from Obama on down to Jackson asserts that these new regulations will help clean the air.
But how much? Has anyone asked that? What are the concrete benefits? And what is it we are fighting? Climate change? Climate change happens four times a year where I live and I don’t really want that changed.
If all of the new EPA regulations are implemented, global temperatures will be reduced by six thousandths of one degree Celsius and the sea levels will be halted to the tune of 0.06–0.14 cm by 2100.
As for warming- have a look at this chart:
You’ll note a couple of things right away. First, fluctuations are common and normal. Second, the Earth was much warmer 1500 years ago that it is today. And that’s without the CO2 levels we see today. So, to post a question- WTF?
Meteorologist Art Horn puts an exclamation point on all of this:
The very small human component of the greenhouse effect has profound implications when governments are considering reducing carbon dioxide concentrations to fight global warming. The United States produces about 20% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions each year. If we were somehow able to shut down all sources of carbon dioxide emissions from the United States, the effect on the global average temperature would be 20% of .1 degree, or .02 degrees. And that’s with shutting down everything that makes carbon dioxide! This decrease of .02 degrees is so small it is completely irrelevant. If achieved, it would drop the global average temperature from 59.0 to 58.98 degrees, and it would take billions, if not trillions, to achieve. After all — we make 87% of our energy from burning fossil fuels. If there were a way to eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions on a global scale, the decrease in temperature would be .1 degree — dropping the temperature from 59.0 degrees to 58.9 degrees. Once again, completely insignificant at a cost that would quite possibly bankrupt the world.
And at least one meteorologist is predicting a new mini ice age.
But let’s ignore all that for a moment. How do we kill those two birds?
Clearly we need to reduce the sources of CO2 emissions, and humans are one source that can be controlled.
As he has no regard for the democratic republic structure of this country, Barack Obama can do a few more extra-Constitutional things. He can issue more Executive Orders to further achieve his ends. He could issue new caps on CO2 emissions by individuals. Once you have used up your limit, you no longer get any medical treatment save for pain pills.
Obama has already begun the process. Death panels have returned, again by regulation. In the WSJ, Rivkin and Foley argue that government is asserting control over one’s bodily autonomy.
This whole scheme doesn’t stand up to legal scrutiny. Government-imposed cost-benefit rationing raises serious constitutional concerns. Individual bodily autonomy is one of the oldest recognized rights. Its constitutional significance is reflected in Supreme Court decisions acknowledging the rights to refuse unwanted treatment and to access treatments such as contraception and abortion. Freedom to make medical decisions is central to the autonomy and dignity encapsulated by the majestic word “liberty” in the Constitution’s due process clauses.
This isn’t to say that government can never interfere with bodily autonomy. State governments can, for example, force citizens to submit to certain treatments (like vaccinations) because of their unique “police power” to protect citizens’ health and safety. And the federal government can ban trade in snake oil treatments through its power to regulate commerce.
They make this point strongly:
If government can limit Americans’ choice of effective medical treatments, there’s no limit to its control over our bodies, and the right to bodily autonomy is an illusion. In the context of the new health law, the FDA’s Avastin decision is the tip of a looming iceberg of government rationing. It must be challenged.
If Obamacare can force a personal mandate upon us and take away bodily autonomy there is no limit to what it can do, including withholding medical treatment once you’ve used up your CO2 emission limit. On the plus side, this would both limit CO2 emissions and lower health care costs.
Before you think this is too out there, remember that Obama’s science czar believes we need forced abortions and mass sterilization to save the planet.
That would kill a lot of birds with two stones. It’s time Obama really got serious.
He could always start with the rich. No one seems to like them right now.