The Obama administration is set to announce that it will require new rules to cut emissions from airplanes, expanding a quest to tackle climate change that has included a string of significant regulations on cars, trucks and power plants.
The E.P.A.’s finding would lay the groundwork for the United States to adopt the emissions standard being negotiated by the International Civil Aviation Organization. That group aims by next year to set new emissions standards for airlines, which have said that national rules would do little to curb emissions, given the industry’s global reach.
“Aircraft are the largest remaining unregulated source of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and can only be regulated by the federal government,” said William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. “This presents President Obama with a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate leadership not only domestically but, indeed, around the world.”
“Leadership”. That’s an interesting term to use for someone who regularly runs a carbon footprint that most Americans would take years to rack up. Speaking of leadership, last year’s Climate Conference in Peru set records for its carbon footprint:
The current UN climate talks will be the first to neutralise all the greenhouse gas pollution they generate, offset by host country Peru’s protection of forest reserves, organisers say. The bad news: the Lima conference is expected to have the biggest carbon footprint of any UN climate meeting measured to date.
At more than 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the negotiations’ burden on global warming will be about one and a half times the norm, said Jorge Alvarez, project coordinator for the UN Development Programme.
The venue is one big reason. It had to be built.
Eleven football fields of temporary structures arose for the 13-day negotiations from what three months ago was an empty field behind Peru’s army’s headquarters. Concrete was laid, plumbing installed, components flown in from as far as France and Brazil.
To use the old phrase, “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis act like it’s a crisis.” I understand the value of meeting face to face, but if these clowns were serious about how serious a problem Climate Change is shouldn’t they be leading the way in setting an example for us all to follow?
Or maybe it’s just another example of the radical left’s notion that there is one set of rules for them, and another for the commoners. But you can add this to the list of questions you can ask a Global Warm Monger if you want to quickly end a conversation.
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog