The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency must consider greenhouse gases as pollutants, in a blow to the White House. “Because greenhouse gases fit well within the Clean Air Act’s capacious definition of ‘air pollutant’ we hold that EPA has the statutory authority to regulate the emission of such gases from new motor vehicles,” the court ruled.
Well, it’s motor vehicles. And if you consider that the main byproducts of hydrocarbon combustion are water vapor and carbon dioxide, the big greenhouse gases, are going to be regulated as pollutants from motor vehicles, then you’ve got a serious problem.
1) If you have to scrub CO to CO2 in a catalytic converter and you are trying to curb the amount of carbon produced, you have a paradox. Carbon monoxide is far more dangerous than carbon dioxide. These are the two major gas sources of gasoline combustion. If you regulate the amount either can be produced in from a car, then you’re regulating how much fuel the car can burn per minute. The only other solution is to catalyze the CO2 to methane, CH4, and if you could do that in an oxidizing atmosphere (like that we live in), then you’ve got a Nobel prize and $500 trillion dollars because you’ve just solved all energy problems forever.
The problem is that carbon has to go somewhere. The only way to reduce CO2 emission is to burn less gas, and the Supremes have forced the government’s hand here. Less gas = smaller cars, more expensive engines– just a bunch of bad news for consumers because your car is going to have to be far more efficient to meet green guidelines.
2) It’s a problem for you and me. Our “exhaust” is water and CO2, two greenhouse gases. For the first time ever the government has declared that what you put out of your body is indeed a pollutant. Think about it for a second. You are a source of pollution. What does the government do with pollution sources? You betcha.
Do you think the Superfund applies to your breathing?
3) And what of home heating? Natural gas, fuel oil, propane, butane– all are hydrocarbons. The burning of those hydrocarbons generate CO2 and water vapor. Even burning wood is bad juju, folks.
Guess what? Staying warm during the winter is dangerously polluting.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Imagine the day in the future when skin flakes are a dangerous pollutant. Or hair. Or tears. Urine. It’s all bad, and it’s all fair game thanks to the mind-numbingly dense Supremes of Kennedy, Stevens, Souter, Ginsberg and Breyer.
Look at who’s celebrating this ruling, and you’ll understand just where this may go.