Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Willie Soon.
Any Texas granddaddy will tell you heâ€™s seen it all, when it comes to weather and climate extremes. Tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, blizzards, droughts, flash floods, and storms that bring unique combinations of wind, dust, thunder and hail.
Any Lone Star citizen will point out that Texas is Americaâ€™s leading producer of crude oil, natural gas and (heavily subsidized) wind-based energy. It has the second largest workforce and gross state product in the USA, produces more electricity than any other state, and refines one-fourth of our petroleum â€“ for a country that is 85% dependent on fossil fuels.
Mess with Texas, and the damages will reverberate throughout our nation.
So why is the US Environmental Protection Agency sending federal agents to Texas â€“ to arrest the stateâ€™s economy for the â€œcrimeâ€ of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4)? Texas is also challenging EPA over other arbitrary new air pollution standards, but thatâ€™s another article.
Cowboys and cowgirls recognize CO2 as the plant-fertilizing â€œgas of lifeâ€ and CH4 as natural gas and cow farts. Scientists will tell you carbon dioxide is 0.0387% of Earthâ€™s atmosphere and methane is 0.000179 percent. Anyone with an eighth grade economics education or ounce of common sense knows CO2 is what results when CH4 heats homes, generates electricity, fuels cars and factories, and makes our health, welfare and living standards possible.
But EPA says they are â€œgreenhouse gasesâ€ that cause â€œrunaway global warming.â€ So the ideologues who run this agency are telling Texas to start regulating its power plants and refineries into bankruptcy or oblivion â€“ or EPA goons will take over its air quality programs and economy.
Since few cowboys and cowgirls â€“ or even college grads or most PhDs â€“ are experts on â€œgreenhouseâ€ gases and radiation physics, letâ€™s take a quick look at whatâ€™s behind these EPA claims.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says her agencyâ€™s actions will â€œprotect human health and welfareâ€ and â€œensure environmental justice,â€ which are â€œthreatenedâ€ by rising temperatures and â€œglobal climate disruption.â€ Let EPA regulate these evil greenhouse gases, she promises, and the climate will remain â€œstableâ€ and average global temperatures will never be more than 2 degrees higher than now. Bunk.
Ms. Jackson willfully ignores the immense harm that driving up energy prices will have on jobs, state revenues, peopleâ€™s health and welfare, and even human lives. But her views are supported by scientists like Dr. Richard Alley, Michael Mannâ€™s colleague at Pennsylvania State University, all handsomely paid by EPA and other federal agencies for raising alarms about global warming. Read More: http://townhall.com/columnists/PaulDriessen/2011/01/01/epas_texas_power_grab