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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant but lead is OK???!?

This takes the cake. The Supreme Court is currently deciding a case on whether the EPA has to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. The effect of this ruling could result in auto manufacturers having to control the emissions of this vital trace gas from new vehicles. California is suing auto makers to force them to reduce CO2 emissions and I am certain there will be penalties for past releases of this pollutant.

Now the same EPA is actually considering de-listing lead as a pollutant.


In trying to obtain legal standing and public policy to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the alarmists have been increasingly referring to CO2 as a pollutant. By referring to CO2 as a pollutant often enough, the radical alarmists are conditioning the public that CO2 is dangerous and must be eliminated. Forget the fact that we exhale it every breath.
U.S. environmental regulators are considering removing lead, a heavy metal linked to learning problems in children, from a list of regulated pollutants because past rules have greatly reduced levels of the toxin.
In considering taking lead off the list of pollutants the EPA is not saying that it does not cause harm, the argument is that since the concentration of lead in the atmosphere has been reduced so much, we no longer need to consider it a pollutant and can just handle it like any other ordinary matter.
The EPA said that from 1980 to 2005 the national annual lead concentrations have dropped more than 90 percent.
OK so just because we've been successful in eliminating this dangerous heavy metal compound from the environment means that it is no longer dangerous? Have we somehow changed the chemical structure and physical properties of lead so that it is now inherently safe? NO!

Lead is a heavy metal. It is a neuro toxin. It attacks the central nervous system and the liver and can be deadly in very small amounts. Carbon dioxide is the natural end product of complete combustion. It is the natural product of normal respiration and is critical for life to exist on this planet or any other planet.

I'm trying to put all of this in perspective:
  • Real data shows that CO2 is harmless so we better ban it
  • Lead is very harmful and has been shown to be a potent chronic toxin but we'll consider calling it safe.
I guess we can sum this up with a quote from the wise Forrest Gump:

Stupid is as stupid does!


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