This story (Leaked OMB memo...)illustrates how politicians and special interests can manipulate science for political ends. Even though their own legal counsel says there is no evidence that CO2 has significant health risks we are on a glide path to give EPA the POWER to regulate it. This potentially applies to every emitter , even you and I because we exhale this toxic substance. NOT TO WORRY" they say (now) - it will be judiciously enforced, they will only regulate the big emitters.
The environmental extremist want this POWER. It avoids the messy fights in the legislative process. You can't let the PEOPLE decide. They are too ignorant. The Elites who know best can achieve their ends very subtly by selectively going after emitters. They can outright shut you down or force you to buy offsets (extortion in my opinion) or just threaten these actions. Prudent, risk adverse businesses will have to play ball or move to another country. No matter how you cut it WE LOOSE. It will pit neighbors against each other. "Look at the Jones, mowing their lawn again and emiiting toxic gases. Party ballons filled with EPA certified non toxic gases - only $25/dozen.
You might be shaking your head and thinking "Why would any rationale person do this if CO2 is not a health hazard?" Let me borrow a quote from a fellow blogger Mikey's Muses ... From the Antipodes
“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” - Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme
People that think like this are infiltrating government, academic and scientific organizations. This has been going on for some time. When they speak they they raise ALARM and the media feeds on ALARM so the mantra is repeated and heard endlessly in the classroom, in commercials, nightly news, front page in the newspapers.
What is the truth? Simple question. Impossible answer. I have devoted a significant amount of my time to study the Global Warming issue. The science is complex and will give you a headache if you try to dig into it. The Environmental extremist know this and use the terms "settled science" (it isn't) or "the debate is over" (it isn't). These terms infiltrate the dialog and when uttered by a "trusted" source achieve the desired affect of quieting the rabble (that's you and me).
Read the linked post above or some of my past post on Ralional Ignorances to get more insights.
For what it is worth I sincerely believe that the science was hijacked by ideologues to further a political agenda motivated by elites who want the POWER to regulate and socially engineer rest of us. They know what is best for us. They buy off the real scientists by lavishing huge grants on anyone that will support the thesis and unleash harsh admonitions and character attacks on anyone who is a "denialist"
There are 3 classes of players in all this;
Those that promote it for ideological reasons
Those that can capitalize on it
The rest of us
Where do you fit in?