As the Obama Regime looks to finish the job of the destruction of every industry in the country, now it is the airlines turn. The rogue EPA, ahead of the Paris moonbat conference, has given another fatwa to a BIG part of our economy.
With ZERO correlation between CO2 levels, and global temperatures, (which have NOT risen in almost 19 YEARS ) these regulations are designed more to beat up an industry, and burnish Obama’s “street cred” with the global warming fraud crowd, and other assorted environmentalist wackos. Once again, Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller.com has the skinny.
Obama Moves To Regulate CO2 From Airplanes
First tailpipes, then power plants and now airplanes. The Obama administration announced another major effort to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from airplanes after the Environmental Protection Agency linked airliners to global warming.
The EPA issued a proposal Wednesday declaring that CO2 from airliners threatens public health because it contributes to global warming. The agency says it’s doing this in conjunction with an international effort to bring the airline industry under global carbon dioxide standards for commercial jets.
Republicans have already vowed to challenge the EPA’s proposal to regulate airline emissions, saying new federal regulations would increase travel costs and fuel prices.
“The sky is the limit when it comes to how much of the U.S. economy the EPA wants to control,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith said in a statement.
“The EPA today released a finding that emissions from commercial airplanes are harmful to human health, which opens the door for new regulations,” Smith added. “Such regulations would increase the price of airfare for Americans and harm our domestic carriers.”
Environmentalists, on the other hand, celebrated the news, arguing regulating airline emissions is necessary to fighting global warming.
“With today’s announcement, President Obama has a unique and extremely important opportunity to demonstrate leadership not only domestically but around the world,” William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, told The New York Times.
The EPA says international rules over airline emissions are expected to be completed in 2016, adding that the U.S. proposal will set “the necessary foundation for the development and implementation of a domestic aircraft standard.”
This marks another major effort by the Obama administration to “green up” the U.S.’s image ahead of United Nations climate talks in Paris slated for later this year. The administration also recently announced carbon dioxide standards for heavy trucks and is set to finalize CO2 limits for power plants this summer.
The EPA says airliners “emit roughly 11 percent of [greenhouse gas] emissions from the U.S. transportation sector and 29 percent of [greenhouse gas] emissions from all aircraft globally.”
“Today’s action supports the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions from large sources of carbon pollution,” the agency said in a press release.
The airline industry says it’s already working on ways to lower its carbon footprint by increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing use. Some airline companies are looking into using biofuels to power their aircraft, but biofuels are expensive and less dense when it comes to energy output.
The New York Times notes the challenges airlines already face in trying to reduce emissions. The Times reports that the aviation sector “is among the fastest-growing sources of global greenhouse gas emissions as air travel becomes more affordable and more people travel around the world.”
“Over the last fifty years, the fuel efficiency of jetliners has increased by 70 percent. Incentives are already in place to make air travel more energy efficient,” Smith said. “This proposal is the next leg of a nonstop journey by the EPA to control how Americans live, work and travel.”
Well, WE certainly knew this was coming. NO global warming in damn near 19 years now, and NO proof that the airliners are causing it, yet this Regime, hell-bent on the “fundamental transformation” of America, kicks yet another vital industry in the cojones with insane, absolutely UNNECCESSARY regulations.
If these assholes want to CUT CO2 emissions, let us start with THEM. STOP Moochelle from taking TWO separate jets when she travels. Tell Obama to use ONE plane when he travels. Tell ALL the global warming hucksters to QUIT jetting all over the damned planet, destroying it in the name of “saving it”. The idiocy of the left is a constant source of amazement, and apparently, they cannot or refuse, to see THEIR blatant hypocrisy here.
While I agree with Rep. Lamar Smith, he did a disservice by not stating the OBVIOUS. His quote was :
“This proposal is the next leg of a nonstop journey by the EPA to control how Americans live, work and travel.”
Close, Lamar, but NO cigar. Your quote, let me help you here, SHOULD have read like THIS : “ This proposal is yet another slap in the face to a vital American industry, putting it, and it’s hundreds of thousands of employees at risk of losing their jobs due to an overzealous, non-accountable agency carrying out an agenda that is harmful to America”.
Next time you address the media, use THAT one, Rep. Smith. Shit, you republicans are already accused by the lunatic left of wanting dirty air, and dirty water, you might as well fight absurdity with more of the same.
CLYDE. Watch for MORE onerous legislation, and regulation by the Regime leading up to Paris.