Originally posted at GetLiberty.org
By Robert Romano
This rule by an iron fist.
Yesterday, the Senate had an opportunity to overturn a tyrannical usurpation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifying carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as harmful pollutants under the terms of the Clean Air Act. Sadly, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution failed by a vote of 47-53, leaving the agency in the command-and-control position to set the nation’s energy policy with arbitrary limits on carbon emissions.
This basically means that the EPA is now free and clear to set as draconian restrictions on energy usage as it wants. Which will mean higher energy prices, lost jobs, lost business, and the blind imposition of a radical, environmentalist agenda upon an unwilling American populace.
In short, the Senate has affirmed the EPA’s singular authority to turn out the lights.
The White House is perfectly comfortable using the threat of unilateral EPA regulation against carbon emissions as an ongoing threat to bully Congress into enacting its own restrictions. That threat was echoed by Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) who said recently, “We need a comprehensive energy plan and if this keeps the fire under these guys to get something major done, I'm all for it.”
Even Senator Murkowski’s very reasonable, if not constitutional, proposition that Congress should retain the option set up carbon limits was rejected. Senate Democrats are cleaving to their back-up plan.
In case Democrats’ punitive carbon energy tax is blocked this session, and Congress does not put the U.S. economy back into Stone Age, then the EPA will.
So much for the consent of the governed.
Instead, Senate Democrats are affirming — not one Republican voted against the Murkowski resolution — that they believe that government derives its powers from the intimidation of the executive. This is an incredibly dangerous proposition.
This is turning the constitutional principles of the separation of powers, the rule of law and limited government on their head, saying that even the most basic limits to the exercise of power — that a law be passed and signed by the President — no longer apply.
Moreover, Congress is basically codifying the controversial, disputed science behind the man-made global warming hypothesis. As outlined in a recent summary by Americans for Limited Government, scientists cannot account for the lack of warming in the past decade despite increased carbon emissions.
It is that question that vexed Kevin Trenberth (US National Center for Atmospheric Research) of Climategate fame in his infamous email to Michael Mann Oct 12th, 2009: "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't... Our observing system is inadequate."
Nonetheless, the Senate has now voted to accept — on faith — the EPA’s apocalyptic finding that CO2, a biological gas necessary for the existence of life, actually “threaten[s] the public health and welfare of current and future generations”. The EPA promises extreme hurricanes, floods, sea levels to rise, erosion, heat-waves, droughts, wildfires, reductions in food production, deforestation, population dislocation, and even more pathogens and allergens if carbon emissions are not reduced.
This is a tyrannical rule of the executive by fear, not settled science. Rule by an iron fist. And unless the American people now stand against it, government will get away with it — and more.
Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of ALG News Bureau.