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Wasteful environmental laws

Spark plugs in the “green machine” have become fouled; its engine is misfiring and slowing down. Proponents of “human-caused” global warming are, or should be, embarrassed by the fact that for the last 15 years, global temperatures have not risen. Greenies are panicking, blaming human-caused global warming for everything from difficult pregnancies to the spread of AIDS. To counter the diminished lack of interest by the public in human caused global warming, school children are being brain washed into believing this fallacy.

Steven F. Hayward covers the subject in an excellent article in the April 29 issue of The Weekly Standard (weeklystandard.com).

Climate change has affected Mother Earth for a million years or more. Luckily, we are not facing another ice age, at least not in the foreseeable future. Modest swings in temperature have been recorded over hundreds of years of the history of our earth.

Unfortunately, the green machine enjoys much power through ill-applied authority given by environmental laws, including the Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Rare and Endangered Species Act and volumes of regulations generated by federal agencies enforcing their ideas as to the intent of each law.

We could be enjoying a much more robust economy if the shackles of environmental legislation were loosened, not removed, but limited to realistic interpretations by bureaucrats. Just think how much cheaper a gallon of gasoline would be if energy development was encouraged instead of being restricted at every step. We should be using our abundant resources, and opening up a higher standard of living to all our citizens.

Dick Prosence


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