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12-27-2010 6:34 pm - Dr. Jerome Corsi -
The Environmental Protection Agency is prepared in 2011 to implement carbon taxes without any new legislation being passed by Congress, Politico reported. The move demonstrates Obama's plan to govern America by executive decree.

The EPA has evidently agreed on a schedule to set greenhouse gas emissions standards, known as "performance standards," for the nation's power plants and refineries, two of the largest carbon-emitting industries, the website reported.

The EPA is expected to issue a draft greenhouse gas performance standard by July 2011 and a final rule by May 2012, despite continuing concerns after the Climategate release of U.N. climate science e-mails that the anthropogenic global warming scare is an ideological cause based on junk science.

The EPA plan demonstrates once again the determination of the Obama White House to govern in the next two years by executive decree and administrative rule-making, acknowledging that a Republican-controlled House will never pass new legislation such as the cap-and-trade bill Obama failed to get through the Senate in 2010.

The EPA-imposed carbon taxes resulting from these new regulations is certain to have a depressing impact upon economic growth and job creation.

EPA declares carbon dioxide a harmful chemical.

According to the EPA website, on Dec. 7, 2009, the EPA administrator signed two distinct findings regarding greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act:

•Endangerment finding: The administrator finds that the current and projected of six key well-mixed green house gases – including carbon dioxide – in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of future generations;

•Cause or contribute finding: The administrator finds that the combined emissions of these well-mixed greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engines contribute to the greenhouse gas pollution that threatens public health and welfare.

All this derives from the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007) that Section 202(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act allows the EPA to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide as an air pollutant.

How will EPA enforce carbon regulations?

As Red Alert previously reported, the Center for American Progress, a leftist think-tank based in Washington, D.C., and headed by former Clinton administration Chief of Staff John Podesta, has issued this month a series of recommendations regarding how Obama can implement a progressive agenda in complete disregard of Congress, now that the Republicans control the majority in the House of Representatives.

In a bold statement that openly advocates utilizing presidential executive decisions without regard to new laws passed by Congress or the will of the American people, Podesta and his Center for American Progress staff and senior fellows issued this month a report titled "The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change."

The EPA decision to declare carbon dioxide a harmful chemical under the Clean Air Act opened the door for the Obama administration to impose restrictions on the use of carbon-based fuels in the United States, even if Congress never passes the administration's proposed cap-and-trade legislation.

Obama planning carbon regulation by administrative decree?

In his nationally televised press conference in the wake of the midterm elections earlier this month, Obama indicated that carbon taxes may be imposed on the United States through regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency, in a move designed to bypass Congress altogether.

"The EPA is under a court order that says greenhouse gases are a pollutant that fall under their jurisdiction," Obama said. "And I think one of the things that's very important for me is not to have us ignore the science, but rather to find ways that we can solve these problems that don't hurt the economy, that encourage the development of clean energy in this country, that, in fact, may give us opportunities to create entire new industries and create jobs that – and that put us in a competitive posture around the world."

In other words, Obama intends to pursue the ideological cause of reducing carbon emissions despite growing doubt in the international scientific community about the validity of anthropogenic climate-warming theories.

California imposes cap-and-trade regulations

In December, cash-strapped California adopted by administrative vote the first large-scale cap-and-trade measure, in a move that is likely to damage even the state's already struggling economy.

The decision came with a 9-1 vote of the California Air Resources Board that adopted rules scheduled to take effect in 2012, requiring power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities that emit their carbon dioxide emissions or obtain pollution allowances from the state or from other emitters with carbon-dioxide emission allowances.

The measure was passed under California's Global Warming Solutions Act that requires the state to cut greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The costs of meeting emission requirements, either by cutting carbon dioxide emissions or by buying expensive emission credits, will almost certainly be passed on to consumers.

Furthermore, companies hard-pressed by California's high taxes will almost certainly considering relocating, rather than paying what amounts to additional taxes to comply with the new emission regulations.

Estimates are that the California system will cover 85 percent of the state's industrial emissions by the time it ends in 2020, the New York Times reported.

The decision comes at a time when California's 12.4 percent unemployment, as reported for November 2010, remains one of the nation's highest and the state faces a $25 billion state budget shortfall.

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