Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Lalalalala, I can't hear you!

If they weren't so damn evil there are times that I would feel embarrassed for the Bush administration. It was revealed that the White House refused to open an email from the Environmental Protection Agency that detailed the effects that greenhouse gases were having on the environment and what could be done to reverse them. The report was ordered by the Supreme Court to determine if the gases represented a risk to health or the environment. Apparently their tactic worked because the EPA will now be coming out with a watered-down version of the report without any of the suggestions to actually, you know, do something about it.
The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week.

The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required it to determine whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the officials said.

This week, more than six months later, the E.P.A. is set to respond to that order by releasing a watered-down version of the original proposal that offers no conclusion. Instead, the document reviews the legal and economic issues presented by declaring greenhouse gases a pollutant.

Over the past five days, the officials said, the White House successfully put pressure on the E.P.A. to eliminate large sections of the original analysis that supported regulation, including a finding that tough regulation of motor vehicle emissions could produce $500 billion to $2 trillion in economic benefits over the next 32 years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Hey, if we don't open the email greenhouse gases are still harmless, right? I mean, what's wrong with that plan? I assume they also refuse to go to the doctor because then nothing will ever be wrong with them.

Sigh, only 195 more days...



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