How does the other side get their warped views? Consider a Friday story from FoxNews titled, “Don’t Exhale: EPA Expected to Declare Carbon Dioxide a Dangerous Pollutant. Here’s the opening:
That advice may need heeding if the Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases dangerous pollutants, a move — expected in the next couple weeks — that would require the federal government to impose new rules limiting emissions.
But some skeptics say regulating carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, may be a difficult task, especially since people emit carbon dioxide with every breath.
And, no, sadly, this isn’t intended to be humorous story. It’s just run-of-the-mill disinformation disguised as a “straight news” story.
Interestingly — or perhaps I should say typically — FoxNews doesn’t actually offer any “skeptics” who say regulating CO2 may be difficult because people exhale CO2. It was apparently just the reporter’s own inane idea.
And speaking of inane, if you want to be simultaneously depressed and amused, read the comments on the article here. The first one starts:
Really? I didn’t know that… What drivel. They talk to us like we are stupid.
And no, the “they” isn’t FoxNews. Then there’s:
maybe regulating CO2 is the reason for the death panels in the health care bill?
A later comment on Kennedy is in astonishingly bad taste comment, which shows you why comments on news stories should be moderated.
The other interesting/typical thing about the story is the central argument FoxNew offers against the finding, which directly follows the opening lines:
“The EPA doesn’t have the manpower to implement the regulations the way they would have to be,” said David Kreutzer, senior policy analyst in energy economics and climate change at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Kreutzer said new regulations would trigger a flood of lawsuits, would create massive paperwork and the EPA should have no reasonable expectation that people would comply….
Aides say later rules will extend to other sources and require a permit from the EPA to build anything that emits more than 25,000 tons of these pollutants. That could include schools, nursing homes or a Walmart.known
Let’s frighten old people some more! Of course, EPA isn’t going to regulate nursing homes for CO2.
And FoxNews just got that part of the story wrong. The 25,000 floor would exclude virtually all small businesses. As the WSJ reports:
Although the announcement didn’t disclose details about the rule, people familiar with the EPA’s work on the issue said they expected the agency’s proposal to call for regulating only facilities that emit 25,000 tons or more a year of carbon dioxide. That threshold would effectively limit the reach of new regulations to power plants, steel mills, and cement factories, people familiar with the matter said.
Anyway, it’s no mystery why “The Deniers are winning, but only with the GOP.”