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Earth Day? Beware the Hype.

Posted By Mike Brownfield On April 22, 2011 @ 1:57 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled

Acid rain. Expanding deserts. Global cooling. As Reason.tv explains in its video “The Top Five Environmental Disasters That Didn’t Happen,” [1] all of the above were moments of environmental hysteria that led to nothing.

Others they cite? Frankenfoods, the end of biodiversity (the claim that 70-80% of the Earth’s species would be extinct by 1995), running out of energy, a “silent spring” (an apocalyptic prediction about pesticides), and Malthusian famine (hundreds of millions of people starving to death by the 1970s).

Under the Obama Administration, concerns over the environment — and specifically, global warming — have driven Congress and the president to push for even greater regulation of carbon emissions, first through the defeated cap-and-trade legislation and now through proposed CO2 regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris explains [2] that, even setting aside the scientific dissention regarding the danger of CO2 and its effect on global warming, reducing CO2 unilaterally will have an insignificant impact on global emissions.¬†Even worse, the regulations would extract trillions of dollars from our economy¬†and destroy over one million jobs [3].

Conserving our environment is a laudable goal, but there are better ways to do it than using hysteria to scare people into accepting draconian laws and regulations.

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[1] “The Top Five Environmental Disasters That Didn’t Happen,”: http://reason.tv/video/show/the-top-five-environmental-dis

[2] explains: http://www.foundry.org/2011/04/06/we-need-a-permanent-fix-to-the-epa%E2%80%99s-co2-regulations/

[3] and destroy over one million jobs: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/10/co2-emission-cuts-the-economic-costs-of-the-epas-anpr-regulations

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