New Jersey’s Nutty CO2 Notions

While the entire northeast of the United States was digging out from a huge blizzard–usually a sign of cold weather–a meeting on “the climate challenge” was occurring in London, England and “an independent report” by the Institute for Public Policy Research (Great Britain), The Australia Institute, and the Center for American Progress announced that “an ecological time bomb is ticking away” that will plunge the world into chaos due to the heat said to be generated by greenhouse gas emissions.

This kind of lunacy is intended to impose caps on the use of energy everywhere. It is the goal of the United Nations Kyoto Climate treaty that became international law as of Wednesday, February 16.

To understand what “caps” really are, let me quote from my friend, John Brignell, a British professor emeritus, statistician, and editor of Recalling Martin Luther’s rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church over the issue of indulgences, he reminds us, “Chaucer’s Pardoner earned one hundred marks a year by selling indulgences, worthless pieces of paper, relics and other valueless items to credulous believers in the religion of the day. Now we have carbon trading, in which new worthless pieces of paper are sold for millions of pounds.” That is the essence of the Kyoto protocol, a system by which meaningless trading of forbidden emissions are sold for the right to continue contributing to the dreaded and totally bogus global warming.

While an army of snowplows was at work on the roads of the Garden State, the little Green gnomes in the Department of Environmental Protection were working to reclassify carbon dioxide (CO2) as a “contaminant.” If this becomes law, the DEP might as well arrest everyone living in the Garden State because humans generate CO2 every time they exhale. Or perhaps we will just pay for the right to exhale?

To bring about the implementation of the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, something the US Senate unanimously rejected and the President has correctly said is based on “flowed science”, New Jersey in concert with other northeastern States has entered into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that would, if enacted, impose a “regional CO2 cap-and-trade program.”

To achieve this, CO2 has to be reclassified as a “contaminant”, i.e., a form of pollution!

This is yet another example of the way environmentalists–Greens–are seeking to do an end-run around the rejection and opposition to their bogus “global warming” claims. Aside from the fact that they use junk science to advance their lies, this is yet one more example of their unrelenting efforts to harm the health and welfare of everyone worldwide who would suffer the consequences of this hoax. And, yes, enough nations have ratified the Kyoto Protocol to theoretically impose its demands to cut back on CO2 emissions, but among those exempt from its mandates are China and India, plus a host of Third World nations, thus rendering it meaningless.

In late January, Dr, Marlo Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., a Senior Fellow in Environmental Policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wrote to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, exposing the abject lies and idiotic justifications it is offering for its proposed reclassification of CO2 as “an air contaminant.” The hearings and written comments on this proposal are cover. What happens next is up to the DEP.

Dr. Lewis stated his objections more politely than I ever could and I will excerpt them here so you can make up your own mind. “The proposed rule is a conceptual muddle. Logically, DEP cannot classify CO2 as an


Alan Curuba

Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.