Well, it finally happened.
A public authority (EPA / US) has on 7th of December 2009 formally declared CO2 being a dangerous gas, and this likely means that others will follow.
If one can do it, why shouldn’t others follow, as this can side-step many issues and fast-track regulations and laws on the subject.
Prepare to hold your breath, or either get taxed having to buy carbon offsets for breathing, or end up in the clink for environmental crimes. .
Pick your favorite poison.
“WASHINGTON – After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.”
Although the crafted rules say only facilities that emit 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year or more will be affected, businesses fear the exemption may not hold up in court and could now be imposed on many smaller commercial buildings, farms, restaurants, churches and small businesses.
As far as I know, there are absolute no solid evidence that CO2 is a threat to public health – if there were, it would be widely known in no unsure terms by now.
On the contrary, there’s plenty of evidence showing it is not. Evidence with billions of years on it’s neck.
The major one, is CO2 being an absolute necessity for plant life on earth, and therefore an absolute necessity for any life on earth, and I don’t see millions of carbonated soft-drink or beer consumers, or even carbonated mineral water consumers for that matter, having taken ill at any point in time due to it’s deadly CO2 contents…
Some light into this mystery might be shed by another big organisation in US, the mighty FDA (Food and Drugs Administration), that has CO2 listed as an allowed product for use in human foods.
EPA – “greenhouse gases (GHGs (incl. CO2) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.”
FDA – CO2 is safe and is allowed for use in food products.
I believe the score table reads: EPA 0 – FDA 1.