by Tom Tanton, E&E Legal Director of Science and Technology Assessment, and Thomas Del Beccaro
As appearing in Forbes
In the church of climate change, carbon emissions are a sin and ending the use of fossil fuels our only prayer. So, the Left regulates and regulates in an effort to reduce so-called greenhouse gases – without ever asking if it is really working. But WHAT IF – current regulations, in addition to killing jobs, are actually adding to our pollution problems not solving them? As usual, California is proving to be the poster child of what not to do.
The issue of climate change, to put it mildly, is controversial. Whether mankind plays a role is even more so. Most, however, are in favor of clean air and water. The real issue is how to best achieve that goal.
How to do it will undoubtedly become the stuff of great partisan rancor as the Trump Administration takes over the Environmental Protection Agency. Rather than just being a choice between existing differences, it is time to consider the possibility that what we are doing today is not reducing pollution levels and how deregulation, yes deregulation, may lead us to a cleaner promised land.