Programmers and engineers might reflect a bit more on one of the more pervasive and deadly laws of the universe…the law of unintended consequences, and the limits of programmed intelligence.
According to Mark Twain, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Now six state attorney generals (AG) have banded together to do something about it by initiating governmental legal prosecution. Can a modern “Reign of Terror” be far behind? These AGs claim a climate conspiracy implying that investors are unaware that climate changes may impact corporate investments, and have committed to using the power of the state to solve it. In early November 2015, Exxon Mobil was targeted by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman pursuing a legal case based on claimed similarities to the [...]
Once again the nanny state Environmental Protection Agency is out to protect -- its own jobs. The agency's new ozone regulatiosn are unneeded overkill that will do little if anything to help the environment but much to destroy jobs, businesses, and well-being of citizens. Dr. Charles Battig explains why.
CFACT contributor Charles G. Battig, in a letter published in the Wall Street Journal, lashes out at the EPA for its apparent collusion with radical environmental activists in the orchestrated “sue and settle” consent decrees and asserts that the agency's Clean Air Act policy continues in a self-perpetuating bureaucratic endeavor far removed from its original congressional mission.
The EPA's justification for PM2.5 regulation is sketchy at best, given that the secret Harvard study upon which the rules are based found a statistical relative risk that is well below the legal threshold for identifying a significant potential risk. Moreover, notes CFACT contributor Dr. Charles Battig, while the EPA claims instant PM2.5 mortality begins at just 35 microns per cubic meter, a single draw on a cigarette releases up to 40,000 microns per cubic meter into a smoker's lungs, and airport smoker lounges have ambient levels up to 10,000 microns per cubic meter. Dr. Battig concludese that the EPA has fabricated a PM2.5 disease entity, endowed it with a unique pathological profile, funded friendly "studies" that support its claims and ignored all contrary findings, and published regulations that will enhance its power and authority over the regulated community while greatly increasing the costs of doing business.
Virginia schools are now giving out awards for composting the very food that Michelle Obama has mandated be served at school to children who prefer just about anything else to eat. The cost of operating this awards program likely far exceeds any social or environmental benefits, but that is likely of little concern to educrats whose real mission is to turn children into subservient followers. One would hope these children would look to the heroes of "The Hunger Games" movies as role models -- young people who challenge a corrupt, oppressive state despite very long odds.