Gassed By The Government

More government (EPA) takeover! The mainline news organizations, otherwise known as the Government Publishers, have totally ignored the Global Warming scandal. They are pretending it didn’t happen. On with the show- in Copenhagen! 

While government stooges are worried about greenhouses gasses from cows no less, it is we the people that are about to be gassed by the government. Can you say EPA?

The Environmental Protection Agency took a major step Monday toward regulating greenhouses gases, concluding that climate changing pollution threatens the public health and the environment. The announcement came as the Obama administration looked to boost its arguments at an international climate conference that the United States is aggressively taking actions to combat global warming, even though Congress has yet to act on climate legislation. The conference opened Monday in Copenhagen.

The EPA is by-passing the Congress which can’t seemingly get its head out of a national health care system.

The EPA said that the scientific evidence surrounding climate change clearly shows that greenhouse gases “threaten the public health and welfare of the American people” and that the pollutants — mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels — should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

“This is a clear message to Copenhagen of the Obama administration’s commitments to address global climate change,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., lead author of a climate bill before the Senate. “The message to Congress is crystal clear: get moving.”

Under a Supreme Court ruling, the so-called endangerment finding is needed before the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases released from automobiles, power plants, and factories under the federal Clean Air Act.

So, “endangerment finding” or not, we’re going to get the GAS in the form of higher taxes and governmental regulation(s).

As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.

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R-410A Heat Pumps

Just in case someone hasn’t been keeping up, 12/31/09 is the last day for legal manufacture of R-22 equipment…and may end up being the last day of legal installation of R-22 equipment. I’m no  authority on the EPA regulations governing the phase-out of R-22 or R-22 equipment, but from what I read the EPA has “adjusted” the definition of “date of manufacture” from when it was made, to when it’s installed

If you remember, when the 10 SEER equipment efficiency standard was plowed under to make room for the 13 SEER standard, many wholesalers and contractors stockpiled a lot of 10 SEER equipment to sell after the new standard went into effect, with no legal ramifications to contend with. But if you were thinking about filling up the company shop and parking lot (or garage in my case) with a bunch of Goodman 22 units the last week of December, 2009 …better reflect on that course of action a little longer. And stay more in tune with the ongoing internal activities of our friends at the EPA. I don’t believe the final ruling has been set in 15% silver  yet, but again don’t take my word for what is or isn’t.

For many, the execution date set for 22 equipment will be just another ho-hum day… no parades, no memorial services. The combination of nixed mismatches of 13 SEER equipment with pre-13 SEER equipment, plus the already existing  availability of 410A equipment, led some percentage of contractors to accepting the inevitable and ditching R-22 powered systems long past. But there are always those reluctant to change, if for no reason other than human nature. For me, I didn’t want to continue selling something that was about to become, essentially, obsolete. Nor did I want to speculate as to what it might cost to add a couple of pounds of “Freon-22″ (or Nu-22 for that matter) in 2015+…

And I’m not passing judgment on what anyone has or has not, is or is not doing. It remains, after all, a free country. And for sure, if the manufacturer’s keep making the stuff, somebody will keep buying it…just don’t get caught without a chair when the music stops.

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