New EPA Emissions Standards Will Reignite Global Warming Conversation

The last time I looked I thought that the American dream was to work hard, have faith, and be given the opportunity to own a gas guzzling, fossil fuel burning, carbon imprinting vehicle, even if it only gets 3 miles per gallon.  We got a little closer to the dream this week as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would revoke Obama-era standards requiring cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

We all want clean air and water for our world and for the world to come. In an endless sea (rising?) of polarizing issues, global warming or climate change is what pushed the Obama-era EPA legislation. Regardless which side you are on, you are not going to convince the other side to change their collective minds. Your side will argue that your science is correct, while the opposition states the same. Impasse.

As the “one percenters” and Hollywood elite travel the globe in their private carbon footprint leaving jets, yachts, and other toys, they tell us that one must not drive a car that is not electric and in the best interests of the environment. From Stanford scientists to actors with GED’s, we can apply a simple environmental test that every layman can understand. There have been at least 5 recorded ice ages prior to the existence of man. Each of these ice ages came and went without man, cars, planes and other CO2 producing vehicles being on earth.  Hmm…

The public will believe what he or she wants regardless of data, evidence, media, politics, etc., etc.

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, states, “No one in America is eager to buy a car that gets worse gas mileage and spews more pollution from its tailpipe.” Au contraire, say the automakers. Automakers have argued that current standards requiring them to sell vehicles averaging more than 50 miles a gallon by 2025 are unrealistic at a time when consumers continue to demand less-efficient cars and trucks. After oil prices unexpectedly plummeted in recent years, sales of pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles soared. They now account for more than 60% of the U.S. market, countering a trend towards a more-efficient fleet. Hmm…

The haters have quickly jumped on board and are calling for the resignation of Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator. Pruitt announced Monday that he was beginning the process to roll back emissions standards for cars and light trucks. What sounds like bitter rhetoric, Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator under President Barack Obama and now director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, cries, “All they care about is undoing everything the prior administration did, and they’ll use any excuse for doing that. They don’t even have the industry itself asking for this.” Let’s not even get started on California, which has a waiver from federal authority under the Clean Air Act that allows the state to set its own, higher standards. Has word of this reached the Hollywood Hills?

About John Thomas

John Patrick Thomas is a four-time cancer survivor who lives with his family in South Florida. John attended Gettysburg College and The American University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career on Wall Street. He turned to the teaching profession after his life-threatening bout with bone cancer. John has recently written a #1 Amazon Cancer Bestselling book entitled, “A Call to Faith, the Journey of a Cancer Survivor.” He has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Washington Post, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center publications, and was featured in new DayStar network series, “Impact with Pastor Dave.” He has traveled as a missionary and may be one of the few people that tell you cancer was the best thing to ever happen to him. You’ll have to ask him why.

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