The green assault on the American economy

Scott Lee talks with Dr. Wayne Brough, the chief economist and vice president of research with FreedomWorks on the radicalism of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The administration’s merry band of eco-warriors has become an enforcement arm of the left, using its powers to investigate, litigate and regulate, to advance an anti-capitalist agenda rather than promote sensible environmental policy.

The consequences are economic dislocations and distortions that make our industries less competitive, and our nation poorer. How do we turn the tide? Scott and Dr. Brough explore the alternatives.

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  • Unfortunately, emissions from coal and gas aren’t restricted to CO2 which is the major contributor to climate change.

    Fossil and biofuel emissions also emit reactive nitrogen. This invisible byproduct becomes ozone, and the background level in the troposphere is inexorably rising and traveling across continents and oceans.

    It is well documented that ozone is highly toxic, causing cancer, emphysema, asthma, allergies, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s and diabetes…all epidemics.

    What is our health worth to the economy??

    Furthermore, air pollution injures vegetation. Because of ozone, annual crop yield and quality are decreased by significant percentages and this is expected to worsen as more ozone accumulates. Most alarmingly, trees of all species, everywhere around the world, are damaged from cumulative exposure and they are dying at a rapidly accelerating rate.

    What are trees worth to the economy? Aside from all of the fruit and nuts they provide, what about the habitat, the shade, and the carbon sink and oxygen they provide??

    Put some kind of value on that please.

  • Tim J

    Look at all of the “reactive nitrogen” and air pollution being generated by the Greeks as they riot their way into chaos because of their economy. Do you think that the Greeks are thinking about health, ozone, trees, fruits and nuts other than what they can steal, burn, destroy and pillage? Maybe you and like-minded folks should call for an emergency environmental intervention in Greece to stop the wholesale destruction of the climate for the sake of preventing “cancer, emphysema, asthma, allergies, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s and diabetes…all epidemics.” And of course, do it for the trees.

  • Gail, CO2 is not the cause of climate change, it is the result, however, it causes lots political change and propaganda.

    Reactive nitrogen as in oxides of nitrogen or nitric oxide? Modern vehicles do emit it but by orders of magnitude less than in the past. Non man made sources still outproduce man made by about 2,000:1 so I call on you to back your claims up with some data. Idle volcanoes spew gigatons of active’s and its is natural yet equally harmful. As for ozone, we hade ozone issues when dinosaurs roamed too..

    “It is well documented that ozone is highly toxic, causing cancer, emphysema, asthma, allergies, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s and diabetes…all epidemics.” Show me the data, not Al Gore speeches, real data from labs that do not feed at the government trough. What, no mention of real health threats such as school busses that emit diesel particulates that are ingested when the busses are in a line waiting for kids while spewing partially oxidized diesel fuel and active radicals into the air intake of the bus behind it and so on?

    Put some value on real science. I developed natural gas vehicle fuel systems that enabled the first demonstrated negative emissions vehicle that the EPA tested at their EG&G lab near Wash DC. Made history. And you know what, it produced less pollution than the air it consumed. But in your mind it polluted CO2. Back in 1992, CO2 was an emission, not pollution. What happened?

    Thank you for reminding me why I left the democrats and joined republicans in the 90’s, not that republicans don’t have some serious issues with which they support or deny environmental issues as well but they simply suck less than dems who use and abuse the terminology and environmental activism purely for political gain.. thats another story.

    Put some scientif data on your spin, Gail.

    Here is my BS, where is yours?,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=b439b90f89954791&biw=1350&bih=614

  • Mormor


    Inane comment!

  • Tim J

    “Mormor February” – “inane” Troll, and wishing you well as one of the first wave of environmental weenies that storm the beaches in Greece.

  • Nixon proposed the EPA and for years it was non partisan.. burdensome but effective. Now it is a socialist tool. We need the EPA, yes, but not what it has become.

    C’mon Gail, I wanna fight

  • ToR

    Yeah, the EPA and DEQ suck if you’re in the business of harming human health.

    They’re great if you’ve had to live next to a mine, polluting factory, or industrial agriculture.

  • ManBearPig

    I am a bit concerned. Look at the post by gail above.

    Her pants are certainly on fire. Big time. Hot pants indeed. Boy do I have memories of hot pants. None of which I can talk about.

    Barry and the democrats are going for the “Big Lie” this year.

    I am wondering what is the best way to counter this.

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