FROM Anne Kelly
Global Warming, the EPA and Republicans in Congress Whatever the President says tonight about global warming, the Environmental Protection Agency is the next House-Republican target after healthcare reform . The GOP is determined to stop, or delay for years, new regulations of greenhouse emissions being promulgated by the EPA. Last year was the warmest on Earth since 1850, but Congress wasn't alarmed enough to take action, so the EPA began regulating greenhouse emissions. The US Supreme Court said the EPA had no choice if public health was at risk. Republicans say the regulations are job killers that aren't worth the cost. Are they a long-term requirement for coping with global warming or "an unconstitutional power grab" based on scientific uncertainties?
Big Business and Climate Change Corporate America is divided on the issue of global warming. Apple and three big utilities -- Exelon, PNM Resources and PG&E -- have resigned from the US Chamber of Commerce because it opposes government efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Nike, General Electric and Johnson & Johnson are still members, but have declared that the Chamber does not represent their views on climate change. Will regulations that raise costs for some create profits for others? Will shareholders pay any price for going green? Is there profit to be made from proposed laws designed to protect the environment?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.