Will The EPA Come After Beer Next?
The famous saying “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” has been mis-attributed to Benjamin Franklin. But Plato DID say “He was a wise man who invented beer.” And Abraham Lincoln DID say “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
Yeah, so? Those sayings conjure up thoughts about that wonderful, flavorful (except for lite), world-wide brew, liquid bread that is BEER. And, yes, I’ve been known to tipple (but never a lite, which IMHO is just watered down beer). My motto is “Everything in moderation, even moderation.”
Why all this about beer? Well, beer is brewed, which requires fermentation. Again, so? Fermentation produces carbon dioxide (CO2). As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared in 2009, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, a “public danger,” and therefore must be controlled.
According to a preliminary endangerment finding published in April, EPA scientists fear that man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are contributing to a warming of the global climate.
So, one can only surmise that the EPA will, after it gets through with cars, soon be after beer brewers. After all, the EPA wants to protect us from ALL sources of CO2. The EPA seems oblivious to the fact that ALL living animals expend CO2. Or that ALL plants use CO2 in the photosynthesis process. Or that plants convert CO2 into oxygen, an element we all need to live. Or that CO2 levels are increasing, but the global temperature is not increasing.
Consider this fact. The EPA, in 2009, while under Obama, concluded that the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases endangered human health and welfare. The administration used that finding to extend its regulatory reach beyond automobiles and develop national standards for large stationary sources. Breweries are not mobile, are stationary. What’s to stop the EPA from going after them?
After beer, then what?
And let’s not overlook the Supreme Court’s role in this drama. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the utilities industry, and 13 states (led by Texas) are asking the Supreme Court to rule that the EPA overstepped its authority by trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the permitting program. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded in 2012 that the EPA was “unambiguously correct” in using existing federal law to address global warming. So the Supreme Court is the next step. And it’s not looking too good, either. The “swing vote” belongs to very liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Go ahead and laugh. But just remember that the EPA is currently looking at cows. And consider that the EPA is (under Obama) power-drunk. Our only hope is the fact that Obama is a beer drinker.
BTW, Franklin DID say “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Same sentiment, but wine ain’t beer. Either way, CO2 is involved.
But that’s just my opinion.
Cross-posted at The Pot Stirrer, my very conservative web site.