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At best, this is a gross abuse of power. At worst, this is a calculated effort to extort the United States Congress and the American people into passing an incredibly flawed and damaging piece of legislation. Cap & Trade will do virtually nothing to control greenhouse emissions, and simply encourage American businesses to relocate overseas.

It is also a scheme designed to give a major hand-out to corporations that do not, as of now, produce much emissions - while punishing industries that do. It is a way to redistribute wealth from heavier industries to companies like GE (I'm sure MSNBC will offer an unbiased and fair analysis of the Cap & Trade issue. I mean, they are a real news organization, unlike those liars and hate-mongers at Fox). All of this, done under the illusion that it is helping to protect the environment.

The timing of the EPA's decision seems to coincide with the recent exploits of Climate-gate. Recently, hacked email accounts reveal that the lead researchers behind the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change intentionally manipulated the numbers and hid data that ran contrary to their claims of climate change. Emails from Professor Phil Jones of the Climate Research Unit, Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, and other esteemed climate experts show that efforts have been made to hide evidence that disputes global warming and discredit scientists on the other side of the debate.

These emails confirm what global warming detractors have been saying for years - everyone, including the scientific community, has an agenda, and the claim of a consensus on climate change is misleading and contrary to true science, which encourages peer reviews, debate, and further research. This evidence could put a damper on climate change legislation by instilling doubt in members of Congress and the American people; sufficient doubt that could mean a heavy loss for special interests that stand to gain a fortune from the country "going green".

The EPA's threat is an act of desperation to coerce, through force if necessary, Congress into bending to its will. The EPA is like a nervous villain, grabbing a gun and holding the whole room hostage. It's a nuclear option - mutually assured destruction. This kind of threat should not be tolerated, as it is most certainly unconstitutional; Congress, as a matter of principle, should pass a law preventing the EPA from making radical decisions that could have detrimental effects on the US economy.

At the very least, Congress should just say, "Hey! Who do you think you are, EPA? You can't screw up the country like that! That's our job!"

Tom Bortnyk is a columnist for the political blog Informed-Dissent.

The EPA has officially taken the U.S. economy hostage. With a recent upgrade of carbon dioxide to pollutant status, the federal agency now has the ability to regulate, via command and control, all CO2 emissions in the United States. This declaration happens to coincide with the debate over Cap & Trade, which seeks to put a cap on CO2 emissions and allow credits to be purchased to exceed the limits.

Why is this significant? Essentially, if Cap & Trade does not pass in the Senate, the EPA will make a move to establish full control over emissions themselves. It's Cap & Trade without the Trade. This tactic is nothing more than blackmail; if the Senate doesn't pass it, the EPA will commit economic suicide and destroy American industry. The Senate will thus have to choose the lesser of the two evils and pass Cap & Trade.

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