Jun 20 2011
Scientists and Engineers have no idea about the nuances and precedence of law – which is why they make poor lawyers.
But sadly the reverse is also true. Lawyers and judges are notoriously weak in the basic of math and science. Trust me, I know a lot of top notch legal minds, and they don’t get math and science even at an advanced HS level. It is one reason I tutored so many kids in my life.
So when the Supreme Court decides to make a determination on what is within the boundaries of the EPA, it makes a huge blunder – based completely on the dept of their ignorance:
The Supreme Court blocked a federal lawsuit Monday by states and conservation groups trying to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The court said that the authority to seek reductions in emissions rests with the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts. The ruling was 8-0.
CO2 as an emission? I guess this makes all Aerobic life now the largest polluters on the planet:
good example would be the oxidation of glucose (a monosaccharide) in aerobic respiration.
C6H12O6 + 6 O2 + 38 ADP + 38 phosphate ? 6 CO2 + 6 H2O + 38 ATP
Note the ‘emission’ of life are two of the top Green House Gases (CO2 and water). When compared to this biomass, human industrial output is a tiny, irrelevant fraction.
Almost all animals, most fungi, and several bacteria are obligate aerobes.
Human biomass is tiny compared just to plankton, let alone all other sources of CO2 emission:
Humans comprise about 100 million tonnes of the Earth’s dry biomass, domesticated animals about 700 million tonnes, and crops about 2 billion tonnes. The most successful animal species, in terms of biomass, is probably Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, with a fresh biomass approaching 500 million tonnes. However, as a group, the small aquatic crustaceans called copepods may form the largest animal biomass on earth. A 2009 paper in Science estimates, for the first time, the total world fish biomass as somewhere between 0.8 and 2.0 billion tonnes.
The Supreme scientific ignorance on display with this decision is another reason why we need to dismantle the federal bureaucracy before it destroys modern civilization. EPA does not have a mandate to control the biomass, which means it cannot control CO2 emissions. We The People, however, do have the power to dismantle this out control edifice to human incompetence we call the Federal Government. And it is well past time to exercise that power.