Sunday, 6 December 2009

Your EPA

Without alot of mention on CNN....or any of the big media news players...it appears that next week...the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...your EPA...will officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger.

Naturally, what comes with this public danger....is regulation and management. You can't have a danger...without management, if you didn't know that.

So a number of areas will likely be tested for easily manipulation or compliance. For example...you have a full-up heating system in your house...but also have a fireplace...so you might need a tax to ensure that the fireplace is strictly for looks and not really operational. If you rely upon the fireplace for your actual heat...then a second tax might be necessary to help you get rid of the fireplace.

Gas-powered mowers? Well...if you only have one-acre...then a tax might be necessary to entice you to dump your big riding mower down to a smaller push-type mower.

Big gas guzzler in the garage? Well...a C02 tax laid down at the local level might force you into monitoring miles and reporting that yearly to ensure you don't use it very often.

A house over 2,000 square feet? Well...a tax could be fixed up and levied against you for more space than what is necessary.

There are tens of thousands of things that the EPA could get involved with and make themselves a daily factor in your life.

Congressional involvement? Well...yes, of course. Suppose I could pass a significant huge tax charge on one type of house (wood for example)...and the timber industry comes up to slide $300k into the pockets of every big congressional player...to ensure a "credit" is issued?

It's an interesting game of sorts....the only end result? You lose...somewhere...somehow....someway. But you must lose...to make this game work.

Questionable Data

Two weeks have passed over the Climate-Gate episode...and the possible manipulation of global warming data. It hasn't gone well for a couple of British gentlemen...and you can't say how this mess will end.

Adding to this episode....from yesterday's news....the British Meteorological office....has determined that they just aren't sure about their data anymore. We are talking about 160 years of collected temperature data.

So they've issued an order.

An analysis will take place...which will likely take three years....and the confidence of the British national database...will be put to the test. No one expects this to be completed...until the end of 2012.

Naturally...you are sitting there...contemplating...THREE YEARS? Yes, they need three years to check the database and come to a conclusion the data is ok...or it's been screwed with.

So you are left with a couple of observations.

First, as long as the data is in a analysis period...you'd think that the smart scientists with global warming reports to churn out...would be halted from using British data. Well...you'd like to think that...but I'm pretty sure the boys are on a schedule and will just data...even if it's questionable.

Second, if the analysts come to the end...and determine that the data had been false and changed by unknown people...then it turns every environmental report with British data over the past two decades into a worthless pile of paper. Will any of them remove their papers from publication? I have doubts.

Third, why three years? You'd think it'd take five guys about a month to go through and look at spreadsheets and original entries. You could easily build a program to review such a situation. You could find simple and easy methods to be sure...in a short amount of time. The three year-trick...is just that...a trick. A stall...to give folks time to reason how they can move forward.

Fourth...at the end...when the data has been verified and some problems were noted (but no conspiracy)...then what? Do you explain the problems? Do you give a logic to how they got posted wrong or changed? I kinda doubt it.

Finally...if I were a guy within the system there at the weather office...I might start considering retirement. The odds are that some issues will be found and noted. The guys in charge will send some analyst over to ask how I controlled the data and IF I know anything about these errors? If I'm retired...nothing will happen....not even a court case. So I'd be watching for a dozen guys to come up and retire over the next two years or so...to avoid answering anything.

Free Food?

So as most people thought that the Presidential State Dinner episode was done and finished...with the couple who sneaked in...now we come to find out that the White House social director...Desiree Rogers...hinted in June that she tended to allow "extra folks" to just show up and walk in.

Her comment: "Lots of people just come anyways. They won't take no for an answer. Finally, I just said, 'All right, come on in. It's no use kicking you out.'"

Pausing at this point...I sat there and thought any idiot could show up at the gate of the White House...when some function was underway, and just tell the idiots that I was there for the function. She won't turn anybody down.

Being from Bama...one is always looking for a free meal...a free drink...or a buffet situation with little cost. This might end up being the best deal in DC. The only problem I see...is that some folks might come over and want to mingle with me...to discuss health care, Cuban relations, or TARP money...while I'm feasting on the meal.