EPA Clamps Down on Truck Emissions

The Obama Administration claims that clamping down on carbon emissions from heavy trucks will help reduce our “carbon footprint” and possibly avert a climate apocalypse. But as usual, the data don’t support their claims. Michael Bastasch from the Daily Caller reported:

The EPA’s new carbon dioxide regulations for heavy trucks is meant to help the U.S. meet its goal of reducing emissions to fight global warming.

There’s just one problem: CO2 regulations on heavy trucks will have little to no impact on global warming over the next 85 years, according to the EPA’s own analysis.

The EPA says limiting carbon dioxide from heavy trucks will reduce emissions by more than 1 billion metric tons by 2050. Cutting CO2, the agency says, will create up to $34 billion in “climate benefits” along with up to $40 billion from reducing traditional pollutants. Regulating heavy trucks are part of the Obama administration’s goal of reducing U.S. CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Sounds like Obama administration regulations will accomplish a lot. Well, not really. The EPA’s own analysis found that by 2100 “the global mean temperature is projected to be reduced by approximately 0.0026 to 0.0065°C, and global mean sea level rise is projected to be reduced by approximately 0.023 to 0.057 cm.”

To put that into context, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts temperature rises of between 1.8 and 4.8 degrees Celsius and expects sea levels to rise 23 to 56 centimeters from 1990 to 2100. That means CO2 regulations for heavy trucks would only reduce warming by a fraction of what it’s projected to be — and that’s assuming EPA’s models are correct.

And on top of that, I might add that that’s also assuming that carbon emissions even have anything to do with the global climate in the first place. There’s an awful lot of assuming going on here.

When you look at the data, they show that there hasn’t been any statistically significant warming for quite some time. When you take into account the margin of error, it’s very possible that there hasn’t been any warming at all for the past 20 years. In fact, in the U.S., we had entered a cooling trend a decade ago.

Government officials of course won’t acknowledge anything like a warming pause or a cooling trend until after they’ve passed a bunch of carbon emission regulations and caps. Only then will they claim that we’ve successfully slowed down global warming, all because we were responsible enough to pass and enforce sensible “climate change” legislation. Of course, by then, we would probably have entered a warming phase again, in which case, they’d be fudging the data to make it appear as if warming had indeed paused.