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EPA, greenhouse gases, global warming

smog.gifAs expected, nothing gets my readers' knickers more tightly knotted up than any mention of the International Com-Symp Liberal Egghead Hacked-Email Global Warming Conspiracy.

Except maybe something about health care reform.

Anyway, since it seems to be climate change week, one has to wonder about this earth-shattering pronouncement by the EPA that greenhouse gases are harmful to public health.

I realize that they're merely setting the legal stage for regulation of our precious CO and CO2 emissions, which many Americans hold dear, but anybody who has ever tried putting a hose from his exhaust pipe into his car window knows the stuff is bad for you.

If you ask me, it's just one more case of an intrusive government attempting to dictate what's best and worst for us. It all started when we let them fluoridate our drinking water.

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Carbon monoxide comes out of your car's exhaust and it is poisonous.

Carbon dioxide is an essential trace gas composing about 0.038% of our air. It is not a pollutant. Higher concentrations of CO2 results in greater crop yields thus less land needs to be plowed and some land can revert to wildlife habitat. It makes plants more water efficient which is especially helpful in desert areas. It feeds the forest growing more usable lumber. Tell me again why we want to decrease carbon dioxide?

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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