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Environmental laws must balance individual, group rights

Postby Wilberforce » Sun May 17, 2015 8:20 pm

Environmental laws must balance individual, group rights
4:02 p.m. EDT May 16, 2015
More and more, arguments against the scientific consensus that humans are changing the Earth’s climate are not about science at all. Instead, they focus on loss of personal liberties and distrust of increased government regulation.

The concept of landowner rights goes back many centuries. For the most part, there is only modest regulation, such as zoning, restricting the rights of landowners. The regulation of waters has a more recent history, though even the Bible suggests that one should not pollute the waters that run from one property to another, as in Ezekiel 34:19, “Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?”

The atmosphere has been the dumping ground for various pollutants, such as wood smoke, since the beginning of human civilization. Of course, we know why this must change: the atmosphere is not infinite and dilution is not the solution. While no one owns the atmosphere, its degradation is having an enormous impact on the lands and waters that support humanity.

Many arguments against climate change are about how regulating carbon dioxide emissions would result in a loss of individual and corporate liberties. Science asks that we pay the costs of pollution today, so that we leave a better environment for all people tomorrow. It is the role of government to balance individual rights with the well-being of the seven billion people who occupy this planet.

With the banning of smoking in public buildings, we’ve already regulated personal liberties with respect to air chemistry. Second-hand carbon dioxide is also harmful. We need to do better.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/stor ... /27297797/
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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