…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Some may have missed the cheerful news that the US Supreme Court is considering a case Coal v. IQ. Well, it is not really called that. It is Michigan v. EPA; Michigan and another twenty states against the federal Environmental Gestapo a.k.a. Environmental Protection Agency.
The agency naturally wants to regulate everything, but in this particular case it is mercury, arsenic etc emitted by power stations. The new rule would add $9.6 billion p.a. to the cost of electricity production. EPA claims that would be out-weighted by the resulting health benefits of almost $6 million p.a. That figure was reached on an assumption that “lots of pregnant women in subsistence fishing populations will eat vast amounts of mercury-tainted fish and thereby reduce their children’s IQs by 0.002 points each.”
This is the serious matter indeed – whole 0.002 points (With my limited IQ I can’t even comprehend such precision) at mere $9.6 billion! The case, of course, really is about yet another expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s powers and the corresponding reduction of those of the States. The way the US Supreme Court justices decide i.e. we can do anything, we not responsible to anyone and if you don’t like it, tough; the EPA bureaucrats will get what they want (in about August 2015) and America will slide even further to the economic oblivion. One could be excused for believing that at least some mothers of of those judges ate tons and tons of mercury-stuffed fish during their pregnancies.
Long, long time ago environmentalist were concerned about the environment. Now they are concerned primarily about power and then about the subversion of capitalist economy. They are succeeding. The future generations might call this century of self-destruction the EPA Era.
I know you know, but just in case – from Wikipedia: An eponym is a person or thing for whom something is named, or believed to be named, or the name itself. For example, Elizabeth I of England is the eponym of the Elizabethan era. Genericized trademarks such as aspirin, heroin and thermos may also become eponyms. The derivative adjectives eponymous and eponymic refer to the person or thing for whom something is named, as in “the eponymous founder of the Ford Motor Company”.