The latest thing that was found buried in the Obamacare bill just boggles the mind. Not enough that that the government takeover of health care includes taking over the student loan program, now it turns out it also tries to tackle global warming. The “2010 temperate control provisions” aim to influence the supposed effects of global warming by changing the melting point of water from 32 degrees to 37 degrees.
Nancy Pelosi apparently supported the idea. When questioned about it this week in her home district, the Speaker of the House said the following:
We didn’t address the upper temps, as 212 was seen as still within the normal range, but chose to limit current legislation to the lower end where we can have the most impact. Even as global temperatures rise, this bill ensures that the ice caps will not melt in our lifetime.
Provisions in the bill allow them to come back and re-address this change in three years, possible adjusting the melting temperature up or down based on the thickness of the ice caps.
Here’s a chart of the various temperature scales currently in use, found on Wikipedia. As always, click to biggify.
The implications of this change were not well thought out. This is not just about the Arctic ice cap, this change will affect thermometers in use in refrigerators and freezers, will influence the temperature that meat must be stored at, even to some extent, the reading at which your air conditioner will turn on and off. This is the most far reaching and potentially influential thing that Congress has done in my lifetime.
If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don’t make it a leg.
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