We now know the answer to that question, with the help of Steven Milloy’s latest “Junk science” story on provisions in the new energy law:

First, the law requires auto fuel efficiency standards to increase by 40 percent by 2020. Unfortunately, this goal is presently only achievable by reducing vehicle weight — but lighter cars are deadlier cars. So what’s the purported benefit of mandating 4,000 or more deaths per year?

The law’s supporters claim that it may reduce national oil consumption by about 5 percent (400 million barrels of oil per year). Doing the math, your life is now worth about 100,000 barrels of oil. In touting the law, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “it is an environmental issue, and therefore a health issue… it is an energy issue, and it is a moral issue.”

A barrel of petrolium is currently priced at about $93. This means our lives are worth about $9.3 million to the government. Not bad, really, though I have a feeling this is an incredibly high estimate — especially if you’re a conservative.

It’s amazing what constitutes a “moral” issue for liberals. Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore expect us to consider the murder of the unborn a celebrated “choice” to which we should be desensitized, but at the same time we’re supposed to fall into a moral freakout because the friggin’ temperature went up .6 degrees?


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