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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ but lighter cars are deadlier cars. So whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the purported benefit of mandating 4,000 or more deaths per year?
The lawÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, Ã¢â‚¬Å“it is an environmental issue, and therefore a health issueÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ it is an energy issue, and it is a moral issue.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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?