They’re Fixing A Hole…

Most of the actions of the federal government are enough to take anyone’s breath away, but this time they’re stealing it from folks who don’t really have any to spare—asthmatics.  The FDA, regulators of such lethal substances as walnuts, cherries, raw milk, peanut butter, and vitamin supplements, has banned the sale of over-the-counter asthma inhalers due to aerosol chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the propellent, which, it is claimed, are responsible for depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer.  This ban on CFCs is a result of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty entered into force in 1989:

 The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) is a landmark international agreement designed to protect the ozone layer. As a Party to the Montreal Protocol, the United States has committed to phasing out and eventually eliminating substances that deplete the ozone layer, including CFCs. It is estimated that actions to protect and restore the ozone layer will save millions of U.S. lives that would have otherwise been lost to skin cancer. Metered Dose Inhalers: The Transition to Ozone-Safe Propellants (EPA)

Although the Protocol was signed by Ronald Reagan, a natural skeptic such as I could not help but wonder about the motivations of some of the folks behind it, especially when I read this:

[India’s] Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan Friday said the Montreal Protocol on ozone layer protection could serve as a model for international cooperation on climate change issues.

Speaking at the International Ozone Day function here, the minister said the developed countries had failed to fulfill their promise of technology transfer to developing countries. Montreal Protocol Can Be Model For Climate Change Talks (News One)

Or this, by Obama’s always radical czar Cass Sunstein:

“Wealthy nations have been the principal contributors to both ozone depletion and climate change, and hence it is plausible to argue that corrective justice requires wealthy nations to pay poorer ones to reduce the underlying risks. This argument might well mean that poor nations should be compensated for their willingness to enter into any international agreements that reduce emissions levels. Wealthy countries might owe significant duties of financial and technological assistance, either to help in emissions reduction or to pay for adaptation to the underlying problems.

So what the Protocol is really about is the global redistribution of wealth. Gee, I’d never have guessed. The United Nations even has an Ozone Secretariat designed to implement the decisions of its bureaucrats, which would, of course abrogate the laws of signatory states, like the U.S. and its tattered Constitution. But what of that hole in the ozone layer that provided the rationale for the CFC ban?  Well, James Lovelock, the author of the Gaia hypothesis and the first scientist to discover CFCs in the atmosphere, said this:

“Science, not so very long ago, pre-1960s, was largely vocational. Back when I was young, I didn’t want to do anything else other than be a scientist. They’re not like that nowadays. They don’t give a damn. They go to these massive, mass-produced universities and churn them out. They say: ‘Science is a good career. You can get a job for life doing government work.’  That’s no way to do science.

 I have seen this happen before, of course. We should have been warned by the CFC/ozone affair because the corruption of science in that was so bad that something like 80% of the measurements being made during that time were either faked, or incompetently done.”

The polar holes in the ozone layer occur naturally.  The rate of ozone depletion may be hastened by man-made CFCs.  But, like man-made climate change, the science is not as settled as the re-distributionists would have us believe.  Banning the use of CFCs may very well be a good idea, but the global redistribution of wealth using environmental concerns as camouflage is just one more scheme hatched by international socialists; another tool in the box of freedom’s enemies.  At one time, scientists were interested in improving people’s lives. Nowadays?  Don’t hold your breath.


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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15 Responses to They’re Fixing A Hole…

  1. Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives…

    So, now those who have prescription plans will get their meds paid for, huh?

    In my experience, prescription asthma inhalers are more expensive than OTC ones. And sometimes the OTC ones work just fine.

    You are spot on with you critique of the hole in the ozone layer. I’ve been hearing about that damn hole since the 1970s, and it seems to me that everything is truly a-okay with the ozone layer.

    • Bob Mack says:

      When the UN sees fit to establish an Ozone Secretariat, it’s cause for suspicion. Which is why I wasn’t surprised to find a wealth redistribution scheme behind the Montreal Protocol.

  2. boudicabpi says:

    What has the Federal Government ever fixed that it hasn’t made worse? Betting it would be a mighty short list.
    Bob A.

    • boudicabpi says:

      Hi Bob,

      Borrowed from The Weekly Standard on this issue. This is the last paragraph.

      Er, industry also knew how to make low-flow toilets, which is why every toilet in my recently renovated rental house clogs at least once a week. They knew how to make more energy efficient dryers, which is why even on high, I have to run every load through the dryer in said house twice. And they knew how to make inexpensive compact flourescent bulbs, which is why my head hurts from the glare emitting from my bedroom lamp. They also knew how to make asthma inhalers without CFCs, which is why I am hoarding old albuterol inhalers that, unlike the new ones, a) significantly improve my breathing and b) do not make me gag. Etc.

      Well, tough cookies asthma sufferers! You should have written bigger checks to the Democratic party while you had the chance.

      Bob A.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Our elected ‘representatives’ seem to do pretty well for themselves, though.

  3. loopyloo305 says:

    Wonderful post Bob Mack!

  4. Well done, Bob. You see why the Brotherhood of Third World Despots, aka United Nations, love environmental science fiction. They are all standing in line waiting for their handout from those terrible rich countries. They are demanding their rights to world-wide social justice;i.e., $$$$.

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  6. After 50 years of cigarettes I keep an inhaler handy– sometimes several. I keep the prescription version handy in case I run out of the much more effective over the counter Prima Mist. Both cost me the same, one is a real cost, the other a copay..

    Good article Bob– I reblogged a piece of it.

  7. Bob Mack says:

    Thanks, GRUMPY. Never had asthma or any other COPD, though I was a premie & had pneumonia twice as a very young kid, so I should’ve been susceptible. I gave up cigarettes ’bout 20 years ago in favor of premium cigars. The addiction was tough to beat, took 30 days for the worst of it, then a year before the cravings finally went away. I still like a good cigar after coffee in the morning & after dinner, but what’s best is that I don’t have to reach for one first thing after waking up like I used to do with the cigarettes. My feeling is that minor vices like cigars or a few drinks should be pleasures to be enjoyed. Once they start controlling you–like when I went to 2 packs a day–it was time to give it up. Here’s hoping the inhaler ban doesn’t impact you very much.

  8. roblorinov says:

    Unbelievable! Nanny government!!

  9. Bunni says:

    They should fix a hole big enough for all the gov’t nazi’s and then jump into it and stay there, forever!

    I read that buried in the obummercare bill is something that will let the gov’t know ALL your personal health care info. This is a precursor to kicking people out….a while back they accessed Canada’s HC records, and didn’t let in people with mental problems or something. They should kick themselves OUT, because they all are mentally deranged.

  10. Angel says:

    Don’t hold your breath…indeed BOB!..can u believe this control freakkkkkkkkk!!!??>??

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