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Are Pop Rocks to blame for global warming


poprocksJust how far is the U.S. government willing to go to cut carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

Eric Wegner, whose company is the largest Internet distributor of the iconic Pop Rocks candy, hopes the government doesn’t have too much of a sweet tooth.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee began hearings this week on legislation that aims to go after coal-fired power plants, oil refiners and other emitters of C02 emissions. At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency said last week that CO2 is a danger to the public health, which could eventually lead to regulation of the emissions by the agency.

Pops Rocks actually emit carbon dioxide gas. The candy is made by heating its ingredients of sugar, corn syrup and flavoring until they melt. Then the candy is exposed to pressurized carbon dioxide as it cools. That causes small bubbles of CO2 to be trapped in the candy.