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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.

from Environment Forum:

State-by-state rules best for US carbon from cars?

President Barack Obama set in motion a process on Monday that may eventually allow California and other states to set tougher greenhouse gas pollution and efficiency standards on cars than those mandated by the federal government. 

 Obama's move sends a signal to the world that the United States is beginning to join the rest of the developed countries to act on emissions blamed for warming the planet.