New Expansive EPA Power Grab

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The environmental Protection Agency has plans to exert vastly expanded power over businesses, communities, and ecosystems.

The agency intends extensively to change the way it analyzes problems and arrives at decisions, as described in a Dec. 19 article. The new, enlarged decision-making process goes under the term “sustainable development.”

Sustainable Development, by no coincidence, is “the centerpiece of a global United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro next June,” explains the new EPA article by George Russell, executive editor of Fox News.

Guiding EPA thinking is a huge study commissioned by the agency last year for $700,000. The study was conducted by the National Academies of Science. A variety of consultants from different fields took part in meetings to develop the broad but vague concept of sustainability.

In a recent meeting with members of the National Academy, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson talked of sustainability as a scientific concept that will “spread to other (federal) agencies.” She called it a “new opportunity” and “the next stage forward” for the EPA. The agency has already cost industries billions of dollars in its often capricious decisions.

In an executive order as early as 2009, President Obama called for establishing an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the federal government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for federal agencies. The phobia of global warming was even stronger then.

The study by the National Academy of Science said it will “provide guidance to EPA on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States.” In other words, said Russell, “how to use existing laws to new ends,” or squeezing the most from laws that EPA wields.

The sustainability study was said to go beyond assessing and managing risks of pollutants, which has been largely the EPA’s job since the ‘80s. The agency’s approach to managing carcinogenic chemicals–its approach to environmental issues through the years– is known in the agency as its “Red Book.”  This sustainability push is now being termed the “Green Book.”

Administrator Jackson, never under-confident, calls the Green Book “fundamental to the future of the EPA.” She compared it to the difference between treating disease and pursuing wellness.

The new sustainability instrument will broaden EPA’s powers to “include both social and economic as well as environmental ‘pillars’ and strengthen EPA…as a leader in the nation’s progress toward a sustainable future,” the Fox News story said.

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  • Amy Lewis

    The "sustainability" crock is straight out of Agenda 21, and is just another power grab like the Global Warming fraud, and even includes that fraud as one of it's reasons for being. The EPA must be dismantled. It is nothing more than an instrument of tyranny.

  • oldtimer

    EPA has too much power and should be shut down, along with other to powerful agencies.
    There is no global warming. The earth goes thru cycles. And saying that carbon dioxide must be eliminated is pure stupidity. Without carbon dioxide there is no photosynthesis, which in turn means no food.

  • dan

    The EPA: Action arm of the Enviro-Nazis. Next/Now? Gestapo (primarily lawyers and "administrative" judges) and the SS ("Servants" for Sustainability) — guys and gals with guns and locks and chains.

  • scotsirish

    Stalin is proud of you Lisa, very, proud.
    I say you need a good dunking in Holy Water, Witch.

  • mlcblog

    I got news today of a Scandinavian engineering firm buying out another international architectural firm that is already involved in "sustainable" projects. The greenies are really on the march.

  • DeserveLiberty

    The tentacles of "sustainability" are already deeply imbedded and spreading by the purveyors of the official, state mandated American "culture." I recently visited the website of a public university. On the main page of the website, one of the five main menu tabs was titled "Sustainability." Even within a university setting, it is a word of no meaning that is being used as a bludgeon to destroy rational thought and objective academic inquiry. There are few Americans remaining who know how to live as free men, very few who know what that kind of living is like.

  • sod

    The lefts are worrying too much, Iran and Islam will induce more damage to the world than the weather would ever do.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    After obama and his gang are ousted the next President must insist that all
    of the leftist subversives in government jobs be fired, we will not survive as
    and American people with culture and heritage, nor be economically able to
    sustain life unless these people are gone and gone forever…………….William

  • Marti

    I do not understand how our congressmen and women can not do a thing to stop this bunch of NAZIS!!!!
    Is our government so corrupt to allow these people to destroy our once great nation?
    I am so sick of the lies and deceptions of them all.Both parties are guilty of allowing all the power to go to the executive branch of government.
    No one at the top is held responsible for the devastation of this country.