Stopping the EPA

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An eleventh-hour ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to delay an Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2012 saved the day for Americans who are doing their best to make ends meet in this struggling economy and cannot afford higher electricity bills.

The cost of CSAPR is extremely high according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a December 31, 2011 statement claiming had the ruling not been blocked, CSAPR combined with other current and pending EPA regulations, would have raised consumers’ electricity bills and jeopardized up to 1.6 million jobs — at a consumer cost of nearly $21 billion annually. Very much like the administration’s “jobs saved or created” verbiage, the administration makes “lives saved” or illnesses “prevented” claims on its EPA website. One can make a case for anything until, over time, facts prevail.

The delay buys Americans some time, and one can only hope it is enough time to get a new president in office to change the atmosphere in Washington. After all, don’t we have more pressing matters to attend to? Iran’s recent threat to seal off the Strait of Hormuz could, in effect, interrupt the shipment of nearly one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. And while Iran’s threat will likely remain just that, there is no time like the present to ratchet up domestic oil drilling and explore cleaner ways to produce energy from our own natural resources.

But it won’t happen on Obama’s watch. Nor will it happen until the EPA’s power is either reduced or nullified altogether. The Gulf Oil spill was a dream-come-true for many, in that the crisis gave the administration an excuse to tighten regulations and put a choke-hold on future production. There is no doubt, that when it comes to matters that truly matter to him, President Obama is an uncompromising ideologue. I recall no one, save a minute percentage of Americans, who wanted Obamacare, but we got it anyway — because the Democrat-controlled Congress handed it to him on a silver platter. Not to mention the Stimulus plan and the government takeover of banks and the automobile industry. He promised “fundamental change” and he meant what he said.

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  • tanstaafl

    Who does Obama represent? It certainly isn't the American people.

    • Jim

      represents certain Americans and not others. power shift

  • Western Canadian

    “an empty Air Force One touched down in Hawaii the other day, and then the President stepped out. ”

    I am staggered by the perfection of that phrase….. It is borderline perfection, almost worthy of shakspear (however he preferred to spell his name….)

    Rational response to over-priced energy is of course possible, but not by this or most other administrations. As a canuck who has studied such things for decades, start with 3 easy steps: 1: insulate, especially your attic. 2: seal the house as much as possible, and install an air-to-air heat exchanger. 3: other steps, such as bolt-on passive solar heating, now make a great deal of sense, check it out for your own area. 4: Government? Tell them to get the hell out of the way.

  • UCSPanther

    Environmental groups like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, as well as the EPA in its current form, need to be curbed and brought to heel.

    Our future depends on it.

  • alexander

    low IQ imbeciles working there have to do "sumtink" to justify their existence

  • Jim

    Do gone ! You mean I spent all afternoon rounding up carbon dioxide all for nothing now

  • Anamah

    The American abductor is at the wheel, full of the worst intentions.

  • j7n2c9

    Wake Up America! This communist neighborhood organizer's goal is to destroy America by taking away our freedoms and destroying the Constitution. REQUIRED READING Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Sorento – Blueprint – Culture of Corruption – Demonic – Obama Nation – Crimes Against Liberty – The Manchurian President – The Roots of Obama’s Rage – Revolt! – Control Freaks – Liberty and Tyranny – The Shadow Party – Obamanomics – CONDUCT UNBECOMING