EPA Turns 40
Towhall's Schlafly is up with a piece about the dangerous implications of Obama's "Government by Regulations" : http://townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2010/11/30/government_by_regulations_instead_of_laws_and_treaties
"Republicans are assuming that cap-and-trade (aka cap-and tax) is dead because...the issue proved a loser in the 2010 House races" (see this Joe Manchin ad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJORBRpOPM) - but - "Like the famous Mark Twain saying, its death may be exaggerated...Directives issued by the [EPA] are coming down the pike to increase energy costs and kill jobs."
"Since Barack Obama moved into the White House, the EPA has proposed or finalized 29 major regulations and 172 major policy rules...Last May the EPA issued what is called a tailoring rule to govern new power plants, oil refineries, and factories."
"The Senate's environmentalism expert, Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, reports that this tailoring rule will further reduce our manufacturing base and especially hurt the poor and elderly...Inhofe predicts that the EPA standards planned for commercial and industrial boilers will cost 798,000 jobs."
"Opposition to EPA's new rules is remarkably bipartisan. Seventeen Democrats signed a letter to EPA Director Lisa Jackson opposing the new rules."
"...expected chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., says, "We are not going to allow this administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate."
This EPA action is part of a series of troubling attempts by the Obama administration to "regulate what they have been unable to legislate" - including pushing implementation of Obamacare through an appointed board, pushing card check through the NLRB. Now, "State Department bureaucrat, James P. Rubin, has floated a New York Times op-ed suggesting that treaties are 'not worth the trouble anymore' and we should substitute domestic regulations."
The Montana Watchdog also hit on the new EPA regulations, specifically at it affects the biomass industry:
"Plans by the [EPA] to classify biomass as a fossil fuel instead of carbon neutral are inching forward despite objections from Montana's three congressional representatives and others who say the move will have a negative economic impact on the state."
"The EPA...said it wanted to implement the change on Jan. 1, 2011...[Ellen] Simpson, [executive vice president of the Montana Wood Products Association] said she had little hope that a lame duck Congress would intervene and stop the changes."
"Simpson said [the change] could prove costly for some biomass users, maybe too costly for them to continue...biomass is being used more statewide in such projects as heating elementary schools and public buildings."