Entries in EPA (507)
Dec. 6, 2012
Corn-based gasoline leads to corrosive damage to fuel lines, gaskets and other engine components.
Will Chuck Norris himself have to step in and keep us from flying off the Fiscal Cliff?
Does health law discourage smaller firms from hiring? Once a business has 50 people employed, that's when the health care mandate and all of its enforcement provisions are activated.
"Most Republicans have dismissed the proposal [doing away with the debt ceiling] as a blatant executive power grab that will significantly weaken both the Congress and the minority party. While this is certainly true, Congress will only lose a power that it has never shown the slightest courage to actually use."
Dec. 5, 2012
The left sets its crosshairs on individual gun rights.
California considers "solutions" to its debt crisis.
Even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have risen from 280 parts per million before 1880 to 391 ppm (0.0391 percent) today, average global temperatures have flat-lined for 16 years.
"The Obama administration's high level of opacity, though typical of modern presidencies, is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently."
(Washington, DC - December 3, 2012) Apparently, gas isn't expensive enough yet-at least for one environmental interest group that is now suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force the creation of Cap-and-Trade. The Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law last week told EPA to expect the lawsuit.
"They want to make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy will seem cheap," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America.
"We've seen this play before, and inventing fictitious markets that traffic imaginary products is bad enough. But asking the EPA to assume quasi-legislative powers so that it can unilaterally enact Cap-in-Trade is a deeply troubling step, even for radical environmentalists. Proponents of this lawsuit absurdly cite Hurricane Sandy as a reason for Cap-and-Trade.
But what Hurricane Sandy truly illustrates is the human hardship that results from communities losing power and fuel. This measure aims to render Sandy's fuel shortages and soaring energy prices commonplace."
Politico posted its story on this backdoor Cap-and-Trade lawsuit late last week. It can read here<http://www.politico.com/story/2012/11/84346.html>.
Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government expressed concern that, "This lawsuit is nothing more than a pretext for the EPA to continue expanding their power through ginned up judicial actions."
The practice of using litigation to enact policy has become commonplace on environmental matters.
Here's how it works: Environmental interests sue the EPA to compel a particular policy outcome (such as "Cap-and-Trade").
Sympathetic bureaucrats (who often have ties to the litigants) gleefully settle the suit, and agree to enact new policies without bothering with nasty details like "Congress." For more information (and for examples), click here<http://www.freemarketamerica.org/free-market-flashpoints/the-sue-and-settle-formula.html>.
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EPA BIOFUEL RULING - MARLO LEWIS
National Review: The EPA vs. State Economies
On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected petitions from the governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina to suspend the biofuel-blending requirements established by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) program.
However, the EPA stacked the decks against petitioners, establishing a burden of proof that was virtually impossible to meet. Indeed, the agency’s August 30 Request for Comment telegraphed the decision Jackson reached on Friday. The EPA stated petitioners would have to show that the “RFS itself” was the cause of severe harm, not merely a “contributing” factor. In addition, petitioners would have to show that waiving the RFS would be a “remedy” for the hardship facing livestock producers.
These criteria are ridiculous. The Clean Air Act does not require the EPA to don analytical blinkers and ignore other factors that, in combination with the RFS, cause severe harm, nor does it say that any waiver granted must be a silver bullet. > Read the full news story on NationalReview.com
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