If you think the Obama administration’s Enterprise Prevention Agenda has been wildly aggressive during the past four years, believe me, we really ain’t seen nothin’ yet. A new report released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Minority Committee enumerates a slew of planned EPA regulations that have been delayed or punted on until after the election that will destroy millions of American jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket even more.
Titled “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013: Numerous Obama EPA Rules Placed on Hold Until After the Election Spell Doom For Jobs and Economic Growth”, it lists and describes new rules concocted over the past year ranging from additional restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, tougher water guidelines and tightening of the ozone standard. Taken together, they will further drive up pump prices, impose construction bans on local communities, and cripple oil, natural gas and coal production.
As the Washington Post notes, the report puts a spotlight back on the Obama EPA which has earned a “reputation for Abuse”, serving as a stark reminder that “President Obama has presided over a green team administration that works every day to “crucify” oil and gas companies and make sure that “…if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem.”
Meanwhile, the EPA is “proving” their “science” through debunked cooked books, crooked mad science and human experimentation. It’s all watermelon environmentalism, though. They don’t really care about the environment, they care about social/ecological/environmental “justice”, rebalancing the scales against colonialist imperialist pig-dog oppressors of whatever oppressed minority they feel gives them enough justification to destroy the industrialized west and free markets, and ushering in a glorious land of “sustainable” communism.
Thirty years ago, that might’ve been parody, rather than an accurate description.
A few more highlights from the article:
As reported in the New York Times last year, President Obama admitted that the “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty” of tightening the ozone standard would harm jobs and the economy … but he still pointed to the fact that it will be reconsidered in 2013. EPA itself estimated that this would cost $90 billion a year, while other studies have projected that the rule could cost upwards of a trillion dollars and destroy 7.4 million jobs.
Under the Obama administration the EPA is but one of fourteen different federal agencies that are working to find ways to regulate hydraulic fracturing in order to limit and eventually stop the practice altogether. Others include the Department of Energy (DOE), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and even the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The BLM, under Secretary Salazar’s control, will be finalizing new regulations sometime after the election.
That’s Interior Secretary Ken “Boots” Salazar, noted above. Also, fracking is only considered bad because of propaganda against it, including anti-fracking propaganda films made by oil-rich Middle Eastern nations. And of course there’s also the accusations that fracking sets water on fire… which has been shown to be totally unconnected in some cases and hoaxes in a few others.
But then what’s the explanation for the most dramatic part of the movie: tap water so laden with gas that people can set it on fire?
It turns out that has little to do with fracking. In many parts of America, there is enough methane in the ground to leak into people’s well water. The best fire scene in the movie was shot in Colorado, where the filmmaker is in the kitchen of a man who lights his faucet. But Colorado investigators went to that man’s house, checked out his well, and found that fracking had nothing to do with his water catching fire. His well-digger had drilled into a naturally occurring methane pocket.
Then there’s the “greenhouse” gas emissions laws that are there to prevent Manbearpig, which is really about destroying agriculture as well as cities:
Known as the “cow tax”, there would be a cost-per-animal outcome. EPA itself estimates that in its best case scenario, there will be over 37,000 farms and ranches subject to greenhouse gas permits… at an average cost of $23,000 per permit annually… affecting over 90% of the livestock production in the United States.
And of course there are the sulfur particulate matter regulations:
Tier III Gas Regulations:
EPA is preparing to propose a rule-making called Tier III, which reduces the content of sulfur in gasoline from 30 ppm to 10 ppm. The cost of this rule could be up to $10 billion initially and $2.4 billion annually, and it could add up to 9 cents per gallon in manufacturing costs. These costs would inevitably be passed on to consumers at the pump. Many, including those on the far left, believe that political motives have caused President Obama to delay this rule until after the election.
And how’d they push for that?
There’s plenty more worth reading in the Forbes story. It’s also worth it to consider how the cumulative effect of those regulations is going to have an effect not just on your personal pocketbook, but how those increased costs are going to influence everyone else in the US, pushing costs ever higher and harming the economy further.