OBAMA – HIS AFTER CHRISTMAS SURPRISES!
For those Democrats who enjoy higher gasoline, food and basic standard costs of living. You will be happy next year. For the middle class and poor, I hope you enjoy the increases in everything but jobs. Wake up! This is a bonus article published by Newsmax today. C Brewer
Insider Report from Newsmax.com
Obama ‘Punting’ on New EPA Rules Until Post-Election
A new report from Senate Republicans warns that the Obama administration and the EPA are delaying implementation of painful new regulations until after the election.
The report from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ Minority Staff, “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013,” points to a “slew of job-killing EPA regulations that the Obama-EPA has put on hold until after the election but will be on the ‘to-do’ list for 2013.”
“As the economy has continued to falter over the past year, team Obama has been delaying rule after rule that will eliminate American jobs, drive up the price of gas at the pump even more, impose construction bans on local communities, and essentially shut down American oil, natural gas, and coal production. They don’t want this economic pain to hit American families just before the election because it would cost President Obama votes.”
The report goes on to state: “It’s pretty clear that if President Obama secures a second term, the Obama-EPA will have a very busy next four years, moving full speed ahead to implement numerous major rules and regulations that he has delayed or punted due to the upcoming election.
“The radical environmental left may not need to worry, but what about American families, who are working hard in tough economic times, trying to make ends meet?
“As the nation struggles to recover from a lagging economy in the coming year, Americans could also be grappling with a regulatory onslaught from the Obama-EPA that will strangle economic growth, destroy millions of jobs, and dramatically raise the price of goods, the cost of electricity, and the price of gas at the pump.”
The “punted” regulations include:
Greenhouse gas rules that will “virtually eliminate coal as a fuel option for future electric power generation,” and inflict new permitting costs on more than 37,000 farms.
New ozone standards that would cost $90 billion a year.
Regulations on hydraulic fracturing that will have “serious impacts on domestic energy production.”
Expansion of federal control “over virtually every body of water in the United States, no matter how small.”
Storm water regulations that could include “mandates on cities to change existing buildings, storm water sewers, and streets.”
Reductions in the sulfur content in gasoline that could boost prices by 9 cents a gallon.
Clean Water Act rules that “could require expensive new construction at power plants to lower fish deaths.” Other regulations would affect coal ash, farm dust, oil and gasoline spill prevention, and more.
“This report is a wake-up call on the economic pain that the ‘abusive’ Obama-EPA plans to inflict next year,” said Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, ranking member on the committee.
“It reveals a president who is more concerned about saving his own job than the millions of Americans who are looking for one today.”
I reluctantly have to agree that new EPA rules could and probably will have some affect jobs which may not become available. Somewhere in the middle no doubt, will be the result of new cleaner air rules, as most things are. However the author misses out his own irony that proposed regulations will ‘lower fish deaths’. Those fish won’t die because of clean water! They will die because of acidification and pollution. The next lot in the food chain after them is we mammals. Hey what does it matter that a few people die as long as those who are left can have cheaper electricity. We can always drink bottled water imported from France so long as our companies don’t have to spend money keeping the waterways and rivers clean in our own country. Ozone standards? Who needs them. We can wear hats made in China and forget about those deaths caused by cancer. Those people should not have been so irresponsible to have gone out in the sun in the first place.
We can always make more money by making gauze masks to be able to filter out those airborne pollutants that the good folks in China have to wear. Does the author wants an apocalyptic future where most cities you can’t breathe, or see a few hundred feet, because of choking car fumes caused by those pesky sulphur contents, just as long as we don’t have to spend 9 cents a gallon more for fuel?
He also misses the point that if cities have to build new pollution controls, new sewerage systems, and buildings, someone, usually the ‘poor’ will have to build them. Tell him to have a look in Uganda where all those well deserving companies are dumping millions of tons of computer waste in the valleys and streams of that country. Killing and maiming children through the pollution our societies create. But that is O.K. because it is ‘over there.’ I wonder if it would make a difference if they begin to dump it in his waters.
I’m afraid I have a conscience about how I want to leave this world Clyde, and it is not one of untrammeled corporations not having to account for their actions. I want my government to do the best it can to protect what we leave to future generations. John Donne said it better than I in his poem ‘No man is an island’. We need to make sure we are accountable and as individuals we cannot do it alone. The only way is by government regulation no matter how uncomfortable it may be for the Imperial Oil and B.P.’s of this world.
Anyway that is my slant on this particular ‘Insider Report’. And before I am accused of being a screaming, tree hugging, greenie, I am not. However I would err on the side of caution. It will be too late if resign ourselves to the alternative!
I can’t accept your logic when you appear to be comfortable with China, Russia, India, Africa pollute because you know nothing can be done to stop them. When the rest of the world agrees to suffer the cost of hugging trees it will be acceptable to me. I am tired of paying for China to make everything we buy because we are priced out of competition and using the money to buy American assets. C Brewer