EPA Overreach in the Age of Obama

posted at 2:30 pm on November 20, 2010 by Jazz Shaw

My what a difference a new administration can make.

The folks at Energy Tomorrow have compiled some revealing statistics indicating precisely how much the scope of the EPA’s mission has changed under the Obama administration, both in the volume of aggressive changes they seek to implement and the increasingly politicized nature of their proposals. And this is from one of the chief groups who complained about a disregard for “hard science” under previous White House occupants.

First, take a look at this two minute video which details a few of the new regulations being proposed and the impact they will have on American businesses, jobs and the economy.

How many new regulatory moves has the EPA been making? To put it in perspective, during the first 18 months of the second Bush administration, the EPA proposed 16 “significant regulations” which would have an economic impact of $100 million or more. During the first 18 months of the Obama administration, that number shot up to 42.

And who will be affected by all of these new regulations, if approved? In a paper published by Energy Tomorrow we find a fairly extensive list of the potential impact and questionable procedures under discussion.

  • Under their more stringent ozone standards, some surprising entities would find themselves in non-compliance. Among them… Yellowstone National Park.

  • The new Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) standards are an unconstitutional change to the Clean Air Act and represent an end run around congress. They would also impose punishing burdens on businesses and hinder job growth.
  • Last month the EPA approved a new waiver for E-15 gasoline blends long before an ongoing CRC study into the effect this mixture will have on the current auto fleet has been completed. The potential damage to automobiles and potential increases in emissions as a result can’t even be calculated.

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said in a September 2010 report:

[T]hese rules threaten the economic viability of America’s manufacturing base and hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs. Moreover, these rules will bring little, if any, public health or environmental benefits. As Americans suffer through a jobless recovery, EPA is pursuing policies that exacerbate our economic problems and do not improve the environment.

I thought this was the administration that was going to restore “respect for science” in Washington and take the politics out of the equation? From this report, it seems like the net effect thus far has been exactly the opposite.

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Kill Yellowstone!!!….Before it kills us!!!

The bears say ‘Send more tourists!!’

BigWyo on November 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

De-funding the EPA should be job one of the 12th congress. Next up: the Dept. of Education. Next, rescind the EO allowing unionization of federal employees.

Joe Mama on November 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM

112th congress, that is.

Joe Mama on November 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM

This agency must go: lock, stock and two smoking barrels.

Defund, shut down, sell off its assets and let us get something positive from it.

ajacksonian on November 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM

“Must contain methane emissions!” EPA

“TOOOOOT!” Buffalos of America

katy the mean old lady on November 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Jazz, you’re a stupid wrong headed RINO!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, EPA sucks.

Aquateen Hungerforce on November 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Regulatory agencies, which aren’t even in the Constitution, are a fourth branch of government unaccountable to the people. What’s worse now is that congress, unwilling to be held accountable for their acts, just create regulatory agencies and give them practically carte blanche to promulgate rules and regulations. We’re now all under the thumb of unelected bureaucrats who are more tyranical than George III and his parliament. Yet, the American people take it lying down.

NNtrancer on November 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Don’t forget the outrageous regulation of dust: The Winds of Over-Regulation

We need the new Congress to pass a simple one-line law: “CO2 is not a pollutant”.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Just have to sit back and look at the evolution of any Leftist ideological movement.

Essentially the green and warmer movement started with roadside ditch cleanup and moved on to what it is today.
Unions started with a admirable goal and premise–its now evolved to a bolchevik’esque power, with the 20% radical left just wanting to cleanup behind it just as in 1920′s Russia.
the Lefts War on Poverty has now blown into the wind 14 trillion which just happens to mirror the Natl Debt, and now encompasses some 30% of the population recieving welfare and Food stamps….

EPA is now a govt within a govt, all it needs is a paramilitary enforcement division, but they can always just hire acquitted Gitmo detainees.

sbark on November 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Yep and the Clean Air regs under Clinton did one thing only, put small foundries out of business which were taking business away from large companies.

Kermit on November 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM

All this has nothing to do with the environment, it has everything to do with transferring American wealth to the third world, and in the long run – make America a 3rd world socialist hellhole.

EPA doesn’t just need to be defunded: it needs to be investigated and anyone exceeding their authority put behind bars.

Rebar on November 20, 2010 at 3:03 PM

So how many of you are aware that the EPA is demanding the exact chemistry of the products that drilling companies are using the frac natural gas?

This means that proprietary formulations and trade secrets will now rest safely in the hands of government’s enviro-gestapo.

This means that the EPA will cite the producer of the frac product, thereby killing the producer and taking down the drilling firm with shrapnel. Now those bastards will take him seriously…

ericdijon on November 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Government before Obama: Checks and Balances

Government after Obama: Checks and Cash

fogw on November 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

TSA “My Ding-a-Ling” Sing-Along

Nearly Nobody on November 20, 2010 at 3:21 PM

When the Yellowstone mega volcano decides to wake up, and it will, every carbon-dioxide atom ever scrubbed from the atomosphere will be replaced with 10,000,000.

I say we nuke the sucka NOW!

Limerick on November 20, 2010 at 3:21 PM

A very high priority of a new Republican Congress should be rolling back regulations of all the regulatory agencies, and especially EPA, to where they were in 1995-2000. This is probably even more important for growing the economy than tax reduction. If it is simply impossible to engage in business in the United States because of government regulation, then it really doesn’t matter what taxes or other economic incentives are set at.

EPA should be rolled back to 2000 then authorized for maintenance and enforcement functions only, with no further regulatory authority in their mission.

The US can not exist as a ‘consumer’ society only. And I’m concerned that even most Republican congressmen don’t get that. They all still want to modify the economy to get loans and therefore spending going again. The US has to get back into production, bring manufacturing back from foreign sources, and build to prosperity. We have the people and efficiency of operations to do that. But it cannot be done so long as production is regulated out of the US market.

Most all the regulatory agencies accomplished their purposes twenty years ago, but no one ever put on the brake and said stop- no more is needed.

mjzman on November 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

EPA=Greenpeace+Sierra Club, on steroids, with unlimited amounts of yours and my money.

The ACORN of the environmental religion.

De-fund and disband the EPA.

Speakup on November 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Now that the elections are over, I look for the EPA to resurrect their ban on lead bullets.

ColumbusConservative on November 20, 2010 at 4:11 PM

What? It is the government, they are only there to help. I am just not smart enough to understand all this stuff. Just like I dont understand the TSA playing with me makes travel safer. And, I dont understand that Card-Check is better then normal elections; That cuttign off water to the central valley is good policy; Why granting amnesty is not good for the country; That devaluing the currencies is sound economic policy; That I just cant understand how Obama can give all those speaches about health care and still fail to understand how costs are not going up, but going down. A little more regulation from some agency? I dont understand what good for me. But Michelle can tell me what eat.

EliTheBean on November 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

It’s a nightmare. the big legislation gets all the attention, but were getting killed by the Department of Compliance.

And don’t think de-funding will help.

The Department of Compliance sets arbitrary compliance standards. Private companies must comply. Department of Compliance gets its funding cut. Private companies complete their compliance reports at great expense in time and money, and the Department of Compliance says, “Ah, yeah, we’ll get to your compliance report in a couple of months to assess if you comply sufficiently. Sorry about the delay, but we’ve had some budget cuts, but don’t even think about starting work on your project in the meantime.”

forest on November 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Snipes gets jail time for tax evasion but czars and Congressmen don’t, what double standard?

mixplix on November 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

These big agencies have to be defunded and finally taken down altogether. If not, they will drive this great country right into the ground. And that is their plan.

Mirimichi on November 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Any news on the replacement head?

OldEnglish on November 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

I thought this was the administration that was going to restore “respect for science” in Washington and take the politics out of the equation?

Hey! Just STFU and do as you’re told by your betters, prole! After all, it’s for the environment and the children, you capitalist worshiping pig!

GarandFan on November 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Yellowstone?? OK: send all those EPA weenies out there to install methane collectors in the asses of the bison. The result will definitely be less EPA regulations (as well as EPA weenies).

michaelo on November 20, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Hey let’s not forget that its these Envrio-wacko luddites that are a major cause of our economic recession. They won’t let us get our own oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy. China could be in debt to US! California (oil) and New York (natrual gas) wouldn’t be in such finacial trouble if they could actually exploit their resources.
Of course then there would be no incentive to get costs under control.

Iblis on November 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM

The EPA needs to have its authority cut back, and only be allowed to investigate something after being asked to by an act of congress on a simple majority vote, and the regulation becoming active only after being enacted by an 80% super majority vote. and all previous regulations should be reviewed by congress in the next two years, with all regulations not receiving the same 80% super majority confirmation being discarded. Congress should not be allowed to change the proposed regulation in any manner, and if the proposed regulation fails to be approved in 90 days it is discarded.

Slowburn on November 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM

The Department of Compliance sets arbitrary compliance standards. Private companies must comply. Department of Compliance gets its funding cut. Private companies complete their compliance reports at great expense in time and money, and the Department of Compliance says, “Ah, yeah, we’ll get to your compliance report in a couple of months to assess if you comply sufficiently. Sorry about the delay, but we’ve had some budget cuts, but don’t even think about starting work on your project in the meantime.”

forest on November 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Oh, that’s rich. They can’t determine if you’re complying, but they can tell immediately if you start work on the project anyway?

You know, if it really gets down to an us-vs.-them scenario, the time may come when it’s time to consider some form of guerilla warfare against the bureaucrats, this unaccountable fourth branch of government that has sprung up because Congress doesn’t want to be held accountable. At some point we need to figure out how to hold the agencies accountable or they will stomp us flat.

Aitch748 on November 20, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Lysenkoism anyone?

C’mon, hailing “science” which conforms to a preconceived notion or enhances a political party’s status among the unwashed is a good thing, right?

Trofim Lysenko stood Russian science on its rear end and it took decades to even begin to recover, thanks to Stalin’s acceptance of everything that Lysenko said as gospel.

All part of the socialist model.

coldwarrior on November 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM

De-funding the EPA should be job one of the 12th congress. Next up: the Dept. of Education. Next, rescind the EO allowing unionization of federal employees.

Joe Mama, it couldn’t have been said better. I have thought this very thought (de-funding and/or downsizing EPA and DOE) for about 6 months now, and if I’m thinking it and you’re thinking it, well, maybe, it’s on EVERYBODY’S mind.

pacard33 on November 21, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Mission overreach indicates that the original purpose of the agency is fulfilled. The Clean Air act therefore needs to be revisited and replaced, with a market oriented clean air maintenance design.

LarryD on November 22, 2010 at 11:13 AM