The EPA assault on Texas

posted at 7:10 pm on June 19, 2011 by J.E. Dyer

The necessary precondition for Texas’s unique economic success – a beacon in a deep recession – is energy.  And the EPA is closing in for the kill.

This would be one thing if Texas were an outlier among the 50 states in terms of dirty air or an otherwise demonstrably imperiled environment.  But the truth is closer to the opposite:  the air in Texas has been getting cleaner; in the urban areas, much cleaner.  And in spite of being by far the largest electric power producer of the 50 states, and heavily reliant on coal, Texas has been steadily reducing its emissions of the EPA’s least-favored compounds from coal combustion (e.g., sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide). Its emissions of NOx and SO2 are substantially lower than the national average; Texas is ranked the 11th lowest in NOx emissions (.098 lb/mmBtu in 2009, versus a national average of .159 lb/mmBtu), and 24th in SO2 (.309 lb/mmBtu in 2009, versus a national average of .458 lb/mmBtu).

But the EPA isn’t really making the argument that Texas is an environmental pigsty.  It’s not putting any data or findings behind that premise, at any rate.  Instead, it is simply acting high-handedly, assuming an authority that nothing in written law confers on it, to pronounce Texas’s procedures in violation of EPA rules – even when there is no basis for making that claim.  To put it bluntly, the EPA is making a power grab.

Overriding the state air-permit system

There are three principal facets to the power grab.  One began with an EPA decision in January 2010 that the Texas air-permit program was invalid, and that every facility operating under such a permit in the state would have to be re-permitted.  The argument was not that Texas plants were emitting too much.  Rather, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, the Texas “air-permit program … caps emissions of air pollutants from an entire facility, but the EPA wants to scrutinize and restrict emissions from every polluting unit of a plant.”  Texas, along with a number of other states, is concerned that regulating on the EPA’s basis will cost considerably more, without improving air quality.

Neither of the two approaches can claim to be the obvious intent of the Clean Air Act.  In default of a clear intent in written law, the point at issue is whose judgment ought to prevail in this matter.  Texas argues that federalism was a key component of the Clean Air Act, and properly so; that’s how things work in the United States.  The EPA is supposed to set air quality standards, and then the states choose their methods to meet them.  Other states agree.

The EPA has made no philosophical arguments to justify its regulatory ukase – but, of course, it doesn’t have to.  It is currently operating under a chief executive who endorses its approach and doesn’t require it to justify what it wants to do.  Reining it in would require concerted action from Congress, and/or a favorable ruling for the states in a lawsuit.

Keep in mind that throughout the 16 years in which Texas issued its industrial air permits, air quality in Texas improved – a lot.  The Texas system wasn’t failing to produce a compliant outcome.  And it took the EPA 16 years to decide, in spite of that record of success, to invalidate all the existing state-issued permits.  The motivation was clearly political.

The war on coal; New draconian air-quality standards

The permit invalidation was just the beginning, however.  The second facet of the power grab, the Obama EPA’s war on coal, will have at least as damaging an effect on Texas as on other states, and in some ways perhaps more.  The war on coal is part of a larger regulatory assault on emissions and industrial byproducts of all kinds, which will, if implemented as intended, ensure life as we know it cannot continue in the United States.  The impact on Texas is discussed in the testimony submitted to Congress by the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) in March.

The findings include the likelihood that the new regulations adopted by the Obama EPA will shut down more than 5700 MW of electrical generating capacity in Texas, or about one-twelfth  of the peak demand levied by state users in the last couple of years.  Meanwhile, based on economic trends, Texas expects to need as much as 25% more capacity by 2020.  TPPF cites industry and independent think-tank estimates that the cost of compliance with the new EPA standards will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars, and will thus drive utility costs – and therefore the cost of living – up significantly, while at the same time eliminating thousands of jobs in many industries.

From regulating the naturally-occurring fine dust in the countryside, to treating the byproducts of coal combustion as hazardous waste, and preventing them from being sold for use in cement, the EPA’s proposals would shut down one aspect of human economic life after another.

TPPF gets in a number of good points about both the politics and the data; for example, it observes on p. 6 of the document that the EPA got around the rules governing its implementation of the new regulations by deeming its proposed action (dramatically tightening air quality standards) to be deregulatory.  How did it do that?  By positing that a comprehensive scheme of regulation would involve issuing permits for 6 million sources of emissions, and deciding instead to “tailor” its program to cover only large sources (e.g., the 12,000 emitters that currently require permits to operate).

Just imagine how we could fleece our fellow men if we all had the power to declare it “deregulation” – mercy, relief, a benefit to the regulated – when we don’t do as much as we could have done.  There is a distinctly mafia-like ring to that thought process.

The TPPF testimony also alludes to the EPA’s extremely shaky case that fuel-burning plants need to have their mercury emissions reduced by 91% (mercury emissions from US industry have already been reduced considerably in the past 30 years).  A number of studies suggest that many coal-fired electrical plants will simply find this impossible.

And there doesn’t appear to be a pressing need for it anyway.  Besides the facts that the entire United States power sector emits only 1% of the globe’s anthropogenic mercury output, and that 50% of the mercury in the Atlantic is emitted from Asia, not the US (virtually all the human-emitted mercury in the Pacific comes from Asia), everything in the alarmist case about mercury is either undemonstrated (e.g., that mercury levels in fish have been rising), or wildly overestimated (e.g., the incidence of mercury in child-bearing women in the US, and how that compares to the level of mercury considered dangerous to humans).  See here and here for evidence and counterarguments.

But wait – there’s more.  If you’re wondering how Texas is going to make up that 5700+ MW of power-generating capacity, so is Texas.  Nuclear power would do the trick, of course, but as TPPF observes, new nuclear power plants are an iffy proposition in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.  Wind, solar, and biomass are laughably uneconomic sources, and wind and solar are unreliable as well.

Shutting down natural gas

But what about natural gas?  The EPA is way ahead of us, with the third facet of its power grab.  Ben Voth wrote a piece for American Thinker in January calling out the new EPA assault on the production of natural gas in Texas.  And if you think the EPA’s particular beef is with fracking (hydraulic fracturing) chemicals, think again.  The basis for the EPA’s abrupt move against a Texas natural gas driller in December 2010 was methane and benzene found in local water.

It all fit nicely with the emotional appeal of the “documentary” Gasland, which did for the natural gas industry what Michael Moore did for 9/11.  The problem is that not only was Gasland full of errors and misrepresentations, the EPA case against Range Resources in Texas was full of holes as well.  Based on analysis of their nitrogen content, the methane and benzene in the afflicted water came not from the natural-gas drilling by Range Resources, but through natural seepage from a shallower nearby gas formation – one that is not being drilled.  In other words, there’s nothing humans could have done to prevent the seepage.

(The Energy in Depth write-ups point out also that methane is a naturally occurring gas and the hazards of its presence in drinking water depend, as with so many things, on concentration.  They also cite a study by the Texas health authorities which demonstrated that benzene exposure in the gas-drilling areas of Texas is no higher than it is in the rest of the US, and that the only residents who have elevated levels of benzene are smokers.)

But subsequent testimony from EPA staffers, part of a reconstruction of the December 2010 decision to shut down the Range Resources drilling operation, showed that the EPA did not even consider the possibility that the methane and benzene appeared naturally in the water in question.  This failure fit well with other patterns in the EPA action; the reconstruction (see the second EID link) indicates that it was an instance of activists and the EPA working together to jump the gun.

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is pursuing this issue.  The Republicans in Texas’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to Cass Sunstein expressing strong disapproval of the EPA’s failure to abide by its own rules in implementing the new air quality and emissions regulations.  As Pajamas notes, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has sent a letter of its own decrying the new regulations – although the Texas Democrats have remained silent.

The fight continues among the states.  At least 15 (including Texas) filed suit against the EPA over its “climate-change” regulations in 2010, even before the full slate of new air quality/emissions regulations were published.  On the other side are 16 states

fighting back on behalf of the EPA, saying without regulations, climate change will adversely affect them.

Those states are: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Remarkably, the states “fighting on behalf of the EPA” include the ones with the biggest state deficits, the ones with the highest taxes, the ones with the highest unemployment, and the ones hemorrhaging businesses and revenues and losing seats in Congress after the 2010 census.  One principles-of-governance note:  as long as there is an EPA, any president can put people in it who will abuse the agency’s portfolio.  The courts are incompetent to decide how much the EPA “should” be doing.  That’s a political decision that belongs in Congress – and we need to be telling Congress to do things differently.

J.E. Dyer’s articles have appeared at The Green Room, Commentary’s “contentions,Patheos, The Weekly Standard online, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative.

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Remarkably, the states “fighting on behalf of the EPA” include the ones with the biggest state deficits, the ones with the highest taxes, the ones with the highest unemployment, and the ones hemorrhaging businesses and revenues and losing seats in Congress after the 2010 census.

Remarkably??

Shay on June 19, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Perfect time for Perry to announce.

VegasRick on June 19, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Very good. Ya’ think old media will ever do research such as this.

The amount of domestic natural gas alone would cut our dependency on imported oil, but the restrictions on drilling are every bit as heavy handed as deepwater oil exploitation.

cozmo on June 19, 2011 at 7:16 PM

When I see these types of stories I think of the scene in the movie ‘Tombstone”, in which following the gunfight at the OK Corral, Sherrif John Behan tells Wyatt Earp that he is under arrest to which Earp answers- “I don’t think I’m going to let you arrest me today Behan”.
Texas needs to tell the EPA that they don’t think they are going to let them carry out their illegal operation in the State of Texas.
I think that it is time to tell these regulatory bodies that they can pack it where it will fit snuggly.

darwin-t on June 19, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Well sure they are. 1) Texas is too independent with independent minded people who don’t like D.C. 2)If Texas can clean up its air while using dirty old coal etc then the other states might follow and how will the EPA and tree huggers convince people we must go back to the stone age if Texas proves them wrong through good old fashioned American ingenuity.

D@mn Richard Nixon to Hades for creating the EPA!

JimP on June 19, 2011 at 7:19 PM

And very much on topic (but not widely reported) just as we are making some gas and energy finds here in Texas, they have discovered a rare lizard that must be saved!

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/18/3710703/tiny-lizard-could-block-texas.html

NickTx on June 19, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Sounds like the perfect backdrop for a “David vs. Goliath” meme for Perry to tie in to a Presidential bid? If Texas has to fight the EPA to save the Country’s only prosperous State left, it’d make a great campaign theme for him.

Tim Zank on June 19, 2011 at 7:20 PM

The EPA should be deleted.

tx2654 on June 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Hey Texas, nice economy you got there. It would be a shame if something happened to it…

bitsy on June 19, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I keep thinking about when Nicolae Ceaușescu was ripped from power in Romania in 1989. It seemed while the country was on the verge of economic collapse. He lived like a king in a palace. He even had gold plated fixtures in his bathroom. Don’t know why this situation reminds be of that.

Tommy_G on June 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Sen John Cornyn and Gov Rick Perry have publicly said that the Obama administration is punishing the state of Texas. Texas is showing Obama that his policies are not working and that seems to be setting off a very vindictive streak in Obama. The President openly denies that he is punishing Texas, but he cannot justify his administrations actions. Rick Perry is not my favorite governor, but his policies are keeping Texas above the rest economically, despite the actions of the Feds.

DAT60A3 on June 19, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Sen John Cornyn and Gov Rick Perry have publicly said that the Obama administration is punishing the state of Texas. Texas is showing Obama that his policies are not working and that seems to be setting off a very vindictive streak in Obama. The President openly denies that he is punishing Texas, but he cannot justify his administrations actions. Rick Perry is not my favorite governor, but his policies are keeping Texas above the rest economically, despite the actions of the Feds.

DAT60A3 on June 19, 2011 at 7:28 PM

The EPA has been doing this stuff long before Obama. They are where the enemy of America exists to destroy us from the inside.

darwin-t on June 19, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I can support a President Perry in eliminating the EPA

Roy Rogers on June 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Teach Rick Perry a lesson he will not forget

I support the Union even if we have to bankrupt the whole country to bring them to the right standards. We need to suspend state government in Texas and send in regulators. Those guys will determine what needs to be done for real uniformity.

And tell Perry to remember what happened to the last guy who thought about the flaw in a Union which required the force of arms to preserve it.

IlikedAUH2O on June 19, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I always maintained the real fight would start in Texas. Hope we have enough ornery cusses left… “come and get it”

itsacookbook on June 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM

IlikedAUH2O on June 19, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Please tell me that you forgot a sarc tag.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I always maintained the real fight would start in Texas. Hope we have enough ornery cusses left… “come and get it”

itsacookbook on June 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM

I’m in.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 7:42 PM

“The first thing we must do is kill all the environmentalists.” — Henry V

John the Libertarian on June 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

“The first thing we must do is kill all the environmentalists.” — Henry V
John the Libertarian on June 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM

The EPA has been doing this stuff long before Obama. They are where the enemy of America exists to destroy us from the inside.

darwin-t on June 19, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I worked for a geo-chem company and did a lot of environmental projects. My observation of the EPA and state regulatory agencies (at that time the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission – TNRCC = Train Wreck)was that there were two types of people. The first was the young, idealistic crusader fresh out of school trying to save the world while they are getting their three years of experience for their resume. The second group are people that can’t make it in the private sector and are really pissed at being stuck in a low-paying, deadend job. They seem to take out their frustrations on anyone they can.

DAT60A3 on June 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Texas, just leave already, you don’t need the rest of the U.S. and you would be better off.

Bishop on June 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM

“Don’t Mess With Texas”

It’s not just a slogan – D.C. forgets that at their own risk…..

TeresainFortWorth on June 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM

The EPA is a vestigial organ left over from the Nixon administration, and is overdue for removal like an inflamed appendix. We’ve grown beyond the need of an EPA.

Weight of Glory on June 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I’m in.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 7:42 PM

ALT, I’ll let you borrow one of my firearms if need be. You need to BYOB though. Bring your own bullets.

TxAnn56 on June 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM

What? There’s a state in this here union that isn’t an economic basket case? Well, we can’t have that I tell yer. I’m liking the sound of President Perry more and more.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM

If the EPA ceased to exist tomorrow, few would care and fewer would even notice. If Texas’ energy production were to cease tomorrow millions would notice, while livelihoods and standards of living would decrease exponentially all across the U.S.

Weight of Glory on June 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I always maintained the real fight would start in Texas. Hope we have enough ornery cusses left… “come and get it”

itsacookbook on June 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMM! Color me there cause I am one ornery cuss!

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Interestingly, WFAA reported this week, (wends or thurs) that an EPA plane was flying over Dallas “taking samples of the air for radiation and bio-chem”

Um, isn’t that homeland security’s job?

I have a sneaking suspicion that they were just trying to get skewed air samples on the hottest day of the year here (at the time heh) so they can punish us more!

Then again, I may be cynical.

JarvisW on June 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

It’s simple, all Texas has to do to get the EPA off its back is to go blue in 2012. See? Easy. It’s the Chicago way.

Kafir on June 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Thanks again J. E. Dyer for a factual presentation of another socialist power attempt.
As usual, all attacks are against the most successful opponent. The theory being topple the giant and others are easy. Somehow this giant has allies and economics on it’s side.

Poor Obama darlings. A symbolic attack that must fail. EPA has only court power, slow and expensive. There are other states following Texas lead who are supportive.

Of course the socialist goal is to ruin America. FDR tried from 1933 to 1940 and had a less informed public. He failed and not just because of Pearl Harbor. Opening yourself to attack by outside enemies is fatal.

EPA vs. Texas alarms other states as you stated. This sub rosa is already exposed.

Love it how the lsm operates on a 24/7 cycle but the world has a 50+/- year response.

Caststeel on June 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I wouldn’t rub Texas’ rhubarb if I was PBHO… NOT a good idea…

Khun Joe on June 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I can support a President Perry in eliminating the EPA

Roy Rogers on June 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM

THIS. In the meantime, if you see the soon to be protected lizard, step on it.

mimi1220 on June 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMM! Color me there cause I am one ornery cuss!

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I’m a tough little b***h.
Will that work?

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I’m another angry cuss in Texas!!!! Bring it on, Obama. Bring it on.

mobydutch on June 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

THIS. In the meantime, if you see the soon to be protected lizard, step on it.

mimi1220 on June 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I haven’t seen any lizards here-protected or otherwise.
I’ll go whack a prairie dog and pretend that it’s a lizard.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM

MJBrutus on June 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Perry/McCotter 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:13 PM

The necessary precondition for Texas’s unique economic success – a beacon in a deep recession – is energy. And the EPA is closing in for the kill.
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Me thinks Chrissy,might get a *”Tingle Twang”!(sarc).

*(canopfor,apologizes to any Texan,from the Great
Lone Star State).

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM

DOTUS…….Saving us from ourselves (Collectively).

See the U.S. has been raping and pillaging the earth for decades with our decadent lifestyle while the poor in huts in Kenya (like his 1/2 brother). So we must PAYYYYYYYY for for our sins Collectively.

We must go back to the farms and outhouses, and give up electricity so our way of life will be more pure and “earth friendly”. And BTW, we’ll still have to have the “RULING CLASS” that know best (Obama and the D.C. Elites).

Do I understand the Progressive Left yet?

PappyD61 on June 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I’m a tough little b***h.
Will that work?

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Well he!! yeah ma’am! BRING.IT.ON!

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Supposedly, people in TN are mad that our state legislature did away with collective bargaining for teachers, and obaka has a chance to win TN in 2012.

LMAO…

ladyingray on June 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Here is something else the epa is doing to citizens. If someone, anyone doesn’t stop this bunch, our whole nation is sol! We here in TX are knee deep in epa cr@p stopping everything dealing with oil, gas, refineries, and land. bho and team hates the daylights outta of our state(among many others) and wants it to be as bad as CA. Well sugar, bho, epa, and whoever we will not give up cratering to you.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=311969
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letget on June 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM

THIS. In the meantime, if you see the soon to be protected lizard, step on it.

mimi1220 on June 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I haven’t seen any lizards here-protected or otherwise.
I’ll go whack a prairie dog and pretend that it’s a lizard.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM

NOOOOOOZZZZZZZ, forget stepping on a lizard or whacking a prairie dog, I SAY STEP ON AND WHACK A FREAKIN LIBERAL! More fun and they make such a nice noise when they’re stomped/whacked.

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Interestingly, WFAA reported this week, (wends or thurs) that an EPA plane was flying over Dallas “taking samples of the air for radiation and bio-chem”

Um, isn’t that homeland security’s job?

I have a sneaking suspicion that they were just trying to get skewed air samples on the hottest day of the year here (at the time heh) so they can punish us more!

Then again, I may be cynical.

JarvisW on June 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Your sneaking suspicion was right. They did the same thing before the Superbowl. It is to get a baseline and compare it to times when there is more people, and more traffic.

Enjoy your cynicism though. There is a P-3 Orion that is based at Love Field that does not bare Navy markings and aircraft buffs have been wondering for years what it is doing. The government isn’t saying and there are lots of rumors.

cozmo on June 19, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Sounds like Energy Redistrubution,how dare Texas,get ahead,
on the other States,it ain’t fair,they must be punished,as
not to bring the other States self-esteem down!

(snark).

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Sounds like Energy Redistrubution,how dare Texas,get ahead,
on the other States,it ain’t fair,they must be punished,as
not to bring the other States self-esteem down!

(snark).

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Touche canopfor, touche…. ;-)

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:26 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM

In TX, there are ‘twangs’ and ‘drawls’. The Ronulan has a drawl(eastern part of the state). Perry has a twang(western part of the state) I guess those in central TX speak in trawls and drangs…and those who move from…oh…let’s use Chicago as an example-might as well be speaking martian because NO ONE understands a word they say. *wink*.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:27 PM

the air in Texas has been getting cleaner; in the urban areas, much cleaner. And in spite of being by far the largest electric power producer of the 50 states, and heavily reliant on coal, Texas has been steadily reducing its emissions of the EPA’s least-favored compounds from coal combustion (e.g., sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide). Its emissions of NOx and SO2 are substantially lower than the national average

They. Do. Not. Care.

This is not about results or the environment. This is political strong-arming. Conform, or we’ll make everything about your life harder than it is now.

Washington Nearsider on June 19, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Probably Hopey’s Revenge!
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Thin-Skinned Obama gets vewy mad during Texas-Style Interview 4-18-11 (video)
April 19 2011
**************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qROJR6bHqhE

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:29 PM

It’s incredible how corrupt and nasty the left is, and how much damage they can cause when they have the freedom to do what they want.

Aardvark on June 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

NOOOOOOZZZZZZZ, forget stepping on a lizard or whacking a prairie dog, I SAY STEP ON AND WHACK A FREAKIN LIBERAL! More fun and they make such a nice noise when they’re stomped/whacked.

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM

There are so few liberals here-excluding I would presume ‘Tech’s campus-that the local democrats are headquartered in an office the size of a broom closet. I’m beginning to wonder if Lubbock Liberals are even real. I KNOW prairie dogs exist in Lubbock.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM

In TX, there are ‘twangs’ and ‘drawls’. The Ronulan has a drawl(eastern part of the state). Perry has a twang(western part of the state) I guess those in central TX speak in trawls and drangs…and those who move from…oh…let’s use Chicago as an example-might as well be speaking martian because NO ONE understands a word they say. *wink*.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:27 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:Chicago..Hippty..Hippty..Uppity..Hippty
Hop Community Agitational speakaroo!:)

And,twang,and drawl,are cool character
traits,er sumpin similar to dat!:)

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Bachman should continue hammering home why she’d get rid of the EPA, assuming she was serious in the “debate”.

SouthernGent on June 19, 2011 at 8:38 PM

As soon as Tejas secedes I am there!

yubley on June 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM

These people are CRAZY!
One word (actually two): next election!

gullxn on June 19, 2011 at 8:40 PM

IIRC 1955 Democrats sent Democrats on Capitalist busses to complain about Democrat policies; Jim Crow and segregation.

So now D’rat strategy is to counter individual success? And even pollute the discourse with twenty tons ofnon sequires?

This is getting to be fun. America is worth saving and D’rat scalps are becoming cheap. Not exactly accordingly to Obama’s plan. Who knew?

Caststeel on June 19, 2011 at 8:43 PM

We back in time,never mind “Bumps in the Road”,
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“It would make sure all the oars are rowing in the right direction”

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Obama transition team works to identify immediate changes
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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WASHINGTON — Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

“We have been communicating with his transition staff” almost daily, Richards said. “We expect to see a real change.”

The president-elect has said, for example, that he intends to quickly reverse the Bush administration’s decision last December to deny California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. “Effectively tackling global warming demands bold and innovative solutions, and given the failure of this administration to act, California should be allowed to pioneer,” Obama said last January.

Before the election, Obama told others that he favors declaring that carbon dioxide emissions are endangering human welfare, following an EPA task force recommendation in December 2007 that Bush and his aides shunned in order to protect the utility and auto industries.

The National Energy Council would be a counterpart to the White House National Economic Council that Clinton created in a 1993 executive order. “It would make sure all the oars are rowing in the right direction” and ensure that climate change policy “gets lots of attention inside the White House,” said Daniel J. Weiss, a former Sierra Club official and senior fellow with the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The center’s new book will also urge Obama to sign an executive order requiring that greenhouse gas emissions be considered whenever the federal government examines the environmental impact of its actions under the existing National Environmental Policy Act. Several key members of Obama’s transition team have already embraced the idea.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/11/09/obama-positions-himself-quickly-reverse-bush-actions-environmental-social-issues/

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Well, yeah, and here in Texas it would probably be best if we drilled more natural gas, re-routed the gas we’re already producing and sending to the 16 mentioned states to 33 non-mentioned states, and set up some automobile factories producing cars that run on LPG. Right to work state, lots of natural gas, plenty of out-of-work folks who’d be pleased with a new wage working in Texas.

And sic all the recent law grads that can’t find a job on the EPA. Keep them tied up till 2012 or later. Win/win. Except for BarryO LLC.

Robert17 on June 19, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Texas to the EPA: “Don’t mess with Texas.”

Any other words might result in moderation…

john1schn on June 19, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Think of the armadillos!

Every breath must be regulated or our nine-banded brothers will suffer!

profitsbeard on June 19, 2011 at 8:48 PM

There are three principal facets to the power grab. One began with an EPA decision in January 2010
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Sierra Club considers suing EPA over Texas clean-air action
01 June 2010
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While the EPA goads Texas to reform its air pollution permits, the federal agency is neglecting its own duties under the Clean Air Act, Texas environmentalists say.

The Sierra Club said it will file a formal notice today telling the Environmental Protection Agency that it intends to sue the EPA over its failure to act on three Texas clean-air concerns.

The group said EPA officials have missed legal deadlines for action on limiting Texas pollution’s effects on neighboring states; reducing pollution from particulate matter, or soot; and regulating ozone, or smog.

“The [Obama] administration has failed to carry out its obligations,” said Neil Carman, clean-air director for the Sierra Club’s Texas chapter.

The EPA had not formed a response Tuesday, a spokesman said.

Individuals and organizations can file citizen-enforcement suits if federal officials fail to enforce the Clean Air Act. They must notify the EPA 60 days in advance, giving the agency time to resolve issues out of court.

The Sierra Club intends to file its suit if the EPA does not carry out its duties within 60 days, according to the club’s draft letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

New environmentalist pressure on the EPA comes as the federal agency pushes the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to make major changes.

The EPA says much of the TCEQ’s industrial air-permit system violates the Clean Air Act. Earlier this year, the EPA killed one state-permit program and last week stripped the TCEQ of jurisdiction over a major refinery’s permit.

A complete federal takeover of a key state regulatory program is possible if the state does not change its approach to industrial permits, EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz said last week.

At the same time, the Sierra Club says the EPA has not always met its own duty to force Texas to curb pollution.
(more…….)

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20100601-Sierra-Club-considers-suing-EPA-over-7397.ece

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Texas life is addictive? Good on you.

Caststeel on June 19, 2011 at 8:52 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

As the saying and the bumper sticker goes: I wasn’t born in TX but I got here as fast as I could!

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:54 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

As the saying and the bumper sticker goes: I wasn’t born in TX but I got here as fast as I could!

sicoit on June 19, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I’ve seen a few of those around.
Lubbock rally cry: KEEP LUBBOCK FLAT!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Oops,thats We go back in,not(We back in)

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Sounds like they’re trying to do to Texas what the government tried to to to Ellis Wyatt in Atlas Shrugged. I pray they fight rather than see the eventual result.

njrob on June 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM

“The [Obama] administration has failed to carry out its obligations,” said Neil Carman, clean-air director for the Sierra Club’s Texas chapter.

Canapfor
Yep. That’s why teh-Won-and-the-Jerks have only a four year term.

Caststeel on June 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM

The idea of Federalism was that states would make their own choices about how to pursue their affairs and then other states could copy those that worked out better. The EPA dictat precludes this very useful tool of efficiency measurement. I saw during the Carol Browner EPA madhouse during the Clinton administration several sensible local environmental rulings trumped by ignorant Federals far from the scene with no engineering understanding of what was at hand. One proclaimed that they did not want to set a precedent by doing something every other level of government agreed would be more effective and cost less money as well.

KW64 on June 19, 2011 at 9:06 PM

The Øbama energy policy is to shut down domestic energy production, to shut down all practical sources of domestic energy, until it brings this country to its knees.

That is the Øbama energy policy. It borders on treasonous.

petefrt on June 19, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Texas, just leave already, you don’t need the rest of the U.S. and you would be better off.

Bishop on June 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM

This.

And if Texas leaves, the rest of the red states will be right there with us. It’s going to happen eventually, might as well be now.

Rebar on June 19, 2011 at 9:06 PM

…assuming an authority that nothing in written law confers on it,

We either finally abolish these agencies or they will abolish all of us.

A government agency is just another name for a tyrant. What else can you call someone or something that can make edicts and demands without any accountability to anyone but itself?
Congress invented these agencies so they can do the things congress does not want to be held accountable for. These is nothing a government agency can do that congress can’t. Every policy and standard made by these agencies is a policy and standard that can be passed by congress, but then, that’s the problem. Congress would be held accountable.

We are so naive. Yeah, let some politician come out in public and proclaim themselves dictator or king for life, and there would be outrage.
Oh, but let someone call themselves a government bureaucrat and we just snicker. It’s the same freaking thing! Just doesn’t sound so threatening, yet they hold the same amount of power as a king. No, I take that back. They are worse than a king or a dictator because there are thousands of them and they are all faceless and nameless! Thousands of little dictators get up every morning in America, go off to the office with their little cups of coffee and sit in meetings making plans, policies, mandates and rules and we don’t even freaking know their names or faces! They take our lands, strip us of our properties, destroy our business, steal our money, tax us, fine us and regulate us and no one can do a blasted thing to them.
And we think our freedoms are secure?

JellyToast on June 19, 2011 at 9:09 PM

That is the Øbama energy policy. It borders on treasonous.

petefrt on June 19, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Plus, he doesn’t believe in borders, either.

profitsbeard on June 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Teach Rick Perry a lesson he will not forget

IlikedAUH2O on June 19, 2011 at 7:34 PM

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Where did this come from?

docflash on June 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Texas is being invaded by all the liberal refugees from other states. Just take a trip to Austin and spend some time around Town Lake… Amazing how many zombies have migrated from states they have ruined and brought their stupid views with them. Yet our Governor/Pres elect keeps inviting them in…

TEXASLEGAL on June 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

They take our lands, strip us of our properties, destroy our business, steal our money, tax us, fine us and regulate us and no one can do a blasted thing to them.
And we think our freedoms are secure?

We haven’t been free for a long time. More and more people are waking up to that fact now. Just hope it’s not too late.

itsacookbook on June 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

From regulating the naturally-occurring fine dust in the countryside, to treating the byproducts of coal combustion as hazardous waste, and preventing them from being sold for use in cement, the EPA’s proposals would shut down one aspect of human economic life after another.

So it is life and comfort or the EPA. Apparently, Americans prefer slow suffocation.

AshleyTKing on June 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

We either finally abolish these agencies or they will abolish all of us.

JellyToast on June 19, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Bingo. If nothing else, Øbama has this choice made clear: These agencies or our liberty. He has brought a new dimension to regulation. Now, if we don’t abolish these agencies, they will regulate us into poverty, collectivism and servitude.

petefrt on June 19, 2011 at 9:29 PM

All this is true, and then there’s the sand dune lizard in the Permian Basin who must, must be saved – humans and their filthy oil production be damned…

Buy Danish on June 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I certainly hope that the collective state of Texas tells the EPA and the entire Obama regime to go **** themselves. Tell them “screw you” on the lizard thing, the power plant thing, everything. Tie them up in lawsuits that will last until we get a new president in.

First order of business should be to neuter the EPA and dismantle it. Too many entrenched progressives now work there who have their social justice agenda first and foremost in play, rather than worrying about our country and its economic health.

karenhasfreedom on June 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

When does the house pull EPA funding?

Naturally this isn’t about the environment its about punishing your enemies.

No wonder negotiating with the Taliban is on the table, this administration has so much in common with them.

Speakup on June 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Sounds like the perfect backdrop for a “David vs. Goliath” meme for Perry to tie in to a Presidential bid? If Texas has to fight the EPA to save the Country’s only prosperous State left, it’d make a great campaign theme for him.

I bet Obama is calculating that if Perry pushes back against the EPA ruling, Obama’s campaign can add in his secession comments and portray him as a rogue actor rebelling against law and order. This will resonate with the people who found the secession comment frightening and appalling, which is Obama’s cohort. But for most of the country, yes, Perry will be seen as little David.

YehuditTX on June 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

So this is what fascism is like, and it ain’t pretty.

Dhuka on June 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Thanks Oakland and the rest of you extremists. Nice work.

And of course./

CW on June 19, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Texas is being invaded by all the liberal refugees from other states. Just take a trip to Austin and spend some time around Town Lake… Amazing how many zombies have migrated from states they have ruined and brought their stupid views with them. Yet our Governor/Pres elect keeps inviting them in…

TEXASLEGAL on June 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I lived in Austin for ten years, starting in 1992. People were complaining about that then. The favorite scapegoat was Californian hitech types moving to Austin for business and buying McMansions and spoiling the scenery.

YehuditTX on June 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

wow, it’s almost as if they’re embarrassed Texas is creating jobs and they must quash that lest they look the fool.

Why is it “progressives” (including the President) have no problem pulling people down in order to meet their definition of “fairness”, but don’t seem to be able to truly help people bring themselves up?

JeffWeimer on June 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

As I recall, Texas is it’s own electrical grid – without reliance on anyone else. They are uniquely situated to move generation out of the EPA’s way.

JeffWeimer on June 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Texas is being invaded by all the liberal refugees from other states. Just take a trip to Austin and spend some time around Town Lake… Amazing how many zombies have migrated from states they have ruined and brought their stupid views with them. Yet our Governor/Pres elect keeps inviting them in…

TEXASLEGAL on June 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

True-but TX is also getting conservative refugees from blue states. We’re from Triple J’s district and now live in Lubbock, and the 2010 GOP candidate for Cook County board president moved to just outside Austin. The joke is that so many Illinois conservatives are moving to TX that every city and town is going to have it’s own little ‘Illinoisville’.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM

The [Obama] administration has failed to carry out its obligations,” said Neil Carman, clean-air director for the Sierra Club’s Texas chapter.
Canapfor
Yep. That’s why teh-Won-and-the-Jerks have only a four year term.

Caststeel on June 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM

caststeel:The entire Obama Administration is saturated with
Environmentalists,in almost every governmental
department,and thank gawd,its only four year term!

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I haven’t seen any lizards here-protected or otherwise.
I’ll go whack a prairie dog and pretend that it’s a lizard.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM

This is one of the things the EPA is getting ready to address. The lizard lives in or near an oil field (potential). They always go after the reptiles – they did in CA and it affected home building, mortgages, etc. It was a frog of some sort. You had to sign papers about it – protected areas everywhere. That was the EPA. They will be attempting that here shortly.

Glad I moved home. I’m at least in a state where the people will fight back. Austin IS primarily blue, but the remainder of the state isn’t. Uphill battle here in Austin.

mimi1220 on June 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM

I couldn’t believe what it said – Arizona siding with the EPA? So I searched and all I found was a 2007 action from California that mentioned other states including AZ – that would be Terry Goddard in 2007. Typical. But Terry isn’t there anymore and Arizona dropped out of that lawsuit when they got rid of the lib! I don’t hold out much hope for the other states but Arizona is no longer a part of that lawsuit.

Eren on June 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Here is the link. I know I didn’t do this right. Sorry…

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7586665.html

mimi1220 on June 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Environmental Community Letter to President Obama Regarding Natural Gas Production
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While natural gas is cleaner burning than other fossil fuels, it is still a fossil fuel and its exploration and production comes with a host of environmental and health threats. This letter outlines environmental and health concerns regarding onshore natural gas production and the principles that must guide national policy. This is an updated version of the letter sent to the President and includes an additional signatory.

http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/ene_11012401.asp
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Alaska Wilderness League ● American Rivers ● Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Health, Environment and Justice ● Center for International Environmental Law
Chesapeake Bay Foundation ● Clean Water Action ● Clean Water Network
Defenders of Wildlife ● Earthjustice ● Earthworks ● Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund ● League of Conservation Voters
National Parks Conservation Association ● Natural Resources Defense Council
Pacific Environment ● Physicians for Social Responsibility ● Public Citizen
Rainforest Action Campaign ● Sierra Club ● The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
The Wilderness Society ● 350.org ● Union of Concerned Scientists

January 21, 2011
The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20050
Dear Mr. President:
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You have started a national conversation about the role that natural gas could play in the transition to a sustainable energy future for our country. Advancements in resource extraction techniques have significantly increased recoverable natural gas reserves, and in recent years we have seen exploration and development expand at break-neck speed. Federal and state regulatory structures and industry practices, however, have not kept pace with the rapid expansion of natural gas development.
(More………………)

http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/files/ene_11012401a.pdf

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Gotta be sweet to land in USA

Caststeel on June 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

More thoughts on EPA against natural gas from April!

http://punditpress.blogspot.com/2011/05/epa-to-use-new-regulations-to-prohibit.html

jdcroft2001 on June 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Eren on June 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Excellent, Eren, thanks for looking into that. I actually checked, as it surprised me too, but I didn’t come across the link you provide. Good info: Arizona dropped OUT of the pro-regulation lawsuit.

J.E. Dyer on June 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

J.E. Dyer on June 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

No prob – I knew where to look once I got the date of the lawsuit because 2007 was when I’d finally had enough of Arizona under Goddard/Napolitano and left for Texas.

Eren on June 19, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I am printing up bumper stickers now:

“No good deed goes unpunished; Obama 2012.”

percysunshine on June 19, 2011 at 10:53 PM

JeffWeimer on June 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Correct you are. There are three major power grids in the US: East, west, and Texas.

Combine that with the fact that Texas has been adding lots of jobs while most of the rest of the county is hemmoraging them, and it is clear: We must be punished. It’s only fair.

iurockhead on June 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Good info: Arizona dropped OUT of the pro-regulation lawsuit.

J.E. Dyer on June 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

And New Mexico now has Republican Governor Martinez. Have/will they drop out, too?

iurockhead on June 19, 2011 at 10:56 PM

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