Sen. Inhofe with another EPA video: Coal regs will be “painful every step of the way”

posted at 11:21 am on June 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Last month, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) surfaced a damning video of a high-up EPA official revealing his professional philosophy on making an example out of pollution-law violators with tactics comparable to the ancient Romans employing “crucifixion” (geez, dude — tell us how you really feel, why don’t you?). Speaking of which, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing this Wednesday, “EPA Priorities and Practices, at which the aforementioned former EPA official will testify. That should be a fun one.

Sen. Inhofe is pushing for a Senate vote on repealing the EPA’s new mercury and toxics rule for power plants, which he argues is a part of the Obama administration’s agenda to forcibly bring about the extinction of coal-fired electricity — and he’s got some evidence to back up the claim. Monday, Inhofe’s office posted a video of yet another EPA regional administrator, leaving little room for doubt as to the EPA’s real goals for the industry.

What’s that? You can’t just come out and say what your honest intentions are, EPA? To shutdown the coal industry, you’ve had to go around the long policy way? You’ve been making tough decisions about how to make coal communities artificially obsolete before their time? Oh, those guileless environmentalist bureaucrats — the heart just bleeds for them.

President Obama hasn’t really made it too much of a secret that his “all of the above” energy policy, isn’t. They’ll sometimes talk about “clean coal,” but it’s all been downhill since those 2008 “necessarily skyrocketing energy prices” comments. His campaign had to scramble when they realized people were noticing that they’d left coal off of Obama’s official “all of the above” platform — nevermind that coal accounts for almost half of the United States’ electricity needs, no big deal or anything.

As much as the inefficiencies and oversights inherent in top-down bureaucracies so often degrade the very environment they’re ostensibly designed to protect, I think that there can be such a thing as effective environmental regulation — but the regulations rolling out of the Environmental Protection Agency these days most definitively ain’t it. This is an out-of-control, independent federal agency on an ideological tear, hellbent on remaking the world in their own gloriously green image, and they don’t care how much central planning they have to implement to do it. After all, what are jobs and economic growth and lifting people worldwide out of miserable conditions when there’s a brave new green world to be had? Or something.


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Bain (when Romney wasn’t involved with it) buys a steel plant and keeps it going for 8 years trying to make it successful and liberals screech about vulture capitalism.

The federal government explicitly tries to shutter plants and entire sectors of an industry but this is supposedly compassion and better than the greedy pursuit of profits.

gwelf on June 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Obama: Killing the American Economy that regular American’s refuse to kill.

SWalker on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

…the people at the EPA need something shoved up their azz…that hurts!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

All regulators’ first criteria for hiring: be a fan of that which you’re going to regulate, to preserve and protect it.

beatcanvas on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Vulture socialism!

When individuals pursue their own interests it’s greedy and evil.
When government shuts down companies and enriches itself that’s selfless and good.

gwelf on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

EPA = Environmental Protection A$$h0les

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Why does Nevada spend so much on “green energy” when it’s got the highest unemployment rate, by far, in the country?

http://fiscalwars.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/whats-wrong-with-nevada/

stout77 on June 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Who knew that Sen. Inhofe would be the new Breitbart?

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

…the people at the EPA need something shoved up their azz…that hurts!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Colonoscopy with a 4 inch roto-rooter.

SWalker on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

After all, what are jobs and economic growth and lifting people worldwide out of miserable conditions when there’s a brave new green world to be had? Or something.

These folks are doing incredible damage to the economy and have complete disregard for reality.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Tar & Feathers and bureaucrats hanging by their ankles from lampposts on the National Mall as an example to others.

clippermiami on June 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The EPA should definitely be in Inhofe’s crosshairs but he, nor we, should forget ther allies in the war against energy, the Sierra Club, Workd Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, et al who were given standing decades ago to sue on our behalf. These organizations are as responsible as the EPA in blocking, harassing, and obstructing energy development. These organizations are tax-exempt charitable orgs and most receive millions if dollars in grants from EPA, Interior, et al to fight against us.

They must be targets as much as the EPA.

Charlemagne on June 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Personally, I think there’s no better way to take over the energy industry than to create it from the ground up. That seems to be what the administration is trying to do.

BKeyser on June 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I liked Gingrich’s idea of changing the EPA into the Environmental Solutions Agency, tasked with finding a way to help industry/businesses succeed while protecting the environment… within reason.

Dexter_Alarius on June 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

What exactly do these brainiacs think will happen to the economy if they effectively shut down or jack up prices exponentially on an industry which provides nearly half out electricity supply? Are they trying to engineer a nationwide depression?

Doughboy on June 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Atlas Shrugged

kirkill on June 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Not to worry. President Lame Dick says we can replace coal with algae and unicorn droppings.

fogw on June 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I would just love to have the epa gone, not one more penny funded for this gosh horrible agency!
L

letget on June 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

What exactly do these brainiacs think will happen to the economy if they effectively shut down or jack up prices exponentially on an industry which provides nearly half out electricity supply? Are they trying to engineer a nationwide depression?

Doughboy on June 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

They either A. don’t care, B. don’t believe it will happen, C. look forward to a depression with excited anticipation, or D. a mix of A B and C.

My money is on D. They are insane and should never have been given a chance to control these agencies.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

…the people at the EPA need something shoved up their azz…that hurts!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Colonoscopy with a 4 inch roto-rooter.

SWalker on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

…and no pain meds.

kakypat on June 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

We need to keep our coal-fired power plants around – and build a few more – until we can replace them with a cleaner, MORE ECONOMICAL source of electricity. Like nuclear. I would prefer fusion over fission, but instead of funding fusion research the government is throwing all of its money down the wind and solar panel rat holes.

Elric on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

They either A. don’t care, B. don’t believe it will happen, C. look forward to a depression with excited anticipation, or D. a mix of A B and C.

My money is on D. They are insane and should never have been given a chance to control these agencies.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I’ll take C. Never let a crisis go to waste – especially a crisis you manufactured.

The Rogue Tomato on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

They either A. don’t care, B. don’t believe it will happen, C. look forward to a depression with excited anticipation, or D. a mix of A B and C.

My money is on D. They are insane and should never have been given a chance to control these agencies.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Do these ignoramuses ever follow their agenda through to its logical, inevitable conclusion? A depression(especially one brought on intentionally) won’t end well for anyone, themselves included.

Doughboy on June 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

When Romney becomes President these high EPA Officials, and their hidden agendas, need be fully investigated. It appears to the general public that their activity has been highly destructive to the American economy, and the well being of American citizens.

The EPA agenda appears traitorous to many, corrupt, and criminal.

Sen Inhofe needs to increase all types of pressure on the EPA. EPA is an agency that needs to be abolished.

BigSven on June 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

…the people at the EPA need something shoved up their azz…that hurts!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Colonoscopy with a 4 inch roto-rooter.

SWalker on June 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

…and no pain meds.

kakypat on June 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

And then, while they are healing,(assuming they survive the colonoscopy), send them to Antarctica and force them to live in an igloo and only use Penguin dung for heat.

SWalker on June 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

PULL THE PLUG ON THE EPA NOW !!

Axion on June 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

This is no surprise: Obama said as much during his 08 campaign, but few cared about that.
Perhaps, one by one, Americans will begin to realize that Obama is intentionally attempting to destroy the United States. Think what he will be able to do in that regard if he wins re-election.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM

So you think that the EPA is bad, it’s only one of many of the Federal Entitlement Agencies stuffed with federal employees trying to justify what they are being paid for. Bet you can’t read this listing out loud without laughing……oh.. come on…give it a try. http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml

mixplix on June 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I have a constructive suggestion for our newest HotGas official poster.

For those of use without u-tube access at work, it’s always appreciated when you post at least a snippet of the most pertinent part of the transcript of a video.

Otherwise, welcome aboard.

Lost in Jersey on June 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Nobody likes toxins added to the environment. Of course, these toxins were already in the Earth’s crust, but waaaay down there and could get into our water and food supply when brought to the surface.

But, I don’t think any of this is really about protecting us as it is about making money (via carbon credits), ingratiating themselves to or at least placating the Green radicals, and exercising more government control so that bribes and kick-backs will be in the offing (as we’ve seen with Obamacare exemptions).

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If they close the coal plants, then they’ll just go after something else next. They can’t wait to stop fracking.

Anything having to do with fossil fuels they will try and shut down, in favor of “green” boondoggles.

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Crippling an industry that provides roughly half our power… because it’s “their job”. WTF?

Yakko77 on June 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

GET RID OF THE CULTISTS!

John the Libertarian on June 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Obama and Lisa Jackson (EPA) actions against the coal industry are heinous, and have horrific consequences for America.

Coal is clean and getting cleaner.
America is LITERALLY swimming in usable coal.

Instead of investing in solar panels, batterys, algae, and windmills WHY NOT INVEST IN COAL TECHNOLOGY??

Because the Obama agenda is anti-capitalism, and anti-America.
TO BE A WORLD POWERHOUSE AMERICA NEEDS TRUE, REAL ENERGY !!

INEXPENSIVE AND SUPER-ABUNDANT COAL can power America for literally centuries into the future !!

The socialists, leftists, marxists, and commies want to bring down America. Cut off energy… and they can accomplish their evil task !!

BigSven on June 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The solution in the first Rainbow 6 book by Clancy would make more sense.

chemman on June 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

One word about the EPA: Zealots !

Dasher on June 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

‘Vulture Socialism’ is a great tag-line. In reality, it also encompasses crony capitalism. Anytime govt picks winners and losers it abandons the free market and warps the natural market forces. Whether it’s Solyndra, cap and tax, the coal industry shut-down, the Gulf drilling moratorium, or the NLRB pressuring Boeing in S.C., the ultimate aims are the same – more complete control by the central planners and the permanent political class.

ia2012 on June 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Crippling an industry that provides roughly half our power… because it’s “their job”. WTF?

Yakko77 on June 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I hope nobody like charging their phones, doing laundry, etc…

Plus the EPA has drones now.

Awesome.

tetriskid on June 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Among independent voters there is a kind of suspension of belief that occurs… when they hear about the scary / painful things O is doing.
Shutting down coal plants? Killing off entire communities? Even when there are direct O quotes, as like that he wants “electricity rates to necessarily skyrocket.”
O says it, but voters still don’t believe it. They discount it, dismiss it. We have to help them believe.

anotherJoe on June 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The arguments need to stay focused on the fundamentals. Government intrusion hurts children and other living things.

The attempt to force “progress” toward a utopian future before the tools, methods and processes are viable helps nothing in the short term, and destroys much. Electric cars are not viable on a large-scale basis, but forcing the public in their direction by further restricting other vehicle standards does great amounts of damage “in the meantime”.

Freelancer on June 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

If you want to stay warm in the Northeast during a cold winter, you are going to have a problem…..

Invest in wood burning stove and chainsaw stocks…..

redguy on June 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

But, if you touted a plan to power a plant on ‘hopium and unicorn farts’ they’d shovel taxpayer money at you so fast it’d make your head swim.

LizardLips on June 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Bain (when Romney wasn’t involved with it) buys a steel plant and keeps it going for 8 years trying to make it successful and liberals screech about vulture capitalism.

The federal government explicitly tries to shutter plants and entire sectors of an industry but this is supposedly compassion and better than the greedy pursuit of profits.

gwelf on June 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

You are right-on 1000%. The green-energy socialists either plan to force the U.S. electricity consumers to purchase our power from other countries (i.e. cap ‘n’ trade alternative) or they force some new power source on all of us that’s four or five times as expensive as coal. Dem solution, fail.

HoosierStateofMind on June 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

…the people at the EPA need something shoved up their azz…that hurts!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

How about a windmill farm?

landlines on June 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

The attempt to force “progress” toward a utopian future before the tools, methods and processes are viable helps nothing in the short term, and destroys much.
Freelancer on June 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The BIGGEST problem is that most people do NOT view the Leftist vision of the future as “Utopia”…they view it as HELL!!!

There is no point in arguing about how to get there: we’re headed in the WRONG DIRECTION!!

landlines on June 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

This is an out-of-control, independent federal agency on an ideological tear, hellbent on remaking the world in their own gloriously green image

and protecting their shorts on energy companies

and they don’t care how much central planning they have to implement to do it.

burt on June 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Cut the cancer out in 2012.

8thAirForce on June 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

“Painful every step of the way…”

Was he describing the Obama administration?

College Prof on June 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

If Mitt Romney wins the election, will he have the cojones to purge the radical environmentalists from the EPA and the socialists/internationalists from the State Department? It will do us no good to change presidents and leave the “cancer” in the federal bureaucracy to undermine presidential policies and directives. There were stories in 2004 that the vast majority of bumper stickers in the State Dept. parking lot were Kerry stickers. It was reported that department managers at State told their people they would not follow Bush directives. You can cut the head of the chicken and he can still run around for awhile.

SpiderMike on June 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’m assuming that the EPA has finally discovered a method for generating energy from unicorn farts?

I wonder if somebody has bothered to ask the EPA if they’re so anti-coal then how do they plan on generating the electricity necessary to run their websites and network?

Kingfisher on June 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The good news is these EPA pin heads continue to turn more people away from the EPA green stupidity. With th change of administration, the EPA is in trouble, thank God!

StevC on June 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

There’s alot more to this than just disgusting policy.

LFRGary on June 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Bain (when Romney wasn’t involved with it) buys a steel plant and keeps it going for 8 years trying to make it successful and liberals screech about vulture capitalism.

The federal government explicitly tries to shutter plants and entire sectors of an industry but this is supposedly compassion and better than the greedy pursuit of profits.

Even more ironic is that Bain invested in another steel company that is still in operation, and profitable to boot (Steel Dynamics [SDI]). With increasing electricity rates this steelmaker will have difficulty keeping their doors open, they use electricity to melt their steel.

So the Bain investment in a steel company that is still in business, may cease to be in business due to Obama’s EPA.

weaselyone on June 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Erika, Welcome to the blog (formally)! One suggestion, give us a transcript of the key parts of video’s like Ed does. Not everyone is in a place they can watch and hear the video.
Thanks!

LifeTrek on June 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

This is an out-of-control, independent federal agency on an ideological tear, hellbent on remaking the world in their own gloriously green image, and they don’t care how much central planning they have to implement to do it. After all, what are jobs and economic growth and lifting people worldwide out of miserable conditions when there’s a brave new green world to be had? Or something.

Bravo!

This needs to be shouted from the mountaintops (and enforced at the voting booth).

Great piece, and welcome to the peanut gallery.

hillbillyjim on June 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM