Obama EPA second term agenda revealed

posted at 6:01 pm on November 4, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

If you thought the War on Coal and various other job dampening EPA initiatives over the past few years were bad, apparently that was only a skirmish compared to what’s in store after this Tuesday. At the Examiner, Conn Carroll has the inside scoop on how Santa’s little elves at Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency have been very busy lately. But you might not care for the presents they have in mind for us all.

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.

Carroll goes on to speculate that the mad dash is a result of panic at the agency over the possibility that Obama may lose the election. They would, in that case, have to rush out a bunch of regulations which, “would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo.”

I don’t tend to agree with that. It’s certainly possible that they could roll out some regulations in the next seven weeks, but shortly after President Romney is sworn in and put his own people in place at the agency, those could pretty well be swept aside at the stroke of a pen. (Or so I understand it, anyway.) I tend to think that this is preparation for a roll-out in the coming months in the event of an Obama second term, which is pretty much the analysis of Larry Bell at Forbes.

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.”

Coal miners and coal powered plants already have a big problem, as we have pointed out repeatedly. But it looks like those problems may grow by several orders of magnitude in the coming months if the current White House occupant remains in office. The President has already been seen to bristle at criticism from his own Left flank over how he hasn’t done enough for the environmentalists who can’t understand why the oil companies are still in business four years later. Unrestrained by the need to win another election – having a lot more “flexibility,” as you might hear from Vladimir – these folks can really run amok.

If that’s what America chooses on Tuesday, then that’s what they’ll get. Higher gas, heating and energy prices, less jobs in an energy industry which can’t meet the demands place on them by the EPA, and everything that comes with it. But, as H.L. Mencken said, we all get the government we deserve.


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We’re Americans! We can do anything!

MJBrutus on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Then get the word out!

Vote for Real Change!

Electrongod on November 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I already voted, and for romney, for you to know.

nathor on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

man cnn bashed mitt with his stump speech, really snide remarks…

cmsinaz on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

chewmeister on November 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Please do not engage the trolls.

novaculus on November 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

And cue the fireworks — and off to Virginia for one more stop tonight. Whew!

And: Holy Crap! George Will has predicted a Romney blowout. 321-217 in the electoral college. He’s calling Minnesota for Romney.

ClintACK on November 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

We’re Americans! We can do anything!

MJBrutus on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD,….. :)

sicoit on November 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

man cnn bashed mitt with his stump speech, really snide remarks…

cmsinaz on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Their idea of objective journalism.

Pffft!

Liam on November 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

man cnn bashed mitt with his stump speech, really snide remarks…

cmsinaz on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

the people calling in on Cspan are real doozies

CoffeeLover on November 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The EPA lives in a delusional dream world. Do they even know how electricity works? Or why they are able to crank up that A/C during the hot and horrible summers of Washington, D.C.?

I don’t see why getting rid of Obama’s desire to let people freeze to death because they can’t pay their energy bills would be such a problem.

INC on November 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

chewmeister on November 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

chewy…the only way to clean our house…is to do it our self!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Leeping unemployment steady at 8% for 4 years!
Wow!
Some impressive “work”!
profitsbeard on November 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM
I look at it from a different angle.
Unemployment peaked at around 10% and his policies after kicking in were able to bring it down below 8%.
Plus i believe the chances of us getting to full employment in the next 4 years are very high regardless of who gets elected. Obama should get credit for that.
Romney’s insistence of creating another partisan fight over Obamacare is also a turn off. We all know he wont get anywhere with it.
loveofcountry on November 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The recession Obama inherited ended 4 months after he took office and before any of his policies kicked in. The recovery has proven worse than the recession. It’s a fantasy – that contradicts his own administrations predictions – that Obama has set up some astounding recovery that for some mysterious reason will skip his administration and provide a prosperous one to his predecessor.

gwelf on November 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Electrongod on November 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

…you’re not believing that 7:16 PM statement either are you?…yeah gumme is too!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

trippi said that romney in PA will just get more D votes out of philly…yeah, and we know what Joe means..

@BretBaier

20k RT @FairTaxNancy How many did @BretBaier say SS reported at the #PA #Romney2012 event?

r keller on November 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

gwelf on November 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

…please!…look around you!…TROLLCOT

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I think Mitt Romney’s “Office of The President-Elect” should issue a slew of Executive Position Statements, delineating all of the regulations, already in force or not yet issued, that will be canceled with extreme prejudice on Jan 21.

Put them on notice Nov 7, that no matter what they are planning for the lame-duck period, it will be nullified on Jan 21 and even investigated for fraud and criminal cronyism wherever it has even the slightest stench of corruption.

Harbingeing on November 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

…you’re not believing that 7:16 PM statement either are you?…yeah gumme is too!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I already voted, and for romney, for you to know.

nathor on November 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Eye Candy..

Electrongod on November 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

look at the crowd in PA…HOLY COW

cmsinaz on November 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The secret service estimates over 20,000..

SHARPTOOTH on November 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

gwelf on November 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Exactly. Obama inherited an economic downturn and turned in it in to a permanent “new normal.” All that his biggest supporter, Bill Clinton, could say is that sure it sucks, but nobody else could have done better. Just get used to historically high unemployment, historically low growth and historically high taxes. It’s the best that we can do. Bill, you’re wrong and you know it. Mitt can and will do much, much better!

We’re Americans! We can do anything! The only thing lacking is leadership and Mitt can provide that.

MJBrutus on November 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I wonder if AP set his clock back an hour..

We will see in about 30 minutes..

:)

Electrongod on November 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

T R O L L
FREE
S U N D A Y…!!!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Once again liberal’s helping out the poor!
/sarc

gwelf on November 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Mitt PLEASE get rid of the EPA !

Axion on November 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Steelers, baby.

Bishop on November 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

T R O L L
FREE
S U N D A Y…!!!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

New Yorkers strongly agree…

Save some money..

Electrongod on November 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Crowd Rally Size Alert!

Mitt’s Body Man ‏@dgjackson

WOW! One of the biggest crowds I have ever seen. This is quite the welcome in Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/g452PGXz

https://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/265243141689450496/photo/1

canopfor on November 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Wow, Mitt actually has a….dare I say it….a PLAN and he’s talking about it! :)

sicoit on November 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Because he means it..
Doesn’t need to lie from a Teleprompter..

Electrongod on November 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Yep, lies are hard to remember and keep organized in your head, that’s why little Bammie is so dependent on his teleprompter.

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

canopfor on November 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Wow! Thanks for that link. It really puts the size of that crowd in perspective. It is ENORMOUS!

MJBrutus on November 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

canopfor on November 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Wow! Thanks for that link. It really puts the size of that crowd in perspective. It is ENORMOUS!

MJBrutus on November 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

MjBrutus:And thank-you for the CSPAN Linky,I was busy elsewhere
snooping and digging,for political intell!:)

canopfor on November 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

T R O L L
FREE
S U N D A Y…!!!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Rarely post, mostly read. Must say, the last few posts have been much more enjoyable.

…On a side note. The place where my husband worked 4 years ago had about 25 early 20′s to early 30′s that enthusiastically voted for Obama. Today maybe 2 are still considering voting for him this time (no raises, higher insurance costs, job security).

I don’t think these type people are being considered in the polling.

Barred on November 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Anything put in place by the executive branch can be removed by the executive branch, full stop. Most of Obama’s overreach can simply be reversed, with or without new personnel (though I pray that Romney cleans house on the pack of corrupt apparatchiks Obama put in place).

AUINSC on November 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Romney surely isn’t the vindictive type, but if it were me, I’d demote all of the EPA head honchos in the most humiliating way possible, make them watch as I gleefully reversed all their directives and dumped the resulting worthless paper in the shredder. Then three months later, I’d close the whole agency.

PatriotGal2257 on November 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

************** Crowd at 30,000??!! ***************

Zac Moffatt ‏@ZacMoffatt

PHOTO RT @SarahH_CBSNJ: Ann and Mitt enter in PA to Rocky theme: pic.twitter.com/slc3tCUI | #RomneyRyan2012 #tcot

https://twitter.com/SarahH_CBSNJ/status/265239171717816321/photo/1

https://twitter.com/RomneyResponse
==================================

Mitt’s Body Man ‏@dgjackson

It is freezing in Pennsylvania tonight, but still over 30,000 people showed up at our rally. Just unbelievable.

https://twitter.com/dgjackson
==============================

canopfor on November 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Tenwheeler on November 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

That is good information. Thank you!

They say the silica sand in these here parts ( upper Mississippi river valley and tributaries) is the highest quality in the country.

Nice to know Texas can pull it’s weight, at least part of the time…

;-)

Bruno Strozek on November 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

The EPA lives in a delusional dream world. Do they even know how electricity works? Or why they are able to crank up that A/C during the hot and horrible summers of Washington, D.C.?

INC on November 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The EPA, like all of Obutthead’s favored agencies, are as immune from the mundane lives of their peon subjects as were the Politburo in the USSR. Where do you think Obutthead is going to get his 45% from?

NOMOBO on November 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Ok PA, vote as if your job parts depended on it.

CharlieCA on November 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Democrats are really worried. I was passing out Republican info today and a woman threatened to blow up my truck if I tried to give her any.

amr on November 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

CharlieCA on November 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

You betcha we will, Charlie!

PatriotGal2257 on November 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM

30,000+ Rally for Romney in Pennsylvania

An enormous rally for Mitt Romney in Bucks County, PA had people incredulous and tweeting like fury:

@robertcostaNRO my
mother is at the Bucks County Romney rally. Says she has never seen a
crowd like this. Dwarfs the Bush ’04 rally crowd at the same farm.

@robertcostaNRO
“The rally doesn’t even start for hours, but it feels like a Republican
Woodstock.” — my mom, calling from Yardley, PA, a swing area.

@itabramg Traffic backup at Edgewood Shopping Cntr, 1.5 miles to Romney’s rally at Shady Brook Farm, Yardley, PA #election2012

From Twitchy:

The rally isn’t scheduled to begin until 5:30 pm ET, but tens of
thousands of Pennsylvanians have already descended on Bucks County, Pa.,
to show their support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt
Romney. The Pa. rally comes on the heels of a massive rally in Cleveland
just hours ago.

How big is the crowd? No official figures yet, but some Twitter users say at least 25,000:

@klittleton1 At Romney Victory Rally in Yardley PA. More security here than #Benghazi at least 25k-30k #tcot

@fran chambers According to a source familiar with tonight’s Romney event, 30,000 people are expected to attend.

@ChrisStigall Pouring in…starting to overflow. @MittRomney @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/jsGoaNhg

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-G

Shamelessly (sp?) stolen from a post on WZ….had to share! :)

sicoit on November 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

…On a side note. The place where my husband worked 4 years ago had about 25 early 20′s to early 30′s that enthusiastically voted for Obama. Today maybe 2 are still considering voting for him this time (no raises, higher insurance costs, job security).

I don’t think these type people are being considered in the polling.

Barred on November 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Yep. The problem is, we can’t afford any more of the trillions of dollars that it cost us the last four years to educate a generation of new voters.

Unfortunately another crop of greedy-union educated K-12 graduates that have been thoroughly brainwashed by socialism is on the way. We have to crush the teacher unions if our nation is to survive.

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM

It still amazes me that the “polls” (I don’t believe any of them) are still showing teh won either tied or ahead of Romney…..pffftttt….yeah, keep that thought morons. We know it’s all a lie…..

sicoit on November 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Democrats are really worried. I was passing out Republican info today and a woman threatened to blow up my truck if I tried to give her any.

amr on November 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

You should have pointed out where the tailpipe is.

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I don’t think these type people are being considered in the polling.

Barred on November 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

…I think you’re right!…it depends what questions are asked during the polling!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

TROLLCOT

…everyone’s doing pretty good…and I know it’s hard!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

wrong!! you dont win any fight by losing elections!!!!

nathor on November 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than one election to stop you…and it’s going to take a hell of a lot more than one election to stop us. If you think Obama winning on Tuesday is going to stop the fight against the advancement of leftism, think again.

fitzfong on November 4, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Would Obama be so spiteful to allow these regulations put in place after a loss? Of course. If so then I believe that any attempt by congress to pass legislation avoiding the fiscal cliff would be vetoed also for spite. Allowing very little time to override the veto. This will get bad.

HoustonRight on November 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Obama has a 5 point agenda… Few words are needed to explain it…

Divide
Tax
Overspend
Conquer
Revenge

RalphyBoy on November 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM

…everyone’s doing pretty good…and I know it’s hard!

KOOLAID2 on November 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Nah, not really. It’s just like after my dog lays a big pile of Obama, I just ignore it till the sun dries it, and the rain washes it away.

msupertas on November 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Remember what Clinton’s EPA did after he left office? Look it up if you haven’t read about it. It was absolutely criminal and shameless.

Obama’s EPA is going to be worse I fear…

tom daschle concerned on November 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

He is the DOTUS.

THAT is his mission.

His goal, and the goal of Progressives in both parties is a POST CONSTITUTIONAL America.

That is one reason why the Congress (Communist Democrat controlled Senate) won’t pass a budget.

They want to break it…..and rebuild it.

Democrats are proving with this election that they are essentially Communists. If Obama declared martial law tomorrow 90% of Democrats would support him.

PappyD61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Smart Romney will dissolve the EPA, pronto.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Did the Redskins lose today?
*********************************************
And, an interesting fact: The Republicans have NEVER lost a presidential election held on November 6th…beginning with A.Lincoln.

Solaratov on November 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Obama has a 5 point agenda… Few words are needed to explain it…

Divide
Tax
Overspend
Conquer
Revenge

RalphyBoy on November 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM

You forgot:

Forward, and

Bend

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Did the Redskins lose today?
*********************************************
And, an interesting fact: The Republicans have NEVER lost a presidential election held on November 6th…beginning with A.Lincoln.

Solaratov on November 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Yes, they lost.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Whenever the Redskins lose their last home game before a presidential election, the incumbent party loses.
That prediction has failed only once — in 2004.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/11/04/nfl-redskins-rule-romney/1681023/

Solaratov on November 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

chewmeister on November 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Please do not engage the trolls.

novaculus on November 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Chewmeister, do what you think is the right thing to do.

It’s too late in the game to be nice. EFF the trolls.

Myself? I plan to smear them and smash them, get them on record with their idiocy, and then expose them for the charlatans and shysters that they are.

‘Tis too late in the game, and no one is taking prisoners. Go for it, go for it hard, and go for it often.

Now is the time for all good folks to come to the aid of their country, to butcher a phrase.

Let’s get ‘er done, folks.

This is for keeps; if Bammy gets four more years, we’ll never recognize the remnants of the country that we used to be.

Yes, it’s that serious, and that important.

hillbillyjim on November 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

What is best in life?

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their trolls.

justltl on November 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I trust your judgment always, so I’m going to ask a question that you may wish to ignore for security reasons, because I value your opinion.

How is the election shaping up in your corner of the world?

If it’s like it is here in SW Virginia, then we’re doin’ good. Four years ago, you couldn’t drive a mile without seeing at least a dozen Ojugears signs.

These last couple of months, you can’t sling a cat without hitting a Romney/Ryan sign, and the George Allen signs are prevalent as well.

There are exactly 2 Obarmy signs within four miles in any direction from here; this is the antithesis of the political climate here in coal country compared to the last electoral go-’round.

I think that the polls are the same thing that they’ve been for the last several election cycles; that is to say that the majority of the polls are LEANING FORWARD on purpose. IOW, they are making up shit and lying, in the flailing hope that they can help to salvage the Obarky Nightmare Regime.

We’ve got an opportunity here; I hope that everyone is as committed to get this thing done as are the good folks that I’ve met around the region while attempting to aid the GOTV effort and attempting to solidify the base and confirm that everyone who needs a ride can get a ride to their polling place for the asking.

hillbillyjim on November 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

What is best in life?

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their trolls.

justltl on November 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Roach paste is always a good condiment, as long as you get to shove it up the roaches’ nose with feeling.

hillbillyjim on November 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

He is the DOTUS.

THAT is his mission.

His goal, and the goal of Progressives in both parties is a POST CONSTITUTIONAL America.

That is one reason why the Congress (Communist Democrat controlled Senate) won’t pass a budget.

They want to break it…..and rebuild it.

Democrats are proving with this election that they are essentially Communists. If Obama declared martial law tomorrow 90% of Democrats would support him.

PappyD61 on November 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Couldn’t agree more. And even following a Romney win, it won’t stop in January. If you thought the media/left was bad during President Bush’s tenure, just wait ’til we take their football away. These folks are so h3ll-bent on their collectivist agenda, they will redouble their efforts – whether it be riots or OWS antics or whatever else it takes. I put nothing/nothing past them – evidenced by the juveniles who trashed the WH when President Bush took office.

We need to be ready to rebuff those efforts at every turn at our level. The good thing is leftists and the media (but I repeat myself) have pretty much exposed themselves, their methods, and their agenda to the light of day, much to most of America’s revulsion. In a just world, that would signal the beginning of their swan song and we could finally close the chapter on failed socialist models. But it would be foolish to think that the left will take an electoral defeat lightly or gracefully. I expect that fully half of the coming struggle to recover following an R/R win will be against active and passive resistance from the left.

Right on November 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Yes, they lost.

Schadenfreude

Not possible. Gumbydonkeedick said such a thing would never happen.

xblade on November 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Hmmmm……self perpetuating, self-interested, big government bureaucracy or Skynet?

Sign me up for Skynet. I take it that the droids are not coal-fired. I mean, that would be bad.

98ZJUSMC on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

All the appointees in the EPA need to be identified, tracked and forever barred from any governmental position in the future. And several of those watermelon psychotics need much worse.

rayra on November 5, 2012 at 3:30 AM

As someone has said on TV. Romney supporters are willing to crawl over broken glass to vote. Obama voters lack such enthusiasm.

SC.Charlie on November 5, 2012 at 3:53 AM

As someone has said on TV. Romney supporters are willing to crawl over broken glass to vote. Obama voters lack such enthusiasm. – SC.Charlie on November 5, 2012 at 3:53 AM

I am one of those voters and this mess at the EPA is one of the many reason why I am willing to do that. I could also list a lot more reasons. The Benghazi disaster and ensuing coverup by Obama and the MSM is currently another major reason.

SC.Charlie on November 5, 2012 at 3:57 AM

The attack on coal is but an attack on electric power, which in turn has as its goal the weakening of our capitalist machine which is an embarassment to the world’s left–thus must be taken down, or to put it in more familiar terms, There must be a “fundamentel change” in America.

Nothing they do is without purpose–sinister purpose.

Don L on November 5, 2012 at 4:25 AM

Most of The Amateur’s public, outrageous actions are meant to be the rat coming from the ship that you try desperately to crush with a shovel. But the fleas have already come into your village.

There are more regulations and dicta of the most insidious and growth-stunting, freedom-squelching kind than we can imagine that have come from this vile creature and his handlers. Romney and Ryan must…absolutely must track them down and eliminate them. Not the minutiae, but the overall outline and the minutiae.

Any of these EPA policy emperors who were employed since Obama came to office should be summarily fired, and feel grateful they aren’t charged with treason for undermining the strength of our nation and stealing the property of our citizens. Any of them leftover from previous administrations, if they are writing “rules,” that don’t specifically deal with scientific issues of poisons, particulates, etc. are quickly shown the door, without taking any papers with them. Romney should make a pronouncement that no policy or regulation that comes about as a result of “greening” or carbon-footprint or any of that unproven theoretical nonsense will be tolerated in his administration. Each one must have a separate reason that involves provable harm to humans or their property. If they want to save species by saving environment for those species, let them give property tax rebates for private stewardship of desired ecologies.

Name the agency, this must happen. The only way to stop the statist movement of this nation is to reject the statists. Let them work at a job that produces something instead, and be allowed no more arbitrary Utopian good ideas at our expense. I have had it with the threats to washing machine manufacturers, food manufacturers, light bulb companies…it was all done with extortion. Seriously, do you think McDonald’s would be touting their low-cal options on their menu if they were not scared witless that if they don’t scrape low now, they will be garrotted by these malicious sophists under force of law?

They are stealing our liberties and their positions should be summarily eliminated. What on earth would happen to America if there weren’t enough “liaisons with the Institute of Medicine to help schools create metrics for deciding whether the school lunch program is up to the standards we invent arbitrarily based on our cookie-cutter food whims and equity in district food cost and quality and price”? Do you think we could go on?

Obama will do this 24 hours a day if he loses. His agenda is the regulation agenda. It has always been, and no one talks about all the little things he has done that hurt people. I pray someone in each industry is keeping track. He is the Painmaker of the United States.

winoceros on November 5, 2012 at 5:34 AM

The left’s war on energy belies it’s interest in helping the poor and middle class, who are hardest hit by skyrocketing energy costs.

The America-hating left’s interest in the well-being of Americans takes a back seat to advancing its ideology and downsizing America.

petefrt on November 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

If that’s what America chooses on Tuesday, then that’s what they’ll get. Higher gas, heating and energy prices, less jobs in an energy industry which can’t meet the demands place on them by the EPA, and everything that comes with it. But, as H.L. Mencken said, we all get the government we deserve.

I hear that for $1,000 donation you can get a waiver.

On another level, has it occured to anyone that Barry does not have a successor? In that I mean a VP that can take over after the One can’t be re-elected? That is very weird and leaves the next election is an odd place for the dims.

Maybe he never intends to to step down…

Bulletchaser on November 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

In NJ, Hurricane Sandy gave us a stark wakeup call to what another 4 years of Obama would bring: gas shortages, long lines to fill up, rationing, no heat in homes, power outages. It’s the ultimate conclusion for his policies. To put out any new regulations on the generation of electricity after what we went through is insanity and stupidity.

smfic on November 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The left’s war on energy belies it’s interest in helping the poor and middle class, who are hardest hit by skyrocketing energy costs.

The America-hating left’s interest in the well-being of Americans takes a back seat to advancing its ideology and downsizing America.

petefrt on November 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Of course it’s going to help the middle and lower classes, it will be how they convince us to sign up for more government benefits instead of clinging bitterly to our guns and religion! /sarc

Someone on one of the local Patch.com sites pointed out that in CT we pay the highest energy costs right now except for Hawai’i and yet whenever something like Sandy or Irene shows up we end up with the greatest percentage of residents without power. I guess every other state will get to experience the same joys of a “private” utility company which is only responsible to the state, not to its customers.

On a side note, I’m having a lot of “fun” telling all my docs that as of January 1st, my family will be on Tricare alone, since my employer didn’t offer the PPO1 this year that we’ve been on for years. They have a PPO2 which is a higher cost to the employee, as well as being a cadillac plan which will be taxed out the wazoo next year or the year after, and a HDHI/HSA plan, which I can’t sign up for because of the Tricare. I’d have reluctantly gone for the PPO2, except that we’re expecting our taxes to go up over $60 a week on January 1st as it is. We can’t afford anything else on top of that, not with needing a new boiler for the house, and having had to get a new car after Sandy dumped the neighbor’s very large willow on top of one of ours. I will say this, GEICO has been very quick and they are reimbursing us replacement cost as if the car had been in essentially pristine condition before the tree, so we’re only going to be out a several hundred, (we’re replacing a 16yo Subaru with a 17yo Subaru, but with lower milage and less rust) but that’s still several hundred I would rather had had for the boiler, or oil for the boiler, or gas for the cars. Or strange stuff, like new glasses for the kids, or shoes, or coats….

So yes, I want my energy costs to go up. NOT. Bastard is the kindest term I’ve had for Ø for a while now. For his followers the terms have been progressively less kind.

LibraryGryffon on November 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Occupy EPA…

affenhauer on November 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I’m not even gonna read this.

1) Romney will win tomorrow, which should pull the rug out from under most of these infernal plans, and

2) After our victory tomorrow and an opportunity to taste the sweet, sweet tears of the libs, I fully intend to take a vacation from politics for as long as I can possibly manage.

I’m wrung out – you?

disa on November 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I don’t tend to agree with that. It’s certainly possible that they could roll out some regulations in the next seven weeks, but shortly after President Romney is sworn in and put his own people in place at the agency, those could pretty well be swept aside at the stroke of a pen. (Or so I understand it, anyway.) I tend to think that this is preparation for a roll-out in the coming months in the event of an Obama second term, which is pretty much the analysis of Larry Bell at Forbes.

Any EPA regulations written by Executive fiat (without a vote of Congress) can be rescinded by Executive fiat (if Romney is elected). The Obama “green machine” doesn’t want to tip its hand before the election, for fear of losing too many votes in coal and gas-fracking country, including in the swing states of OH, VA, and PA, so they’re keeping it under wraps for now. But if Obama wins, they want to put the regulations in place during the lame-duck session, so that if Republicans win the Senate, they could control the agenda in 2013, but wouldn’t have a filibuster-proof majority to roll back the regulations instituted in late 2012.

Steve Z on November 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The Republicans (hopefully Conservatives) have a REAL chance to increase their House seats and take over the Senate by several seats.

Worthwhile reading for the day before the presidential election 2012:

Romney for President
The Obama record is unimpressive.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/332484/mitt-romney-president-editors

AdrianS on November 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I have always believed that what has been done by one president could always be undone by the next president with the consent of the people. That was before Obama and his horde of Orcs bureaucrats. However, I think the mood in the country lately is sufficient to put the fear of God into obstructive Congresscritters and make them move in the right direction (that is, to start setting fires among the Orcs).

RebeccaH on November 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

DEFEAT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lees on November 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

[Skyrocketing energy costs] …will be how they convince us to sign up for more government benefits instead of clinging bitterly to our guns and religion! /sarc

LibraryGryffon on November 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Well, actually I think your /sarc is onto to it there. They will skyrocket energy costs, then issue energy coupons, like food stamps, to their favored constituencies, thereby promoting dependency and redistribution of wealth.

Clever, no?

petefrt on November 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

When your religion fails you all you have is your self which is an absolute truth. The political religion of liberalism that has ignored facts, evidence and embraced power crumbled to a pile of dust with three sessions of uncut, unedited TV. People realize there are no monsters under their beds which many truly believed and it’s time for all of us to help one another into reality, there is much to do.

mixplix on November 6, 2012 at 5:03 AM

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