There is a green fanatic out there and it’s called the EPA. After a great beginning, cleaning up rivers and lands that were polluted they have run amuck. It seems like if your job is to clean up pollution and after it is done you should go into a monitoring and enforcement mode. However, that has not happened, the beast is still hungry and the rules continue to grow at an alarming rate.
Created after many environmental pollution problems in the 50s and 60s they were born on December 4, 1970. Starting with about 4,000 employees, they went on to clean up many polluted sites and waterways and that was great. However, today with over 15,000 employees, they are running out of things to regulate so they just create a new hazard and propose new rules to clean up the problem.
The White House maintains direct control over the EPA, and its regulations and enforcements are subject to the political whims of who is in power. Our current resident is very concerned with environmental justice whatever that is. Many of those so-called environmental justice issues are small and localized, but rest assured the EPA will get involved. Small business and farmers should be worried about this developing sector of environmental justice under the control of EPA. Change we can believe in.
Some of the regulations proposed would tighten restrictions on ground level ozone, from the current 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 ppb. This rule is yet another example of an overzealous federal agency looking for more things to control. That change would generate tiny, if any, environmental benefits, but have a big negative impact on U.S. economy.
Those proposed new regulations would increase electricity bills by an estimated 15% nationally, which affects lower-income households the most. The former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Diana Furchtgott-Roth said that those in the bottom fifth of the income bracket spend almost 25% of their income on electricity.
Finely the Supreme Court knocked down one of the EPA regulations on coal used for electrical generation. Coal plants have cleaned up their act reducing pollution by as much as 80% in modern plants but still the EPA is in hot pursuit. Even if the coal plants are shut down the mining of coal will continue as countries around the world use coal for their generation but without the strict controls we have in the U.S. So shutting plants here will have no effect worldwide.
The EPA is reaching out to control farm runoff and other seasonal runoff by using the guise of endangered species protection and waterways to establish control. When will it stop? Never if we allow the agency to remain as big as it is. Every young scientist hired by the EPA wants to control something or set a new regulation. We need a watchdog not a beast that always wants more regulations regardless of the economic cost or the need. Listen to the people who are running for President and see which ones want to reduce the size of government and limit the power of these job eaters. If we don’t make some changes we’ll all be out of work and all the jobs will be overseas.
Remember these words from our Declaration of Independence; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”