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2013 Saw a ‘Tsunami of Regulatory Actions’ on Environment, Senate GOPs Charge

“The administration appears to be mimicking the failed policies of other countries, including some of the world's largest carbon emitters.”

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Bill Straub

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December 28, 2013 - 10:57 pm

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans maintain the Obama administration has kept the American public “in the dark” over detrimental regulations implemented to address global climate change.

A report issued by GOP lawmakers on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee maintains the White House Climate Action Plan released earlier this year is “sweeping in breadth” and requires greater oversight than has thus far been provided, since it “has every area of the federal government working towards its goal of justifying a carbon-constrained economy.”

“The American people have been kept in the dark regarding the tsunami of regulatory actions, especially the CAP, which could have negative impacts on employment, job creation, and our national debt,” according to the report, a year-end review of administration environmental actions. “The administration appears to be mimicking the failed policies of other countries, including some of the world’s largest carbon emitters.”

In June, President Obama released the Climate Action Plan, telling students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., that “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.” Obama demanded a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and called for a greater dedication to renewable energy initiatives.

Most significantly, the president called for reducing carbon emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade. He issued an executive order directed at the Environmental Protection Agency seeking new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The subsequent proposal, according to the report, “required adoption of a cost-prohibitive carbon capture and sequestration technology that is unavailable at a commercial scale, effectively prohibiting new coal-fired plants from being built.”

Those plans have not been embraced by Republican lawmakers. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), ranking member on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, introduced legislation in March, seeking to cut off White House action, to prohibit the regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. unless and until China, India and Russia implement similar reductions.

“At this point, the federal government should be doing everything it possibly can to encourage and support economic growth, especially in the industries that have proven to be successful — instead they’re slapping a mountain of new rules and regulations on our job creators,” Vitter said. “This means staying away from unnecessary requirements and restrictions, while maintaining an open and constructive dialogue with the private sector to figure out the best path forward.”

Regardless, Vitter said, the administration is “stuffing our economy with burdensome and expensive regulations.”

The Obama administration should use “sound science that is independently verified when creating new rules and regulations,” the report said. Instead, the White House on a number of occasions “has been caught using less-than-legitimate numbers and controversial scientific studies to advance their political agenda.”

Before leaving for the holiday break, Vitter and seven other Republican members of the committee sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy renewing their request for information on federal funds and resources expended as part of EPA’s recent “unnecessary reconsideration” of the national ambient air quality standard for ground level ozone that “significantly impacts state and local transportation planning, energy production and use, and economic development.”

Those standards were never implemented. Obama stepped in and stopped the process, noting that the agency was asking state and local governments to implement new ozone standards that will soon be reconsidered yet again in a matter of months.

Lawmakers want to know how much agency money was invested in the aborted initiative.

“EPA’s reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2010-2011, years ahead of the regularly-scheduled review process established in the Clean Air Act, caused economic and regulatory uncertainty throughout the United States,” the letter said. “Private businesses and organizations as well as federal, state, and local agencies incurred significant expenses analyzing EPA’s proposal as well as participating in the public comment process.”

The request for information, the lawmakers said, “is neither overly complex nor burdensome.” The letter read they were only raising “a legitimate question about how taxpayer money has been spent by EPA, that EPA either seeks to thwart our oversight role in this matter or cannot answer the question. Either explanation is deeply troubling.”

The committee has “direct jurisdiction over EPA” and a responsibility to oversee agency actions, “including how it expends the resources made available to it by Congress.”

In another part of the year-end review, GOP lawmakers criticized Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, for failing to exercise “appropriate scrutiny” of unilateral actions taken by the administration in imposing the Climate Action Plan.

“Oversight of the president’s CAP falls under the jurisdiction of this committee and is crucial, as it has every area of the federal government working towards its goal of justifying a carbon-constrained economy,” the report said. “Many of these sweeping new agency actions have not come under appropriate scrutiny by EPW.”

Boxer “repeatedly promised to have EPA officials appear before the committee to testify on the Obama Administration’s policies. However, the July 18 hearing, the only climate-related hearing held by this committee this year, excluded any federal witnesses.”

Vitter and the other lawmakers also noted Boxer failed to hold a hearing this year on EPA’s budget proposal and the panel has ignored fraud and mismanagement within the agency.

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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"Most significantly, the president called for reducing carbon emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade."

Well, sweet pea, you could accomplish that singlehandedly by just ceasing your endless political junkets around the planet & across the country on AF1 at a cost of $180,000/hour to operate. Your specially outfitted Barackmobile gets 8 MPG.

So, dude, stay home and the planet will heal.

This president's intention to use EPA as an extra-legislative tool to get the so called "green" agenda (in essence a control agenda) effected should be obvious to everyone. Recall one of the more outspoken EPA guys who argued a couple of years ago that oil and gas producers should be "crucified".

Idiotlogues aren't bothered by the hard, cold fact that green energy isn't ready for prime time, or by the hard, cold fact that there has been no "warming", anthropogenic or otherwise, for 17 years. They aren't in the least disgusted or revolted by the millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars thrown completely down the drain on now bankrupt endeavors like Solyndra and Abound Solar (and others) during the whiner-in-chief's tenure.

Babsie Boxer is also an intractable ideologue on this topic, facts not allowed into her fanaticism.

We're being ruled by morons.
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The eternally lying stupid clown Barry Hussein Obama doesn't even understand why all talk about Earth's GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE is totally inadequate and false as for at least 95% it is decided by our sun's activity (solar flairs changing the earth's magnetic field) and the quantity of cosmic rays (nano particles) entering the earth's atmosphere -producing more or less cloud cover, which causes global temperatures respectively to fall or rise- and consequently is not influenced by whatever quantity of CO2 there might be in our atmosphere.
CO2 -natural and manmade (only 0,001152% ≈ nil)- is an inert, colorless, tasteless, innocuous, very beneficial and indispensable "GREEN" gas.
All life on earth is dependent on it!
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Since a long time I'm urging you -AMERICANS- to get rid of Barry Hussein Obama, before it is too late, as "Burkean" rightfully writes!
Barry is a selfdeclared (2008) destructor of the US!
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we need to start speaking truth to their lies.

this administration's goal, led by a complete fraudster, is to bring our great country to its knees. to do that they must crush every aspect of what made us great. all of our systems must be destroyed. only then will the socialist/commies be able to someday take credit for the green utopia that has to follow, according to them.

their tools for our destruction are varied and many. we must see them for what they are, question their every motive, verify their every move. thanks to the useful idiots among us, and they are legion, we are in a fight for our lives, our way of life, and the future of our country. we must push aside the weak of heart and when necessary, act politically and forcefully to take back our country. always remember: they are the traitors, not us. we need to start treating them with the distain appropriate for those who would harm our families, because that is exactly what they are doing, harming our families by blindly following the flute player right off a cliff.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 WILL BE OUR YEAR! whew, not use to shouting.
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obama. Bowing to fraudster Al Gore.
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"Most significantly, the president called for reducing carbon emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade."

Well, sweet pea, you could accomplish that singlehandedly by just ceasing your endless political junkets around the planet & across the country on AF1 at a cost of $180,000/hour to operate. Your specially outfitted Barackmobile gets 8 MPG.

So, dude, stay home and the planet will heal.

This president's intention to use EPA as an extra-legislative tool to get the so called "green" agenda (in essence a control agenda) effected should be obvious to everyone. Recall one of the more outspoken EPA guys who argued a couple of years ago that oil and gas producers should be "crucified".

Idiotlogues aren't bothered by the hard, cold fact that green energy isn't ready for prime time, or by the hard, cold fact that there has been no "warming", anthropogenic or otherwise, for 17 years. They aren't in the least disgusted or revolted by the millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars thrown completely down the drain on now bankrupt endeavors like Solyndra and Abound Solar (and others) during the whiner-in-chief's tenure.

Babsie Boxer is also an intractable ideologue on this topic, facts not allowed into her fanaticism.

We're being ruled by morons.
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Writing a stern note must have them trembling in their boots.

Maybe if they tickle them with a feather, the leftist cabal will get their Propaganda Machine to laugh a little harder while they slander the Republicans as trying to destroy the planet.

Barbara Boxer isn't doing her job? Precisely the opposite. She is doing precisely what she is there to do. Run interference for shredding the silly and useless laws, regulation and that rickety document that requires an oath that is not taken seriously by the "powers" who rule.

One day, long ago...this would get you something more than a stern note. It would get you a public hanging.

No longer. The evil cabal owns the information stream. And has destroyed the truth. You can't recover from that.

Tyranny will not survive a free and fair information stream, freedom will not survive a conspiratorial one.
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It's simple. Enslave the people by:
-controlling their wealth by controlling their banks through regulation and the Federal Reserve, and by confiscation through tax law.
-controlling their businesses by taking them under government control ala GM
-controlling their healthcare through mandatory government panels to decide what, when, and if you deserve healthcare and at what price
-controlling who goes to college by government takeover of student loans

- and by controlling their entire energy production and consumption via EPA DICTAT, thus controlling virtually everything the people do.

And since these actions are being implemented before our eyes as I write this, I make a prediction. If they are successful in this, these Malthusian Socialists will, as their one of their next acts, to save the planet from the alleged plague of human over-breeding that is allegedly destroying it,
- outdo China in mandating 1 child per family or less. Mandatory abortions for children not permitted by the state, including killing of children already born, - Mandatory sterilization of all undesirables (in the eyes of the state). - Mandatory Euthanasia of all of the old, invalid, and infirm, who are no use to the state (Yes, as you can see here, they do have a fix for unfunded pensions and medicare/medicaid. They're just not talking about it, yet.)

The instruments are already here:
- abortion on demand in every state,
- euthanasia on demand growing state by state,
- teaching as normal in school the decoupling of sex from reproduction and family,
- welfare programs that incentivize breakup of the nuclear family,
- Elimination of religion, especially Christian religion and morals from public schools, public discussion or public display. (Morality will be what is good for the state.)

It's time to wake-up, people, to this tyranny, and fight back, before it's too late. Obama's, Reid's and Pelosi's plans and programs are a cancer on the land that will destroy America unless we fight back. There is no compromise with this cancer. It must be totally cut out or America as it was conceived dies. It's time to march on Washington by the millions and demand impeachment of Obama, his Cabinet and his political appointees, and all in power who support them.

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All part of the only campaign promise this POTUS has kept "We will fundamentally change this Country" paraphrasing close to real quote.
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Golly gee..Ms. B from CA didn't do her job helping to oversee the EPA? I'm astounded! Being from California (a low-tax, low-reg state) it has to be she just doest know how those rube in DC could pull the rug over her eyes...

Pardon me while I puke of the Hyperion Bridge into the LA River...
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