The EPA doesn’t just have the Obama administration and State Department under its thumb. They subvert Congress and win case after case in court. Former Congressman Bob Barr recently wrote in Politico, “[J]udges have permitted the EPA to do whatever its policymakers deem necessary to force compliance with its broad legal mandates — whether pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, the Water Quality Act, the Motor Vehicle Air Polluting Control Act or other of the many dozens of laws subject to full or partial EPA jurisdiction.”
Take one example, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. As with the Keystone pipeline project and oil industry, the EPA sought to regulate and restrict coal mining into non-existence. While many mining regulations are issued on a state by state basis, the federal government via the EPA oversees the mining sites. So, at their discretion the EPA can issue fines even if mines are operating within their own state regulations. Not surprisingly, the EPA has stricter regulations than many states, so determinations are made by bureaucrats rather than by local governments and residents. Additionally, other federal laws enforced by the EPA, such as the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act, also apply to the mining industry. However, this already overbearing regulatory framework is not enough. The EPA will not be satisfied until the energy industry is at its knees.
The EPA recently issued the Cross-State Air Transport Rule and the Boiler MACT Rule in order to set limits for power plants in 27 states. According to Tom Borelli of the National Center for Public Policy Research, “The costs to comply with these regulations are staggering. An analysis by the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) estimates that these two regulations alone will cost the utility sector almost $18 billion each year resulting in higher electricity prices and significant job losses.”
Does the EPA expect the energy industry to comply with their financially punitive rules and regulations? No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.
The EPA’s short-term goal is to cripple the energy industry. The long-term effects are no different than the goals of America’s enemies – suffocate America’s economy and make her beholden to foreign entities in order to survive.
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