The EPA agenda is not literally murderous, but it is devastating to our economy. The agency's regulations are crushing the coal industry and driving up the price of electricity. The agency's corrupt shakedown of the auto industry will dramatically increase the price of all but the very smallest and lightest vehicles - putting them out of reach for the Americans who need them most.
The EPA's infamous abuses of the Clean Water Act led to a recent unanimous Supreme Court case in Sackett, with even the Court's liberals agreeing that the agency has no right to prohibit an Idaho couple from building a home on their property without even a right to appeal.
Former EPA administrator Al Armendariz resigned in disgraced after video surfaced of him explaining his philosophy of harassing oil and gas companies: "It's kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they'd go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they'd run into, and they'd crucify them and then, you know, that town was really easy to manage over the next few years."
No wonder these guys idolize Che Guevara.
Fortunately, the U.S. House will soon vote on and pass H.R. 3409, which would block the most extreme elements of the EPA's anti-growth agenda. But when the Senate refuses to act, the American people need to elect a Senate that will. And the American people need to elect a president who won't hire bureaucrats who idolize Che Guevara.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.