Susan Stamper Brown

An eleventh-hour ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to delay an Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2012 saved the day for Americans who are doing their best to make ends meet in this struggling economy and cannot afford higher electricity bills.

The cost of CSAPR is extremely high according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a December 31, 2011 statement claiming had the ruling not been blocked, CSAPR combined with other current and pending EPA regulations, would have raised consumers' electricity bills and jeopardized up to 1.6 million jobs -- at a consumer cost of nearly $21 billion annually. Very much like the administration's "jobs saved or created" verbiage, the administration makes "lives saved" or illnesses "prevented" claims on its EPA website. One can make a case for anything until, over time, facts prevail.

The delay buys Americans some time, and one can only hope it is enough time to get a new president in office to change the atmosphere in Washington. After all, don't we have more pressing matters to attend to? Iran's recent threat to seal off the Strait of Hormuz could, in effect, interrupt the shipment of nearly one-fifth of the world's oil supply. And while Iran's threat will likely remain just that, there is no time like the present to ratchet up domestic oil drilling and explore cleaner ways to produce energy from our own natural resources.

But it won't happen on Obama's watch. Nor will it happen until the EPA's power is either reduced or nullified altogether. The Gulf Oil spill was a dream-come-true for many, in that the crisis gave the administration an excuse to tighten regulations and put a choke-hold on future production. There is no doubt, that when it comes to matters that truly matter to him, President Obama is an uncompromising ideologue. I recall no one, save a minute percentage of Americans, who wanted Obamacare, but we got it anyway -- because the Democrat-controlled Congress handed it to him on a silver platter. Not to mention the Stimulus plan and the government takeover of banks and the automobile industry. He promised "fundamental change" and he meant what he said.


Susan Stamper Brown

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