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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The EPA’s Power Grab

The Clean Power Plan represents a federal takeover of the electricity market.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) mandates sweeping reductions of CO2 emissions from existing electrical-generation plants. The rule will dramatically increase federal regulation of the nation’s electric industry. It will impose devastating costs on working families across America — with hugely disparate impacts from one state to another. And if states comply with the CPP, the result will be a massive federal takeover of the state governments.

The assault on the dual sovereignty of the states — the federalism enshrined in our Tenth Amendment — is nothing new. Much of the battle over Obamacare turned on the attempt to force Medicaid expansion on the states, which the Supreme Court deemed a violation of the Tenth Amendment. However, with the CPP, the EPA is attempting to take federal control of states to a whole new level — perhaps hoping that the states will meekly comply rather than calling its bluff by challenging a rule based on very questionable statutory authority.



ginn said...

The EPA is the most dangerous agency within the federal gov't, period. In particular since they now have their own military arm which they don't mind using,(reference: Alaska gold mine, et al).
If this agency truly wanted to protect the environment, not just flaunt power, they would point their agenda at the black projects of the US gov't instead of power companies.
Ben Rich, the last director of Lockheed Martin's 'Skunk Works', said prior to his death in the mid 1990s, that the gov't has power generating technologies that would end reliance on fossil fuels completely. But it would take an act of God to get it for public good. This is a statement from over 20 years ago mind you.
If the EPA truly cared about the environment they'd secure funding for cold fusion research. It's proven, there's something there and several countries are pursuing it's development., why not us? Oh yeah, that's right, no way to make a buck on free energy.
The EPA is no more interested in protecting the environment then they are about giving up their newly acquired army of stormtroopers.
The EPA is out of control and dangerous.

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Anonymous said...

The EPA's function under the Obama administration is to promote renewables at any and all cost. It does not matter that it is a failed technology that is destroying the environment and creating an economic crisis.