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  • Morning Bell: Stop Enviro-Crony Capitalism...Stop the EPA

    Two competing solar power companies, Ausra and BrightSource Energy, recently filed plans to build plants in the California desert. Both firms’ plans affected wildlife habitat. But only Ausra’s plans were hit with complaints demanding expensive and cumbersome environmental studies. The reason? Ausra had rejected demands that it use only union workers to build its solar farm, while BrightSource pledged to hire labor-friendly contractors.

    As the New York Times reports today, big labor is using California’s environmental regulations to shake down power companies trying to build new plants in the state: “If they refuse, they say, they can count on the union group to demand costly environmental studies and deliver hostile testimony at public hearings. If they commit at the outset to use union labor, they say, the environmental objections never materialize.” As harmful as this racket is to California’s economy, new regulations proposed by the Obama administration will empower other special interest groups to shake down businesses nationwide.

    In April of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency began the process of regulating greenhouse gasses by classifying carbon dioxide as a pollutant pursuant to the Clean Air Act. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, regulating carbon through the Clean Air Act would expose at least one million mid-sized commercial buildings to draconian environmental regulations. One-fifth of all food service businesses, one-third of all health care businesses, one-half of the entire lodging industry, and even 10% of all buildings used for worship would be under the EPA’s hammer. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has estimated that if the EPA regulated carbon objectively under the law, the economy would suffer annual job losses exceeding 800,000 for several years and a cumulative GDP loss of $7 trillion by 2029.

    But don’t worry, says Obama EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. She told the New York Times earlier this year, “We are poised to be specific on what we regulate and on what schedule.” In other words, just as the Obama Treasury Department played political favorites when bailing out General Motors and Chrysler, rewarding big labor allies while punishing average investors and secured creditors, the Obama EPA is poised to play the exact same games while enforcing the Clean Air Act.

    There is something you can do to help stop this regulatory enviro-crony capitalism nightmare. Any regulatory framework created by the Obama EPA can be fought in court. And one factor that courts must consider when a regulation is challenged is how the government addressed citizen comments on the proposed regulation.

    Last year, over 14,000 of you submitted a comment through this website to the Environmental Protection Agency asking it not to move forward with carbon dioxide regulations. We need your help again. Submit a comment letting the EPA know what you think of the agency’s new regulatory scheme to regulate our economy and lives. Then, tell your friends. Visit StopEPA.com to make your voice heard. The deadline is June 23.

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    41 Responses to Morning Bell: Stop Enviro-Crony Capitalism...Stop the EPA

    1. J Earl Jones. Monroe says:

      Obama's love of communist dictators invites them to attack us. I hear nothing from the White House in defense of America. There are only apologies.

      Terrorists and Communist dictators have a new comrade buddy.

      The government health plan is the beginning of the end of America if passed. We are bankrupt as it is. Government run anything is a disaster!!!

      I resent the politicians ignoring the concerns of citizens of AMERICA. They care more about illegals than the real AMERICAN. In 2010 we need a change in the congress!! They are the enemy of the hard working tax paying AMERICANS!!! It's bad enough to have terrorist thugs and Communist dictators trying to kill us!!!

    2. David Sayers, NC says:

      Just like the election,the fix is in. Doesn't anyone see a pattern here? The EPA has gotten way way out of control and it didn't start last week.

      Along with other government arms, these thugs should change thier name to the Sopranos. I don't think "making us an offer we can't refuse" is in any law book. This whole administration is corrupt,we all know this,so who's investigating?

      As Obamas government gets bigger and bigger,it seems we become more powerless. Lord help us.

    3. Gwen, Ocean City, MD says:

      When we are finished getting rid of the EPA can we get rid of the Department of Energy next?

    4. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Now, just doesn't that figure! Obama amd Capital Hill want to help everyone, as long as there are block votes in it!

      Hozro

    5. jim smith says:

      Everyone knows that "Big Labor" is good and "Big Capitalism" is bad. The term "labor friendly" translates into assorted goons, baseball bats, leg breaking and other trademark, union behavior we all must tolerate. Otherwise, someone else will have to start your car for you.

    6. TC South Carolinaoul says:

      I believe the hold Obama has on Congress and the American people is perpectuated by his unpresidented support from the press and the simple fact that he has a majority in both houses with willing "hatchet" men and women to do his bidding. One day, after the people realize that we have given this man way too much power with no checks and balances, we will look around and he'll be gone, all the money, ash trays and towels will have left with him. Congress will be in shambles and the country will look like Woodstock did back in 1969 after the show. The place will be trashed, the port-a-johns overflowing and the only ones left are those too weak to travel or those in Red Cross tents trying to survive their over-indulgence. Food, money and hope will be just a fuzzy memory. The roads will be littered with small, useless vehicles that run only on sunflower oil, and since there are no more farms to grow the sunflowers, there's no more sunflower oil. Bank buildings will have been converted into homeless shelters and the land will be cluttered with decaying car dealerships. Of the people remaining, nine out of ten will have some sort of government job. Nothing will get done because all the thinkers and doers, the ones who produce things, create jobs and build communities will have left these shores.

      We The People need to wake up make a stand, NOW.

    7. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      What happened to "the Land of the free"?

    8. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      Anyone who'd like to have an insight into where Obama and his supporters are taking the USA should read "A Brave New World" by Huxley.

    9. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      This is more of the "obama rule" which began on 1/20/09. The epa is another puppet on the string for the dems, and they will continue to show their ugly face at every opportunity. The epa will soon get around to taxing each of us on the air we breath and the dirt we walk on, and obama will be all for it.

    10. Nelia, AZ says:

      Gibbs cannot name the countries where Obama claims single payer health plans work very well…. Really?? My cousin in Ontario Canada describes in great detail Canada's health care system which he says is deplorable and far from free.

    11. Michael - New York N says:

      Our country will never be the same after the Socialist Democrats and Obama are through with it. It will not be for the better, praise the proletariat.

    12. Pamela Colorado says:

      I been thinking this now since the mess that Obama and all idiots have created since their impowerment…………Where are all the politicians that were sent to Washington to do only good for this country? When are the real AMERICAN POLICITIANS going to stand up and stop being afraid and do good for AMERICA? I find it so hard to believe that we have allow these people to do this to this country….. Bush should have spoken out on behalf of the people of this country as to what was really going on in Washington since he wasn't done those last four years. The problem is these people get there and start rubbing elbow with people for this favor and that favor and why they are there goes out the window and obviously they go stupid and think they can get back on trac and they can't because they've given up their souls…….SAD and STUPID…….and now look at where we are——a huge mess and people trying to control everything and anything and taking up right down the toilet ………NO MORE AMERICA ONLY CONTROLLING PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT OF CONTROL……

      Here's another thing ——– how many Democrates have affairs——-come one you republician idiots—–Las Vegas—-why are you giving up your seat? Is someone threatening you?? Then speak out. Work it out between you and your spouse and STOP GIVING INTO THE MEDIA—WHO DOESN'T CARE ABOUT REPUBLICIANS—AND who cares —-because it seems to be a way of life for politicians. LET'S CHEAT AND LIE AND GIVE IN TO THE SCUM OF THE EARTH POLITICIANS——-who seems to buy their votes anyway they can………. LasVegas—-keep your seat-work it out with your wife and fight for this country…

    13. Sandy Oxley, San Fra says:

      After eight-years of big business getting their way with self-regulation, destruction of the economy, attacks on our natural resouces and not putting forth the jobs they promised in exchange for enormous tax breaks it is time, the real backbone of america (labor) had an adult seat at the table.

      Not sure where some of those posting get their information, perhaps fox "news" or "cousin billy ray" but why do you resort to labels rather than dealing with the topic? Is it because speaking to the topic requires research and analysis?

      Those wanting to label somethign or someone "communist" or "socialist" need to at least look up the definition. For example, if raising the issue of "socialism" we need look no further than to the HUGE social program of our own military. It provides "jobs" to those who reportedly have no other choice. The government systematically pays youths thousands of dollars to "sign-up" and recruiters thousands more. For what, "patriotism"? Yet, i seriously doubt any on this site would label this an example of "socialism" or admit it was not of this administratins making. why is that?

    14. Tumbleweed Tucson says:

      Dear THF:

      I really enjoy your timely and accurate reporting, alway looking beyond the politics for the "Truth" – something the current Congress fears.

      Regarding the article "Stop Enviro-Crony Capitalism … Stop the EPA"…………

      From my perch, the primary mistake Ausra made was selecting the bankrupt, liberal, state of California to build solar energy products. Travel east about 100 miles, and bingo, you're in the conservative, business-friendly, fiscally-more-responsible state of Arizona. Not Utopia, but home to abundant sunshine and a non-union work ethics. Yes, there still is the autocratic bureaucracy of the EPA to deal with – but why set yourself up for failure from the start? Entertaining an investment of brick and mortar on terra firma in a state that is driven by labor unions, gets these types of results.

      Remember, the growth of America's future small businesses will NOT be in the liberal, bankrupted, highly-taxed, highly-regulated, union-friendly states of CA, OR, WA, IL, WI, MI, OH, NY, PA, NJ, and NEW ENGLAND. Has anyone looked at the economic climate in these states the past 5 years???? They did not get in these postions by chance – they got there by political liberal design.

      I know from experience! I left Michigan, along with my small business and tax base, 3 years ago. Socialism, liberalism, progressivism (etc.) are all ideologies that are proven to suffocate innovation, productivity and profitabilty. Socialism and labor unions have helped to create Detroit's current economic woes, 23% city unemployment, 30+% city foodstamps and an exodus in Michigan's population by the millions the past few years.

    15. Tricia, Arizona says:

      Not only does the EPA need to be stopped, but this administration needs to be reigned in…on everything….They are moving rapidly because they hope that we citizens won't see what they are doing behind the scenes…. There should be a limit on how long a person can serve in the senate or the house. No one should be allowed to make a career of these positions. Perhaps if their salaries were cut by 2/3's they wouldn't be so anxious to stay in Washington. We should set their salaries….not allow them to. Some of these people are getting rich,there. I'd like to know how that can be… I have a lot of questions, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

    16. Jonathan Seid, Willi says:

      I will continue to write and speak out about the political corruption of this Chicago politician, the Main Character in Washington, D.C. Allowing and encouraging the Federal government to force states and citizens to bend and bow to it's will and pay money for things that were legal and everyday commonplace, makes citizens who have broken no law or acted immorally, to be shaken down. This is the manner of politics in the Second City. Thank you for electing a crony of Mayor Daley to the be President of the United States. Evidently, a majority of the electorate are benefiting from this type of government behavior. This is one reason I ran away from the Democrat Party in 1978.

    17. Anne, San Diego Coun says:

      I would not use the term capitalism itself except in the context of free markets. To me it is a mistake to weaken the term by combining it with

      nefarious environmental cronyism.The article of course warns of a great danger but I would still urge that the term capitalism itself be reserved for free markets.

    18. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      PROUD HF READERS COMMENTS -

      "1. Obama’s love of communist dictators invites them to attack us."

      2."Just like the election,the fix is in. Doesn’t anyone see a pattern here? The EPA has gotten way way out of control and it didn’t start last week. Along with other government arms, these thugs should change thier name to the Sopranos."

      5. "Everyone knows that “Big Labor” is good and “Big Capitalism” is bad. The term “labor friendly” translates into assorted goons, baseball bats, leg breaking and other trademark, union behavior we all must tolerate. Otherwise, someone else will have to start your car for you."

    19. jc, central texas says:

      Why have no impeachment proceedings been brought against the Obama/Reid/Pelosi triumverate? By my reckoning they have violated their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution on many occassions.

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    21. Roy Reed, Las Vegas says:

      We know this isn't about the discussion today, but We can't stand it! We are so close to socialism and communism it's not funny!! Obama is going to be the down fall of this United States!! It must be stopped before we have no say at ALL!! We have a want to be dictatorship in our congress. Something MUST BE DONE!! Obama is the biggest fool in this country!!!

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    23. Ben C, Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Sandy from San Francisco appears to be representative of the "left" in her thinking. Our problems go WAY back – long before Bush and Clinton. The problem has been the encroachment of government into our lives distorting the "Regulate Interstate Commerce" clause of the Constitution. I ask Sandy what governement programs have worked. My answer is: perhaps the InterState Highway system, NASA, and the military that protects her (regardless of how she feels about them). I am sure, in her view, all governemnt programs are stellar.

    24. ken -Santa Barbara says:

      Edwin,

      I don't agree with your prediction of doom and devastation,or Conn's,from cleaning up the mess we have made of not only on land but also in the air and sea. I could no more support your rather narrow viewpoint on what is good for me and my fellow Americans, than vote for pure profit motivated thread thin individualistic idealism. There was a time when you knew what the proper approach to promoting conservatism was. It was not to beat down and slander the opposition but to put forth policy, and not the 'say no to everything "they" say propagandizing'.

      We are both proud to be Americans but for distinct diversely different reasons.

      The EPA is not hijacking the economy just as you are not offering up the whole truth. Neither of you is perfect yet they can and will work for and with you. Can you say the same to them? Please direct me to where you publicly and repeatedly make that positive model of proactive conservatism that has meat and not push figures and fear tactics. The fact that we disagree is not reason to oppose me or label me, it is the very essence of freedom and the building block of communal living.

    25. Richard Wheeler, Sac says:

      I was a Professional Forester for 58 years. The EPA Act and Agency along with the California Environmental Quality Act has reduced the Forest Products Economy by 80%. This means the about 48% of the Land Area of California is no longer cared for or protected by trained scientists that understand the Natural Laws the control the life and death of the Forests.

      The Forest Fires are bigger and hotter because the Rural Fire Dept. doesn't use the right Control Strategy or the most Effective Fire Fighting Equipment. There are more dead and dying forest trees because scientific method of controlling Insects, Disease and Fire damage due to the lack of Forest Land Management.

      Older and old trees are more susceptible to damage from Insects, Disease and Fire but there are no Professional Foresters to practice Forestry the Science of Forest Management. Fires, Dead and Dying Trees produce Carbon Dioxide. Healthy, Vigorous Trees produce Oxygen.

      Well there is less oxygen being produce now that when the Forest Products Economy was in charge. Now California's Forest don't produce the Jobs, Income, Taxes or Healthy Trees they use to.

    26. Spiritof76 says:

      The only way to stop this destruction of American political values as defined in our Constitution and to stop the thugs in DC is to march on Washington, about 5 million strong, occupy the Capital, present our petition and not leave until all laws starting from 1970 dismantled and the union monopoly, EPA, Dept. of Education, Labor, Energy and Homeland security are all shuttered. We must also repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments. People that do not want to be part of our capitalistic system should be given one way ticket to a socilaist country of their choice. This is America where individual liberty and responsibility reign supreme and the government is subservient. People that constantly want government to provide for them have no place in America. Demand that we return to our Constitutional roots now.

    27. Barb -mn says:

      Government/EPA working hand in hand, interfering, destroying, obstructing economic freedom!

      The government is to serve the people, not the environment. The government is aware of the lack of EPA manipulated evidence AND THE TRUTH IS MAN HAS NO ROLE IN GOVERNMENT MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING! NATURE HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE HER COURSE. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY OR GOVERNMENT CONTROL IS GOING TO STOP HER!

      These people need immediate psychological help! They refuse to accept reality!

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    29. Franklyn Gomez says:

      Obama, what a mistake.

    30. arty4uga, AL says:

      Unions? Leagalized extortionists.

    31. Bob R Geologist, Tuc says:

      I spent my life loooking for that dirty but necessary stuff that comes out of the ground and that makes lotsa money and improves peoples lives. It must have ruined my stomach for all that clean, green stuff, coming from Washington, is making me throw up. Then again it could be that rotten phoney baloney they are planning to force us to accept called AGW (anthropomorphic global warming). The proper name for this oxymoron is dirty, rotten science!

    32. Janet, New Jersey says:

      Please ask folks to tie a green ribbon outside of their home in support of the Iranian people

    33. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      We need to use the RICO laws to prevent this kind of extortion. Who will step up? A lawfirm could make a living off this, and get funding from outraged citizens. Also, if they aprouch obamalot correctly, they could get taxpayer funding, as he will pay both sides against himself.

    34. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      The american voter is the dumbest animal on the planet, and, like all dumb animals, has been consumed by predators. " never re-elect an incumbent" is the watch word of the day, but the animals are to dumb for self preservation

    35. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      It just keeps getting worse and worse I am watching the sunday funnies, and it ain't funny Every one of these senators should have been retired years ago. How many years must one be an abject failure before we wake up??? "NEVER RE_ELECT A FAILED INCUMBENT"

    36. Roy Reed, Las Vegas says:

      Agree with jc.of central Texas!!!! They are just growing government. Soon "We the People will have no say so at all"!! Can! imagine why the government wants our country to live this way… Well, guess we can, it's for the money!!! Obama, Pelosi, and Reid need to be gotten out of there. Scream all you want, but all we see is more crap being signed into law. Time for more Tea Parties??

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    38. ella quinn n.c. says:

      Pamela, when george bush was in the dem. controlled congress for the last 8 years.It was hell trying to fight against them.

    39. ella quinn n.c. says:

      Pamela i meant the last 3 years the democrats controlled the congress.

    40. Ryan, PA says:

      Why after becoming the most powerful, free nation in the world are we trying to reinvent America? America is not broke. Our leaders and the way they conduct the business of America are broke. Apparently they do not teach the consititutuion very well at Law School.

    41. Peter Erickson says:

      To solve our energy problem we need to drill for oil off shore and in Anwar. We also need to go nuclear power for producing electrical energy. ONE POUND of U235 has as much energy as 6ooo Barrels of oil. "Check it out on Google"

      Peter Erickson

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