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  • EPA to Impose Global Warming Regulations: Will Congress Intervene?

    President Obama doesn’t want to run the auto industry, but he had to, temporarily of course, to save the economy. And Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa Jackson doesn’t want to regulate carbon dioxide, but the EPA seems intent on moving forward regardless. Fortunately, Congress could shorten the EPA’s long, regulatory leash by amending the Interior-Environment appropriations spending bill early next week.

    The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed endangerment finding in April, saying that global warming and climate change pose a serious threat to public health and safety and thus almost anything that emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The agency is already targeting the ailing auto industry. New regulations are proposing that the fleet average must reach 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, which will increase the price and decrease the safety of the vehicle.

    Earlier in September, Jackson said prefers cap and trade to regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act:

    Legislation is so important, because it will combine the most efficient, most economy-wide, least costly (and) least disruptive way to deal with carbon dioxide pollution. We get further faster without top-down regulation.”

    The amendment planning to be offered would prevent those top down regulations that could include new standards for hotels, retail stores, apartment complexes, restaurants, airplanes, ocean-going freighters and tankers and even lawnmowers. And the regulations would be costly. Heritage economists modeled the effects of proposed EPA regulations and found:

    • Cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) losses are nearly $7 trillion by 2029 (in infla­tion-adjusted 2008 dollars), according to The Heritage Foundation/Global Insight model (described in Appendix A).
    • Single-year GDP losses exceed $600 billion (in inflation-adjusted 2008 dollars).
    • Annual job losses exceed 800,000 for several years.
    • Some industries will see job losses that exceed 50 percent.

    The full report is available here. It’s safe to say these cost estimates are low since the model does not consider the substantial administrative costs of complying with the new regulations. And keep in mind, the job losses are after accounting for “green” job creation.

    Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) weighed in, arguing the EPA would gain tremendous power and micromanage the economy:

    With or without Congressional action, EPA will be free to regulate greenhouse gases, resulting in one of the largest and most bureaucratic nightmares that the U.S. economy and Americans have ever seen. And, with EPA in the lead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, arguably the voice of agriculture and rural America, would be left out of the process. Let me be clear, this is not a responsibility we want to leave in the hands of EPA.”

    Whether it’s cap-and-trade legislation or EPA’s proposed regulations, attempting to restrict energy use by cutting carbon dioxide would be toxic to an ill economy. Even in the best of economic times, this policy would likely end them.

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    11 Responses to EPA to Impose Global Warming Regulations: Will Congress Intervene?

    1. Bobbie Jay says:

      I don't understand how, why and what gives the EPA all this power? Especially when their past record has inaccurate research and results. Unaccountables?

      With something of this magnitude that doesn't exist and won't any time soon and as man continues to kill man, why would any decent person consider this at any time? GREED?!

      We know about you, Mr. Gore, we're sure to find plenty more.

      All kinds of government make-work for absolutely NOTHING.

      May the honesty of intelligence aid congress and may whoever can, eliminate the EPA for fraudulent crimes with intent to desensitize and financially bankrupt.

      Stop the burden of nonsense, ignorance, and unnecessary wastes of time and money! get the EPA out of our environment.

    2. james says:

      Seems like the EPA believes in taxation without representation. If Congress does not move to stop the EPA in it's tracks from increasing energy taxes the people will vote them all out of office.

    3. Tracy, California says:

      Soon they will be issuing guidelines on how to breathe.

    4. Al Ehrenfried at Act says:

      Look at how much catastrophic weather and storms are already costing in lives and property. We have to back down on the side effects of civilization, industrialization and unabated population growth, including loss of forests and arable land. Instead of carping about others actions, why don't you propose your own? Or maybe you believe the status quo is just fine!? ADE

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    6. Cathy Amelio, New Je says:

      When does it stop? Abolish the EPA now! They have way to much power! The middle class will be non-existant all because of a buck!

      Vote them all out! We need honest, true americans in Washington! We need common sense! What has happened to "WE THE PEOPLE"! Fight for our freedom and liberty!

      The Washington elite cannot be trusted!

    7. Bobbie Jay says:

      Al, nature is nature and man can not control it. Please grasp reality. The pollution is regulated and much improved. LIFE SPAN HAS INCREASED. Don't fall for their lies. No need for government to impose all this crap as they go hummingly along to steal.

    8. Ken St Louis says:

      Well, we republicans have only ourselves to blame for the EPA, it was George Bush senior who allowed this group of nut cases to come into existence! As far as drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska, it seems to me that that oil belongs to Alaska, not the Feds. If our states don't soon start taking back control of anything and everything at the state level, the feds and all there nutcase enviromentalists well soon make us a 3rd rate nation! Its time for SECESSION !

      !

    9. Tommy K, New Hampshi says:

      All of this "quatsch" amounts to, pure and simple, are more and increasing taxes (no matter what your definition). Arthur Laffer has a great article in the WSJ today concerning taxes being the true killer in the great depression… pray we can stop it.

      Link to article:
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203

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