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Hey EPA: Donít Mess with Texas
Pajamas Media ^ | September 30, 2010 | Lance Brown

Posted on 09/30/2010 5:35:27 AM PDT by Kaslin

Lance Brown dissects and dismantles the Obama EPA's latest attack on the Lone Star State.

Here’s some advice for the Environmental Protection Agency: Don’t mess with Texas.

Furthermore, don’t mess with our nation’s most affordable and reliable forms of energy, either.

After declaring greenhouse gases hazardous earlier this year, the EPA plans to use the Clean Air Act to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions from emitters of all sizes beginning January 2011. The EPA’s plan has been widely criticized for being too burdensome and expensive, so the EPA attempted to downsize the plan with a “Tailoring Rule,” targeting only the largest emitters.

In August, Texas filed a lawsuit against the EPA, declaring the proposed “Tailoring Rule” illegal. The state rightly claims the EPA’s plan is unlawful because the Clean Air Act does not address greenhouse gases, even after its last revision by Congress in 1990.

Texas is not alone, as a number of states from Alabama to South Dakota have opposed the EPA’s plan, along with groups like the Ohio Coal Association and the National Alliance of Forest Owners.

It’s alarming enough that the EPA plans to regulate emitters like power plants and factories, which are necessary components of energy production and provide needed jobs. However, it’s even more alarming that the EPA would regulate at least one clean, reliable form of energy — woody biomass, which will not be exempt by the Tailoring Rule.

By regulating woody biomass — which is, in fact, carbon neutral — the EPA would be lumping foresters and biomass emissions with less clean energy producers like coal factories. In addition, the EPA would be ignoring long-held policy, based on scientific fact, and ignoring the carbon benefits of biomass.

The regulation of woody biomass runs counter to common sense. The EPA’s ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gases and get our country on a path to using more renewable energy sources. However, by regulating woody biomass, the EPA would be deterring the use of one of our country’s most reliable and inexpensive sources of clean, carbon-neutral energy.

Some states, like Maine, obtain about 30 percent of their energy from woody biomass. Because it is abundant and sustainable— foresters re-plant some 4 million trees every year — it’s a good renewable energy option for states that don’t have access to sources like wind and solar. (And, as I wrote on my blog two weeks ago, even states like Texas that do have high wind capacity aren’t able to utilize wind if the wind doesn’t blow!)

Let’s run through it again. The EPA is attempting to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases, which might be illegal. In addition, it’s overturning decades of precedent regarding woody biomass, which has long been considered a reliable, clean, carbon-neutral source of energy. Furthermore, by imposing these regulations, especially on foresters and woody biomass producers, the EPA will be effectively killing a valuable source of energy and jobs at a time when we need both.

The EPA’s plan doesn’t make any sense, and many states and organizations are on to the administration’s misguided plan. Let’s hope the EPA realizes that it is making a huge mistake and leaves the energy legislating to our elected officials.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: 10thamendment; bho44; cleanairact; democrats; dontmesswithtexas; donttreadonme; economy; energy; envirofascism; epa; liberalfascism; obama; statesrights; texas

1 posted on 09/30/2010 5:35:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The federal government is making war on Texas.


2 posted on 09/30/2010 6:00:44 AM PDT by jtal
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To: jtal

anyone who makes war on Texas has ended up regretting it.


3 posted on 09/30/2010 6:15:48 AM PDT by utherdoul
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


4 posted on 09/30/2010 8:24:27 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Ping.


5 posted on 09/30/2010 9:55:36 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps; SolitaryMan; rdl6989; livius; DollyCali; IrishCatholic; meyer; SteamShovel; ...
Thanx, Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !
EPA: An unelected, flunky bureaucracy populated with radical, no-growth, Marxist, environmental nut-jobs wielding rogue powers based in junk science. A cancer on the private sector. Ultimately, the EPA is not about the environment. It is about legislating from the Executive Branch in Soviet Agency style. It has the convenient unconstitutional feature of allowing the Obama Administration to pursue an extreme global warming agenda, to make energy prices necessarily sky-rocket, and gain sweeping regulatory control over the US economy without a politically difficult vote in congress.

Action against EPA abuse of power by private enterprise:

Action against EPA abuse of power by state/federal government:

Action in support of EPA abuse of power:


☆☆ States Officially Rejecting Anthropogenic Global Warming

☆ Utah
☆ Arizona

6 posted on 09/30/2010 11:36:03 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis.)
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To: Kaslin; 17th Miss Regt; 2001convSVT; 2ndDivisionVet; A_Former_Democrat; A_Tradition_Continues; ...
Thanks Army Air Corps!

I couldn't really tell if there was anything new here, so as much as anything else, a ping so's everyone knows that Texas and a few other States are still battling the EPA brown shirts over the air we exhale. Next step: Individualized and personalized breath "scrubbers" for all! Oh, and what about that methane stuff??? WHEN will the EPA get serious?

For instance, when one's effort to maintain their grip on an air biscuit fails and leads to inadvertent aromatics in a crowded elevator or other close quarters, particularly after a round of burritos and cerveza can be, well, interesting, not to mention offensive -- to some. However, it's a rare and singularly brave individual indeed who will claim ownership so I'm thinking some extraordinary measures are necessary. For example and for those that wear them, underwear built to contain the leak, as it were. The mandating of methane mitigating undergarments only makes sense. A blowout preventer of a sort. I'm sure the oil industry themselves in collaboration with the Mexican food industry could be instrumental in providing some expertise.

All of which reminds me: Some 30 years ago, give or take, I was listening to radio station KIKK in Houston Texas when an apparent blowout occurred in their small studio. It wasn't pretty. The on air personalities consisted of two men and a woman, whose names escape me now. Anyhow, the first words I recall hearing alerting me to something being amiss was something like "OH MY GAWD!" from the lady DJ. Huh, I says to myself. "THAT'S JUST AWFUL!", again from the lady DJ followed by some snickers from her two partners. The snickers grew to a crescendo as the lady DJ called for a gas mask or for someone to "PLEASE CRACK A WINDOW" and "OPEN THE DOOR". Alrighty then I says, as one of the guys, between guffaws, said something about tamales.

They went to a commercial break and when they returned they had all more or less regained their composure -- temporarily. Now I'm not sure if there wasn't maybe another blowout, but soon enough they all were once again unable to maintain. The lady DJ said something about payback -- ANOTHER commercial break. I'm wondering to myself if this sophisticated and erudite lady fully intended to visit the local purveyor of Tex-Mex to exact some revenge on her antagonist(s). Turnabout is fair play I says to myself but am unaware if she was ever able to pull it off. Still I wonder to this day about the old saw about the hen that lays the egg cackles first. Whatever...

7 posted on 09/30/2010 2:08:12 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: jtal

It’s about time someone stood up to the feds.


8 posted on 09/30/2010 2:21:32 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Kaslin
We Texan's are blessed...we have a Governor that stands up to the Feds and an Attorney General who, although wheel chair bound "Stands Tall".

We have a dumbcrat crook from Houston who nearly bankrupted that city running for Governor. He refuses to release his income tax returns when he was a part of the klintoon white house....does anyone wonder why...the bald headed "peckerhead" got rich....being a thief.... The dumbcrats are spending a ton of money in these media markets with attack ads that only FR's resident pain in the a$$ pissant would find attactive....

9 posted on 09/30/2010 2:36:22 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

I SO want to move from NYS to TX or AZ!!!!


10 posted on 09/30/2010 2:44:57 PM PDT by AbolishCSEU
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To: ForGod'sSake

I only have one thing to say....

A woman in the midst of her “monthly time” trumps ALL with the mere addition of a taco.


11 posted on 09/30/2010 2:45:58 PM PDT by Danae (Analnathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do che'l de'nmha.)
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To: ForGod'sSake
KIKK in Houston Texas

I haven't thought about KIKK in years. Is it still going? KILT used to be "top 40 pop" and KIKK "kicker". Then they both went "kicker".
12 posted on 09/30/2010 3:02:05 PM PDT by mstar
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To: Danae
A woman in the midst of her “monthly time” trumps ALL with the mere addition of a taco.

Which, truth be known, may have been exactly what happened. SHE cackled first, but that may just be an old wives tale. Regardless, I still get a chuckle to this day over that episode.

13 posted on 09/30/2010 3:14:02 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: mstar
I haven't thought about KIKK in years. Is it still going?

I don't know. I moved from the Houston area in the early 90's at about the same time I stopped turning on the radio. No explanation for it, just happened. Too many commercials maybe...

14 posted on 09/30/2010 3:18:02 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: Danae

Taco?


15 posted on 09/30/2010 3:52:46 PM PDT by Osage Orange (¬ďDream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.¬Ē)
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To: Kaslin

The EPA does not have the authority to impose on the states.


16 posted on 09/30/2010 6:19:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ForGod'sSake

We used to say...

“He who smelt it, dealt it...”

and

“The fox smells its own hole...”

:)


17 posted on 09/30/2010 6:21:00 PM PDT by rlmorel (Puritianism is the fear someone is having fun. Liberalism is the fear someone is making money...)
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To: Kaslin

Fascism- a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.


18 posted on 09/30/2010 6:26:03 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: rlmorel

Heh,heh. It’s entirely possible it was a joint effort with multiple points of methane escape; Tex-Mex being very popular in the Lone Star State and all. Alls I know is it’s about the funniest thing I’ve ever heard on a radio station. A major market one at that. It took the better part of ten minutes before they were able to continue the show with a modicum of decorum.


19 posted on 09/30/2010 7:42:19 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: Kaslin
The next REAL PRESIDENT of the US should rescind Nixon's Executive Order creating the epa... I would celebrate those people losing their jobs.

LLS

20 posted on 10/01/2010 4:13:38 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Kaslin

Stop treating the EPA like its a godly unity able to dictate all things to all people. The EPA is a lawless on constitution usurpation of our rights and it and its agents should be treated as the Constitution violates they are.

If they want to push free people around in Texas or any other self-respecting free states let us make reservations for their agents in one of our many “motels” for such men, more commonly known as prisons.


21 posted on 10/01/2010 10:32:00 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: ForGod'sSake; mstar
All of which reminds me: Some 30 years ago, give or take, I was listening to radio station KIKK in Houston Texas when an apparent blowout occurred in their small studio. It wasn't pretty. The on air personalities consisted of two men and a woman, whose names escape me now.

The offender IIRC was the legendary Bill Bailey.

22 posted on 10/01/2010 10:42:36 AM PDT by houeto (Get drinking water from your ditch - http://www.junglebucket.com/)
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To: houeto; ForGod'sSake
the legendary Bill Bailey.

Bill Bailey, a Houston tradition, as was KILT's multi- DJ "Hudson & Harrigan". Miss them, an end to a era

I stopped turning on the radio. No explanation for it, just happened. Too many commercials maybe...

We changed in the early 80's to a Christian station KSBJ, then on to conservative talk radio all day. . . every day.
23 posted on 10/01/2010 11:26:54 AM PDT by mstar
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To: Kaslin
Unfortunately the Supreme Court granted the EPA essentially unlimited regulatory power over any economic activity that produces carbon.

Heck, SCOTUS ordered the EPA to regulate carbon because W refused to do so (5-4 vote).

24 posted on 10/01/2010 11:33:16 AM PDT by Gideon7
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To: houeto
The offender IIRC was the legendary Bill Bailey.

You REMEMBER that??? WOW!!! And yeah, there was probably only a single culprit responsible for the discharge but who knows for sure. The name is certainly familiar from the old days. Any chance you remember the name of the lady DJ? Blonde with a BIG smile as I recall. The three of them seemed to get along famously. Even after the "event".

25 posted on 10/01/2010 3:39:39 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: mstar
We changed in the early 80's to a Christian station KSBJ...

Come to think of it I did something similar. I listened to a couple of shows on a Christian/Talk station out of Lufkin for a time but only while driving. NEVER turn on a radio at home and only rarely when on the road any more. Too much noise or something...

26 posted on 10/01/2010 3:49:44 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: ForGod'sSake
NEVER turn on a radio at home and only rarely when on the road any more. Too much noise or something...

You know I noticed that too. Must be a radio type thingy :)
27 posted on 10/01/2010 4:56:52 PM PDT by mstar
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