Skip to comments.Hey EPA: Donít Mess with Texas
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.
Heres some advice for the Environmental Protection Agency: Dont mess with Texas.
Furthermore, dont mess with our nations 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 EPAs 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 EPAs 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 EPAs plan, along with groups like the Ohio Coal Association and the National Alliance of Forest Owners.
Its 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, its 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 EPAs 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 countrys 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 its a good renewable energy option for states that dont 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 arent able to utilize wind if the wind doesnt blow!)
Lets run through it again. The EPA is attempting to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases, which might be illegal. In addition, its 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 EPAs plan doesnt make any sense, and many states and organizations are on to the administrations misguided plan. Lets hope the EPA realizes that it is making a huge mistake and leaves the energy legislating to our elected officials.
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.
The offender IIRC was the legendary Bill Bailey.
Heck, SCOTUS ordered the EPA to regulate carbon because W refused to do so (5-4 vote).
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".
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...
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