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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
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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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