Skip to comments.Identifying Regulations that Impede Job Creation and Slow the Economy - HR 72
Posted on 02/11/2011 3:25:04 PM PST by Congressman Tom McClintock
House Resolution 72 Remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock House Chamber, Washington, D.C
As Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of Natural Resources, my colleagues and I are excited and eager to undertake the mission outlined in House Resolution 72: to identify the federal regulations in this field that are impeding job creation and slowing the economy.
The only problem is deciding where to begin.
A generation ago, the principal objective of our water and power policy was to create an abundance of both. It was an era when vast reservoirs and hydro-electric facilities produced a cornucopia of clean and plentiful water and electricity on a scale so vast that many communities didnt even bother to measure the stuff.
But that objective of abundance has been abandoned in favor of rationing shortages caused by government.
The result is increasingly scarce and expensive water and power that now undermines our prosperity as a nation.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the Central Valley of California. The last Congress sat idly by as this administration deliberately diverted 200 billion gallons of water away from the most abundant agricultural region of our nation all to satisfy the environmental left and its pet cause, a three inch minnow called the Delta Smelt.
These willful diversions cost over 20,000 farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment rates in the region; destroyed more than a quarter million acres of the most fertile farmland in our nation and forced up the price of groceries for us all.
Or we could look to the Klamath, where this administration is pushing to tear down four perfectly good hydroelectric dams that generate 155 megawatts of the cleanest and cheapest electricity on the planet enough to power over 150,000 homes -- because, were told, of catastrophic declines of salmon.
When I suggested building a salmon hatchery instead, I was informed that there already is one: it produces 5 million salmon smolt each year 17,000 of which return to that river as fully grown adults to spawn but theyre deliberately ignored in the population counts. To add insult to insanity, as they tear down these dams in the name of saving the salmon, theyre also tearing down the fish hatchery.
Or we could begin in Colorado, where theyve sacrificed over 1,000 megawatts from the Glen Canyon Dam for the humpback chub at the expense of a long neglected species called Homo sapiens.
Ronald Reagan was right: in this crisis, government is not the solution to our problems government is the problem. The good news is thats within our power to correct and it was clearly the mandate of the American people in 2010.
And we will act on that mandate beginning with a series of hearings and actions directly related to this much-needed resolution.
The documentation of this needs to reach as wide an audience as possible.
I think part of the reason liberalism and conservationists have gained such power is that the consequences of both movements has not been adequately spelled out to the citizens of this great nation.
Too much time is spent is the abstract. Concrete facts are what is needed.
Thanks for taking a step in the right direction.
Well past time to push back the relentless advance of Agenda 21.
The best man to come out of California since Reagan.
In Washington, DC, the City Council has approved a law that owners of any house that has been unoccupied for a month have to pay a $250 vacant property fee, or get an exemption. There are various exemptions regarding construction permits, contract to sell, etc. The one that really takes the cake is the requirement to show utility usage. The preferred utility is water usage. If you are away for several months on vacation, in the Army, WORKING FOR YOUR CONGRESSMAN IN THE HOME DISTRICT, you will not be using water. Then you will have a much harder time proving that this is not a vacant property. Oh, SMALL DETAIL, if you do not get an exemption you will have to pay SIX times the regular tax.
The local water utility urges people to NOT waste water. An employee in the DC Permits office told a friend to just leave the water dribbling when they go away. Insane, hey, Congressman Tom McClintock, can you do something about this??? Please, please, please!!! Some of my elderly friends would like to go to Florida for the winter without getting a $40,000 tax bill, and then spending 6 months trying to get this corrected. For that matter some realtor friends would like to be able to sell a property without having the new owner bombarded with this stupidity while they are in the process of selling their old home and moving into the new VACANT one with NO water bills.
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