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Had Enough? Sign the 'Citizenís Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency'
The Heartland Institute ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jim Lakely (seamus)

Posted on 08/23/2012 4:29:09 PM PDT by seamus

The bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency no longer aim to protect our air and water from pollution. In fact, you could say they should pat themselves on the back. Mission accomplished: America enjoys the cleanest air and water in the industrial world — by far.

But to keep itself busy, the EPA is imposing — via President Obama's direction — draconian mandates that do virtually nothing to keep the environment clean, but do a ton to destroy industry, jobs, and personal property rights.

The Heartland Institute is circulating the “Citizen’s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.” Join the fight more than 6,000 have taken up by signing the petition! When Heartland gets to 10,000 signatures, it will hold a major media event on Capitol Hill to make sure your voice of common sense is heard.

SIGN THE PETITION!


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KEYWORDS: epa; petition
EPA Is a Rogue Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970 to protect the nation’s air and water from pollution. Over the years, Congress put EPA in charge of implementing and enforcing many laws, some of them important and needed, but others based on faulty science and adopted without regard to their enormous costs and small or nonexistent benefits.

In recent years, EPA has become a rogue agency, spending billions of dollars (approximately $9 billion in 2012) directly and imposing on individuals and businesses hundreds of billions of dollars in compliance costs. This huge burden is destroying jobs by blocking the use of American energy resources and giving foreign competitors an enormous cost advantage over U.S. businesses.

EPA has perverted the Clean Air Act by declaring carbon dioxide a “pollutant,” despite the plain intent of the law’s authors to exclude such naturally occurring gases, and despite major flaws in the science used to claim carbon dioxide endangers human health.

EPA is shutting down coal-fired electricity generation across the country by enforcing air quality standards that are unnecessarily stringent and impossible to meet. This action is causing electricity rates to rise rapidly and for electrical supplies to become unreliable.

The toll EPA is now taking on our country is staggering, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work at a time when millions of people are unemployed and our reliance on foreign sources of energy threatens to compromise the nation’s security.

The Solution

The solution is to rein in EPA through deep cuts in the size, power, and cost of the agency. This can be done by Congress, through its control over the government’s purse, or by a president willing to put sound science and a strong economy ahead of the demands of environmental extremists.

According to Dr. Jay Lehr, science director of The Heartland Institute and a leading authority on water pollution and environmental protection, EPA’s budget could safely be cut by 80 percent or more without endangering the environment or human health. Most of what EPA does today, according to Dr. Lehr, could be done better by state government agencies, many of which didn’t exist or had much less expertise back in 1970, when EPA was created.

Congress can repeal EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide in the name of “global warming,” and it can demand cost-benefit analysis be applied to all environmental regulations. It can demand that EPA reform its politicized and unreliable scientific research program, and go back to sound science and common sense.

The Petition

The Citizen’s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency calls out EPA’s unscientific and destructive campaign to frighten people over the threat of man-made global warming and demands “deep cuts in the size, power, and cost of the EPA.”

So far, nearly 5,000 people have signed it and returned copies of the petition to us. When we reach 10,000 signatures, we plan to hold an event in Washington DC and formally submit the petition to members of Congress.

You can help! Please sign the petition, and urge your friends, relatives, and coworkers to sign it, too. You can sign it online here, or print out copies and fax signed copies to 312/377-5000, or mail them to us at The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive #2740, Chicago, IL 60606.

By working together, we can rein in the Environmental Protection Agency! We can protect the environment without sacrificing jobs or our essential freedoms. Please help us by signing a petition today. You can also make tax-deductible contributions to The Heartland Institute by going here, or by sending your check or money order to the address above.

SIGN THE PETITION!


1 posted on 08/23/2012 4:29:16 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus
done...
2 posted on 08/23/2012 4:34:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Thanks, Chode. Help spread the word!


3 posted on 08/23/2012 4:42:14 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus
wilco...
4 posted on 08/23/2012 4:43:51 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: seamus

I’ll sign it and here’s something else we can do. Encourage your congressman to join the other 100+ cosponsors of H.R.750 - Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act

To preempt regulation of, action relating to, or consideration of greenhouse gases under Federal and common law on enactment of a Federal policy to mitigate climate change.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h750/show


5 posted on 08/23/2012 4:51:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Excellent idea, CC. Thanks!


6 posted on 08/23/2012 4:53:55 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus

The GOP. GAVE as the EPA


7 posted on 08/23/2012 4:58:50 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Yup. One of many bad ideas from Nixon. But it’s never been more dangerous to our liberty and destructive to our economy than right now.


8 posted on 08/23/2012 5:00:53 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus

Well he have to admit back then the air and water were dirty....


9 posted on 08/23/2012 5:04:09 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Chode

done


10 posted on 08/23/2012 5:17:06 PM PDT by PA Engineer (What if the rabbit hole is endless?)
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To: Hojczyk

Of course. And the EPA should be considered one of the most successful government agencies in American history. We have, by far, the cleanest air and water in the industrial world — and are leagues ahead of the Third World, of course.

But no agency, ever, says “mission accomplished.” There is always more power to grab, more areas to regulate. Left to their own devices — let alone purposely unleashed by this president — government agencies will run wild. If we don’t stop the EPA now from continuing to consider carbon dioxide a “pollutant,” and impose Cap’n Trade by fiat (after it has been rejected by the public and the Congress it has elected) we’re in big trouble.


11 posted on 08/23/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus
I don't want to Rein in the EPA.I want it disbanded because this creature will always find a way to stick its nose into the Publics Business.

The only way I'd support Reining it in would be if the Agency had Iron clad regulations that could never be ignored but its political masters.

12 posted on 08/23/2012 5:25:41 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: PA Engineer

Thanks, PA Engineer. I’m from Pittsburgh. You a Steelers fan?


13 posted on 08/23/2012 5:27:46 PM PDT by seamus
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To: puppypusher

Exactly right, PP. First you isolate it. Then you freeze it. Then you kill it.

I think some lefty agitator of some renown advised that. Time to use those tactics against the instruments of leftist control.


14 posted on 08/23/2012 5:30:08 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus
Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency

Yeah kill it.

I'm sure every state has one by now. Say buh-bye.

15 posted on 08/23/2012 5:33:33 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Every state does, in fact, have its own version of the EPA. Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr makes a compelling argument for abolishing the federal EPA altogether and letting the states handle the job — because they know how to manage their own land, resources and environment better than career bureaucrats in Washington.
16 posted on 08/23/2012 5:39:25 PM PDT by seamus
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To: lonevoice; Stillwaters

It’s a good start.


17 posted on 08/23/2012 6:16:21 PM PDT by Pride in the USA (With Romney - Ryan you get change back.)
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To: seamus

The EPA is the reason I’m still poor and have to keep working although I am almost 79, instead of having the wealth I should have had for the past 30 years.


18 posted on 08/23/2012 6:35:33 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: seamus
Thanks, PA Engineer. I’m from Pittsburgh. You a Steelers fan?

I live in Murrysville. I bleed black and gold.
19 posted on 08/23/2012 7:28:06 PM PDT by PA Engineer (What if the rabbit hole is endless?)
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To: Chode

I’m in, but where is the petition to overturn Wickard v. Filburn? That’ll be the daisy cutter.


20 posted on 08/23/2012 7:34:28 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic
looks like this is the only way...

Petition Online

www.petitiononline.com/Cached - Similar
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Provides free hosting of public petitions for responsible public advocacy, and allows you to start your own petitions.

21 posted on 08/23/2012 8:19:31 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: WVNan
Sorry to hear that WVNan. I'm 42 next month. I expect to work until I drop. All I have earned in nearly 30 years of work since a teen has gone to keeping above water — paying my taxes and bills. I've never expected Social Security to be there for me, and I expect even less of Medicare.

But, when I start to get down, I think about my grandparents who came here from Ireland in the 1920s with nothing in their pockets but lint. They didn't complain, and I hope I won't either — despite the fact that the generations from those days until today have enjoyed the blessings of wealth in this country, and have let their government squander it all on the welfare state. We're broke as a country. The brokest country that has ever been.

But I believe in the American spirit. I believe the rising generations can fix this country, because they will realize that they need to do it. And I guess I'll do my part by not complaining (too much) that all my labor goes into paying off the debts of the previous generations so that ones in the future can prosper again.

All that said: I'm sorry your wealth and the retirement you thought you'd have is gone. I really am. I hope you live long enough to say "tough break for me," but are heartened to see the turn-around to the values and vibrancy this nation once had. I think that's the best we can hope for. I'm 37 years your junior, and I have my doubts that I'll see that before I'm "retired." But there's no chance of it happening if we don't all work to fixing things starting right now.

Yours in liberty,
seamus

22 posted on 08/23/2012 8:39:47 PM PDT by seamus
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To: tacticalogic
A petition won't overturn Wickard. Only a good case to SCOTUS would do that. Of course, all Originalists hoped the Obamacare ruling would do that, because it was a great challenge. Alas ... Roberts! (which is now a swear word to me, and many others.)
23 posted on 08/23/2012 8:45:29 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus

Done, happily!


24 posted on 08/23/2012 9:36:24 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

Thanks, SuziQ.


25 posted on 08/23/2012 10:10:11 PM PDT by seamus
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To: PA Engineer

I lived in Kennedy Township in the 80s. Went to Montour. College at Pitt.

Go Steelers!


26 posted on 08/23/2012 10:11:27 PM PDT by seamus
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To: seamus

Monroeville and Gateway. College at Pitt. Moved away and travelled with work for about 12 years and moved back in 94.


27 posted on 08/23/2012 10:52:51 PM PDT by PA Engineer (What if the rabbit hole is endless?)
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To: seamus
Very astute observations seamus. Thank you for your patriotism and concerns. You are probably right that you won't be able to stop working to support yourself. I am not complaining about my situation from day to day. I am blessed in so many ways to be healthy and strong enough to continue working. Of course, my work is caring for others, so it is not a burden. I just get ticked when I think of my parents who had a huge acreage that was found to be mostly low sulfur coal (500 acres). They contracted with a coal co to mine it and turn it into usable land. Then came the EPA and lawsuits to stop them. That mess turned their retirement years into a roller coaster of hopes and disappointment.

When they passed, my siblings and I inherited the land. We have gone through the same ups and downs and still we cannot get a permit. We decided to get rid of the aggravation and sell the land. Guess what? The real estate bubble crashed and we can't sell it. Sometimes I think of what life would have been like for all of us if we had been able to mine the coal. We would all be millionaires. Such is fate. Takes me back to a book I read years ago where the author proposed an eleventh commandment. "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall not be disappointed."

28 posted on 08/24/2012 5:36:12 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: seamus

Ironic, isn’t it, that Roberts was the swing vote in both cases?


29 posted on 08/24/2012 9:55:11 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: WVNan

Wow. That is an amazing story, WVNan. And so sad.


30 posted on 08/25/2012 11:31:22 AM PDT by seamus
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