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Burr bill would merge EPA, Energy
Greensboro News and Record ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Winston-Salem Journal

Posted on 05/10/2011 7:06:04 AM PDT by wbill

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy would merge under a bill introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.

The merged agency would be called the Department of Energy and Environment.

Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said the merger would result in $3 billion in savings next year. Critics counter that such a move would weaken the government's role in protecting the environment.

Burr introduced the bill Thursday. It has 16 co-sponsors, all Republicans. Burr acknowledged Monday that the bill doesn't have a good chance being heard in committee, a required for step for it to reach the full Senate. The best chance for the bill would be for someone in the House to propose a similar bill, he said.

Burr said he filed the bill in response to a report from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's recommendation to shrink the size of the federal workforce.

A report from the commission — which is chaired by Erskine Bowles, a Democrat and the former head of the University of North Carolina system, and former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican — calls for reducing the size of the federal workforce by about 10 percent, or 200,000 workers. The report recommends that most of those cuts be achieved by attrition.

Burr said he didn't know exactly how many jobs would be eliminated if the agencies merged but said the list would include half the top administrators because of duplication.

The fate of the EPA has been a subject of debate since the Republicans took control of the House. Former House Speaker and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this year called for the elimination of the agency.

In March, William D. Ruckelshaus and Christine Todd Whitman — both Republicans and former EPA chiefs — argued against that idea in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post, saying America's air and waterways are cleaner as a result of the agency's efforts.

"It has taken four decades to put in place the infrastructure to ensure that pollution is controlled through limitations on corporate, municipal and individual conduct," they wrote. "Dismantle that infrastructure today, and a new one would have to be created tomorrow at great expense and at great sacrifice to America's public health and environment."

Burr said although he believes the EPA can sometimes be overzealous, he's not opposed to the agency's mission of protecting the environment. He said he just sees similarities between the two agencies and thinks it would save money if they were combined.

"The EPA has some important functions," he said. "I'd like to make sure we have the right checks and balances."

Yadkin Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said Burr is trying to use a back-door method to gut the EPA.

"He's not worried about public health in North Carolina but in the corporate polluters who would undermine the EPA," he said. "We seem to forget just how important these regulations are in protecting the public health."

On the Yadkin River, for example, there are over 600 sewage discharge permits that regulate how much pollution can be released into the water. Without the EPA, there would be no oversight on those discharges to ensure they comply with the permits, Naujoks said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: energypolicy; epa; richardburr
Interesting that I actually found something to agree upon with Irksome Bowles.

And, that fool "Dean Naujoks" (what the hell is a 'riverkeeper', exactly?) can be counted on for a quotable liberal comment on the environment - the local news outlets use him all of the time. I'd say he's sort of the local version of Algore - a self-proclaimed environmental expert.

1 posted on 05/10/2011 7:06:06 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

I’d rather abolish it outright.

It would be hard to abolish Energy. And if you transfer the responsibilities of EPA to Energy, then all the EPA nastiness stays.

ABOLISH THE EPA.


2 posted on 05/10/2011 7:08:18 AM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: wbill

Bulldoze them both then salt the earth.

Pray for America


3 posted on 05/10/2011 7:10:27 AM PDT by bray (What do you think of water boarding now, Obama?)
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To: wbill

I have a better idea....ELIMINATE BOTH!


4 posted on 05/10/2011 7:10:31 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: wbill

Sounds right....and then we’ll appoint Sarah Palin to head it. Best position in the world for her....IMHO


5 posted on 05/10/2011 7:11:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wbill
"Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said the merger would result in $3 billion in savings next year. Critics counter that such a move would weaken the government's role in protecting the environment." No sir, eliminate, not merge. Tell us sen. Burr, just what was the mission of the Dept of Energy and how are they doing on that mission? And now please tell us why you want to continue that bunch of useless tax drains who do nothing but prevent business growth? The same with the EPA sir.
6 posted on 05/10/2011 7:11:56 AM PDT by FreeMaine
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To: Christian Engineer Mass; rightwingextremist1776; bray
True, he is being entirely too close-minded.

Instead of getting rid of one or the other, we could very easily dump them both. :-)

7 posted on 05/10/2011 7:12:51 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

Riverkeepers are environmentalist in a non profit working to protect waterways.


8 posted on 05/10/2011 7:15:49 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Two useless money sponges merged into one.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 7:17:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Yes, both departments need to be eliminated completely.


10 posted on 05/10/2011 7:17:49 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: wbill

Cut the waste, cut the waste!


11 posted on 05/10/2011 7:18:09 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: wbill

After they merge it might be easier to get rid of the new agency instead of two.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 7:18:15 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

And while we’re at it eliminate every other cabinet level department except for Treasury, Justice and Defense. Save lots more money.


13 posted on 05/10/2011 7:18:58 AM PDT by Argus
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said the merger would result in $3 billion in savings next year. Critics counter that such a move would weaken the government’s role in protecting the environment.

Oh joy three billion in savings, and two false premises. I’m with you, neither one is worth saving. States can do the job if they deem it worth it.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 7:20:58 AM PDT by wita
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To: wbill

They should throw Interior in there as well. Too much duplication. Although this is intentional, if Interior doesn’t stop progress, then Energy or EPA will.

Veterans Affairs should be rolled back into Defense as well.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 7:21:44 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: FreeMaine
just what was the mission of the Dept of Energy and how are they doing on that mission?

A few months back while watching a show about prehistoric earth and life I saw jumbo fruit flies being grown in a Department of energy lab.
16 posted on 05/10/2011 7:25:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: bray

Bulldoze them both then salt the earth.

Bingo

We don’t need either of them.


17 posted on 05/10/2011 7:44:40 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: cripplecreek

Merge them and then shut it down.


18 posted on 05/10/2011 7:49:07 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: FreeMaine

I think both should be abolished, but consider:
With a Democrat controlled Senate, this bill is going no where anyway. I think the idea is to take two awful departments and shrink them to one. That would be the same as eliminating one NET and would be much easier to pass and save 3 billion at the same time.

Burr is not the greatest conservative in the senate by any means, but this shows some creativity at least.


19 posted on 05/10/2011 7:58:22 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: FreeMaine

I think both should be abolished, but consider:
With a Democrat controlled Senate, this bill is going no where anyway. I think the idea is to take two awful departments and shrink them to one. That would be the same as eliminating one NET and would be much easier to pass and save 3 billion at the same time.

Burr is not the greatest conservative in the senate by any means, but this shows some creativity at least.


20 posted on 05/10/2011 7:59:16 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: wbill; markomalley; Bockscar; Thunder90; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Normandy; FreedomPoster; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

21 posted on 05/10/2011 9:51:51 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

“In March, William D. Ruckelshaus and Christine Todd Whitman — both Republicans and former EPA chiefs — argued against that idea in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post, saying America’s air and waterways are cleaner as a result of the agency’s efforts.”

That’s like saying that once your new house is built, and after you’ve moved in, you have to keep the carpenters, electricians, drywallers painters, etc., etc., cuz somethin’ more might need to be done!

Abolish the EPA, and let the States handle anything else that pops up.

“”It has taken four decades to put in place the infrastructure to ensure that pollution is controlled through limitations on corporate, municipal and individual conduct,”

They’ve already finished that job. Go away and let the states handle it!


22 posted on 05/10/2011 11:13:16 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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23 posted on 05/10/2011 11:27:28 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: cripplecreek

>> Two useless money sponges

Ha! Better for us if they WERE merely useless.

They’re *malevolent*.


24 posted on 05/10/2011 11:58:47 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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