Skip to comments.Get rid of the rogue EPA and pointless “climate” policies. Governments can’t change the weather.
Posted on 07/24/2014 11:42:09 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Governments cant change the weather.
One day people will marvel that turn of the century governments thought they could control the climate, and needed to issue decrees about how much change in the weather they would allow.
From different continents come two articles with a similar theme. Its time to dump the EPA and pointless Climate policies.
Alan Caruba and Jay Lehr tell us how it is. The EPA is a rogue tool of liberal activitists.
For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which, have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so.
Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved into a rogue agency threatening the U.S. economy, attacking the fundamental concept of private property, and the lives of all Americans in countless and costly ways.
Years ago Lehr called for the EPA to be established. For him now, its beyond saving.
The takeover of EPA and all of its activities by liberal activists was slow and methodical over the past 30 years. Today, EPA is all but a wholly owned subsidiary of liberal activist groups. Its rules account for about half of the nearly $2 trillion a year cost of complying with all national regulations in the U.S. President Barack Obama is using it to circumvent Congress to impose regulations on the energy sector that will cause prices to skyrocket. It is a rogue agency.
Dr. Lehr says that Incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option. Hes right.
Lehr is very specific he wants an 80% chop:
Eliminating the EPA would provide a major savings by eliminating 80% of its budget. The remaining 20% could be used to run its research labs and administer the Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental agencies. The Committee would determine which regulations are actually mandated in law by Congress and which were established by EPA without congressional approval.
Dr. Lehr estimates the EPAs federal budget would be reduced from $8.2 billion to $2 billion. Staffing would be reduced from more than 15,000 to 300 and that staff would serve in a new national EPA headquarters he recommends be located centrally in Topeka, Kansas, to allow the closest contact with the individual states. The staff would consist of six delegate-employees from each of the 50 states.
Don Aitkin gives us six reasons we dont:
First, no country can have a sensible policy on climate by itself, because climate is not governed by national boundaries. Second, not even the UN can have a sensible policy, because climate is not governed by laws and regulations. Third, we can do something about the effects of weather, which is much more concern to everyone because weather is local, and affects our daily life. Fourth, but we cant stop weather, or even predict it with any great success, because we lack deep knowledge about the basic components of weather (and climate). Fifth, it may be that we will never possess such knowledge. Sixth, the evidence continues to mount that carbon dioxide is not, after all, the control knob of the planets temperature, and if it is not, then the preceding reasons become overwhelming.
But we all know we arent spending billions to change the weather, and this was never about the environment.
Aitkin puts his finger on the real reason:
The radio news bulletin I heard soon after the [carbon tax repeal] bill had passed yesterday included a Labor woman politicos claiming that Australia will be the laughing stock of the world! That too was said in an exasperated tone.
There you have it. We have a climate policy because wed be laughing stock without one. We spend billions because its a national status symbol among the global cafe-latte set.
Aitkin reminds us how little most of the world cares about our place in the pecking order:
I get puzzled by statements of this kind, for Australia plays a tiny place in the thoughts and actions of the world. Novice Australian travellers learn quickly that there is no Australian news in any of the worlds major papers, or on any nations radio or television networks. When I lived and worked in the UK, before the days of the Internet, one needed a quick trip to Australia House in London to find out what had happened, and who had won what. Many, many Australians abroad needed to make such trips.
Yeah, but they can change people. That’s the point of EPA.
I don't know about that. Someone makes it rain, every time I wash my car.
While in general agreement that the EPA needs reordering, as to the way to do this, I would begin by block granting most of the EPA budget to the states for Superfund clean up projects. The basic philosophy being that “reactive” clean ups are far more important than preventing “potential pollution” like carbon dioxide in the future.
Simply put, parts of the US has been fouled, and are either currently uninhabitable or not reasonably habitable until they have been cleaned up. Or are disasters waiting to inevitably happen.
I doubt there would be much objection to block grants for such clean ups, especially if they were far more dollar efficient than wasting money to create oppressive regulations against hypothetical future problems.
“I don’t know about that. Someone makes it rain, every time I wash my car”
Reminds me of one of my fave Far Side cartoons - when the bird is on a wire overlooking a fellow washing his car - and the bird’s thought bubble said, “Mine, all mine.”
Remarks to the Commonwealth Club
by Michael Crichton
September 15, 2003