Skip to comments.Texas fights global-warming power grab--Lone Star state won't participate in Obama's lawless policy
Posted on 08/25/2010 5:05:07 PM PDT by jazusamo
The state's slogan is "Don't mess with Texas." But the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing just that, and at stake is whether the Obama administration can impose its global-warming agenda without a vote of Congress.
President Obama's EPA is already well down the path to regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, something the act was not designed to do. It has a problem, however, because shoehorning greenhouse gases into that 40-year-old law would force churches, schools, warehouses, commercial kitchens and other sources to obtain costly and time-consuming permits. It would grind the economy to a halt, and the likely backlash would doom the whole scheme.
The EPA, determined to move forward anyway, is attempting to rewrite the Clean Air Act administratively via a "tailoring rule," which would reduce the number of regulated sources. The problem with that approach? It's illegal. The EPA has no authority to rewrite the law. To pull it off, the EPA needs every state with a State Implementation Plan to rewrite all of its statutory thresholds as well.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Bryan W. Shaw saw the tailoring rule for what it really is: a massive power grab and centralization of authority. They are fighting back, writing to the EPA:
"In order to deter challenges to your plan for centralized control of industrial development through the issuance of permits for greenhouse gases, you have called upon each state to declare its allegiance to the Environmental Protection Agency's recently enacted greenhouse gas regulations - regulations that are plainly contrary to U.S. laws. ... To encourage acquiescence with your unsupported findings you threaten to usurp state enforcement authority and to federalize the permitting program of any state that fails to pledge their fealty to the Environmental...
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HANG IN THERE TEXAS
Well said...This is yet another power grab by Lisa Jackson’s Dear Leader.
Either abuse of authority or lack of jurisdiction, take your pick.
If we don't stop this train, we're all gonna get caught up in the wreck.
Good for them! Its time to just say NO!
Not just NO but Hell NO!!!
This is it. This should be our stand.
EPA and Zerocare: just refuse to listen to them.
All of us can en masse refuse to participate.
Some good news for the good guys.
Need to give a tip of the Steetson to Rick and Gregg for introducing nobama to Tony Llama.
Obastard sees laws and the Constitution as something to figure a way around so he can finish his task of destroying the United States.
Libs are afraid to confront Abbott directly because he’s wheelchair-bound and he may still run for higher offices but you know behind closed doors they want to give him the Palin treatment. Go Greg!! Give ‘em hell!
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“On behalf of the State of Texas, we write to inform you that Texas has neither the authority nor the intention of interpreting, ignoring or amending its laws in order to compel the permitting of greenhouse gas emissions.”
Bless her little heart. I think we just told the EPA to go pound sand.
I was just in Houston last week. We were discussing the new regulations regarding NoX emissions. The consensus was grim. When it comes to midstream natural gas production, things are going to get very expensive in order to remain compliant. Some of our stand-by and primary power generation guys pointed out that the portable power generation (used at drill sites and production plants)will no longer be allowed after Jan. 1, 2011. Oh, and offshore business is dead for now.
Hopefully this approach will prove successful and spread to other states!
As far as Texas goes, I’m for Perry all the way and wish him Godspeed in his efforts to thwart these power grabs by these power hungry Socialist Bastards! And stop ‘em in their tracks.
Here’s a big ole Texas HELL YEAH!
WTH is that all about? Are you talking about the gazillions of compressor/generators located at the remote pumping/production sites just about everywhere in the country?
Short story: I get on Google Earth from time to time to just cruise around to see what I can see. Deep in these Piney Woods of East Texas are hundreds of what appeared to be tank storage facilities of some kind; complete with small storage tanks and other equipment. I located one within a few miles of home and went to investigate. First thing I noticed was a huge generator/compressor, not much smaller than and resembling a train engine. VERY quiet BTW. Along with this was what looked like a "Christmas Tree" and about half a dozen storage tanks with a large sign warning of hydrogen sulfide gas. I had seen all I wanted to see. ;^)
Hydrogen Disulfide is deadly, one or two wiffs and its game over