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Beef Industry: U.S. May Need ‘Strategic Hamburger Reserve’ after Obama EPA Implements...
CNSNews ^ | October 7, 2010 | Chris Neefus

Posted on 10/07/2010 3:20:54 PM PDT by jazusamo

Complete title: Beef Industry: U.S. May Need ‘Strategic Hamburger Reserve’ after Obama EPA Implements New Regulations

Washington (CNSNews.com) – According to a representative of the cattle and beef industry, America may need a “strategic hamburger reserve” if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implements proposed new reguilations for cattle producers.

“From where I sit, (the Obama administration) appears to be aimed at destroying the cattle industry in America as we know it,” Tamara Thies, the chief environmental counsel at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said on Capitol Hill last week.

“It is ironic that as we work to become less dependent on foreign oil, Obama policies are likely to make us more dependent on foreign beef. Maybe we’ll need to start a strategic hamburger reserve after the Obama administration is finished with us.”

Thies' comments came at a hearing conducted by the House Republicans’ Rural America Solutions Group about the EPA’s proposed regulations on the industry, which include the toughest dust regulations in history – one which would significantly impact the rural economy by imposing steep fines on cattle producers who, Thies said, most likely cannot afford them.

“It is unlikely these realities are lost on the EPA, making one wonder if the real goal of the agency is to do away altogether with economic activity throughout the bread basket of this country and turn it into a vast national park,” she added.

The forum was held by Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee; Sam Graves (R-Mo.), ranking member of the House Small Business subcommittee; and Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, to consider several of the new proposed EPA regulations.

In a periodic review of its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which allow the EPA to regulate certain forms of particulate matter in the air, the EPA determined that it might raise the standard so that only 65-85 µg/m3 of dust would be permitted in the air (as opposed to 150 µg/m3). Violating the proposed new NAAQS standards can result in civil penalties under the Clean Air Act.

The EPA published that draft policy assessment in the July 8, 2010 issue of the Federal Register.

“(EPA) is preparing to issue a proposed regulation that is twice as stringent as the current dust standard, and is more stringent than background levels of dust in many parts of the U.S,” Thies told the congressmen.

“Incredibly, we are talking about dust kicked up by tilling fields and harvesting crops, cattle movements, and pickups driving down dirt roads,”she said. “For agriculture, the current standard is already very difficult and costly to meet—doubling it would be virtually impossible.”

That new proposal also alarmed 75 members of Congress who represent rural districts, including Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-S.D.), John Spratt (D-S.C.), and Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), who sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Sept. 27 urging the agency to “refrain from going down this path” on dust regulation.

“Considering the administration’s claim that it is focusing on revitalizing rural America and rural economic development, a proposal such as this would have a significant negative impact on those very goals,” they wrote. “We are hopeful that common sense will prevail and the EPA will refrain from causing extreme hardship to farmers, livestock producers, and other resource-based industries throughout rural America.

“Whether it is livestock kicking up dust, corn being combined, or a pickup driving down a gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event in rural areas. Common sense requires the EPA to acknowledge that the wind blows dust around in these areas, and that is a fact of life.”

Jackson did not attend the forum on Capitol Hill last week despite receiving an invitation. A spokesperson for the EPA indicated they would have a reaction about why they were proposing these rules in a difficult economy, but did not do so by press time.

The dust regulation is one of several new proposals the EPA is considering, including regulating ammonia emissions from cattle operations; nationalizing standards for soil phosphorus levels, which determine where farmers can use manure; regulating greenhouse gas emissions; and greater regulation of farming on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“The fact is, the EPA is waging an unprecedented war to end modern production of animal agriculture,” Thies said in her testimony.

“EPA exhibits reckless indifference to scientific fact and, instead, imposes stringent regulations based on nothing more than its biased anti-animal agriculture agenda that will leave many cattle operations with no recourse but to shut down and eliminate jobs,” she added.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; cattledust; epa; obama
Just can't make this stuff up. A few years ago talk like this would have seemed nuts, now the only things nuts about it is the nuts in EPA and the turkeys running the government.
1 posted on 10/07/2010 3:20:57 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Bull.

Wow and unbelievable.

I hate hallal and “bean burgers”.


2 posted on 10/07/2010 3:23:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: jazusamo
Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

3 posted on 10/07/2010 3:23:25 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Wagyu beef will be reserved for privileged members of the Inner Party, while the rest of us will make do with Soylent Green.


4 posted on 10/07/2010 3:25:15 PM PDT by Argus
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To: jazusamo
“From where I sit, (the Obama administration) appears to be aimed at destroying the cattle industry in America as we know it,” Tamara Thies, the chief environmental counsel at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said on Capitol Hill last week.

What ISN'T Obama trying to destroy these days?

5 posted on 10/07/2010 3:29:37 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Obad. 1:15: As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.)
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To: jazusamo

So, THAT’s what they mean by “let them eat cake”.


6 posted on 10/07/2010 3:32:22 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: jazusamo

Anyone remember “Soylent Green”?


7 posted on 10/07/2010 3:32:57 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: jazusamo

We may not have two years to get rid of this clown, i.e. the situation may in fact be more desparate than that.


8 posted on 10/07/2010 3:33:44 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: MissMagnolia
What ISN'T Obama trying to destroy these days?

Excellent question! I believe he's trying to destroy most everything.

9 posted on 10/07/2010 3:34:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Too bad I’m ass deep in pesky elk.


10 posted on 10/07/2010 3:35:13 PM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: gundog

I’ve eaten a lot of OR elk, good stuff. :)


11 posted on 10/07/2010 3:37:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

12 posted on 10/07/2010 3:37:28 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DallasDeb
There, there, just lie down and relax, listen to Beethoven and admire the beautiful scenes of waterfalls, green fields and happy animals............
13 posted on 10/07/2010 3:39:49 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin says: "Buck-up or get out of the truck.")
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To: jazusamo

Control the food, control the people. I can’t say what I think of that POS. Every day when I hear what he’s doing to destroy us I want to go and slap a stupid 0bama voter.


14 posted on 10/07/2010 3:40:04 PM PDT by CajunConservative (0, we'll stop treating you like a dog, when you stop treating us like a hydrant.)
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To: MissMagnolia

“It is unlikely these realities are lost on the EPA, making one wonder if the real goal of the agency is to do away altogether with economic activity throughout the bread basket of this country and turn it into a vast national park,” she added.

She nails it here. Stopping, or slowing down, the EPA and many other agencies is going to be difficult. Hope the Republican majority can do something about it.


15 posted on 10/07/2010 3:40:29 PM PDT by olereporter (Today's media should be held accountable for journalistic malfeasance and First Amendment abuse.)
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To: jazusamo

The first thing that the majority republican congress will need to do is completely de-fund the epa. Not a single penny for rent, utilities, or salaries.

It will be difficult for them to issue rulings if they don’t have a room in which to meet.

Mark


16 posted on 10/07/2010 3:44:30 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: jazusamo

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to afford meat on a regular basis, as it is...

Guess I can kiss even that once or twice a month good-bye... :(


17 posted on 10/07/2010 3:46:09 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: jazusamo

Anybody ready to work on overturning Wickard v Filburn yet?


18 posted on 10/07/2010 3:52:30 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: MarkL

I personally think that an EPA in some form is necessary. But I’m becoming less and less convinced the THE EPA can be saved. A complete defunding and reboot of the EPA to their mid-1970’s mission is the only thing that will work - and previous employees need not apply.


19 posted on 10/07/2010 3:54:37 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: MissMagnolia

The Brazilian deepwater petroleum extraction industry, for one example. Banning such an enterprise by U. S. oil drillers in the Gulf while subsidizing Brazil’s similar work is one way of diminishing America’s wealth while enhancing that of other nations.


20 posted on 10/07/2010 3:55:38 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: MarkL

I agree, that’s what should be done and done as soon as the RATS lose the House, then do away with the EPA as soon as we can.


21 posted on 10/07/2010 3:55:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I’m trying to keep track of the industries Obama’s EPA seems intent on killing. So far, as best I can recall, the list includes cement manufacturers, oil refiners, users of industrial boilers, cattle ranchers, and pretty much any industrial or agricultural activity in the watershed that feeds the Cheasapeake. I’m sure there are more. Those are just the ones I recall reading about.


22 posted on 10/07/2010 4:02:07 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: jazusamo

I so hate obama you have no idea.


23 posted on 10/07/2010 4:03:15 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: DallasDeb

beat me to it lol


24 posted on 10/07/2010 4:03:24 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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To: jazusamo

The second thing for the Republicans to do when they take over Congress is to defund the EPA. Cut off their money, give them NADA!! Of course, the first thing still remains - start issuing subpoenas.


25 posted on 10/07/2010 4:21:37 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: jazusamo
In the immortal words of Chuck Grassley, “Only God controls dust.”
26 posted on 10/07/2010 4:22:50 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: MissMagnolia

“What ISN’T Obama trying to destroy these days?”

Was thinking the same thing. Can’t come up with a single US industry the obamanation’s administration isn’t actively working to destroy or take over.

Mining? Energy? Farming? Auto? Cement and concrete? Cattle? Light bulbs? Insurance? Health care? Yup, they’re all in the cross hairs.

Sure I missed some. And then he’s claiming to be pro-business lately. Delusional!


27 posted on 10/07/2010 4:23:46 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: olereporter
She nails it here. Stopping, or slowing down, the EPA and many other agencies is going to be difficult.

The left wrote the book on how to fight the government. The National Beef Association needs to man up and sue the EPA at every turn. If they loose file an appeal and another suit for something else. Tie them up in litigation and FOIA demands until they pick an easier target.

Has the EPA completed a comprehensive environmental impact study that includes the economic impact of their new regulations? That’s the first place to start.

28 posted on 10/07/2010 4:24:08 PM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: jazusamo

Clearly the lunatics are running the asylum at EPA.

It is TIME to DownSize DC!

Eliminate entire departments! Starting the the Federal Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you evaluated them honestly on the cost benefit basis neither would have a positive value. In the case of both, the Nation would be better off if they did not exist at all.....


29 posted on 10/07/2010 4:37:08 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: jazusamo

Dust Regulations.
Yeah, I’m familiar with that.
In CA. you can’t use a dozer/tractor if the wind is coming from a certain direction.
If you have dirt exposed you have to cover it with hay so dirt doesn’t get onto the road way.
You can also be fined (heavily) if dirt gets into a water way.


30 posted on 10/07/2010 4:37:18 PM PDT by freds6girlies (many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt. 19:30. R.I.P. G & J)
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To: jazusamo
FUBO!
31 posted on 10/07/2010 4:46:35 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: The Antiyuppie
I personally think that an EPA in some form is necessary. But I’m becoming less and less convinced the THE EPA can be saved. A complete defunding and reboot of the EPA to their mid-1970’s mission is the only thing that will work - and previous employees need not apply.

Like the unions, NAACP, and the ADL, the EPA once did some good things. But over the years, it's morphed into a part of the government that exerts far too much control over our lives. I realized that the EPA can't be "fixed" when they declared CO2 a threat to "public health."

Mark

32 posted on 10/07/2010 4:55:42 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: CajunConservative
That is exactly what they are going. Obama and company have 3 main areas of attack they started off with but certainly not limited to: Food, Health care since we have an aging population, and “climate change” which regulates movement and overall energy use which is used by every sector of society for our modern living. They know what they need to control to control the entire population. They cannot due this with a strong military or militia of their own like Lenin or Mao, but they can do a back door approach of death by buracracy.
33 posted on 10/07/2010 7:08:09 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: DarkWaters

going = doing


34 posted on 10/07/2010 7:08:44 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: DarkWaters
This cannot keep up without costing lives. Someone's child will freeze or starve, or their mother or some other family member will. Between ridiculous overregulation and the economy, people will start to reach the breaking point.

When that happens, their inspectors will go out and never be heard from again.

35 posted on 10/08/2010 6:46:41 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

It will reach a breaking point, but when? It will be when so many backs are against the wall there is no other place to retreat to. This is do the loss of the American spirit of fighting back and standing up for what is right. We are intimidated by the law, the legal system, the players, the media, the schools, etc. and this is the end result.

So while I agree that this will break at some point, I believe the people will take much more of it before they can no longer bear it. However I believe that it will be to late by then. The economy will be in a hyperinflation, goods and services will be hard to come by in a country of 300+ million people. That is a very lethal combination. Then our enemies overseas will be salivating while we fall on our own sword. At some point they will be tempted to finish the job if the opportunity arise.


36 posted on 10/08/2010 4:29:33 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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To: jazusamo

Reading stuff like this, nothing would please me more than communist politicians starving to death. Those damned monsters are sowing the wind, but will reap the whirlwind.


37 posted on 10/08/2010 4:48:31 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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