Skip to comments.New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer (COST: $21 Billion!)
Posted on 09/26/2011 6:49:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the number of new bureaucrats the federal government will need to hire to implement new proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a report by The Daily Caller:
The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be absurd in application and impossible to administer by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats at a cost of $21 billion to attempt to implement the rules.
The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesnt give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agencys authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that such a decision should be left for Congress to make.
The proposed regulations would set greenhouse gas emission thresholds above which businesses must file for an EPA permit and complete extra paperwork in order to continue operating. If the EPA wins its court battle and fully rolls out the greenhouse gas regulations, the number of businesses forced into this regulatory regime would grow tremendously from approximately 14,000 now to as many as 6.1 million.
Keep in mind that the $21 billion figure doesn’t include the economic cost of the regulations themselves.
Is it fair to criticize the president for the type of job these bureaucratic open positions would offer? Well, sure — the left constantly says Texas’ McJobs don’t count. These paper-pushing jobs grow the administrative state and come at a high cost to taxpayers. They burden the economy rather than add value to it.
But public-sector jobs seem to be the only kind of jobs the president knows how to create. From the beginning of the recession in January 2008 to the middle of 2010, for example, the private sector lost some 7.9 million jobs, while the public sector gained 590,000 jobs. From the passage of the stimulus bill in February 2009 to the middle of 2010, the private sector lost more than 2.6 million jobs, while the government workforce grew by 400,000.
In case the president does care to create more private-sector jobs (and my fingers are almost numb from typing this solution repeatedly), he might consider opening up the Gulf. According to the Consumer Energy Alliance, increasing the pace of permit approvals for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico would create 23,000 new jobs in virtually every state in the country, bolster GDP by $44 billion and generate nearly $12 billion in revenue to state and federal treasuries. From drilling products producers to truck drivers, from tug boat operators to farmers, Americans across the country stand to benefit from this ever-so-simple solution.
P.S. This is only tangentially related, but I’m still so annoyed by it that I have to squeeze it into some post somewhere. In case you missed it, the Obama administration banned over-the-counter asthma inhalers because of environmental concerns. Like regulations that require hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats to administer (or, more popularly, the light bulb ban), this inhaler ban is yet another example of a type of environmentalism that becomes so pervasive as to be lifestyle control — i.e. it’s yet another example of environmentalism run amok.
The military is used to make war with our enemies abroad.
The army of bureaucrats is used to make war against our enemies domestically which includes you and I.
Holy Carp!!! That’s a lot of potential commie union thugs.
We’re being handcuffed by our taxed labor.
pure national suicide.
George Soros, Ayres, Alinsky et ilk have coached O well.
This is the specific and deliberate purpose of these exploding federal regulations--to justify the metastatic cancer of the bureaucracy--growing unchecked until it kills its host. That'd be us, btw.
Fire every last EPA parasite and bulldoze the buildings so they can’t bring it back. Put every EPA parasite out on the street scrounging for a real job. Fire them before they fire you
Put every last EPA parasite on the soup lines
How many private sector jobs are eliminated by one taxpayer funded EPA job? The EPA has a job destroying multiplier effect that is only exceeded by the IRS.
Thought for the Day....
“Cheer up! The worst is yet to come!”
I’ve got an idea...Support the next GOP candidate who will abolish the EPA, fire all the bastards!
Put every last EPA parasite on the soup lines
While I share the sentiment, I'm cynical enough to think that the government will simply play a shell game with all those employees, moving them quietly to other agencies - maybe even scattering them to new "environmental justice" offices created at CIA, FBI, DEA, etc., etc... where they may end up with more power to interfere with our lives than ever before. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
The federal government is ample proof that the Hydra was no myth. Cut off one head, two grow in its place. Full-scale starvation is the only thing that will weaken it enough to loosen its grip on us.
However, to kill off EPA properly you must rescind the enabling legislation as well as the legislation establishing the programs the EPA employees administer.
Do that and it doesn't matter how many EPA employees you have.
You bring up the largest factor in why it is so difficult to cut back the Federal Gov’t and to eliminate agencies. The Federal Gov’t is a huge affirmative action jobs program for minorities, women and gays. No one has the cojones to simply fire these people by the thousands and hundreds of thousands and say “Sorry but we have eliminated Federal Agency for Butterfly Development. We have eliminated the EPA and the Department of Education. You will have to find a job in the much dreaded private sector”
Some state and county gov’ts have been forced to layoff and fire people due to the rotten economy. Tell me when the Feds have ever done this