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EPA administrator answers questions on reddit, has a bad time
Washington Examiner ^ | June 6, 2014 | BY BLAKE SEITZ

Posted on 06/06/2014 4:34:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy put herself at the mercy of the Internet on Wednesday by taking part in a question-and-answer session on the popular forum reddit.

"Ask Me Anything," McCarthy wrote. reddit's users obliged.

The account Gina_EPA, endorsed by McCarthy's Twitter account and the EPA website as authentic, answered 15 questions over the span of two hours.

Many users seemed underwhelmed by her responses.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climategate; energy; hoax; socialism

1 posted on 06/06/2014 4:34:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Excellent to see this hack being exposed on reddit.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 4:50:34 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BTW, did you notice she said the EPA would help WV “understand what their goal is”? See that? Big Daddy Gubmint will give you peons a GOAL to meet....you aren’t capable of managing yourself.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 4:52:54 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Some of the comments at the source are priceless..”if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a question”


4 posted on 06/06/2014 4:56:00 AM PDT by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: SoFloFreeper

“BTW, did you notice she said the EPA would help WV “understand what their goal is”? See that? Big Daddy Gubmint will give you peons a GOAL to meet....you aren’t capable of managing yourself.”

This is because the people who live there, pay taxes, go into the military are ignorant and need guidance on how to live their simple, meaningless lives...the sheer degree of contempt these bureaucrats have for the peons is incredible.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 5:09:52 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Totally underwhelming. Just another commie part of the chicago thugocracy.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 5:10:17 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: SoFloFreeper

It looks like they’re using a bot to answer the questions. No specifics or follow-up were addressed. She’s a hack and they simply took her apart.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 5:16:56 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another affirmative action hire by this president revealing her gross incompetence in office.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 5:17:09 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This administration always trying to be the cool kids in school and end up showing their incompetence and arrogance.

Pray America wakes up


9 posted on 06/06/2014 5:23:28 AM PDT by bray (Palin 2016)
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To: SoFloFreeper

” she said the EPA would help WV “understand what their goal is”?”

Yeah, I caught that.
I suppose back in the 70s, the Ohio epa cautioned folks not to eat certain fish from the Tuscarawas River. It is still telling us the same. Fourty some years and I still can’t eat a cat fish. Another essential, helpful, government agency. Such a waste.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 5:55:40 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: SoFloFreeper
"Electricity is vastly overrated; we can easily live without it."

~ Gina McCarthy

11 posted on 06/06/2014 6:06:23 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Rannug; SoFloFreeper
The problem is that nobody on that Reddit Forum or this Free Republic Forum knows how we regulate pollution in the US.

EPA sets the standards and then each state determines how the standards will be met in that state. This is done by each state developing an environmental plan that must be submitted to and approved by EPA.

To achieve the standards, there will be wide variation between the plans that each state develops.

Texas is already half way there because they generate a lot of power from nat gas and wind. But Kentucky relies mostly on coal. So the Texas plan will be very different from the Kentucky plan.

12 posted on 06/06/2014 6:28:31 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: JPG

Did she really say that?


13 posted on 06/06/2014 6:30:43 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; sickoflibs; NFHale; Perdogg; Clintonfatigued; ...

Is this for real? I see someone put a “hoax” tag on this thread.

If she actually went on reddit, boy, I don’t even have enough sarcasm for that, but I’ll try anyway, “Gee, what an intelligent decision!!!!!!”


14 posted on 06/06/2014 6:36:04 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

“Hoax” is a common tag for climate change articles.


15 posted on 06/06/2014 6:45:15 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: dynoman
--Did she really say that?--

Did I really have to put a /s? She didn't say it but it's not a stretch to say she thinks it.

16 posted on 06/06/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; sickoflibs; NFHale; Perdogg; Clintonfatigued; ...
“Hoax” is a common tag for climate change articles.

Ah, thanks.

Wow, so she's a rocket scientist I guess. Feel the wrath of the Internet, Gina.

17 posted on 06/06/2014 6:51:46 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Ben Ficklin
So if the EPA sets a standard that has absolutely no meaning in a state, the state has to comply with a nonsense decree?

Electric grids are designed with changes in mind. From baseline power to peak producers, all must work together to keep the power flowing.

Making one leg of the equation untenable does not help in the primary goal of providing power to the citizens that pay for the power.

Power that is used for each of us to live in a first world country.

How does the EPA propose to manage the pollution from China that blows across the Pacific to the West Coast? They don't - but still make CA, OR and WA meet these goals.

That is the primary challenge to the EPA rules - just have the tyrants in charge change the “standard” just a bit, and another leg of the power production cycle goes dark.

18 posted on 06/06/2014 7:03:59 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Good evening, Administrator McCarthy.

I have two questions: 1. If we fall short of our quotas under the Five Year Plan, can we blame it on the weather or capitalist spies, saboteurs, and wreckers, and 2. How many years in the gulags will the State Justice Organs assign to these wreckers when they are caught and confess (and, we KNOW they will!)?

Thanking you in advance for your helpful answers...!"

19 posted on 06/06/2014 7:14:24 AM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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To: Impy; All

Vinegar and water.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 7:17:31 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Khent is not stable... be advised...)
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To: texas booster
Your question: "the state has to comply with this nonsense decree?"

Actually the state has comply with the court decisions. SCOTUS 2007. SCOTUS 2011. DC Court of Appeals 2012. And to be accurate, SCOTUS has one more ruling to make which could alter the situation to a small degree. And this is not to preclude that more lawsuits might be filed in an attempt to alter the outcome or delay the implementation.

21 posted on 06/06/2014 7:21:49 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin
I was highlighting:

“sets a standard that has absolutely no meaning in a state”

not that the EPA can't do whatever it wants due to court decrees.

Whether the EPA can set standards that become law is a question for Congress.

My questions regarded whether arbitrary standards should be issued when there is a serious question of cause and effect.

Acid rain is mostly cleaned up, but lead contamination along out oldest highways is ignored.

Who gets to decide whose ox is gored other than Congress?

22 posted on 06/06/2014 7:43:36 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Some of these eviro-goons from the EPA won't be satisfied until we're all reduced to sitting around on a cold winter evening, huddled around the “warmth” emanating from a 40-watt LED bulb. They'll want to have us all plugged into “smart grids,” which is another way of saying, “your energy supply will vary (and may not exist at all if we dictate) based on the arbitrary whims of the EPA.”
23 posted on 06/06/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Raise your hand if you expected her to answer the questions?


24 posted on 06/06/2014 8:46:41 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: texas booster
You say: "My questions regarded whether arbitrary standards should be issued when there is serious question of cause and effect"

We use the Supreme Court as the final arbiter. The supreme court ruled that CO2 is a pollutant and told EPA to regulate CO2 using the clean air act.

25 posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:32 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: JPG

Yes, she could have said that, so you did need an /s tag. I love using people’s own words against them.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 12:26:27 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: JPG

If she had actually said that I definitely would have used her words against her.


27 posted on 06/06/2014 12:29:31 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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