EPA’s Next Wave Of Job-Killing CO2 Regulations

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Supported by nothing but assumptions, faulty computer models and outright falsifications of what is actually happening on our planet, President Obama, his Environmental Protection Agency and their allies have issued more economy-crushing rules that they say will prevent dangerous manmade climate change.

Under the latest EPA regulatory onslaught (645 pages of new rules, released June 2), by 2030 states must slash carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired electricity generating plants by 30% below 2005 levels.

The new rules supposedly give states “flexibility” in deciding how to meet the mandates. However, many will have little choice but to impose costly cap-tax-and-trade regimes like the ones Congress has wisely and repeatedly refused to enact. Others will be forced to close perfectly good, highly reliable coal-fueled power plants that currently provide affordable electricity for millions of families, factories, hospitals, schools and businesses. The adverse impacts will be enormous.

The rules will further hobble a U.S. economy that actually shrank by 1% during the first quarter of 2014, following a pathetic 1.9% total annual growth in 2013. They are on top of $1.9 trillion per year (one-eighth of our total economy) that businesses and families already pay to comply with federal rules.

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce study calculates that the new regulations will cost our economy another $51 billion annually, result in 224,000 more lost jobs every year, and cost every American household $3,400 per year in higher prices for energy, food and other necessities. Poor, middle class and minority families – and those already dependent on unemployment and welfare – will be impacted worst. Those in a dozen states that depend on coal to generate 30-95% of their electricity will be hit especially hard.

Woman no heatMillions of Americans will endure lower quality of life and be unable to heat or cool their homes properly, pay their rent or mortgage, or save for college and retirement. They will suffer from greater stress, worse sleep deprivation, higher incidences of depression and alcohol, drug, spousal and child abuse, and more heart attacks and strokes. As Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) points out, “A lot of people on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum are going to die.” EPA ignores all of this.

President Obama says the costly regulations are needed to reduce “carbon pollution” that he claims is making “extreme weather events” like Superstorm Sandy “more common and more devastating.” The rules will also prevent up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks in their first year alone, while also curbing sea level rise, forest fires and other supposed impacts from “climate disruption,” according to ridiculous talking points provided by EPA boss Gina McCarthy.

As part of a nationwide White House campaign to promote and justify the regulations, the American Lung Association echoed the health claims. The Natural Resources Defense Council said the rules will “drive innovation and investment” in green technology, creating “hundreds of thousands” of new jobs.

Bear in mind, the ALA received over $20 million from the EPA between 2001 and 2010. NRDC spends nearly $100 million per year (2012 IRS data) advancing its radical agenda. Both are part of a $13.4-billion-per-year U.S. Big Green industry that includes the Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation ($145 million per year), National Audubon Society ($96 million), Environmental Defense Fund ($112 million annually), Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace Fund ($46 million), and numerous other special interest groups dedicated to slashing fossil fuel use and reducing our living standards. All are tax-exempt.

As to the claims themselves, they are as credible as the endlessly repeated assertions that we will all be able to keep our doctor and insurance policies, Benghazi was a spontaneous protest, and there is not a scintilla of corruption in the IRS denials of tax-exempt status to conservative groups.

The very term “carbon pollution” is deliberately disingenuous. The rules do not target carbon (aka soot).

They target carbon dioxide. This is the gas that all humans and animals exhale. It makes life on Earth possible. It makes crops and other plants grow faster and better. As thousands of scientists emphasize, at just 0.04% of our atmosphere, CO2 plays only a minor role in climate change – especially compared to water vapor and the incredibly powerful solar, cosmic, oceanic and other natural forces that have caused warm periods, ice ages and little ice ages, and controlled climate and weather for countless millennia.

The terrible disasters that the President and other climate alarmists attribute to fossil fuels, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are creatures of computer models that have gotten virtually no predictions correct. That should hardly be surprising. The models are based on faulty assumptions of every size and description, and are fed a steady diet of junk science and distorted data. We shouldn’t trust them any more than we would trust con artists who claim their computers can predict stock markets or Super Bowl and World Series winners – even one year in advance, much less 50 or 100 years.

The models should absolutely not be trusted as the basis for regulations that will cripple our economy.

Contrary to model predictions and assertions by the White House, average global temperatures have not risen in almost 18 years. We have now gone over eight years without a category 3-5 hurricane hitting the United States – the longest such period in over a century. Tornadoes are at a multi-decade low. Droughts are no more frequent or intense than since 1900. There were fewer than half as many forest fires last year as during the 1960s and 1970s. Sea levels rose just eight inches over the last 130 years and are currently rising at barely seven inches per century. There’s still ice on Lake Superior – in June!

This is not dangerous. It’s not because of humans. It does not justify what the White House is doing.

Asthma has been increasing for years – while air pollution has been decreasing. The two are not related. In fact, as EPA data attest, between 1970 and 2010, real air pollution from coal-fired power plants has plummeted dramatically – and will continue to do so because of existing rules and technologies.

For once the President is not “leading from behind” on foreign policy. However, there is no truth to his claim that other countries will follow our lead on closing coal-fired power plants and slashing carbon dioxide emissions. China, India and dozens of other developing countries are rapidly building coal-fueled generators, so that billions of people will finally enjoy the blessings of electricity and will finally be lifted out of poverty. Even European countries are burning more coal to generate electricity, because they finally realize they cannot keep subsidizing wind and solar, while killing their energy-intensive industries.

Then what is really Obama rallygoing on here? Why is President Obama imposing some of the most pointless and destructive regulations in American history? He is keeping his campaign promises to his far-left and hard-green ideological supporters, who detest hydrocarbons and want to use climate change to justify their socio-economic-environmental agenda.

Mr. Obama promised that electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket” and that he would “bankrupt” the coal industry and “fundamentally transform” America. His top science advisor, John Holdren, has long advocated a “massive campaign” to “de-develop the United States,” divert energy and other resources from what he calls “frivolous and wasteful” uses in support of modern living standards, and enforce a “much more equitable distribution of wealth.” The President and his executive branch bureaucrats are committed to controlling more and more of our lives, livelihoods and liberties.

They believe no one can stop them, and they will never be held accountable for ignoring our laws, for their corruption, or even for any job losses, deaths or other destruction they may leave in their wake.

Every American who still believes in honest science, accountable constitutional government – and the right of people everywhere to affordable energy and modern living standards – must tell these radical ideologues that this power grab will not be tolerated.

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This article originally appeared at Town Hall

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  • No-Mo-BO

    We have enough oil, natural gas and coal under our feet to power our economy for the next 200 or 300 years. In probably one quarter of that time, we should be able to come up with advances in alternative energy that will seem like magic today. I run the lights in my living room, dining room, kitchen and my computer off of 120 watts of solar panels, four 100 amp hour batteries and a 700 watt DC to AC inverter, and that still seems like sci-fi to me. So backing off of all of these do-little or do-nothing regulations will give us the low cost energy and the time we need to discover and develop these new energy sources without putting unneeded burdens on our economy, bank accounts…or our wits.

  • Eunice Ang

    Scary. This is Obama’s war on humanity!

  • Arationofreason

    If by the EPA’s own admission using their own ridiculous and proven wrong assertions about CO2, “The coal power plant regulations will have NO measurable effect on global temperature..” how can this negligible effect be leading to any of the natural climate events being experienced or to any that may happen in the future. It makes no logical sense.

  • ProScience

    Sadly, the alarmist rely on emotion and ignore the science and facts. The real proof they have nothing to back them is their fake 97% consensus claim.

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    Maroons Of Moonbats Obama’s EPA said he will do what??

    The irony is that all the damage will do nothing for climate change. Based on the EPA’s own carbon accounting, shutting down every coal-fired power plant tomorrow and replacing them with zero-carbon sources would reduce the Earth’s temperature by about one-twentieth of a degree Fahrenheit in a hundred years.

    IDIOT THAT WON’T DO ONE DAMN THING TO THE TEMPERATURE !!!!
    400 PPM CO2 now last ICE AGE 1200 PPM CO2 proven By real scientist !!!!
    WHAT’S OBAMA GOING TO DO STICK HIS THUMB DOWN A VOLCANO AND STOP IT !!!!! MR. OBAMA THERE ARE 38 ACTIVE VOLCANOES PUTTING OUT SULFUR DIOXIDE INTO EARTH’S UPPER ATMOSPHERE STOPPING LIGHT MAKING IT COLDER WHICH ONE YOU GONNA STICK YOUR THUMB DOWN.???? I love It Jimmy!! Typical Garden variety liberal intellectually stupid MOONBATS !!!
    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR GLOBAL WARMING OBAMA ITS ALL IN YOUR HEAD.YOUR CERTIFIED GONE ON DOWN THE ROAD WACO MR OBAMA !!!!!

  • Eckenhuijsen Smit

    The whole world is testimony of the immeasurable utter stupidity of Barry Hussein Obama Soetoro, the Islam loving Communist.
    TV news broadcasting systems worldwide were telling yesterday that “Barry wants to leave a deep and lasting impression on the world of how well he reigned-in de DANGEROUS manmade CO2” which causes as he trumpets ‒according to his proven minuscule brain capacity‒ Global Warming (demonstrated not true), Global Climate Change (demonstrated not true), Global Weird Weather (statistically proven not true), Climate Disruption (a new expression for the same nonsense as before) and all kind of Global Disasters (luckily not demonstrated in any way; no sea level rise nor general glacier melting).
    Well, a deep impression he leaves: as the most imbecile President of the US ever,
    destroying ‒as much as he is capable of‒ the marvellous general top-technology that was built over the years, immersing the US in many trillions $ of debt because e.g. subsidies for windmills (efficiency only 2 – 4 %) and all other “green” financial adventures on which the narcist ‒mentally badly retarded idiot‒ is loosing taxpayer’s money; filling the pockets of his gang-friends with millions $ at the same time.
    As I read in another comment on the US situation: the nation is divided in two fiercely opposing groups, which are at complete war with each other; that means red/green manmade CO2 alarmists against all other people convinced of the INDISPENSABILITY OF ALL CO2 FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH, as it has been for eons but obviously was not known by Barry!
    In the case of war, the only way to survive is not taking prisoners-of-war but kill the opponent before you get killed yourself by Barry’s private police army, which he has been nurturing and armed uninhibited!
    It hits me badly that Barry is still welcomed worldwide, while he is in fact nothing but a
    laughing stock fashion-model as he hops down the staircase of Air Force 1.
    I can’t think of enough demeaning words to scoff the unsavoury Barry; you only have to remember what happened in Benghazi under his watch as C. y C. of the military!
    When Barry first came in the picture, I was absolutely neutral to this person, but that
    changed completely through all the things he said and did, most of all because his ever-lying in declarations about his life, birth-certificate, nationality, beliefs and use of false identities for which he should NEVER have been able to enter the White House as President of the US; that is why I keep calling him “Barry” with my utmost contempt!
    It is the most despicable individual one could come across and therefore should be ousted in any imaginable way to the rescue of the US and for the good of the whole
    world.
    We were at first alerted to Barry’s misbehaving when he announced in 2008 that he was going to destroy the US if elected.
    With his Democrat red/green brothers by the millions and too many sleepy Republicans, he is executing his abominable promise to end the American Dream!

  • Skeptic

    Our President is a Socialist. He has never worked in the private sector and seems to feel that government is the answer to all our problems.

  • elmer70

    Just make up anything and hurry to destroy this country.

  • Mervyn

    Why aren’t Americans rising up against their insane president?

  • Heather

    This article is ridiculous. Everyone will suffer from depression that will inevitability lead to drug and alcohol addiction? That’s quite the assumption/ prediction.