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EPA disses Congress
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrators are refusing to come to Congressional hearings on new EPA regulations. Here's a selection from an article by Robin Bravender posted at Politico.com:
Meanwhile, Congresssional Republicans with some Democratic support are doing their best to rein in the agency. An editorial (EPA's days as 'rogue agency' are numbered) in the Washington Examiner reports:
EPA is stifling development of American fossil fuels, raising the cost of electricity and oil in its furtherance of the outdated 20th century theory that greenhouse gasses (especially carbon dioxide) strongly influence climate. The 21st century theory, currently being explored by some of the world's top physicists, is that cosmic rays and solar activity are the major factors determining the earth's climate and that carbon dioxide plays a limited role, at most. (Watch this Cern lecture by Jasper Kirkby for a review of the current research evidence.)
The EPA administrators were informed of the changing state of climate change theory in an internal report by some of their own employees, but they decided to ignore the new developments in the Technical Support Document that they published to justify regulation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Here is a selection from the ignored internal EPA report:
In December 2009, President Obama negotiated the Copenhagen Accord which gives China a free pass to emit greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. As a result, EPA's decision to restrict carbon dioxide has little effect upon world carbon dioxide output; it just moves American manufacturing to China. And yet, EPA refuses to send its top administrators to testify before Congress.
The arrogant anti-capitalist looters of Atlas Shrugged have nothing over today's EPA administrators.
Comment by Patriotson, 4/18/2011:
Just another proof that under Obama, the EPA has become a 4th arm of government. Congress has no oversight of the agency; it has gone rogue and is making law through regulation. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calfi is wrong in saying Obama is going to have to get his agency under control. It is not Obama's agency it the peoples agency and when the people are sick and tired of the EPA using regulatory controls to shut down domestic energy production; control quality of life through regulatory rules and ignore the oversight of congress, then it is time to drive a stake through the heart of the EPA. Cut off its funding; shut down its regulatory ability; increase oversight until the life is squeezed out of it. Obama is egregious but he EPA is beyond egregious. It is a boil on the ass of the American people.
Comment by THomas, 4/18/2011:
what an outrage. EPA sucks and the internet is taking EPA and Obama down!
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