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Police State: EPA Raids in Alaska Exposes Heavily Armed Federal Agencies

September 19, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Congress, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, Ethics, FBI, Government, Guns, IRS, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

We’ve talked about the police state that is being built right under our very noses many times. But a recent raid on Alaska mines by the EPA is proof once again that far too many government agencies have para-military, heavily armed divisions. And they need to be curtailed.

Did you know that 40 federals agencies have 120,000 full-time agents that are allowed to carry guns?

Did you know the Library of Congress and the Federal Reserve Board have armed divisions?

Why do librarians and bankers need to have SWAT-styled divisions with automatic rifles, body armor, and armored assault vehicles? They all do, you know?
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A Tale of Two States: Illinois vs. Wisconsin in the Public Pension Debate

September 3, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, EPA, Illinois, Liberals, Pensions, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | Comments Off

-By Benjamin Yount and M.D. Kittle, cross posted from Watchdog.org

SPRINGFIELD – The dividing line in the national debate over the future of public-sector unions can be found between the Land of Lincoln and its neighbor to the north.

The story of Illinois and Wisconsin is a tale of two very different states.

Wisconsin, led by Gov. Scott Walker and majority Republicans, took on public-sector unions and won in the pursuit of balancing a $3.6 billion state budget shortfall in 2011.

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PENSION TENSION: A large crowd of union members and the professionally outraged (kids and older people bussed to the rally) demonstrate last month in downtown Chicago.

Illinois, led by Democrats with a veto-proof supermajority in the Legislature and Democrat Pat Quinn in the governor’s mansion (at least occasionally), have long coddled the public unions to which they and their campaign war chests are beholden. Consequently, the state faces billions of dollars in unpaid bills and unfunded pension liabilities for current public employees of about $130 billion.

Wisconsin’s economic prospects have vastly improved. The state’s public pension system, while not perfect, is nearly funded – at least based on much more liberal accounting standards than market-based measures. The Badger State budget now boasts a surplus of $741 million, the vast majority of that targeted for tax cuts over the next two years.

Illinois, meanwhile, continues to be buried under a mountain of debt, a broken fiscal house that has taken the state’s credit rating with it.

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Obama EPA Official Stole $886K of Tax $$ From Agency

August 25, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, Ethics, Policy, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As Obama and the Democrats act wide-eyed over claims that there is billions in waste and fraud in the federal budget we have yet another story of it, this time with an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency stealing $886,000 in tax dollars from the EPA.

The alleged theft occurred in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation between the year 2000 and 2013. Accused is EPA employee John Beale.

Beale obtained the money by fraudulently claiming benefits, salary, and bonuses as well as compensation for special projects for which he “had not earned by providing employment services to the EPA.”

Republican Senator David Vitter (LA) is incensed by this.
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Sen. Inhofe: MSNBC Conspiring With Obama White House, EPA, & Organizing for Action on Global Warming

August 20, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Climate Change, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOE, Economy/Finances, Environment, EPA, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Jim Inhofe (R, OK) is looking into what he thinks my be the illegal collusion on a climate change campaign possibly involving Obama’s White House, his former campaign organization now dubbed Organizing for Action (OFA), and the left-wing cable network MSNBC.

On August 14 Inhofe sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality asking for any information the agencies have on OFA’s effort to push Obama’s climate change policies, especially OFA’s effort to attack certain Republicans as “climate change deniers.”

Inhofe wants to know if the federal agencies are working with OFA’s campaign. If they are coordinating their efforts, it would be a violation of the law.

“According to the Hatch Act,” Inhofe’s press release notes, “federal employees in the executive branch, except certain designated officials such as the President or Vice President, are prohibited from engaging in political campaign activities.”

Inhofe goes on to say,
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Eagle-Killing, Investment-Wasting ‘Renewable’ Energy

April 3, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Biofuels, Budget, Capitalism, Congress, Crime, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Electric, Energy, EPA, Ethics, Green Energy, House of Representatives, Jobs, Keystone Pipeline, Liberals, Natural Gas, Oil, Policy, President, Progressives, Senate, Socialism, Solar, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The “Green Energy” sector has been hit with a series of setbacks over the last few years. From a wind farm being cited for killing an endangered eagle, to solar energy’s tumble from investor favor over dismal performance, to a growing list of companies gone bankrupt even after President Obama pumped millions of our tax dollars into them, the so-called Green Energy sector has certainly seen better, more hopeful days.

In the realm of farce, a wind farm in Nevada finds itself at an unfortunate crossroads of political correctness. Even as the wind farm in White Pine County, Nevada is a favored “Green Energy” nirvana, the company that runs it is under threat of sanctions by the federal government. Why? Because a protected Golden Eagle flew into one of the farm’s turbines killing itself.

Now, San Francisco-based Pattern Energy is awaiting a decision from the feds on whether or not they will have to pay a $3,000 fine for killing the endangered bird.

But as the President might say, that is but “a bump in the road.” Worse than the death of a protected eagle, a recent analysis reveals that the bottom has fallen out of solar energy investments.
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(VIDEO) Victims of Government: Steve’s Story

March 26, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Sponsored by WI Senator Ron Johnson.


Greens Fret Over Obama Admin Keystone Report

March 4, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Canada, Capitalism, Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Environment, EPA, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Keystone Pipeline, Oil, President, Progressives, State Department, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The State Department has released its much-anticipated report on the environmental impact of the Keystone Pipeline and, to the alarm of the green lobby, it seems to leave President Obama with little reason to continue delaying construction.

The 2,000-page report makes no final recommendation on whether or not to approve construction of the energy project, but does definitively say that the pipeline would have “no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route.”

This runs contrary to the fears of environmental groups that have said the pipeline would be “essentially game over for the climate.”
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Why is the EPA Funding a Private Newspaper?

September 15, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Censorship, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Environment, EPA, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Environmental Protection Agency has been indulging its inner propagandist by spending at least $3.5 million to float newspaper that is purportedly “reporting” on the EPA’s pet issues. Unfortunately for the readers of this newspaper, the fact that the EPA is its sugar daddy is never told the reading public.

So much for an independent press!

The newspaper in question is the Chesapeake Bay Journal, a free publication that appears monthly across the Mid-Atlantic states. Environmental themed articles from this paper have also appeared in such newspapers as The Baltimore Sun.

This is no partisan issue, either as this has been going on for at least two decades.
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Forget Homeland Security, Now It’s About ‘Environmental Justice’

May 12, 2012 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Environment, EPA, Ethics, Jobs, Liberals, President, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

It is the nature of any government to seek to expand its authority. The Founding Fathers knew this and gifted Americans with a Constitution that limits authority devolving it to the states and to “the people.” Read the Tenth Amendment. It isn’t working.

The freedoms they sought to establish and preserve for future generations are being eaten away and we tend only to hear about in individual cases when, in fact, it is so widespread we accept the injustices, the inefficiencies, and the enslavement in increments.

After 9/11 it was clear that some reorganization was needed to ensure that various enforcement and other agencies could communicate and coordinate more effectively in order to wage “a war on terror.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created. The sheer size of it should have been a warning.

One of its siblings was the Transportation Security Administration that currently makes taking a flight anywhere a nightmare of intrusive groping and, because one failed bomber used explosive in his shoes, everyone now must remove theirs to get on a flight.
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WV Dems Not Thrilled About Anti-US Energy Obama, Voted for Felon Instead

May 9, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Coal, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Electric, Energy, EPA, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, West Virginia | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Obama had an opponent in the West Virginia Democrat Primary and the fella did pretty well, too. Democrat Keith Judd was Obama’s primary opponent for the Democrat nomination for President on Tuesday and he garnered 40% of the cote, too. I’d say that’s pretty good for a convicted felon that is still serving time in a Texas jail, wouldn’t you?

Oh, I am not pulling your leg, dear reader. Make all the jokes you want (the first one that comes to mid is that all Democrats are criminals) but it really happened. Mr. Judd ran against Obama and got 40% of the vote.

Judd, who is serving a 210-month sentence in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, ran his campaign from jail. Amusingly, since he got over 15% of the vote, he qualifies to get a delegate to the Democrat National Convention — though no one has filed to be a Judd delegate.
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EPA ‘Crucifixion’ Video Pulled From Youtube, The Liberal Cockroach Behind the Move

April 28, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Environment, EPA, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, YouTube | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Earlier in the week a video surfaced on Youtube of Al Armendariz, head of the EPA office in Dallas, saying that he and his agency planned to “crucify” any business that crosses them. The video caused a lot of consternation on Capitol Hill as well as recriminations for the EPA. But by Friday the video had been pulled by Youtube because of complaints from the man that originally made the video. Turns out he’s an extreme environut connected with the gay community.

To quickly recap the video, Armendariz noted that his job as an EPA enforcer was like that of the ancient Romans. He joked that the EPA’s philosophy was like the Roman’s who, when mollifying a populace, would “find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.” This, he laughed, would make the town “easy to manage for the next few years.”

So apparently Armendariz felt that the EPA’s job was that of indiscriminate intimidation as opposed to law enforcement.

That said, how does one guy get a video like this pulled and why did it happen?
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Fox Business Network Special Report: Gas Price Shock!

March 22, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, EPA, Ethics, Fox Business Network, Liberals, Media, Oil, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The price of gasoline getting you down, bunkie? I don’t blame you because it is hitting us all hard in the wallet. Oh, there’s lots of finger pointing, to be sure. The left wants to blame the Republicans sold out to the oil industry, the right blames Obama for refusing to allow us to explore for and go after our own sources of energy because he is sold out to the disastrously failed “green energy” sector.

But there are more than American politics at work in the wildly rising costs of gasoline. China, Europe, the Mid East, they all have a hand in this situation, not to mention the commodities market and the buyers, sellers, and speculators there.

It is definitely not as simple as just blaming either of our political parties.

So, just what the heck is going on here? Tune in to the Fox Business Network tonight and find out.

On Thursday at 7 PM Central Time, FBN’s Gerri Willis presents her special report, The Willis Report: Gas Price Shock. Willis explores the rising cost of gas and oil in the United States and will examine the key influences causing the spike in gas prices enlisting a panel of experts to offer solutions along the way.

Guests will include: Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski; AAA Expert Robert Sinclair; Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce; Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND); Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX), among others.

Tune in to Fox Business Network on Thursday March 22nd, 7:00 PM/CT and find out what is going on.
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Obama Set to Cost Each of Us Hundreds a Year in Higher Electric Costs

January 31, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 4 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Barack Obama’s avalanche of needless regulations on coal-fueled power plants are going into effect and the net result will be the closing of hundreds of power plants all across the country just when our need for power is increasing. This will absolutely necessitate the cost of our power to skyrocket. But, this is exactly what he wants. He wants to rape us for our power. He said so from the beginning.

Well, now that he’s had the opportunity to put into place just some of the new rules and regulations he wants — and he’s only pushed through a tiny bit of what he really wants, indeed — we are already seeing the results of his attack on us.

Look to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland where six coal-fueled power plants are being shut down by FirstEnergy because the retrofitting the power plants will have to undergo to satisfy Obama’s whims is just too expensive to justify.
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EPA’s Killer MACT

January 9, 2012 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, EPA, Ethics, Liberals, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

To understand how the Environmental Protection Agency operates, one must first understand that it lies all the time. Its “estimates” are bogus. Its claims of lives saved are bogus.

It thrives on scare-mongering to a public that is science-challenged, but the science remains and the EPA must be challenged to save the nation from the loss of the energy it needs to function. It must be challenged to unleash the huge economic benefits of energy resources—coal, oil, and natural gas—that can reverse our present economic decline.

The latest outrage is the MACT rule—an acronym for “maximum achievable control technology” intended to reduce mercury emissions and other trace gases. The rule is 1,117 pages long. Its purpose is to shut down coal-fired power plants that generate over fifty percent of all the electricity used daily in the United States of America.

The value of the total benefits asserted by the EPA is alleged to be $6 million. Not billion, but million. The MACT rule would force 14.7 gigawatts—enough power for more than eleven million households—to be “retired” from the power grip in the 2014-15 period when the rules take effect.

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Business Roundtable: Regulations Are Killing Business

October 28, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Banks, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, EPA, Ethics, Financial Reform, Free Trade, Freedom, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Policy, President, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, The Law, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Friday I attended an informative business roundtable meeting of Chicago-area small businessmen who came together to discuss how government intervention and its avalanche of regulations are killing jobs and businesses not only in Illinois, but nation wide. Some of the stories were chilling, to say the least. These trials go to show how anti-business the most famously capitalist country in the world has become. No wonder we can’t get out of this second great depression!

The event was held at the headquarters of The Rabine Group in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Rabine Group is a group of nationwide companies that specializes in driveway paving, roofing, and other contracting work. The company is headed by owner and CEO Gary Rabine.

Filling out the panel was Moderator, Brian Kelly of Bulk Lift International; Gary Rabine, The Rabine Group; Garrett Patten, Patten Industries; Randy Truckenbrodt, Randall Industries, Inc, and Former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners.

The panel began with some of the regulatory horror stories experienced by the panel. Each story illustrated how government stands in the way of job creation, small business, and expansion, and how government is not working hand-in-hand with small business but actually fosters an inimical relationship. The panel showed how the oppressiveness of these regulations actually tempts business to break laws just to be able to carry on with business.
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How Obama Is Bypassing Democracy, Congress and YOU

October 10, 2011 | Filed Under Americans For Prosperity, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, EPA, Financial Reform, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, President, Regulation, Republicans, Rights, Senate, Socialism, Stimulus, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Phil Kerpen has a warning for you, America. He wants to alert you to the fact that Barack Obama is using his powers to create regulations to undermine Congress, ignore voters, and “radically transform America.” But Kerpen also has some good news. There’s a way to stop this left-wing assault on our country. You can find out what that something is in his new book, Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America — and How to Stop Him.

For this book — his first if I am not mistaken — Kerpen, the Vice President for Policy at Americans for Prosperity, has decided no less than to save the Republic. Of course, it’s an uphill battle to beat back the war that has been launched against America for sure.

Why is it an uphill battle? Because the way our country is being torn down is happening in the most subtle way possible. Worse, it is all being done with such ersatz legality, a legitimacy so seemingly ironclad, that most Americans are completely unaware of what is happening. And when they are aware of it they imagine there is nothing wrong with it all.
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky Thinks Gov’t ‘Creates Jobs’

October 10, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Banks, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Communism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, Ethics, Government, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Regulation, Socialism, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Recently Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D, Illinois 9th District), whose husband has been convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion, was interviewed by the far left website truthout.

You’ll remember truthout for its scoop back in 2009. It was truthout that was the first to report the big news that Karl Rove had been indicted. Unfortunately for this “news” site, Karl Rove was never indicted. That was a spot of bother, indeed, going to impugn the site’s veracity just a bit. You may also know that original editor, Marc Ash, was ousted from the site by a coup from within when it was discovered he was making $140,000 a year off the donors and left-wing foundations supporting the site. But he’s all for the downtrodden masses, ya know?

Now that we have established the forum upon which Schakowsky appeared, let’s look at some of the extreme things she said, shall we?
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The EPA Gets Caught in a Big Fat Lie

October 8, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Environment, EPA, Liberals, President, Taxes | 1 Comment

-By Alan Caruba

The notion that the Environmental Protection Agency uses “science” to justify their regulations is false, just like most of the claims they issue on various aspects of the nation’s environment. Their favorite scam is to estimate the number of deaths they will prevent with some new draconian regulation.

The EPA is the American equivalent of the Gestapo, a ruthless enforcement agency with a very Green agenda that is opposed to the use of many beneficial chemicals, every form of energy, and the right of people to be left alone.

At the top of its list of priorities is the destruction of the nation’s economy with special attention to all forms of energy production. Manufacturing anything comes next, followed by afflicting the nation’s vast agricultural sector. The EPA insists that dust is a pollutant. You can’t farm without generating DUST.
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Obama’s EPA Regs to Kill 183,000 Private Sector Jobs a Year

September 27, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Energy, Environment, EPA, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is completely put of control. Now it wants to implement new regulations that would destroy 183,000 private sector jobs every year. Yes, even after Obama has destroyed the economy and jobs we do have he wants to destroy even more.

The EPA’s new rules, according to PennEnergy, would be disastrous to our already flagging economy.
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Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment Adopted into TRAIN Act Forces Agencies

September 24, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Business, Capitalism, Congress, EPA, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Regulation, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill., 11the District)…

To Assess Consequences of EPA Regulations for U.S. Energy, Manufacturing & Jobs

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-11) along with Congressman Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) today offered a bipartisan amendment to the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts to the Nation (TRAIN) Act, H.R. 2401. The Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment would give Americans the opportunity to receive an explanation of the costs and job impacts associated with a new EPA regulation on gasoline before it can be enforced. The amendment was adopted and the TRAIN Act passed the House with bipartisan support.

Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a “Tier 3” rulemaking that would further reduce sulfur levels in gasoline to an average of 10ppm – this is a 70 percent change from today’s already low levels. In 2004, Tier 2 rules reduced sulfur by 90 percent from 100ppm to 30ppm. The Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment forces the EPA to ensure that the economic and job impacts of the Tier 3 regulations are thoroughly analyzed and reviewed.
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EPA to Give Itself Powers to Preemptively Deny Natural Resource Development?

September 16, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Coal, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, EPA, Freedom, Government, Liberals, Natural Gas, Oil, President, Property Rights, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again an Obama regulatory agency tries to give itself wild new powers, powers that would crush American energy and natural resource development, powers meant to quash the business sector.

A press release from Resourceful Earth News imparts a warning about the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest powergrab. A lfet-wing Democrat Senator is asking the EPA to accept the idea of taking upon itself the power to deny mining or development of other natural resources before any scientific studies or any permitting procedures even begin. This Senator wants the EPA to just say no because, well, simply because it feels like it.

This effort is at the behest of Washington Senator Maria Cantwell (Dem.) who is urging the EPA to invoke the Clean Water Act to put a permanent end to the development of Pebble Mine in Alaska. Pebble Mine owners have already spent $120 million over three years to satisfy federal and state government regulations. Expensive and expansive scientific studies and environmental studies have already been conducted but now that the EPA has agreed to launch its scientific analysis of the mine, Cantwell wants the EPA to preempt the environmental review process the EPA itself put in place and simply decide to prevent the operation of the mine out of hand with no science needed to back it up.
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Rep. Peter Roskam Starts Ball Rolling On Regulation Scale Back

September 1, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, EPA, Free Trade, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Peter Roskam, Policy, President, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

I spent most of the day on Aug 30 sort of embeded with Congressman Peter Roskam, Republican of the Illinois 6th District and Chief Deputy Whip in Washington, as he toured his district talking to local businesses. The whirlwind tour of businesses in Roskam’s district — topped with a presser in downtown Chicago — was the precursor of Roskam’s next focus. Roskam wants to begin an assessment of the regulatory edifice in Washington D.C. with any eye toward making Washington more business friendly in this moribund, recessionary economy.

My chauffeur was Roskam communication director, the genial Dan Conston. He told me he was born and bred in Philly, but I assured him that I would not hold that against him. No matter that he is an Eagles fan, he knew his way around the area. Still I promised not to tattle on his driving… but I guess even saying that much is saying something!

Our first stop was Federal Signal Corporation located in Oak Brook. The folks at Federal Signal told Congressman Roskam that they were worried that new EPA rules on the engines they use in their street sweeper machines were threatening to shut down production lines and put workers out of work. And not just for them but the engines of similar styles in every industry that uses them are facing the same jobs-killing requirements.

The problem was all the “uncertainty” which is casting a pall over what Fed Sig’s Dennis Martin, President and CEO, was happy to say is a recent uptick in orders for their machines. Orders have been down for years, said Martin, but now older street sweepers are not only wearing out but are themselves long out of compliance with new EPA rules and new orders are now rolling in.
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Obama’s Plans To Control Every Drop of Water in the USA

July 30, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Environment, EPA, Government, Liberals, President, RightPundits.com, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is the last day to voice your concern about Obama’s plan to take control of every source of water in the USA.

The Democrats are pushing legislation that would take the word “navigable” out of our current Clean Water Act. If successful, the reconfigured law would give to the federal government the power over every water source in the USA. Every river, lake, stream, every creek, every driblet, even every stand alone pond would come under control of Washington’s EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Conceivably, if you have a puddle in your back yard the federal government will have control of it!…

Read more at RightPundits.com.


Nanny State Wins: Light Bulb Ban Repeal Fails in House

July 18, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Climate Change, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, Environment, EPA, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Nanny State, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If the House Republicans can’t even get rid of one of the most odious examples of nanny statism in the age of Obama, what exactly are they worth? On Tuesday, Rep. Joe Barton (R, Texas) failed in his effort to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban idiotically signed into law by Nanny G.W. Bush.

Barton failed with his The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (HR 2417)on a 233-193 vote. A two-thirds majority was needed for passage.

Only five Democrats crossed ideological lines to vote in favor of the bill to repeal the idiotic light bulb ban. Worse, ten Republicans joined the Democrats.
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EPA’s Promise of Economic Growth a Sham

June 15, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, EPA, Government, Liberals, President, Regulation, RightPundits.com, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is headed to The Hill to testify about the Obama Administration’s newest proposed environmental regulations. Obama’s EPA is claiming that the new rules will bring all sorts of economic growth, but a new report by the National Taxpayers Union puts the administration’s claims in question and shows that the EPA’s “benefits” have no basis in reality.

The new report features economist David Montgomery who reveals the very large net regulatory benefits touted by EPA rely on apples to orange comparisons, where the vast majority of the benefits have none of the financial reality that the costs do. (Click here for a .pdf of the report)…

Read the rest at RightPundit.com.


Obama’s Plan To Make Your Electric Bills Jump 60 Percent

June 12, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Coal, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Electric, Energy, EPA, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Only a few days ago I wrote about how Obama’s new EPA rules would force Americans to pay up to 60% more on their electric bills. This weekend, the Chicago Tribune said the same thing.

Leading off saying, “Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years,” the Trib went on to highlight the same destructive EPA rules I wrote about on Friday.

Coal-fired plants historically have been one of the cheapest ways to generate electricity, but operating costs are expected to increase significantly because of upgrades needed on older plants to meet new environmental regulations. The Illinois Power Agency estimates that by 2017 the energy portion of bills could jump 65 percent from today’s rates.

But one thing the Tribune did not mention. Obama campaigned on forcing us to pay that 60% more on our electric bills. Obama wants to bankrupt the electric industry, he wants us to lose jobs, he wants us to be soaked to pay more for our energy. He wants this because he feels America should be taken down a notch or two He wants to hobble this country. It’s what he’s said since day one… (See the following video)
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Obama’s New EPA Rules Would Destroy Our Energy Sector

June 10, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Coal, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Electric, Energy, EPA, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Labor Law, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Regulation, Rights, Socialism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Half of America’s energy comes from coal-fired power plants but Obama’s new EPA rules would about destroy the coal industry driving our energy costs through the roof. That’s not all they would do, either.

Even Paul Bedard of USNews says that Obama’s new EPA rules will “slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost.”

Analysis by the National Economic Research Associates says that these two new EPA regulations would be “among the most expensive ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants, dramatically increasing electricity rates and natural gas prices and leading to substantial job losses,” and would cost the U.S. electric sector nearly $18 billion a year.
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Will a Lloyd Dobler Economy Save Us?

June 4, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Cap and Trade, Capitalism, Climate Change, Coal, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Electric, Energy, Environment, EPA, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Nuclear Power, Oil, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Beth Shaw

Will a Lloyd Dobler economy save us? That’s the question being asked around the internet today and we can surely expect more of that sort of question as we are seeing more and more headlines of looming economic disaster, both nationally and globally.

What is getting in the way of the United States creating, building, producing and hiring?
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Scaring Mothers and All Others – The BPA File, Part Four

May 6, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, FDA, Government, Liberals | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

In a revealing article in the April issue of The Atlantic, “Beyond BPA: Could ‘BPA-Free’ Products Be Just as Unsafe?” the effort to scare American consumers and others around the world comes full circle. In essence, the people and organizations behind campaigns to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) and anything made from plastic exist to frighten everyone about everything.

From the snake oil salesmen who pitched their phony medicines in the days of the early West to today’s purveyors of fear about a wide range of chemicals that protect health and extend life, the key element remains the same; they lie to enrich themselves.

As John Entine wrote in an article, “Scared to Death”, “When it comes to stories on so-called toxic substances, the public discourse seems infected by a malady worse than microscopic residues: chemophobia.”
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Expect the GOP to continue criticism, fight against EPA

April 30, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, EPA, Free Trade, Government, Health, Liberals, President, Scott Portman, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Scott Portman

With a failure to hit the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget anywhere near expectation in the resolution last week, the GOP will likely have to switch its plan of attack on the EPA regulations that are threatening to cost businesses jobs and money in the near future.

The GOP had been pressuring in Capitol Hill on the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations through multiple attempts and proposals to cut their budget. While republican reps were looking for a 30 percent cut to the budget, the resolution came back with only a mere 16 percent cut to the EPA. Despite the failure to have the budget cut to their liking, the GOP has managed to take part in fights over legislation throughout the early months of 2011 as well.

Senator James Inhofe was one of those responsible for the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which is geared to attack the EPA’s cap and trade tax that allow them to lay costly regulations on businesses over greenhouse gas emissions. Inhofe saw the act as a major positive, saying that “The Energy Tax Prevention Act leaves all of the essential provisions of the Clean Air Act intact, ensuring that Americans will be protected from pollution that has direct public health impacts. It also prevents EPA from twisting the Clean Air Act into a bureaucratic obstacle to growth and expansion.”
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