Posted by: Debby Durkee | February 16, 2011

Obama’s power-grab EPA budget.

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Obama’s power-grab EPA budget.

We’ve known this was coming. This president who expects the president of Egypt to listen to his people just ignores his own. Congress was unable and unwilling to pass an economy-ruining cap and trade bill last year, so Obama is legislating from the White House via the Environmental Protection Agency. He doesn’t pay attention to election results. He wants it so he’ll jump over the fence (in Nancy Pelosi’s words) rather than play by the rules of our Democratic Republic. It’s time for Congress to take their power back.  This is from Phil Kerpen of Fox News.

One day after the election, President Obama told us this was coming:  “Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way.  It was a means, not an end.  And I’m going to be looking for other means to address this problem.

Now his budget makes clear how the skinning of the cat – by which he means American energy consumers who will suffer skyrocketing prices – will move forward.  It’s on Page 146 of the Obama budget: “The administration continues to support greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the United States in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.”  Those just happen to be the same levels required by the failed Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.  In other words, Obama is telling the EPA to just pretend the bill passed and regulate away.

Along with directly boosting EPA funding for these unauthorized greenhouse gas regulation, Obama’s budget also calls for $25 million in funding for state global warming regulation.

When the EPA’s global warming regulations are fully phased in, they will not only cause energy prices to skyrocket, but will also regulate almost every aspect of American life. Schools, hospitals, churches, and even large single-family homes will be subject to federal permitting requirements and regulations.  Everything with a motor, from cars and trucks to tractors, airplanes, trains (and even lawn mowers), would be regulated.  Because control technology doesn’t exist, the EPA will mandate complete redesigns and operational changes.  If EPA is not stopped, the agency will re-engineer the U.S. economy according to its arbitrary bureaucratic vision – a return to the failure of central economic planning.

Fortunately, House Republicans are willing to stand up and stop the administration’s outrageous backdoor EPA global warming power grab. They will take their first shot in today’s continuing resolution, which slashes EPA funding $3 billion, a 29 percent cut.  It prohibits funds from being used to promulgate or enforce global warming regulations.  It even prohibits funding for an “Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, or any substantially similar position,” which is the role Carol Browner was in when she oversaw the EPA’s global warming strategy from the White House

As Kerpen reports, the actions by the House are only temporary as this continuing resolution is in effect only through September. Looks like John Boehner is using the power of the purse to rein in this out of control executive branch. Don’t let anyone tell you that this president is interested in making it easier on businesses to grow and to start rehiring. This act by the Environmental Protection Agency alone is enough to take our country down to third-world status in no time. Make sure your elected officials, especially if they are Democrats, hear that you don’t appreciate this president trying to destroy the country. Read it all here:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/16/congress-derail-president-obamas-backdoor-epa-power-grab/

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