Tag: EPA

The Libertarian Podcast, with Richard Epstein: Coal, Energy, and the Environment

 

This week, President Obama unveiled his new EPA regulations to combat global warming, a plan that includes mandatory reductions in carbon emissions by the states as well as quotas for the use of renewable energy sources. On this episode of The Libertarian, Professor Epstein looks at both the legal and policy implications of this plan, explains how a classical liberal should approach energy and environmental policy, and warns about the dangers that stem from the growing power of the administrative state.

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Overreach at the EPA

 

Last week, Tennessee’s public utility regulator, Kenneth Hill, argued in the Wall Street Journal that states should boycott the EPA’s Clean Coal Plan, forcing the feds themselves to take full responsibility for whatever obligations they impose. I examine that argument and other aspects of the proposed program in my new column for Defining Ideasand find the entire project wanting:

EPA [Administrator Gina] McCarthy praises the flexibility of her plans, by noting that the EPA “can look at stringency, timing, phasing-in, glide path,” and a lot else to make sure that grid reliability is not impaired. But therein lies part of the problem, for the question is just how much discretion should the EPA have in making decisions that could cost individual states and firms billions, especially since it appears that its direct regulatory authority to implement on its own only direct regulation of emissions from designated facilities. It looks therefore that the threat of very heavy direct cuts in output could be used to lever states to make alterations in local policy that the EPA is powerless to impose under its own authority. At this point, the crafty game of extending powers through threats does give rise to a serious constitutional challenge, as the EPA seeks to implement indirectly measures that it could not impose directly.

EPA as Peeping Tom

 

Big government is creepy. On that, I would like to think all readers would agree with me (as you should most topics). However, a couple of stories have recently come to light that have taken big government creepiness and turned it up to eleven. Turns out the government is really super interested in getting in the shower with us.

First, it was the water heaters. Remember what the government did with light bulbs? Well, now they’re at it with residential hot water heaters. These new regulations, by who other than the EPA, will be two to three times the cost that they are today and significantly larger. So, have fun either remodeling your utility closet or having a water heater as an art piece in your living room.

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EPA is about to deliver gut punches to parts of the country doing the best job in pulling themselves up after the Great Recession. The Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce (BRAC) analyzed the 20 top performing metro economies—which includes Baton Rouge–and found that 18 of them would be considered in “non-attainment” if EPA’s ozone standard were lowered 65 parts […]

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Mr. Lowenthal was once very high ranking in the intelligence community.  He is now a professor, of course.  The academic and publishing credentials are very impressive.  And, like  any good leftist, he is incredibly ignorant of anything that belies the chosen beliefs in his little world. On a recent Jeopardy tournament, when Alex Trebek spoke […]

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There is a report that at least one person at the Denver branch office of the Environmental Protection Agency is returning to a state of nature on his or her own timetable. Government Executive obtained an email in which Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor discussed toilets clogged with paper towels (at least someone is using […]

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For those of us in the office, we all get the familiar and all-too-annoying email reminders from those who have to send such things. Typically we employees need reminders like, “turn in your timesheets on time,” “lock the doors and turn off the lights if you’re the last to leave,” or “remember to give enough […]

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EPA Tested Deadly Pollutants on Humans

 

To help justify more stringent air regulations, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has conducted numerous dangerous experiments on humans. The Daily Caller has more:

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.