– Barack Obama, 2008
Suffice it to say, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to receive any transparency memo from the White House in the last four years since the President uttered these words.
The Curious Case of Richard Windsor
Ignoring Lawful Requests
And only time will reveal the detrimental effect caused by the cumulative actions of employees at the EPA.
Cross-posted at FreedomWorks
The current congressman recently told the Glens Falls Post Star that he voted against an amendment that would have blocked the EPA from implementing a rule on cement manufacturers that would have carried a $1 billion compliance cost. (Roll Call #86, 2/17/11)
“No one in the district contacted me about this,” Owens explained to the reporter.
Although unmentioned in the article, Owens also voted against providing additional time to the EPA to create practical, achievable standards for cement manufacturers. (Roll Call #764,10/6/11)
Both of the congressman’s votes would have increased compliance costs and hurt job growth at Lehigh Northeast Cement Plant, according to the article. Lengthening the time for compliance and relaxing the standard “will take some of the pressure off” the Glens Falls manufacturer “from an economic and a timing standpoint,” Owens admitted.
“My opponent didn’t say if he regrets those bad votes,” said Doheny. “He has, however, admitted that his vote to increase taxes on medical device manufacturers will result in job losses – but decided to work toward repeal only after those companies were drawn into the district he’d like to represent.”
Doheny continued: “My opponent is a very passive congressman. If you’re a business owner, you’ve got to come to him and make the case for why he shouldn’t vote to raise taxes or increase compliance costs. He’s obviously not going to make the outreach himself.”
The candidate concluded: “I’m going to be a true representative. I’m going to call the right people and read the research to figure out the economic impact of my vote before I make it. That’s why I support the REINS Act, which would require Congress to take an up-or-down vote on new economically significant regulations. It holds members accountable to their constituents. My opponent opposes the bill, electing instead to pass the buck to unelected bureaucrats like those in the EPA who come up with and implement these disastrous regulations with zero oversight.”
The biggest result won’t be a stemming of alleged man made global warming, it will be the rise in unemployment in states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Via Free Enterprise:
The Environmental Protection Agency is close to issuing the first limits to cut U.S. greenhouse gases from power plants, with an announcement possible as soon as today, according to people familiar with the matter.
The rules from President Barack Obama’s administration would set emissions for all power plants at the level established for a natural-gas plant, or about half what is released from a coal-burning facility. Any new coal plants would need expensive carbon-capture equipment, according to the people, who declined to be identified before an announcement.
The proposed nationwide standards would be the first by the EPA for carbon-dioxide from power plants, the largest source of those emissions in the U.S. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club are pressing the Obama administration to issue tight standards to head off an increase in global warming that they warn could be catastrophic.“It will make it nearly impossible to build a new coal plant,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in an interview. “The market has been moving in this direction already” so the rule “captures the end of an era.”
This comes as no surprise to anybody who paid attention to the President’s intentions prior to his election, in which he promised to bankrupt the coal industry.
Obama, January 2008: “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
When Obama talks of having a laser focus on the economy, what he means is having a laser focus on putting ideology above economy.
Earlier this month, Sean Hackbarth reported on the effects that the administration’s extreme environmental agenda is having, with the announcement of more plany closings:
Yesterday, GenOn Energy, the third-largest U.S. independent power producer, announced they were shutting down power plants, because “forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient.” That’s financial-speak for “Regulations make it too costly to keep them running.”
Shutdowns will begin in June at the units, which don’t generate enough profit to cover the costs of complying with the rules, Houston-based GenOn said today in a statement. The plants, located at eight sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, generate 3,140 megawatts in the wholesale market overseen by PJM Interconnection. Except for one unit, all of the plants burn coal, according to GenOn’s website.
Jeff Ostermayer at Shopfloor.org reminds us that “These closings will again result in the loss of jobs and have a negative impact on the local communities. Often we forget about the ripple effect of these regulations and how it can impact a small town and community.”
Obama the Job Creator strikes again.
From Thurber’s Thoughts:
FirstEnergy today announced the closing of six coal-fired plants, including our plant here in Oregon, Ohio, and three others in our state. We already have some of the highest electricity rates in the state. How much will our rates go up without this local plant?
And what about the employees??? More than 500 employees will be out of work, though some may relocate to other plants or take early retirement. And then there are the ancillary jobs and economic benefits that will decrease, including transportation, office and manufacturing suppliers, etc…
So much for a President who said his number one priority was jobs.
The press release gives the specific reason for the plant closings:
The decision to close the plants is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which were recently finalized, and other environmental regulations.
President Obama is not concerned about jobs or economic growth, he is bound to a rigid green tech ideology. He provided a glimpse of things to come when he said this:
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.
The President stated that he would actively work to bankrupt a major job-generating industry in America.
We call that ‘killing jobs’.
To the President it’s ‘mission accomplished’.