3415. That’s how many new regulations set to be released upon the American populace to further entrench the jackboot currently crushing the throat of the American economy.
Right now regulations written by faceless bureaucrats who have no frickin clue about economics or how this will crush the economy, push electric and heating bills higher all while having the added benefit of pushing more and more power plants out of business.
In the Northeast plants such as the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are set to be shut down. A plant the produced 26 % of the record demand of electricity needed last year during the winter. This year is set to be at least that bad and maybe worse, so good luck with that.
With an effort to produce more natural gas plants, that aren’t built yet, they want to get rid of that dirty polluting coal. You know the stuff we have in more abundance and cheaper than just about anything else. An industry that employs thousands of people.
The largest problem is that the gas lines aren’t built to support the extra gas requirements. No new pipelines have been built since around the 70’s. Since home heating will take precedence over energy, let’s take a gander on how that is going to play out. How is that going to go over when a decision has to be made to keep your house warm or have electricity? And how many gas heaters still need electricity to kick on and actually, you know produce heat?
So we are allowing the EPA and other unconstitutional agencies to define the way we live. It is an encroachment into our private life and should be stopped. Rules like the Clean Water Act and the new proposed Waters of the USA state the following :
(1) All waters which are currently used, were used in the past, or may be susceptible to use in interstate or foreign commerce, including all waters which are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide;
(2) All interstate waters, including interstate wetlands;
(3) The territorial seas;
(4) All impoundments of waters identified in paragraphs (s)(1) through (3) and (5) of this section;
(5) All tributaries of waters identified in paragraphs (s)(1) through (4) of this section;
(6) All waters, including wetlands, adjacent to a water identified in paragraphs (s)(1) through (5) of this section; and
(7) On a case-specific basis, other waters, including wetlands, provided that those waters alone, or in combination with other similarly situated waters, including wetlands, located in the same region, have a significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (s)(1) through (3) of this section.
Now read that list. See anything that jumps out at you? I do. This basically states that the EPA will take control and regulation of every drop of water on the ground in this country. The exception basically being ditches and if you build a decorative pond in your yard. Although if it is adjacent or close enough for them to want it they will probably try to claim that as well.
Own land that has some swamp on it? Screw you regulated by the EPA and they can come after you anytime they want. Want to build something on that private land? Nope this allows all the greens to tell you what you can or can’t do on your own land.
We hear a lot of talk about defunding the portions of the government that will enforce Obama’s amnesty plan. Let’s take all of this a step further. This is why omnibus bills are bad. This one agency should be reduced of all funding until they are stopped. No part of the government should get a free pass on their budget. We are 18 trillion in debt. This seems like a great place to start making some of that back up.
On another note, Jazz over at Hot Air says that some parts of renewable energy are able to compete at prices coal and gas can produce. If that is the case then it is time to end the subsidy. Let’s see if they can really stand on their own. Well when the weather is, you know, permitting and conducive to using those methods. So sunny days that the wind isn’t blowing to hard. Other than that, right back to those dirty polluting power plants. Or candles. You can always use candles.