Friday, December 23, 2011

EPA Regulations - #3514 - EPA Tries to Pull a Fast One - Real Clear Politics (2) EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power in Name of Sustainable Development - Fox News

You're a savvy political appointee, and you're bringing out the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for Power Plants rule that will raise electricity rates all over the country, particularly in battleground states of Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, and Michigan. What can you do to get the public to swallow the costs?  Timing is everything, and you choose the Wednesday before Christmas, when most people aren't paying attention.  And then you schedule the announcement at a place designed to tug at the heartstrings, say the National Children's Hospital in Washington D.C. You ask the hospital's CEO and the national volunteer chair of the American Lung Association to make remarks.  You say that this costly initiative is for the children, and that millions of children will be protected. You talk about how 15 years ago your son spent his first Christmas in hospital, suffering from asthma.  Of course, you say nothing about the costs. Your state-by-state interactive map shows benefits for each state, but no costs. (These are buried in the 510-page Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Final Mercury and Air Toxics Standards report.) And you throw in some job creation for good measure, 46,000 new construction jobs and 8,000 utility jobs.  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is one smart politician, and that's what she did yesterday.   Read more........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power in Name of Sustainable Development - Fox News -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes problems and makes decisions, in a way that would give it vastly expanded power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of “sustainable development,” the centerpiece of a global United Nations conference slated for Rio de Janeiro next June.  The major focus of the EPA thinking is a weighty study the agency commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science. Published in August, the study, entitled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” cost nearly $700,000 and involved a team of a dozen outside experts and about half as many National Academies staff.Its aim: how to integrate sustainability “as one of the key drivers within the regulatory responsibilities of EPA.” The panel who wrote the study declares part of its job to be “providing guidance to EPA on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States.”  Or, in other words, how to use existing laws to new ends.  Read more........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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