Have you picked up your permit to breathe? No?
Well, be on your guard, then: the EPA will probably have its agents after you soon.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would unilaterally take over issuing clean-air permits to industries in Texas because the state has been “unwilling to comply” with the agency’s regulations to “prevent global warming,” and came on the same day the agency announced it would begin developing standards to reduce heat-trapping gases at power plants and refineries.
The announcement will bring to a screeching halt more than 150 industrial projects in the Lone Star State just about the time the Texas economy is kicking into high gear thanks to the oil and chemical industry. Coincidence?
The EPA, of course, is not Congress. Under the Constitution, it has no authority whatsoever to legislate diddlysquat, much less to clearly and irrevocably violate the Constitutionally-guaranteed sovereignty of Texas or any other state.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is the world's second largest environmental regulatory agency after the EPA. It has indicated it would not modify its permitting process to include greenhouse gas emissions because, unlike the EPA, it hasn’t bought into the false religion of man-caused global warming.
TCEQ rightfully holds Texas industries accountable for quantifiable measures of air quality. And unlike the EPA, TCEQ is under no directive to “punish” Texas for opposing the radical statists who have seized power in Washington. In a news release, the TCEQ plainly stated that EPA’s directives are unrealistic, unreasonable and lacking in common sense.
"The EPA cannot measure reductions in (carbon dioxide) or any other (greenhouse gas) with this new regulation, and the EPA cannot correlate this new regulation to any environmental or health benefit," the news release from TCEQ said.
The lack of common sense is evident because the regulations are based on politics, not science.
The EPA’s regional director over Texas, Al Armandariz, has powerful friends in the radical environmentalist movement: people like the Environmental Defense Fund and the Wildearth Guardians, a couple of organizations that all but advocate killing people in order to “protect the earth.”
You’ll recall the basis of the whole “global warming” dogma: that man is producing that evil chemical carbon dioxide, which is trapping heat in the atmosphere and will gradually raise the earth’s temperature. Although it’s been conclusively proven as a hoax crafted by scientists in Britain, that hasn’t stopped the tree-huggers here in the Colonies: they still repeat it like a religious mantra.
Of course, if you paid any attention in freshman high-school Biology, you were already aware of a couple of facts the acorn-worshippers seem keen to overlook. One is the fact that we exhale carbon dioxide as part of breathing, and thus every individual on the planet creates carbon dioxide. The second, of course, is that trees and other green leafy things take that carbon dioxide out of the air and process it to release oxygen.
Funny, but the rabid environmentalists haven’t volunteered to quit breathing.
But this isn’t really about protecting the environment or the planet, It’s about punishing Texas for proving the socialists wrong.
Texas has the world’s largest concentration of oil refineries, chemical plants and power plants. It also has the healthiest economy of any of the 50 states, because unlike most of the others it doesn’t tax business into leaving. The overwhelming majority of the state’s voters and legislators retain at least moderately conservative fiscal philosophies, and that in turn keeps the Nanny State crowd confined primarily to the City of Austin and isolated pockets in other cities.
The EPA’s announcement is an open challenge to the leaders of Texas: bow to the unelected bureaucracy of the socialist elitists, or try to stop them.
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott and the leaders of the Texas House and Senate: the federal government has thrown down the gauntlet. Will you kneel down to them – or are you ready to take Texas down a new path away from government run amok?
If you’re wondering, the answer is yes: our forefathers WOULD be shooting by now.
December 24, 2010