We are (thank God) in the fourth quarter of the Barack Obama Administration. Our long national nightmare is more than three-quarters over.
That’s the good news. The bad news is – everyone in the Barack Obama Administration knows it too.
This waning Administration is in the pummel-the-private-sector business. And there is arguably no tentacle of the federal Leviathan better equipped to do it than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After all – it’s the EPA’s sole reason for being.
(Former) EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, the architect of unprecedented restrictions on energy use and power generation….
Did Congress authorize any of these unprecedented restrictions? Of course not. Has Ms. McCarthy – since her promotion – changed her approach and waited for Congress to act before acting? Of course not. (Did Senate Republicans – given this radical record – do enough to block her promotion? Of course not.)
Is she a typical Obama Administration official? Absolutely.
How very Hillary Clinton.
How very Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
But fear not.
Well. what they’re pushing certainly isn’t science.
How else do we know it’s not science?
Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions:
“This is a stunning development, that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency–who should know more than anybody else in the world, who is imposing hundreds of billions of dollars in cost to prevent this climate temperature increase–doesn’t know whether their projections have been right or wrong.”
#Science. Does any of this – all of this – stop Ms. McCarthy? Of course not.
If you don’t recall Congress recently passing new climate legislation – it’s only because Congress hasn’t recently passed new climate legislation. This is Ms. McCarthy yet again unilaterally imposing fiats.
Because #Science. And because:
Because nothing says “Justice” like artificially, dramatically increased energy prices.
You know what else says “Justice?” Artificially, dramatically increased food prices.
The issue is the EPA’s proposed changes to the Waters of the United States regulation….(which) would expand the agency’s regulatory authority on streams and wetlands that feed into major rivers and lakes….
(T)he rules…(would) allow the government to dictate what farmers can and cannot do with their farmland, which often includes small streams, ponds and marshes.
How much government-inflicted private sector damage are we talking?
Ms. McCarthy, her EPA and her boss’ Administration are imposing hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars-worth of private-sector-crushing environmental regulations.
They are imposing them at an ever-increasing rate – as their time runs out.
They are imposing them without any Constitutional tether to any actually passed legislation.
Regulations which dramatically increase the prices of food, energy and just about everything else we need or use.
To advance a cause based on alleged “science” they can not document as accurate – or even remotely close to accurate.
A cause that has been time and again exposed to be rife with fraud.
Typical Obama Administration. Which cannot end soon enough.
Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Human Events.