The EPA Gone Rogue!
The EPA was formed fifteen years ago because of a demand to do something about the conditions of water, air, and land. There was deterioration to these 3 things I listed and I myself admit that. "The raw sewage, industrial and feedlot wastes had been discharged into rivers and lakes without regard for the cumulative effect that made our waters unfit for drinking, swimming, and boating. Smokestack omissions and automobile exhausts made air pollution so bad in certain communities that some people died and many were hospitalized.
The land itself was being polluted by "indiscriminate dumping of municipal and industrial wastes and some very toxic chemicals that would later come to the fore when their steel drum containers would rust and leak hazardous materials into soil and aquifers." There is no denying that man is careless and humans do not think about the effects of what they do. But forming the EPA was not the answer as we shall see.
I, of course, believe in the organic and natural way. I believe in farming the way it should have been done. We produced the Dust Bowl as an example of much ignorance. Because of the insufficient understanding of the ecology of the plains the farmers had done extensive plowing that went deep to the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains where they were living and farming during the previous decade. Of course this displaced the native, deep-rooted grasses that normally trapped soil and moisture even during the periods of drought which did come to the Plains ever so often. You combine that with the rapid mechanization of farm equipment, especially small gasoline tractors, and widespread use of the combine harvester contributed to farmers' decisions to convert arid grassland "(much of which received no more than 10 inches (250 mm) of precipitation per year)" to cultivated cropland.
The dual effect of the disruption of the Russian Revolution plus WWI decreased the supply of wheat and other commodity crops and thus increased agricultural prices. Of course this demand encouraged farmers to dramatically increase cultivation of the area and as we know greed many times causes problems to exist in our society which over time has led to government interference and their rules.
It has become a throw away society and that is sad. So if we as the average Joe throw away food, paper, and tons of junk do we really expect the government will do better. No, they won't even though they should.
We have done many things that should we have followed common sense would never have led to the EPA and government interference. Give the government an inch and they take a mile. Through several administrations we have had this agency and its powers foisted on us. President Nixon, by Executive Order "reorganized" the Executive Branch by transferring 15 units from existing organizations into a now independent agency, EPA. Four major Government agencies were involved. The EPA has become so powerful it defies the Congress of the United States and during the Reagan administration the 1988 Congress granted police powers to the EPA. Mighty generous of them to give away the candy store.
The Environmental Protection Agency has become rogue. It is a power hungry entity and it has an agenda which is based on a lie and a hoax. Having grown so powerful that the EPA tells the US Congress what it they will do and what they want! They have thumbed their nose at Congress and dared them to stop them.The EPA has stepped over the boundary line and as an agency of the government which is answerable to the American people the EPA is beyond the limits of acceptable behavior.
They now have the power to force Americans to obey the will of the EPA otherwise they will try destroy them. Socialism at its finest and Congress could stop it but you have to have a pair of brass ones to do so. Only a few have the moxie to do so.
Farmers and business people are complaining about the burden of cost this will put on them with these new rules. Many small farmers are barely making it anyhow. As of May 27, 2015 the EPA will assert its authority over the following:
• “The Clean Water Act protects navigable waterways and their tributaries. The rule says that a tributary must show physical features of flowing water — a bed, bank, and ordinary high water mark — to warrant protection.”
• “The rule protects waters that are next to rivers and lakes and their tributaries because science shows that they impact downstream waters.”
• “The rule protects prairie potholes, Carolina and Delmarva bays, pocosins, western vernal pools in California, and Texas coastal prairie wetlands when they impact downstream waters.”
• “The rule limits protection to ditches that are constructed out of streams or function like streams and can carry pollution downstream.”
This act of authority is outrageous in it's broadness. Certain bodies of water that should not be included among the Federal Water Pollution Control Act’s definition, “waters of the United States." This would include water that is located below the surface of the land and isolated ponds whether or not they are natural or man made. Farm ponds, fish ponds, ornamental ponds, swimming pools would fall under this besides storm-water or floodwater systems located in boundaries of a State plus the municipal and industrial water supplies within the boundaries of a State.
Senator John Barrasso (R. of Wy.) along with Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), EPW Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 33 other co-sponsors introduced Bill S11400 that will hopefully curtail the EPA power grab and not take away state's rights. Mr. Barrasso said, the rule that the EPA has released does not do that. In fact, the rule is worse than the proposed rule. The agencies have determined that the vast majority of the nation's water,' not the state's water, not the county's water, not the local water but the nation's water they think they own it all, 'the nation's water features are located within 4,000 feet of a covered tributary, traditional navigable water, interstate water, or territorial sea. We believe therefore, that very few waters will be located outside 4,000 feet and within a 100-year floodplain.'
"They believe they can control it all."
The problem with giving a government agency such as the EPA power to impose mandatory regulations on private industry is as always a constitutional matter. The Constitution does not hand such power to the federal government and any steps that are needed to protect our environment should preferably taken by the private sector who of course do need education and information on the matter.
We cannot safeguard our environment at the hands of a massive federal bureaucracy to counter the effects of “global warming" which is an unproven threat. The water also should be included in this. It is a proven fact that yes, much polluting of the water is being done but, again, education and information in all states should be given out and taught. Then you take it to these companies and trust me, change can happen and should.
From Democrat Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin comes this gem......
Susan, As Wisconsinites, we love our state’s natural beauty. Many of us are hunters, like the new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. Personally, I’m a fisherman — and I always enjoy boating and trolling for walleye on Lake Winnebago. We all want a pristine environment. But we also need to find a balance between protecting our environment while allowing our manufacturing and agricultural industries to thrive – and the liberals in Washington seem to have forgotten that.
A study commissioned by the Small Business Administration showed that which costs Americans $1.7 trillion to comply with federal regulations every year.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, the Senate recently voted against an onerous Environmental Protection Agency rule that would give the federal government the power to regulate a puddle in your backyard. That is not a joke — this rule would give the federal government regulatory authority over 92 percent of the land in our state. This is the kind of government overreach that many agree is a threat to our freedom and economic prosperity.
If you agree that regulatory burdens must be reduced in order to allow Americans businesses to grow, then sign our petition to rein in the EPA.
These out-of-control regulations would strangle family farms with red tape and make it more expensive for manufacturers to create good Wisconsin jobs.
I’m doing my part to fight back against this overreach – but unfortunately Senator Feingold is not only supportive of this absurd over regulation, he actually laid the groundwork for it by championing a similar proposal during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate.
I work for the people of Wisconsin, not for unelected bureaucrats in DC. I know how irrational it is to give the federal government control over 92 percent of the land in our state. And I will continue to fight against this kind of overreach – and I ask you to stand with me.
*I signed and I hope you will too!*
And then there is the EPA involvement in the Animas River scandal. Now it has become a fact that the EPA did this on purpose in order to get federal funding. The EPA’s report goes on to state that the mine entrance or the adit was larger than they “anticipated,” and the “fact that the adit opening was about 2 times the assumed 8 to 10 foot maximum adit height resulted in a closer than anticipated proximity to the adit brow, and combined with the pressure of the water was enough to cause the spout and blowout.”
Interpret that as being the mine did it!! They were digging “to better inform a planned consultation” scheduled for nine days later. So in essence they EPA is claiming that the spill is an act of God and not taking the blame on themselves like they should.
I am sure that God is use to being blamed for many things but this has got to be a new thing to blame God for!
Next we have Flint, Michigan debacle. E-mails found indicate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knew Flint’s water was tainted in mid-2015. But, of course, they were willing to allow citizens to drink it until at least 2016. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted, "EPA did its job but clearly the outcome was not what anyone would have wanted." But a day later, the agency said that "while EPA worked within the framework of the law to repeatedly and urgently communicate the steps the state needed to take to properly treat its water, those necessary (EPA) actions were not taken as quickly as they should have been." Right Gina!!! You screwed up, plain and simple!
They have passed the buck to blame the city, state and governor while taking no blame for themselves. Nice work EPA. Why do we need you if you stand back, do nothing, and pass the buck. Apparently, they believe in states rights in this situation.
The greenies of the U.S. government have through the backing of the EPA’s power grab made a move to strangle the coal-fired electricity generating plants. If Congress does not stop the new regulations it will cause coal-fired plants around the country to close. Thousands upon thousands of workers in the electricity generating business and all businesses associated with them will be out of work.
“That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet,” so stated President Obama. The clear translation is that their minds are made up and coal and oil must be made more costly.
Much of this is to make energy prices skyrocket, thus forcing suffering Americans to choose the energy sources the White House prefers. Guess what folks, these things are being marketed for sale by some of their largest financial contributors. Yep! It is true that Money Talks, and Bullshit Walks, so follow that money trail.
If Congress does not get rid of these regulations we will have a shortage of electricity and rolling blackouts will be common here just as it is in developing countries.
So the couple with the consultation of wetland experts Ray and Susan Kagel of Kagel Envionmental and represented by Damien M. Schiff of the Pacific Legal Foundation filed their opening brief on September 23, 2011. Eventually the couple were allowed to proceed with their lawsuit. Judge Alito wrote that "Any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year is in danger of being classified by EPA employees as wetlands covered by the act, and according to the Federal Government, if property owners begin to construct a home on a lot that the agency thinks possesses the requisite wetness, the property owners are at the agency's mercy. "Allowing aggrieved property owners to sue ... is better than nothing, but only clarification of the reach of the Clean Water Act can rectify the underlying problem," he wrote. He begged Congress of the need to clarify the scope of the Unclean Water Act.“ The real relief” must come from Do Nothing Congress.
The Clean Water Act does not have clear rules regarding procedure. No one truly knows what is a wetland apparently. The EPA has taken advantage of the lack of clarity and, like any bureaucracy takes that chance to grab power. This is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Since many of our do nothing Congresses have yet to clean up this mess it over the decades, it is unlikely to do so now. And just so you know while the Sacketts have gained some fame over this it probably will not take them to the next step of being able to build on their land. They gained satisfaction from a Supreme Court win but unless EPA rolls over, the Sacketts have merely won an administrative point. It may be back to the same agency and courts that spit on them before.
Some years back some beachfront property owners in California and in South Carolina won noteworthy victories against state agencies that took their property through the regulatory process. The agencies were not pleased citizens embarrassed them before the high court and the agencies were not happy about that. As a result they drug the parties through the administrative muck for years after the high court decisions which of course cost the taxpayers dollars.
The final results were not the “victories” for the abused citizens that we tend to presume. Because they have our money to finance their proceedings they can keep up their litigation forever. Homeowners have less money in their pockets. Agencies have the taxpayer purse to finance their proceedings and more litigation. Homeowners such as the Sacketts have pockets a bit less deep.
Talking about spending; let us examine the waste of money in this agency. This report was from 2000 to 2014 and done by a group out of Illinois. The finding showed that 93 billion was spent of which hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted on the luxury of high-end office furnishings, sports equipment for what I have no clue and "environmental justice" grant to raise people's awareness of the global warming situation.
However, one Congressman is willing to expose them. His name is Rep. Jason Chaffetz and he is head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is demanding that General Arthur Elkins Jr., hand over dozens of documents showing misconduct by government employees. The Daily Caller News Foundation has reported that EPA employees who stole government equipment, took marijuana onto federal property were allowed to keep their jobs and their names were withheld also. He was joined by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona in blasting the EPA in Feb. 2016.
Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, told Elkins in a Thursday letter to hand over all documents involved in three dozen employee investigations from April 2014 through September 2015. Fellow Republican committee member Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona stated that "that if EPA employees would have been doing their jobs instead of watching porn, they might have reported sooner that the water in Flint, Michigan, was poisoned.”
He further stated about this motley crew in the EPA, “This collection of porn addicts, office thieves and drunk drivers are not fit to run for dog-catcher, much less manage a federal agency.”
I would concur that obviously watching porn on a high would be more exciting than reporting on water in Flint, Michigan. Having never been in that position I truly do not know but someone missed the boat for sure.
The EPA has spent millions over the last 10 years on military type weapons to arm it's 200 "special agents" to fight the environmental crime. Guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, aircraft that is unmanned, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear plus other military style weapons and surveillance activities are just a few things reported by the watchdog group Open the Books. that the EPA has purchased. All this to fight environmental crime? Sounds instead like they are invading a small country instead.
Mr. Andrzejewski the founder of Open the Books reported that, "Our report discovered that when the EPA comes knocking they are armed with a thousand lawyers, arrest/criminal data, credit, business and property histories, plus a 'Special Agent' with the latest in weaponry and technology." Each Special Agent costs out of the taxpayers pocket approximately $216,000 per year in salary, travel, equipment, training, and other misc. expenses.
Michael Savage in his newsletter made this observation and criticism:
“Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is now targeting greenhouse emissions from commercial aircraft,” Savage told his audience.
It’s a story you’d expect to find in Mad magazine, but it’s true.
The idiot, moron, psychopath, college girls in the White House will do this to address so-called “climate change.”
Why don’t they start by limiting the greenhouse gas emissions from Air Force One when Obama goes on all his golfing trips?
Then Michelle decides she wants to fly on a separate plane from her husband. What about those greenhouse gases?
But, no, they’re targeting the jets you and I fly on.
The bullies and idiots in the EPA are supposed to release these new standards early next year.
Why don’t they apply this to our fighter jets first?
We’ve all seen the flames shooting out the back of those planes.
Then they could restrict greenhouse gas emissions from guns, too.
These are very dangerous, drug-addicted bullies, and they’re in charge.
I agree with him. If you talk it you best walk it. Be an example, not just someone who thinks they get privileges.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/13/emails-reveal-epa-knew-about-tainted-water-in-2015-let-citizens-keep-drinking/#ixzz43E7ThNur,