|Gov. Perry Fights EPA Power Grab|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Aug 25, 2010, 05:03 pm|
“Don’t Mess with Texas” is the state’s motto. Yet, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is fighting that notion, which would determine whether President Barack Obama can impose an Al Gore-like global warming agenda without a vote of Congress.
According to the Washington Times, “President Obama’s EPA is already ell down the path to regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, something the act was not designed to do. It has a problem, however, because shoehorning greenhouse gases into that 40-year-old law would force churches, schools, warehouses, commercial kitchens and other sources to obtain costly and time-consuming permits. It would grind the economy to a halt, and the likely backlash would doom the whole scheme.”
Determined to move forward anyway, the EPA is making efforts to rewrite the Clean Air Act administratively through a so-called “tailoring rule” that would decrease the number of regulated sources. What is the difficulty with that method? It’s against the law. The EPA has been granted no authority to rewrite the law. To achieve that, the EPA needs all states with a State Implementation Plan to change all of its statutory thresholds as well.
As reported by the Washington Times, ‘Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality chairman Bryan W. Shaw saw the tailoring rule for what it really is: a massive power grab and centralization of authority. They are fighting back, writing to the EPA.”
Texas state officials are doing what Congress has not been able to do so far, which is to stop the EPA’s power seizure. This is good news since Texas would be hit particularly hard by these regulations.
To read the entire article from the Washington Times, link here:
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