The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. –Ludwig von Mises
With the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey and the severe flooding inflicting Texas, despite Trump’s excellent responsiveness and support many are using this hurricane as a justification for the EPA and their ever expanding power.
What would happen if the EPA didn’t exist? We’d save a lot of money and end a lot of cronyism. I know, next to the Department of Education the Environmental Agency is a sacred cow to many people. For whatever reason people still believe that the Federal Government is capable of competently solving any problem. Someone has yet to explain to me how red tape and bureaucrats ever did anybody any good.
The problems with progressives is that they lack all imagination. They think they can solve world hunger by passing a law that it’s illegal to starve. They think they can regulate away human nature and “protect the planet” through force. When people are so delusional they become intolerant to those who challenge their fragile mind state. To admit that their solutions do not work is to admit their own incompetence.
Think about it, we laugh at climate change skeptics calling them “science deniers”. But isn’t it science that teaches us to be skeptical? We sound like the Catholic Church enraged by Galileo for daring to suggest that the Earth isn’t the center of the universe.
We would be making the same mistakes in believing that the general consensus is reality. Often times the general consensus is wrong, and to deny that human beings are capable of error is to guarantee that error occurs.
Unfortunately progressivism is the new religious cult, and the church goers pray to the alter of the government. Once something becomes a part of the government it becomes sacred. The people take the word of the EPA as sacred and any reduction or challenge to the EPA’s power is sacrilegious.
I blame the progressive Republican Richard Nixon. How any conservative can look at him as anything other than the original neocon RINO is beyond me. It’s a miracle the United States has done as well as it has with the hollow headed Presidents we’ve been blessed with for the past 50 years.
Lew Rockwell sums it up best:
Affirmative action, the EPA, the CPSC, the CFTC, destruction of the gold standard, massive inflation, welfarist ideology, huge deficits, price controls, and a host of other D.C. monstrosities were Nixon creations — not to mention the bloodiest years of the war. Nixon’s carpet bombing of Cambodia, for example, destroyed the monarchy and brought the Khmer Rouge to power. Nixon, Kissinger, and the rest have the blood of millions on their hands.
For all the hate Republicans receive, the only difference between them and Democrats is who they pander to when they campaign. As the country seemingly becomes more partisan and more divided, the parties have never been more similar. Both are firm in their belief that the government could and should solve any problem.
Nothing is more demonstrative of this than the Environmental protective agency.
Richard Nixon and the start of the EPA
Nixon created the EPA by executive order in 1970. Not that there was anything original or organic to the EPA, it merely took on the reassigned duties of other federal agencies. The purpose of the EPA is to protected human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The services of which include inspections, enforcement and advocacy. How noble! Every millennial’s dream vocation.
Since its inception, it has been expensive and drawn to power. Though the federal government has no general police powers according to the Constitution, the EPA polices the rest of the country for any environmental infractions.
How has the EPA grown into an administrative agency capable of demanding that coal miners reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030? Never mind any negative consequences to such a regulations, once the church passes and edict nothing else matters.
What started as an executive order under President Richard Nixon, a $1 billion budget, 4,000 employees, and a goal of making American air clean again, the agency today boasts a workforce of more than 15,000 people, a budget of $8 billion and oversees everything from mercury spills in high school science labs to nuclear waste.
Incompetent Permanent Bureaucracy
Vote however you want, but does it not seem bizarre to you how committed perm-bureaucrats are committed to the Democratic party? Do administrative agencies not need to change? Are they not allowed to be challenged?
The scandal-plagued agency that’s wasted millions to bring underserved and minority communities “environmental justice” fails to punish corrupt employees and allows them to keep their government paychecks, according to a new federal audit.
Earlier this year the EPA served as an inspiration for a bill introduced in Congress to curb an epidemic of federal employees watching pornography on government computers during work hours. The congressman who introduced the law disclosed that various EPA Inspector General probes have uncovered multiple cases of employees working hard at watching porn. “One EPA employee was viewing as much as 6 hours of pornography a day in his office,” the congressman said. “The same federal employee was found to have downloaded as many as 7,000 pornographic files onto his government computer.”
The wild shrieks that happened when Trump took over the agency tells me their scared. Scared that the people will finally wake up and see that the EPA is as useless and incompetent as any other government bureaucrat. That they do half the work of a private employee with more pay and more benefits.
The people at the EPA, from the administrator on down, think they’re above the law, that no one has the right to question what or how they do their jobs…Well, they’re wrong. The laws apply to everyone, even federal bureaucrats.-Mark Levin
The EPA has been a breeding ground for corruption since it was in the cradle. In 1972 the first administrator of the EPA, William Ruckelshaus, banned the insecticide DDT after his own hearing examiner concluded (on the basis of several hundred technical documents and testimony of 150 scientists) that DDT ought not to be banned.
In 1991, a panel of outside scientists brought in to review EPA practices concluded (among other things) that the EPA often tailors its science to justify what it wants to do and shields key research from peer review. EPA Administrator William Reilly acknowledged, “scientific data have not always been featured prominently in environmental efforts and have sometimes been ignored even when available.”.
They either mean well but do bad or they mean bad and do bad. At this point they are well aware of the disastrous consequences of their regulations, with little to no proof that any of these regulations will actually solve any of the issues they were created to solve.
One couple caught in this legal quagmire is Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, where they bought property in 2008 to build a house. They secured all of the necessary permits and began work to fill the land and to prepare the site for the construction of their lake home. But three days after they began work a group of EPA wetland cops made a visit and in no uncertain terms ordered the Sacketts to cease and desist their activities.
Like any American would be, the Sacketts were taken aback by the EPA’s command. The EPA’s own National Wetlands Inventory did not include the Sackett property as a wetland. The bureaucrat’s devotion to rules only abates when they would be forced to contradict themselves. The EPA officials did not care and said that it makes no difference: your property is still a wetland.
The Supreme Court thankfully slapped the EPA in the face in a unanimous decision checking the gross overreach of the administrative agency.
There are stories just like the Sacketts all around America. The EPA threatened a Wyoming family with daily $75,000 fines simply because they had the gall to build a pond on their own property.
And the incompetence?
In late 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency completely botched a routine mine inspection. Instead of protecting the environment, it dumped millions of gallons of dangerous toxic waste into Colorado’s Animas River, poisoning the water supply for thousands of nearby residents.
The spill was started by an EPA contractor who accidentally knocked down a wall that was holding back waste water. It immediately turned the river orange and quickly spread throughout three states. The damage has been devastating; it could cost up to $30 billionto clean up the 3 million gallons of hazardous waste. Arsenic levels in the water rose to 300 times normal levels, and lead concentrations rose to 3,500 times normal levels
So who watches the watchmen?
Cronyism and the EPA go hand in hand. If you think that bureaucrats aren’t fiscally motivated you are mistaken. It just isn’t America’s fiscal situation that their care about.
Let’s be very clear, where there is one case of government corruption, I promise you there is a thousand more. Especially when you get to the top of any bureaucratic administration. Really the only way to advance in such a career is through political favors and selling favors. The people around you will only be comfortable with you if they are assured that your hands are as dirty as theirs are. It’s the only way they feel good about themselves.
In June the Inspector General of the EPA started an investigation into an EPA staffer colluded with Monsanto the agricultural giant to bias research on glyphosate (Roundup). This inspection came in response from to a request from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). His request was based on media reports of documents released in the course of a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging glyphosate causes cancer, and that the company may have spun research and hired scientists to cover this up.
Documents released in the lawsuit reference internal Monsanto emails mentioning Jess Rowland, who was previously a manager in the EPA’s pesticide division, allegedly bragging to company officials in April 2015 that he could “kill” investigations into glyphosate. A Monsanto regulatory affairs manager sent an email to colleagues that said Rowland had told him, “If I can kill this I should get a medal.”
This crony Rowland retired from the EPA last year, and plaintiffs’ lawyers have been deposing him about allegations that Monsanto may have funneled money to him through third parties.
A person is only that flagrant if their not afraid of getting caught, they know everyone else is doing it too and their political overlords will never check them.
One of the least known government scandals was when old EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had agency personnel create a fictitious employee by the name of “Richard Windsor” so that Jackson could appropriate the Windsor’s email address for her own purposes (inspired by Hillary Clinton maybe?).
Due to a whistleblower and the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Christopher Horner’s investigative work a federal court ruled that the EPA had to turn over 12,000 “Richard Windsor” emails in four 3,000 email batches. The first group of emails released totaled a mere 2,100 and not one was from “Richard Windsor.”
Of course Ms. Jackson had no desire but to protect and that is why she broke the law and then tried to cover it up. But the EPA has been operating in wildly illegal methods for years.
What do you do when you want a quick regulation passed but you don’t want to go through your own red tape in creating red tape? You invent a “Sue and Settle” scheme.
This has become a common tool of the EPA’s to impose oppressive mandates on targeted businesses with incalculable costs. To implement the scam, the EPA has an environmental or advocacy group file a suit claiming the federal government has failed to satisfy some EPA regulatory requirement. The EPA can choose to defend itself or settle the suit. The “solution” is to put in place a “court ordered regulation” requested by the advocacy group…neat, relatively fast and illegal.
The government throws the match and falls down at the first punch.
Like every progressive anything that they do is excused because their intentions are noble. They save more than they hurt in their own mind. That simply is not true.
The EPA is not needed and moreover they hurt America more than they could ever help us
The Sue and Settle program alone has costs taxpayers millions of dollars in court fees and legal feels all for a set match where businesses are punished and well connected non-profits receive millions of dollars.
According to a 2011 GAO report, this amounted to millions of dollars awarded to environmental organizations for EPA litigations between 1995 and 2010. Three “Big Green” groups received 41% of this payback: Earthjustice, $4,655,425 (30%); the Sierra Club, $966,687; and the Natural Resources Defense Council, $252,004. Most of this was paid to environmental attorneys in connection to lawsuits filed under the Clean Air Act, followed next by the Clean Water Act.
In addition, the Department of Justice forked over at least $43 million of our money defending EPA in court between 1998 and 2010. This didn’t include money spent by EPA for their legal costs in connection with those rip-offs, since EPA doesn’t keep track of their attorney’s time on a case-by-case basis.
The progressive EPA simply will not be happy until it bankrupts the coal industry, close coal burning plants, and drive up to cost of motor fuels — negatively impacting job creation, the economic recovery and America’s energy security.
The estimated costs of EPA regulations range from $353 billion (Competitive Enterprise Institute) to $460 billion (The American Action Forum) and are growing like a malignant cancer. These costs represent from 20% to 26% of the total cost of US regulations, estimated at $1.75 trillion, and are cited in a World Economic Forum report as a key reason for a sluggish recovery and daunting unemployment. For comparison, these costs are appreciably higher than Health and Human Services regulatory costs estimated at $184.8 billion (the 2nd highest).
This expensive crony agency has done crap all actual good for the environment or this country.
American Enterprise Institute scholars Joel Schwartz and Steven Hayward document in their 2007 book, Air Quality in America, that emissions of smoke, soot, ozone and sulfur dioxide had been falling for decades before the creation the EPA and the adoption of the Clean Air Act.
For example, ambient sulfur dioxide had fallen by 58 percent in New York City during the seven years preceding the adoption of the Clean Air Act. “Air quality has indeed improved since the 1970 passage of the” Clean Air Act, they claim. “But it was improving at about the same pace for decades before the act was passed, and without the unnecessary collateral damage caused by our modern regulatory system.”
Since the 1972 U.S. Clean Water Act, government and industry have invested over $1 trillion to abate water pollution, or $100 per person-year. Over half of U.S. stream and river miles, however, still violate pollution standards. We use the most comprehensive set of files ever compiled on water pollution and its determinants, including 50 million pollution readings from 170,000 monitoring sites, to study water pollution’s trends, causes, and welfare consequences.
Y’all can hate Trump all you want but at least his administration is reigning in the worst misdeeds of the EPA.
At least 32 states had filed lawsuits seeking to block the implementation of Obama administration’s new waters of the United States regulations. And President Trump responded to the demands of the people by signing an executive order instructing the EPA to begin the process of revising the regulations in line with former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s plurality opinion in the 2006 Rapanos vs. United States case that would limit EPA regulation of ephemeral and minor sources of water.
The huge EPA mess up in Colorado mentioned above? The one where the EPA duck and dodged accountability and pretty much fudged any efforts to actually fix their mess? The evil Scott Pruitt actually went to Colorado and acknowledged just how awful the agency was in handling that mess.
I think it’s safe to say if this had been any other company, a BP-type of a situation, there would have been an investigation that would ensue by the agency and there would have been accountability…That didn’t take place here…The federal government should not be able to hide behind sovereign immunity when the facts don’t meet the protections…In my estimation, the EPA walked away from those folks and left them in a position of incurring damages without taking accountability- Scott Pruitt head of the EPA.
Plus Trump disbanded the useless and waste of money that was Obama’s climate change panel. Of course you’ll never hear the progressive media call it such. You’ll never hear a progressive criticize an administrative agency. They will never question government authority. The most they’ll do is complain that a politician isn’t expanding or abusing government power in the right way.
The best thing that President Trump could do would be to completely remove the Environmental Protection Agency and all other corrupt arms of the federal government. There is no way to defeat the deep state if its power is disbanded and the American people start questioning the government instead of worshiping it.