Renewed EPA Regulation Initiatives Face Increased Political Headwinds

April 23rd, 2013 | by Morris Beschloss | Comments

What has not been readily orchestrated by the Administration-compliant media is that the Democrat-controlled Senate is increasingly bucking the White House/EPA partnership to further throttle America’s buoyant energy development by further restrictive legislation.

Practically muffled as a significant news item was the Senate majority vote demanding the go-ahead of the long-suspended Trans-Canada XL oil pipeline. With seven
Senators joining a united Republican front, this non-binding resolution, long-supported by the GOP-controlled House, unveiled a trend that is indicating future Senate majorities favoring restraint of further EPA restrictions. Although the rationale behind this push-back of environmental extremism is rightfully explained as the EPA’s undercutting economic progress, it’s no coincidence that the seven Democrat Senators that have joined the unified GOP minority are up for re-election in states with a decidedly Republican-leaning bias.

Whatever the reason, this awakening of the anti-business attitudes of the EPA is welcome news for those who understand the significance of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Also understood is that the free flow of Canada oil sands-converted crude must be facilitated and putting a halt to the increased utility power and transportation costs that the environmental extremists continue to impose on America’s consumers, and the economy in general, must be stopped.

The U.S. Senate, by several preliminary votes, has also indicated its opposition to the revival of “cap-and-trade,” the former Vice President Al Gore-initiated “scam” that would reward low emitters of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases by letting them “sell” their under-usage” to those corporate entities that have exceeded the artificially imposed limits. The Gore-invented “brokerage,” to handle these transactions would obviously gain sizable fees from this arrangement.

Currently, the Administration is proffering new legislation to substantially decrease the amount of sulfur in the gasoline conversion by refineries. This move is now in the process of moving forward in the form of a new EPA initiative, despite warnings by the refineries that this would raise the cost of the final gasoline product by a minimum of 10%. Those who thought that the disappearance of former EPA head Lisa Jackson might usher in a more rational and balanced approach to EPA future initiatives may be shocked to learn that a list of increased regulations is already in the process of being thrust on America’s businesses, and the U.S. economy in general.

Hopefully, the concern for holding their seats in the 2014 mid-term elections will continue to keep the affected Senators on the reservation of EPA extremist opposition.

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