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Is the Environmental Protection Agency America’s Praetorian Guard?

October 28th, 2013 | by Morris Beschloss | Comments

A statement little noticed, but said with strong conviction was President Barack Obama’s strong re-affirmation to a “climatological purity commitment” that seemed to have been put on the back burner in the wake of residual unemployment, spreading international problems, and the unresolved fiscal problems, causing the national debt to vault even higher.

But second only to “Affordable Healthcare” that had barely squeaked through in early 2010, was the “cap-and-trade” artifice, stopped dead in its tracks by the Tea Party-engineered Republican “House” victory, where that legislation had stalled, due to the GOP withholding approval. This stinging defeat of a universal “pure air leadership,” which President Obama had hoped to spread throughout the world, has reappeared early in the fall of the President’s first year of his second term.

Although overshadowed by the spreading civil wars in the Mideast and the swirling controversies enveloping the implementation of Obamacare, the White House’s war against “effluence” and the diminution of CO² and greenhouse gases, has not merited the front pages of a compliant media, or the various on-line strategies available to the Administration.

But this did not stop the accelerated marching orders to the EPA and such “think tank” allies as the Sierra Club, or the extremist California Air Resources Board. Bordering on the ancient Roman Praetorians, who cracked down on any activities considered inimical to the government, interpretation of public welfare, or such modern venues as federal police, the EPA has fought an increasingly effective war against what that unlimited power agency considered antagonistic toward the President’s universal pure air campaign. Following the philosophic position of previous head Lisa Jackson’s, “Its impact on the economy is none of my concern,” her successor Gina McCarthy has gone even further by turning her Agency minions loose on any deviations considered injurious to the President’s dictums.

At this unfortunate stage, the war against coal is being waged in full force, with new utility plants not even considering the use of coal, while existing coal-fired plants are under severe pressure to revert to natural gas, with an almost impossible time span demanded in which to implement the change, or pay heavy penalties.

California, with the Air Resources Board Praetorians in charge, is even putting the kibosh on imports from Canada’s oil sands-converted crude, or out of state or international products considered in violation of the EPA’s strict regulations.

There are also unconfirmed news items about EPA Agency extremists arbitrarily stopping “fracking activity” in Alaska forcefully. If these isolated incidents are confirmed, this may be the reason that the EPA is one of the few agencies that were allowed to maintain practically full strength during the partial shutdown.
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