EPA McCarthy will ‘go after’ critics who question agency

Please let me know Ms McCarthy, just what do you have in mind when you claim you plan to “go after your critics?  Send in the IRS? Already done? You are the same person who stacked the deck with your cronies with your faux science. The EPA now has become the almost if not the most dangerous agency of this regime. The story has been out there, but take a look at how she has stacked the deck last year.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who say the agency relies on “secret science” for its regulations — a charge made frequently by Sen. David Vitter and House Science Chairman Lamar Smith — during a speech this morning at the National Academy of Sciences.

“Those critics conjure up claims of ‘EPA secret science’— but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world-renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University and the American Cancer Society,” McCarthy will, according to excerpts previewed for ME.

She adds: “It’s about claiming that research is secret if researchers protect confidential personal health data from those who are not qualified to analyze it — and won’t agree to protect it. If EPA is being accused of ‘secret science’ because we rely on real scientists to conduct research, and independent scientists to peer review it, and scientists who’ve spent a lifetime studying the science to reproduce it — then so be it.”

Vitter: “leadership is willfully ignoring the big picture and defending EPA’s practices of using science that is, in fact, secret due to the refusal of the agency to share the underlying data with Congress and the American public,” said Vitter.

“We’re not asking, and we’ve never asked, for personal health information, and it is inexcusable for EPA to justify billions of dollars of economically significant regulations on science that is kept hidden from independent reanalysis and congressional oversight,” Vitter added.

Earlier  Massisve EPA propsed land grab underway, rigged and corrupt October 21, 2013 — bunkerville

What happens when Washington’s top environmental policymaker packs a government advisory board with federal grant recipients so she can regulate virtually every acre in the United States of America?

Smith and Stewart accuse EPA of “pushing through a rule with vast economic and regulatory implications before the agency’s Science Advisory Board has had an opportunity to review the underlying science.”

EPA says its rule-making will be based on the final version of the SAB’s scientific assessment

Catch 22: The SAB is paid to verify whether the EPA report is technically accurate but the panel has not yet been provided with the proposed rule, even though the Office of Management and Budget has it.

McCarthy took no chances with letting hard-headed state or local water officials in, despite nominees from the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, North Carolina Division of Water Quality, Ventura County Watershed Protection District, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, New York City Dept of Environmental Protection, and the State of Wyoming.

But here’s the worst part of it: Half of McCarthy’s choices received EPA grants in the last 10 years!  

H/T: http://www.teapartycrusaders.com/u-s-politics/epa-chief-promises-go-republicans-question-agency-science/#teapartycrusaders.com

EPA wanted to ban ammo

Government cannot control and confiscate our weapons, the next step is controlling ammo. I read where a congressman said, ok, we can’t ban guns, but the Second amendment didn’t say anything about ammo. That rang a bell, so I went to my “way back”machine and got this post from August 2010. It didn’t go anywhere, but you bet this will be back on the front burner.

A gun without a shell is useless.. Bring it on EPA. Just in time for the November Election.
 
Remember this is a no-win situation for us, because bullets made of materials other than lead are often considered armor piercing by law. Copper is your basic material, and copper is expensive, and has much poorer performance properties than lead.
 

From The Wahington Examiner:

Here’s an astounding bit of government overreach:

NSSF [National Shooting Sports Foundation] is springing into action, as the public comment period opens on EPA considering a regulation that will ban all traditional lead ammunition. This would basically end the shooting sports as we know it. Remember this is a no-win situation for us, because bullets made of materials other than lead are often considered armor piercing by law. Copper is your basic material, and copper is expensive, and has much poorer performance properties than lead.

You can read the petition in favor of banning ammunition here, and if you can leave a public comment on it here. The EPA will be taking comments on this through October 31 to coincide nicely with the November 2 election. After health care and immigration, apparently the White House doesn’t feel it has sufficiently irked voters enough. Bringing the NRA and upset gun owners into the mix should really do wonders for Democrats at the ballot box. And we sure told them in 2010 didn’t we!

Bonus time. Two posts today!  A list of the newspaper folk’s location that posted gun owners locations.

E.PA. turns on the cities – storm water tax coming our way

I am amazed that there has been little attention given to the massive over reach of the EPA into our lives by the GOP campaign.References to energy but few concrete examples that folks can wrap their mind around. Gas prices through the roof, and yet no outrage. We hear that there are massive regs coming down right after the election, but here is a story going down as we wait the outcome of our election. This has to be the most sinister part of Obama’s agenda. While we all know that most cities are on their last legs, this will cut the last vestige of hope of any recovery. Unfortunately, one has to pay for the full story at the WSJ, but enough is here to get the gist. I would be interested in which cities are on their agenda.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Behold the Obama Administration’s new public works plan. Sue cities for polluting waterways and then as part of a settlement require them to spend, er, “invest” billions in extraneous sewer improvements. The White House doesn’t even need legislation to pour this money down the drain. The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency have taken enforcement actions against 25 cities over the last four years for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act, and there are another 772 on their list. In addition to imposing millions of dollars in penalties, the feds have forced these cities into consent decrees that will cost their local taxpayers $21 billion. The decrees spell out in detail what capital upgrades they must undertake—everything down to the size of their pipes. The EPA says this extraordinary intrusion on local sovereignty is justified because cities are discharging waste into waterways during heavy rains. Many older wastewater systems include a safety valve that releases untreated stormwater and sewage into lakes and rivers when underground tunnels are flooded. This is to prevent waste from backing up in basements. The EPA has ordered cities to limit such wet weather overflows to four per year, regardless of how much rain they receive or how little muck they discharge. Many cities have already taken concrete steps to reduce such overflows by developing “green infrastructure” (i.e., permeable pavements, rain gardens, catch-basins) that soaks up and diverts stormwater. Such solutions are easier and less expensive to implement than reconstructing their underground systems as the EPA wants them to do.

H/T: News Alert

EPA now giving millions to China, & around the world

The bizarre actions of the EPA never stop. Just when you think that one has heard it all, it continues to stun- giving out millions first in grants here in the U.S, now the world. EPA keeps on giving and destroying our country. Now this Congress thinks it can raise our taxes to pay for the pig methane over in Thailand and there will not be a revolt?  Catch this one:

“Chairman Upton’s report makes use of this database: it shows that EPA has awarded $718,000 to China’s EPA to assist with control of air emissions, $700,000 to Thailand to collect methane from pig farms and $150,000 to Interpol for climate change programs.  Since 2009, $27 million in taxpayer dollars has been sent to foreign countries.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Outrage of the Year” – that is what U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling the distribution of tax dollars to China by the Obama Administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to promote its climate change agenda.

“As the White House calls Congressional leaders to a meeting to address our nation’s debt and spending crisis, a report recently released by Congressman Fred Upton shows that the Obama EPA has been spending millions of taxpayer dollars in places like China – a country we already owe 1.2 trillion – to promote its liberal climate change agenda,” Senator Inhofe said.  “This is truly the outrage of the year.

Read the full transcript here: Media Newswire

E.P.A. gone wild with Billions in grants and adding endangered species

In a lengthy report, the Heritage Foundation gives us an update on the shenanigans of the EPA that have been buried while we have been focused on its more devastating actions on the Energy front. Adding  hundreds to the endangered species list will essentially shut down any activity within miles of their habitat. The grants to non-profits are a joke for the most part. Why are they in the grant business? To take care of Obama’s cronies. All of this to ensure the destruction of our economy. When will this nonsense end? Crab Grass is now an endangered specie in Florida?

Although the rest of the nation has had to tighten its belt, that has not been the case for the EPA. The Obama Administration’s first budget increased EPA funding to $10.3 billion, a whopping 36% over the preceding fiscal year. While the President’s current budget request is down from the all-time high, it is still more than 20% over the FY 2008 budget.

According to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, there are 2,141 federal grant programs with some 109 coming out of the EPA. By the EPA’s own grant database, over the last ten years, the agency has bellied up to the bar and bought drinks for many of its friends at the taxpayers’ expense. Within the past decade, the EPA awarded or continues to have open more than 7,500 grants, totaling $3,847,160,250 to non-profit groups alone.

The Washington Post recently reported on a settlement between Wild Earth Guardians and the federal Government “that could pave the way for an avalanche” of endangered species. Under the settlement the US Fish and Wildlife Service will take action on 251 species considered as “candidates” for addition to the Endangered Species List — along with 9 subspecies of the same species of pocket gopher in the state of Washington, 36 insects including 10 kinds of cave beetle, 18 clams and 23 snails is Digitaria pauciflora.

For the non-botanists, the common name of this species is Florida Pineland crabgrass and yes, it belongs to the same group of crab grasses (it is one of 68 such species) that suburbanites constantly battle. The fear is that Florida Pineland crabgrass could be driven to extinction if global warming causes the oceans to rise and swallow the tip of southern Florida, this species’ habitat.

Other EPA grantees grab grants of tax dollars in one hand while collecting attorney fees from the federal government with the other. Wild Earth Guardians, for example, states in its annual report that it received grants not only from the EPA, but also the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, which, along with state, county and city grants, totaled well over a half million in 2009.

 Full story at Heritage/

What is the EPA..just an Activist Group?

There comes a point when one has to ask how much “protection” is reasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency.These unelected bureaucrats seem to have unlimited authority. Conservatives on Fire raises some great questions over at his place:

Has the EPA Become Just Another Environmental Activist Group?

What I find mind boggling in all this is the new investigative technique that the EPA has developed, which as best as I can discern goes like this: first they start out with the conclusions they want to prove and then work backwards to prove their conclusions and any data the doesn’t fit is ignored. Lovely!

So, you tell me. Has the EPA become just another environmental activist group?

He goes on:

 The Washington Examiner recently ran this story by Mark Tapscott, “Emails, other documents show EPA in bed with Big Green groups”.  Mr. Tapscott introduces his subject with this:

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official crowed about his agency’s decision to issue an emergency order stopping a natural gas drilling operation in Texas to Big Green environmentalists before informing state officials of the action, according to emails and sworn statements obtained by Energy in Depth (EID).

The emergency order was issued despite objections from an EPA scientists that there was insufficient data available to justify it. 

“[T]his is not conclusive evidence because of the limited data set,” said EPA scientist Dr. Doug Beak in an internal memo to agency colleagues.

“The only way now to compare the data would be to make assumptions to fill in data gaps and I don’t believe we have enough experience at this site or data to do this at this time,” Beak said.

Rest of his story here Conservatives on Fire. Well worth the visit. He has a great place.  

 

U.S. Attorney General: Martin Luther King Father Of Environmental Justice Movement

“Environmental Justice Movement”.  Another power grab for re-distributing wealth. How Eric Holder and the EPA got hooked up together is really a creative approach to legalize all they wish to achieve.

At a webstreamed White House Forum on environmental justice on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Dr. Martin Luther King a father of the environmental justice movement.  Holder also said he is calling on all U.S. Attorney’s offices to start examining environmental requirements in conjunction with civil rights laws. More at CNS News

Recall our earlier post: EPA to hire Environmental Justice Coordinator- no degree required

The job, in New York City, pays up to $84,146 a year, and according to the job listing on the government Web site, “You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.”

Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire an environmental protection specialist who will help the agency accomplish its “environmental justice goals.”

As I previously posted:

Earlier this month, the EPA listed 76 community groups and government agencies that will share almost 2 million taxpayer dollars in the form of “environmental justice grants.”

The grants – around $25,000 each — will fund projects that help people living in poor, minority communities increase recycling, avoid heat stroke, improve indoor air quality, “reduce carbon emissions through weatherization,” and participate in “green jobs” training programs

From the EPA website: Here is a list of the grant folks here– (Bet now they have someone in mind for this position).

The Environmental Protection Agency defines “environmental justice” as the concept that minority, low income and indigenous communities deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work as wealthier communities do.

Well, look what  Hot Air has: What a coincidence. Such a small world.

Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has arrived in Arizona to address the murder of a Border Patrol agent, but her priorities are elsewhere.  The new priority for Homeland Security — “environmental justice“:

Five Cabinet secretaries and senior officials from a wide range of federal agencies and offices participated in the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice today, illustrating the Obama administration’s commitment to ensuring all Americans have strong federal protection from environmental and health hazards.

More than 100 environmental justice leaders from across the country attended the day-long event, which featured White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Remember when Congress insisted on creating DHS in order to focus on national security from a domestic vantage point?  How they demanded that all agencies that work on controlling borders and transit points be centralized for greater efficiency?

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