Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: EPA’s chilling effect
Posted on 01/04/2013 6:34:46 PM PST by jazusamo
Alaskan liberty goes up in smoke under new air regulations
Not-so-unintended consequences of overregulation are in the air. Newly adopted rules limiting airborne soot imposed by bureaucrats in Washington threaten to freeze the choices and toes of individuals living more than 4,000 miles away in subarctic Alaska. Thanks to authoritarian overreach, the freedom of Americas last frontier may not last much longer.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waited until after President Obamas re-election to announce drastic new restrictions on soot produced by industry smokestacks, diesel trucks and even ordinary sources like wood-burning stoves. The new standard for the great outdoors reduces the legal limit for airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms. To put in context how overly restrictive that is, secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of soot per cubic meter, according to the agency.
The worst aspect of the agencys one-size-fits-all scheme is that the same rules that purports to clean up the air above U.S. megalopolises apply to the 97,000 residents of Fairbanks and its surrounding county, tucked amidst the wilderness of central Alaska. In January, the average low temperature is 15-25 degrees below zero and many homes turn to wood stoves to keep their heating costs under control. The county had already been on the EPAs non-attainment area list before the new regulations. Compliance will be even harder now.
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The entire EPA agency should be required to spend the winter in a light tent near Fairbanks before writing rules for such areas.
F’in EPA is insane.
Agreed...Right after that they should be stripped of their regulatory powers.
Socialism is the belief that somebody somewhere is smarter than everybody everywhere.
They need to simply be ignored. Screw these bureaucratic tyrants.
I am not being facetious.
Elections have consequences, and the last one unleashed the EPA.
I agree. Let the bureaucratic a-holes trudge up there and try to enforce those rules .... especially during hunting season when the bullets will fly with the slightest movement ... black SUVs have been often mistaken for a moose at night.
Ah, someone understands UN Agenda 21!
I think we're getting somewhere with what needs to be done.
****** They need to simply be ignored. Screw these bureaucratic tyrants.” ********
Naw ... just make them go in person to enforce their rules.
I trust Alaskans (like Texans) would do the right thing.
The EPA is why all American Manufacturing is moving overseas. The EPA is the ultimate share the wealth scheme. It costs more to fufill the EPA anti-polution paperwork requirements than it does to produce the items overseas.
The only reason Chinese light bulbs are cheaper to buy in the US than American ones is because the EPA causes the American ones to be so expensive the Chinese can produce the identical object and ship it around the world cheaper than we can just produce the item.
The New World Order is created out of unequal enforcement of laws, just like our welfare and crime problems are.
Justice is not a New World Order talking point. Injustice is the Agenda.
Odungo hates Eskimos
The air in the streets in China would not be legal coming out of the smoke stacks of America.
What’s it gonna take for people to just start saying “F’ you! I’m not complying.” to these goons from DC?
You’re right, to force everyone except those needed in government approved farming, mining, forestry, etc. to live in large cities without surburbs in high rise apartments. No need for private transportation and all dependent on government. No private property rights and several forms of population control. This has been a goal for “progressives” for many decades.
I believe we’re nearing the day it will happen if sanity is not restored in the government.
I remember that under Carter, his NHTSA head Joan Claybrook wanted to impose a regulation that required autos traveling over 65 to have their lights start flashing and horns honking.
She was the author, IIRC, of the dreaded seat belt interlock, so if a seat had weight on it, the belt must be buckled before the engine would start. Great for women trying to escape a rapist.
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