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.
I have watched TV programs on Alaska and it’s people. I think most of these Alaskans are FIERCELY independent. I have a feeling this could end very badly.
Thanks for those photos. I’ve said for years that if the liberals really cared for the environment they would ease up in the USA to allow more mining, drilling, manufacturing, etc. where we at least HAVE environmental and safety standards.
The right thing to do, for both the environment and our economy, would be to INCREASE the number on the amount of pollutants one can release in the USA. (Not completely - but just ease the restrictions back a bit).
“Whats it gonna take for people to just start saying F you! Im not complying. to these goons from DC?”
Obama and Holder choose which laws they will and will not enforce. Why shouldn’t we choose which regulations we will and will not obey?
So an unelected reg-writer will shut down our woodstove; yet somehow the mega-landfill ten miles away that causes methane odor to seep through our homes and cars will undoubtedly get an exemption. That’s where the Sandy wreckage is going, btw.
What happened to States Rights?
bimboeruption ~: “ What happened to States Rights? “
What about human rights ?
check out : << http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2975033/posts >>
and I quote (from the article) :” The Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says no law empowers any judge to stop it from conducting illegal scientific experiments on seniors, children and the sick. “
or that :” that EPA researchers are exposing unwary and genetically susceptible senior citizens to air pollutants the agency says can cause a variety of serious cardiac and respiratory problems, including sudden death. “
No kidding! Let those regulating EPA pansies spend a week at my house, where we hit -27 below zero last week (in California, not Alaska) and see if they could take the cold without a woodstove.
We have got to learn how to say “NO, I WILL NOT COMPLY!”
What are they going to do? Arrest thousands of us for using wood stoves?
And if they did arrest us, I’d gladly take this case before a jury. I would demand that the jury be informed of its rights to engage in “jury nullification” — which is very real — should they find the law to be unjust.
Or just let the EPA knock on some Alaskan’s door in the middle of winter and tell him to put out the fire. Yeah, right.
If you can’t live in the wilderness you can’t destroy it.
When the EPA goon knocks on your door (in Alaska) immediately capture them, strip them naked, give them a stick of wood and a match and then throw them outside in the snow.
I would take all bets that the EPA agent would light the stick.
. Oh yeah that's going to help innovation and productivity? NOT. government moves at snails pace and is dictatorial . leave the free market alone you socialists pos, including you communist obama pos.
How much more are we going to take? We should secede and ban the stupid FDA,EPA, IRS, government schools etc.
Government should only do the military,border control, international issues.
We the people understand that government concentrates power and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. so in order to limit government and to preserve our freedom and individual rights, to protect our bill of rights we set up this constitution. We understand that in addition to being corrupt, evil , inefficient government just never works as well as the free market (capitallism) by orders of magnitude. So government should be limited to just the military, border control , immigration limiting, and international issues. All other functions should be left to the people and the free market. Only laws which protect individual rights to ownership, including gun ownership that preserve life and individual rights such as free speech, right to privacy, right to own property shall be allowed(of course including local laws against assault, murder,stealing, rape,trespassing). but we realize that science, government and especially the media will create false crisis in order to con the people into voting in more government power and at the same time less individual rights ( as in the fiscal cliff, global warming hoaxes of the media, government and science).We realize that the only threat to us is the government and media and such fake science. With google, the millions of products in the free market (thousands of which come out every day and many which cost only a $1 at the dollar tree) we can find the solution to practically all our problems and don't need government at any level , nor the media to tell us what to do or to solve our problems for us with all their government red tape( fema) and thousands of rules and regulations that don't make sense and slow down the free market.
This is only a first draft I just came up with and is not complete. any one have any ides to improve or add or delete of modify?
My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them.
I remember a joke that the cost of an apartment was the ultimate form of birth control in Japan / London / name the dense city. Packing people in forces them to see children as a luxury or expensive product. Literally no room for four kids in a rabbit hutch apartment.
I would add that quotas and tariffs protecting American beet and cane sugar growers have impoverished Central America and the Caribbean, while causing vast increases in obesity and diabetes from corn syrup. Countless medical expenses crippling Medicare is an unintended result.
That moratoriums on drilling and green energy subsidies empower our worst enemies and impose a crushing financial blow to lower and middle class families.
In Virginia, they recently tried to force taxpayers to spend $300 million on a project to change how much stormwater was running into a creek something the EPA has no authority to demand.
So how did the EPA try to skirt the law? By treating WATER as a pollutant.
Ken Cuccinelli(Attorney General of Virginia) helped defeat them.
When will people resist? Not until the TV stops working..... But the answer can be simple, just go to the local Fed bldg and set a trash bin on fire.
The rule of law is long lost since the people (mostly) don’t care and refuse to accept they live in a one party system, for decades now. Moral equivalence and all that. Only the little people have to obey.
How else to amass everyone into easily controlled creches (big city slum tenements)? If they consolidate veryone into cities, they can make the current suburbs/ruaral areas into no-man lands and control travel and other Freedoms. I guess that, as they continue to rewrite history, they will have to purge the old "See the USA, in your Chevrolet" commercials to ensure even the memory of Freedom is hard to come by. God knows that the Chevrolet of the commercials has become a government entity and no longer stands for freedom of movement.
The EPA is a commie plot. Alaskans and Inuits can’t comply. How could they enforce such rules in such open country?
Part of the communist/socialist agenda is to dictate *fairness and justice* via *environmental* laws.
I trust the metrosexuals to be capable of handling the terrain to TRY to enforce it.
I’m no expert in Metrosexuals so I guess I’ll just take your word on that.
You do know that was sarcasm? I forgot my /s tag. Long work day...
I heat my home with a wood burning stove. I frankly don't give a damn' how much "soot" it puts out and I defy some numbnut from the EPA to try telling me I cannot use it anymore.......
I hear ya!