Congress Must Stop EPA Power Grab

epaco2-180The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to seize new power to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide unless Congress acts to stop them. 

Carbon dioxide is neither a pollutant nor a threat to human life or the environment. Despite new predictions that the Earth is entering a new cooling phase, the EPA intends to cap carbon dioxide emissions to stop nonexistent global warming. The impact this will have on business, jobs and the economy is staggering. Carbon dioxide is emitted as a byproduct of virtually every energy source. Everything from transportation, heating, electricity, manufacturing and more will be impacted.  

Senator Lisa Murkowski plans to bring to the Senate floor on June 10th, her resolution to disapprove the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare and therefore must be regulated using the Clean Air Act. The resolution is brought under the rules of the Congressional Review Act. It cannot be filibustered and needs only 51 votes to pass. 

Senate passage of S. J. Res. 26 will send a strong message to the White House and will put pressure on the House to vote on the resolution. It appears that the vote will be very close and could go either way. It’s critical that Senators hear from their constituents.

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  • paul wenum

    In Minnesota our Senators don’t listen and if they respond it is a canned letter backing the democrats no matter what the issue or it’s effects. Birds of a feather fly together. Never changes. By the way, Senator Amy Klobuchar I respect. She seems to be coming around to the “real world” as her father whom I respect as well. Hopefully she votes against. Not knowing Franken, I can definitely guarantee you he will vote for, not against.. Wonder why? SNL?

  • Rob N. Hood

    Think about it, there have been five oil state presidents since the assassination of John F. Kennedy: Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bushes I and II. And as has been documented by Robert Parry of ConsortiumNews.com the administration of Ronald Reagan, and by extension the Republican Party and its corporate backers, made a concerted effort to undermine the independence of the media. In that, they have succeeded, thus the dying of democracy in the USA.

    Moreover, after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’, OPEC, two embargoes and price increases then-President Jimmy Carter sounded the alarm for energy conservation and greater reliance on alternative energy sources (he even installed solar panels on the White House, only to be torn down by Reagan in 1980. The American electorate basically rejected Carter by voting for cheap energy, big block V8s, twin-V motorcycles, “government isn’t the solution, government is the problem” and Ronald Reagan, ex-governor of the oil state of California.

    Face it, we the people of the United States have screwed ourselves. We embraced the whole bankrupt Rand-Friedman-Greenspan “free market” mythology; even leading Democrats who should have known better but who are to a man and woman products of the same political system of elite “legal-bribe” takers just like the leading Republicans have long been guilty.

    Nor in all this time has a legitimate opposition party arisen. The ideologically pure left seems more intent on naval gazing than on projecting any real opposition to the powers that be. After all, the leading lights of the ideologically pure left are too often involved with the same elites and corporations that produced the nation’s leading “free market” economists and Ponzi-schemers. The First Amendment gives any American the right to bitch up a storm but as a senator or congressman one must be careful not to bite the hands which puts a roof over the family’s head, food on its table and provides generous medical benefits, even if those hands are greasy with Wall Street lucre and Pentagon blood.

    So unless Tony Hayward and his boardroom pirates (BP) are marched off to some undisclosed federal prison in irons, the American electorate will return to its backsliding ways. Hot cars, four-wheel drive pick ups and SUVs, Harley-Davidsons, snowmobiles, jet skies and ATVs are so much fun, and what politician wants to get in the way of an America’s fun? Look what happened to Jimmy Carter.

  • paul wenum

    Get a life. Conspiracy theories are “dead.”

  • Rob N. Hood

    What I posted isn’t a conspiracy theory. Just a listing of facts. You can draw your own wrong-headed conclusions as you wish. Me- I prefer the idea that Oil has become the world’s addiction/obsession, mainly for military and economic purposes, and thus those that have some connection to it have become our leaders, as some others as well no doubt. And as with all addictions/obsessions it is not healthy in the long run.

  • paul wenum

    I get a kick out of how you distort the truth. Do you even have a conscience?

  • Rob N. Hood

    I distorted nothing. Tell me what is distorted oh great moral compass.

  • Rob N. Hood

    That’s what I thought… and now for something completely different:

    “Men of the same trade seldom meet but that it ends in a conspiracy against the public.” -Adam Smith

  • Hal Groar

    Say Rob, who wrote that little anti-oil diatribe? Where was that “cut and pasted” from? I still filled out the letter, I wrote my own though. I think for myself, I don’t need talking points.

  • paul wenum

    Kudo’s Hal! We may “fly-speck” but we have our own thoughts/words. Not like some that continually quote others without any thought behind their supposed comments. Needed that.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Yes, let’s all praise Hal’s insight and biting intellect. Way to go Hal. “Now here’s something completely different” from another Hal:

    Writer, Hal Crowther, observed in the June 1st issue of The Progressive Populist, “What seems to set the 21st century extremist apart is that he’s so proud of his ignorance and admires it so much in others.” It’s as if attending to experts or the rigorous demands of scientific thought were somehow elitist preoccupations not to be trusted by regular folks. And it doesn’t concern them that hero Limbaugh has made millions upon millions drawing his audience into tortured reveries that rise from the depths of some intellectual netherworld. Apparently it isn’t only misery that loves company, ignorance does as well.

  • paul wenum

    You love to quote others don’t you. Do you think for yourself? Reminds me of Pavlov’s dog. When the bell rings…….

  • Hal Groar

    The Progressive Populist? Hmm…, I want to say that is not a periodical I would to subscribe to. How is it when I read books and articles that explain Global Warming as the farce it is I am called ignorant? (or at least inferred to as such) While posters such as Rob don’t do their homework, instead plagiarize other people and don’t bother to give credit. Yes Rob, I do recognize you gave credit to the little socialist writer, but that is far from the norm for you.

  • paul wenum

    Love the discourse, keep it up. Finally we may come to common ground?

  • Rob N. Hood

    The Fourteenth Amendment, originally written to remove slavery from the American culture has been twisted to induce slavery by corporations. OK, Supreme Court justices, have you even bothered to read the Fourteenth Amendment ? Corporations are not people, never were and should never be. It states in Section 1: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States are subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside. No State shall enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within it’s jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Section 2 regards the age of representatives; Section 3 talks about being an office holder who has engaged in an insurrection against the country; Section 4 is about debt; Section 5 allows Congress to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of the amendment.

    Supreme Court Justices Black & Douglass have both written comments which say that the 14th Amendment does not include corporations as protected, nor that corporations should be treated as persons. I have not found any act of Congress which has established corporations (or multi-nationals) as persons or citizens.

  • paul wenum

    Pretending to be Judge Roberts are ya?

  • Rob N. Hood

    Despite an angry letter from two US senators and a warning from Barack Obama about spending big money on their shareholders while nickel-and-diming coastal people, despite the fact that it has no idea what its total liabilities in the Gulf of Mexico will be, BP seems to be planning to pay a dividend this year. It’s likely to amount to more than $10bn. As the two senators noted, by moving money “off the company’s books and into investors’ pockets”, BP “will make it much more difficult to repay the US government and American communities”.

  • paul wenum

    Accidents happen and there will be untold millions that BP will pay and justly so. Nobody has a problem with that. And your point is that all corporations are out to take the public for a free ride? BP, or any company, person that causes damage should and always will pay actual damages. Your statement about “Angry letters” from two US Senators and President Obama? What about our 16 trillion dollar deficit? Obama isn’t moving money “off the company’s books,” they are moving it out of our checkbooks! BP is a fly speck. Do I like what happened? NO, it needs to be addressed ASAP with all resources available. By the way, where was Obama for the last 50 plus days other than looking to “Kick Ass.”??? Talk is cheap, action speaks.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Talk is indeed cheap…

    A fly speck, huh? That’s some pretty cheap talk there fella.

  • Rob N. Hood

    There’s “power grabs” and then there’s POWER GRABS!

    The 1953 coup in Iran, which overthrew the democratically-elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh, came about because the British government, which owned the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company — more Anglo than Iranian in both ownership and control – helped engineer the coup. And, one year later, the British government renamed the company, the British Petroleum Company.

    During the 1980 presidential campaign, the Heritage Foundation burst onto the national scene with the publication of “Mandate for Leadership,” a comprehensive set of policy recommendations which became the intellectual underpinning for the “Reagan Revolution.” Heritage’s blueprint included trickle-down economics, a major emphasis on deregulation, and massive cutbacks in social programs.

    Although economists – both those supportive of Reagan’s economic initiatives and those opposed – have for years debated how committed the Reagan Administration was to actually advancing deregulation, one thing is clear; under-funded or de-funded government regulatory agencies, government agencies larded with corporate-friendly officials receiving corporate perks and kickbacks, and such mantras as “unleash the creativity of corporations and all will be well” and “drown the government in a bathtub” have dominated conservative policy initiatives over the past three decades.

    In a recent interview, Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and currently an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary, told the Real News Network that George W. Bush’s Administration, through the offices of vice president Dick Cheney, did all it could “to destroy about a half-century or more’s regulatory work with regard to oversight of fisheries, forestry, oil, gas, minerals in general. You name it,” said Wilkerson. “If it was supervised, if it was overseen, if it was regulated by the federal government, Cheney with his marvelous bureaucratic talent moved in and essentially replaced the people who were in the positions that were central to this regulation, this oversight, with people who were either lobbyists for the industry being regulated or executives from that industry.”

  • paul wenum

    Never look back, always look forward. “Satch” may be watching you. That said, what happened in the past will effect future actions. Sometimes to the extreme. Similar to Obama reacting and banning off shore drilling. 20-50,000 lost jobs in the Gulf. By the way, that’s just in the Gulf not counting suppliers and other vendors. Now that’s forward thinking as to how to get us out of the recession. Does this President ever think things out before he acts or “reacts” to keep his numbers up so that he looks “Mano” to the public? He’s not in the real world. Not ever having a real job of substance I can now see why. I can hear him now, “That’s what the book said in college, why isn’t it working now?” What a book says versus reality are two different things. Learned that when I got out of college. An eye-opener I must say.

  • Hal Groar

    Cheney’ fault! Case closed! Now, let’s find a real leader to clean it up and move on. We can leave Barry there to run the White Castle right off Bourbon St. Hope he’s not too over his head there. Who am I kidding, he’d be over his head trying to lead a horse to water.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Connection of the dots… in other words, cause and effect. Ever hear of that? Nope? Oh well.

    Actually, it is often the horse that leads the man to water.

  • paul wenum

    And usually the horse is about ready to die after the liberal took the horse down the wrong trail. Should have had better direction or the horse would not have been thirsty.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Always one more lecture… I could have said it is the Donkey (Dem symbol) that leads the dying Republican to water. But I didn’t even think of it. Paul had to politicize an innocuous and factual (in some instances) occurrance. Uh oh, now I’m lecturing. I just can’t win.

  • paul wenum

    Was told when I got on this site to disregard your comments and avoid what you say. You know me, I never back down on my beliefs, never will. Someday you will understand the real world even though you may be, as other have said, “A plant.” Discourse by opposing sides is good.

  • Rob N. Hood

    I wanted to find out what makes you people tick. What I found out is this: if you were clocks you’d be too stubborn to tick.

  • paul wenum

    We “Tick” with a firm belief in what we deem right or wrong. We are willing to listen, view, analysis, discuss and come to a general consensus of what should be done for the betterment of society. For that we get chastised. Sometimes on certain issues there is no compromise. Look at WWII for just one example. I’m Scot and I only compromise if my family as well as others are not affected and the compromise assists others. There is a difference my friend. Never give up your values/principles. If so, may as well give up our thoughts, which we never will my friend.

  • Rob N. Hood

    You are a clock stuck in WWII era. You do none of the above. I would respect you if you only admitted that. But you won’t because you truly believe that you are that reasonable and logical. And that is delusional. But do’t get too upset about it, the book “The Political Brain” explains if very well. We all suffer from that delusion, or at least 85% of the time, perhaps even more.

    The key to true wisdom is to see that in ourselves and to then act and make decisions knowing about this innate emotional bias we all share, albeit in sometimes very opposite ways.

    • Dan

      So the bottom line of this book is to ignore our experiences and senses, buck our instincts and do the opposite of what seems rational? Most people (and animal species for that matter) would consider that suicidal. Although, it did work for George Kostanza.

      • Rob N. Hood

        Dan, that, of course, is not the premise in the book at all. In fact it clearly lays out the reason for the Republicans electoral successes. You are just afraid the Dems will start using this authors ideas and start winning more (too late- I think Obama read this book or at least hired people who have- cuz he won his election in a very similar manner that Repubs have over the years, especially Reagan). But you already know that or you wouldn’t have added your silly response re: the book and its powerful message about how to win elections.

        The only thnig it doesn’t do, though, is explain why the Dems once they are elected (such as Obama) then govern just as Right as the Repubs. But I know the answer to that and have been posting it here from day one.

        • Dan McGrath

          I think Obama’s only read two books. Rules for Radicals and the Post-American World.

          • Rob N. Hood

            That’s still better than My Pet Goat.

  • paul wenum

    True wisdom is not read, it is earned as Dan says and I agree, by experiences, instincts and I must say with the wisdom from elders, not a book. That is a major problem in today’s society. Wisdom now comes from an I phone, play station, computer monitor, not discourse from men and women who have “experienced” life. That, my friend is the “Bottom line.”

  • Rob N. Hood

    Interesting choice, Dan. The Post-American World. Afghanistan ruined the USSR (among other things of course but it was the final nail in the coffin) as it has other empires in the past. It is now our longest running war. (WWII was MUCH shorter!) So I guess we’re next, all thanks to the warmongers among us, the greedy, the stupid, and the MIC. Very sad. We had such potential and we blew it.

  • paul wenum

    We will only “Blow it” if you as voters come November allow it. It is in the voters hands. That said, there had better be a candidate that has wisdom, and courage of their convictions. Hard to find in today’s world.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Paul is a good example of why we will continue down the road of self-destruction. Like I said… very sad.

  • paul wenum

    If voting is “Self destruction,” then America, as a country as we know it, is dead. “Boy,” Yes I call you “Boy”, You need some serious thinking or contemplation before you post going forward. You under-estimate the mind of the Americans that do vote. You seem to have no knowledge of the will of the average person other than your political agenda, to date, unknown.

  • Rob N. Hood

    If you guys represent the “American mind” or the “will of the average peron” then we are indeed in deep doo doo.

    You love the word “boy” don’t you…..? hmmmm… I won’t comment on that any further.

  • paul wenum

    Yes I like the word “Boy,” when I have discourse with a person with a “child’s mentality.” That, by the way, is not racist. Trust me, I know racism when I see it. Been there, seen it! Don’t even go there my friend. Most of my friends are not “whites” like you with your sorry comments that I find offensive as well as others on this site see you as well. Did you hit a nerve with me? Yes, you did! My best friend is of a different color and like a son to me. Does that make a difference? In your sorry mind it seems to be, not to me or other conservatives. You liberals always us the “race card.” Never changes does it. Come November it will change! My friend agrees! Can hardly wait!

  • Rob N. Hood

    I wasn’t going “there”, believe me… And you “know” I’m white? How is that? Got your CIA buddys spying on me? Don’t they have better things to do??

  • paul wenum

    By the way, my cousin worked for the CIA and after 20 plus years retired. He died at 43 and they never found the cause of death. Scary isn’t it? He took risks that we cannot ever comprehend. Don’t use the word CIA to me my friend. Not funny. He would have been my age today. Never ever discussed what he did nor where he went. Just up and took off for months on end. Have another friend in the same situation. Leaving for Afghanistan shortly and he never speaks about what he does nor the mission he is about to embark upon. He speaks Farsi, fluent Russian, as well as four other languages . They are the “true Americans” that you never hear or read about.

  • Rob N. Hood

    You are the one who brought them up originally. Not me. It’s too bad that you feel that only those select few are “true Americans.” That may come as a shock to people like Neil and Hal. But I’ll let you try to expalin that to them further, because I believe they beleive they are “true Americans.”

    I don’t expect you to count me in on that. I know better. I know it’s an excusive club and that people like you get to decide its membership. I guess that mkes you The Decider. Seems I heard that somewhere before too…

  • paul wenum

    My cousin and friend made their own decisions, not I. It’s not an “Exclusive Club.” By the way, check your spell check, It was/is a firm belief they have to protect our country by my cousin as well as my soon to be departed friend. I sleep better at night knowing that they are there watching America’s backside. That being you, as they put their lives on the line. As stated, your talk is cheap. Their actions speak louder than your blathering words. Enough said.You get my dander up when it comes to reality Mr. Alinsky. You talk like Barry.

  • Rob N. Hood

    You again didn’t read correctly. I was obviously referring to your “TRUE AMERCAN” club, not the CIA. Talk about Alinsky tactics… sheesh.

  • paul wenum

    I know my adversaries quite well my friend. Always know what they are thinking and be one step ahead. Think like they do before they react. Live by that. Enough said.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Oh… yeah… right. You got me… I WAS going to trace it back to the CIA, how do you do that?! Amazing!

    Please tell me who’s going to win the world series this year- I need some extra cash.

  • paul wenum

    You are as predictable as the sun rising that it is actually funny. Where do you plagiarize your posts? Curious.

  • Rob N. Hood

    I’m predictable?! Sure up to a point. But that ain’t nothin’ compared to you…!!!

    And funny you should speak of funny… cuz, well… never mind, I might ruin it.

  • paul wenum

    I must say, every time I read your comments I read and think, “What the heck did he just try to say?” Who did he get this from this time? Do you ever, for once in your life, just say it the way YOU see it? Simply curious, that’s all.

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