Thanks to Pat Slattery of The Free Market Project, I learned that Hot Air was running this story of the EPA imposing carbon emission limits on coal-fired electrical power plants. I then found that Fox News was carrying the same story.
Our first ever Marxist president couldn’t get Congress to pass his Cap and Trade bill when he had control of both houses of congress isn’t going to let that stop him. Obama has said recently that if Congress won’t act, he’ll have to go it alone and that is what he is doing. Obama don’t need no Congress and he don’t need no federal judges and he damn sure don’t need no constitution.
If you don’t like higher and higher gasoline prices, you are probably are not going to like the higher cost of electricity, which is on the way thanks to our rogue President and his rogue EPA. Hot Air quoting from a Washington Post article has this to say:
The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in the United States.
Industry officials and environmentalists said in interviews that the rule, which comes on the heels of tough new requirements that the Obama administration imposed on mercury emissions and cross-state pollution from utilities within the past year, dooms any proposal to build a coal-fired plant that does not have costly carbon controls.
But, if coal-fired is so bad, they can convert to natural gas, right ? That’s cheap and clean, right? Yes, but Hot Air also informs us:
This leads us to the natural-gas option mentioned by the Post. The response might be, “Well, okay, Obama’s bankrupting the coal industry, but we can still use natural gas.” That’s only true if we can get the natural gas. The EPA has also begun blocking the use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, which allows for massive improvement in extraction and access to vast amounts of natural gas. Note well that Obama included natural gas among those sources to which his policies would be hostile, and so far he’s proving it.
Does the Obama have the power to do this? He does if he takes it and no one stops him. The Fox News link has this quote from Senator James Inhofe
At a time when the Obama administration should be working to lower the price of gas at the pump, it is alarming that they have put forward more global warming regulations,” said Matt Dempsey, a spokesman for Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate environment panel, who pledged on Tuesday to introduce a resolution to overturn the rule. “Republicans are committed to ensuring that the Obama EPA is finally reined in.”
The Republicans are committed to reining in Obama? Really? There is an expression here in Venezuela that translates: “It’s time for Congress to take off their skirts and put on their pants”. It didn’t happen here and I doubt it will happen in the US either.
But, what about the power of the purse? We conservatives love to rant about the power of the purse. Does the power of the purse work? According to Wikipedia there are several examples in recent times where congress has successfully used its power of the purse. Until Obama, no president has ever violated the constitutional power of the purse reserved to Congress. Democrats would say that President Reagan disobeyed the prohibition of Congress to spend money supporting the Contras. But, that is not true. What Reagan did may have been deceitful; but Reagan spent money from the illegal sale of arms to Iran on the Contra and not funds prohibited by Congress. Obama on the other hand. When he received a bill prohibiting him from spending funds on his czars, he merely wrote a signing order explaining his interpretation of the separation of powers and blithely went about spending money appropriated for something else on his czars. Obama’s only constitutional option was to veto the bill based on his interpretation of the separation of powers. He does not have the constitutional authority to spend monies prohibited to him by Congress.
So, does Congress still have the power of the purse? Will our Republicans in congress try to use the power of the purse to rein in the EPA? Would Obama pay any attention to Congress if they did? Only if our Republicans take off their skirts and put on their pants. I’m not holding my breath.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?