Dem Senator: Environmental Protection Agency Out of Control


Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, the former governor of coal-producing West Virginia, is blasting the Obama administration for using the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal-fueled power plants out of business.

On Thursday, American Electric Power company announced that to comply with a series of EPA regulations, it will close five coal-fired plants — three in West Virginia and one each in Ohio and Virginia — at a net cost of 600 jobs.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.

“We have worked for months to develop a compliance plan that will mitigate the impact of these rules for our customers and preserve jobs, but because of the unrealistic compliance timelines in the EPA proposals, we will have to prematurely shut down nearly 25 percent of our current coal-fueled generating capacity, cut hundreds of good power plant jobs, and invest billions of dollars in capital to retire, retrofit and replace coal-fueled power plants,” said AEP Chairman and CEO Michael G. Morris.

“The sudden increase in electricity rates and impacts on state economies will be significant at a time when people and states are still struggling,” he added.

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The senator said something that really struck a chord:


“The plant closures in West Virginia alone will result in 242 lost jobs — and that’s simply wrong.
Let me be clear, it’s decisions like the one made by AEP today that demonstrate the urgent need to rein in government agencies like the EPA, preventing them from overstepping their bounds and imposing regulations that not only cost us good American jobs, but hurt our economy.
It is because of out-of-control agencies like the EPA as well as the need to protect American jobs that I sponsored the REINS Act — a commonsense measure that will help protect and create jobs by reining in needless or burdensome regulations, and that will put responsibility back where it belongs – in the hands of the people who are elected to govern and lead this great nation.”

Note those final words? : put responsibility back where it belongs – in the hands of the people who are elected to govern

Congress has abdicated almost all of its powers some time ago.
Heck, Congress didn’t even insist on Obama getting proper approval for his war in Libya.

Do they ever write actual working law?

Speaker Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so you can see what’s in it.”

Senator Max Baucus said, “I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill. You know why? It’s statutory language. We hire experts.”

Congress no longer “legislates” (that is, passes binding universal laws) in the way the Founders intended when they wrote the Constitution.

Instead, Congress passes general statutes containing policy goals, but delegates the power to write the actual operating laws to executive branch administrators and independent agencies.

In practical terms, this means that the executive branch and independent administrative agencies, rather than Congress, actually determine the details—the real law as it will operate on citizens.

This is abdication. It is the very definition of lawlessness.

I would call it by his real name,

There are things I want to say but know better not to.

Mune Shadowe, I have been here long enough to trust our author secrecy protection,,
if someone is not secure to say in a public forum what he or she feel is important for the people in AMERICA ,
a better option is to contact CURT, THE OWNER OF THIS FLOPPING ACES,
AN tell the important info ,without any fear of being expose in any way,
YOU see why It’s important to come out with it, the closer we are getting to 2012, it’s so important to expose the wrong doing now to get people to open their eyes on it, and make up their mind to change it
instead of excusing it and tolerate the abuse.
take care, bye

The EPA is really a big farce! What is happening in this country is totally out of hand! I guess these liberals don’t have time or energy to read because they have been up all night choking the chicken in front their computer! Hey!!!! I have an idea!!!! Why don’t they handle the Obama Care bill like Sarah Palin’s emails? Get random citizens to volunteer to read it for them and tell them what they think! Are they not interested in the honest opinion of the public….yes since they do not have time to do it let us do it for them!
hmmmm! Lets see just that they are all employed, high school educated for a minimum requirement, not college students! We do not want to take away from there education now do we? How would people react when they find out that the majority of the bill has nothing to do with health care…rather the implementation of a socialistic onslaught! You know how a Liberal does an independent poll? They are free to ask only the ones who give them the answers they are looking for!

Just so everyone will know small and medium size businesses are being targeted all over the United States by the EPA, especially Marinas, and other businesses like small shipyards, welding shops, machine shops, and most any other smaller industrial business! Things that nobody ever was bothered with now are important enough to shut them down if they do not comply within most cases within less than two weeks. The funny thing is they are only focused in the areas here on the Gulf Coast and the lower east coast where Obama was not voted for, and will not be voted for next time either! The people they targeted in the Marina business are like a small family all over the States, and many of those have spoken one to another to see if this was a general enforcement of standards and guess what? It is not!

Just got a phone call back from a friend of mine and he informed me that in New Orleans one of the Buffalorillas (This when they are too ugly to be a Buffalo and to big to be a Gorilla) of the EPA informed him that him and his wife may have to sell their boat and buy a house like everyone else! Because if this Administration succeeds in what it wants to do Retired people will have to live in housing and not in Marinas on Yachts or Houseboats! I guess that mean not many Liberals have this life style! But for many of the people who are retired they could not afford anything else and this in nothing but another ploy to force people into socialized control ….Communism!

@ilovebeeswarzone: There are many things I would love to lay on the table…but do not think we are not being watched! because we are! Curt as I perceive is an very fine person (he is a Marine, no wonder!) But even with the confidentiality you still need to be careful to not connect too many dots for them! If you think this Administration will not come after you I am here to tell you clearly you are mistaking!!! I have experience in these issues! They will freeze your bank accounts and everything in one second! And putting a lawyer on it is like trying piss a forest fire out! Really feeble at best!

I try to throw rocks were I see it is possible to illuminate issues! But at the same time not giving them enough to connect the dots for them so that I do not roll a boulder over on myself!