This train is not high speed, and you don’t have to subsidize it forever. It is a bill that has passed the House Energy Committee and is now pending before the full House. Read more
Remember earlier this year when the President directed that all administrative agencies review their rules so as to strike an appropriate balance between the need for the regulation and the economic impact of the regulation? It should come as no surprise that the EPA either didn’t get the memo, or assumed that the President’s directive did not apply to it. Read more
Cellulosic ethanol, at least as defined by the EPA, is any ethanol made from plant material that is not corn. This is good because we are currently turning approximately 40% of our corn production into ethanol, thus driving up the cost of virtually everything we eat. However, it is bad for oil refiners, and you, in the long run, but you will never guess why. Read more
In January, President Obama announced that, perhaps, the federal government had too many regulations that, perhaps, could be stifling business, and, in the process, costing lots of money. So, he appointed a “regulation” czar to cull through the gabillions of federal regulations, and make recommendations about what regulations were unnecessary, and should be rescinded. Read more
Don’t pay any attention to what the young president says, watch what he’s doing and what he’s doing is choking off oil exploration in the United States slowly and deliberately. If the lefties win on this one America is not doomed to second place, America is doomed to be in last place. Read more
A story broke yesterday concerning the retrofit of more than 100 trucks from Mexico that do not meet United States environmental standards. Our federal government is paying to upgrade these trucks, yet when the state of California and the EPA set new rules for US-owned trucks, they fine companies who do not comply.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. The federal government has decided that spilled milk creates a serious enough danger that it needs to be regulated, and, the EPA is just the agency to do so. Follow the bouncing ball, here.
It seems that the EPA has discovered that milk contains,
a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil.
And, because oil spills can be hazardous, regulation is clearly warranted. So, here’s what dairy farmers, as well as any places that make “cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream and the like” will need to do. They must
prepare and implement an emergency plan in the event of a milk catastrophe. Among dozens of requirements, farmers must train first responders in cleanup protocol and build ‘containment facilities’ such as dikes or berms… These plans must be in place by November…
Given the seriousness of this potential hazzard the EPA originally proposed additional regulations covering,
the design specifications of ‘milk containers and associated piping and appurtenances’.
But, the EPA backed off here when they learned that those items were already regulated by the FDA, the USDA and the states.
So much for the President’s promise to eliminate regulations that have an unreasonable burden on business.
Yesterday, the EPA decided, over the objections of most automobile manufacturers, that it would “allow ” a mixture of 15% ethanol in all gasoline sold in the United States for all model year 2001 through 2006 cars. Last October it did the same for all model year 2007 and later. By now you know that the word “allow” in government speak means “mandate”. But, how we got here, as well as its consequences, is yet another example of what I will call, “bureaucratic blinders”. Read more