Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.
Congressman Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, posted a series of maps he obtained via a FOIA request that EPA is using to plot wetlands.
Wetlands are a particularly sensitive issue right now as EPA evaluates its proposed rule to broaden what constitutes “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule would bring huge new territory under EPA’s control under the Clean Water Act.
Few outrages perpetrated by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency can match its proposed rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.” It would remove “navigable” from American water law and take federal command of all “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS.
It redefines “waters” as nearly everything that could get wet, including most of the land in America.
Under WOTUS, every seasonal stream bed, puddle and ditch in the nation would be ruled by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ armed enforcers, bypassing Congress and sidestepping the U.S. Supreme Court in the process. Congress is helpless to stop it — EPA-loving Democrats have a death grip on Senate bills and there aren’t the votes to override Obama’s certain veto. The Supreme Court has twice struck down major pieces of the proposed rule, which the EPA blithely ignored and merely changed the words, hired scientific shills to patch over the flaws, and created this new battering ram to shatter the gates that guard America’s property rights.
EPA plaqueEPA has been buying support from Big Green groups on water issues since at least 1994, which came to light in an inspector general report of three cooperative agreements to the Natural Resources Defense Council totaling $3,260,467 for “storm water education” and “market transformation of energy efficient products” from 1994 to 2005.
Well, the thugs and bullies in the White House and on Capitol Hill have scored another victory — if you can call it that — over a major American company.
After a month of assaults and threats from the D.C. political class, venerable drug retailer Walgreen Co. announced it will remain headquartered in Illinois for the time being instead of entering a tax-inversion merger with Europe’s Alliance Boots that would move it abroad to lower its tax bill.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
For the past couple of years, certainly since the tragic incident of Obama’s reelection, there have been more than a few conspiracy theories floated to explain his lawless behavior.
He’s a Muslim and is purposely allowing the Brotherhood to infiltrate the government.
Another one is that he wants to purposely overwhelm and collapse the financial system to allow for full central control.
Yet another: he will decree amnesty and citizenship for all illegals, giving Democrats a permanent majority.
He will create such unrest, that the people will rise up in armed revolt, thus allowing him to invoke martial law and suspend the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, passed to prevent U.S. military personnel from acting as law enforcement agents on U.S. soil, for as long as he deems necessary.
Now some of these are implausible, most unlikely and just five or so years ago, I would have thought all to be impossible. But witnessing what this president and his people have already done, it seems the sky’s the limit on conspiracy theories.
It’s the last one I mentioned – the martial law theory – that just keeps coming up. I’ve written about it before, and yes it sounds absurd, but I just can’t seem to shake it.
In a colossal “See, We Told You So”, it seems even Unions are souring on The Obama “Green” agenda. The shame of it is that probably 90% of them voted for their own potential demise by voting for Obama.
Well, well. Another big union has publicly declared that its members are the real front-line victims of the Obama administration’s war on domestic energy production.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers came out with guns blazing this week against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
In a press release, it warns what we’ve been saying about these economically masochistic carbon emission regulations from the start: “They will kill more than 150,000 good jobs while having a minimal effect on global greenhouse emissions.”
Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s, recently remarked that his company would support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
It is always noteworthy when a chief executive has kind words about regulation affecting his industry. After all, if McDonald’s saw benefit in paying its workers more, it could do so today without having to wait for Congress. No regulation needed.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
The news has made headlines all over the country and not just in the sports world. Basketball great LeBron James is going home – back to Cleveland, where it all began.
Yes, of course it’s the lead story on all 52 ESPN channels. That’s to be expected, but they’ve been discussing it nonstop on the NFL network, the network dedicated exclusively to football. No not fútbol… football. You know, the real man’s sport. Yeah, that’s a little dig at all you dopey FIFA fans.
Anyway, I even saw a segment about LeBron on the Golf Channel. Really? The Golf Channel?
So, I ask you – what’s bigger, more important, more newsworthy than LeBron? Evidently nothing.
The Twitterverse just exploded over the news. Tweets blasting out – columns hurriedly written in order to be the first to announce this earth shattering news.
No more attention has been paid than to this announcement.
Not the ever deepening V.A. scandal, where it’s been discovered that tens of millions of dollars in “merit” bonuses and overpayments were paid for clearing up the backlog by effectively killing off our heroes in desperate need of treatment. Everyone but the veterans benefited – down to lowly clerks and support staff.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
So you say you don’t think the “state” should be meddling in your family life. You don’t like Common Core. You resent your children’s doctors prying questions into your family life. Questions like, “Are you eating your vegetables little Johnny? Oh… and by the way… does your daddy own a gun?” No crap! They do ask that!
You don’t want your child’s school mandating what your kid can eat, or draw, or say.
Yeah, me either – but it could be worse. You could live in Scotland.
In 2016, the Orwellian government of Scotland will issue a “Shadow Parent” to every child from birth to 18 years of age.
No, I’m not making this up. The law is called “The Children and Young People Act”.
See, it’s not just American progressives the pass these wacky laws. Progressives are everywhere and they all think the same thing – that we serfs are too incompetent to raise our own children “properly”.
Climate McCarthyism has claimed another victim. Dr Caleb Rossiter – an adjunct professor at American University, Washington DC – has been fired by a progressive think tank after publicly expressing doubt about man-made global warming.
Rossiter, a former Democratic congressional candidate, has impeccably liberal credentials. As the founder of Demilitarization for Democracy he has campaigned against US backed wars in Central America and Southern Africa, against US military support for dictators and against anti-personnel landmines. But none of this was enough to spare him the wrath of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) when he wrote an OpEd in the Wall Street Journal describing man-made global warming as an “unproved science.”