EPA wants a “Way of Life Act” to control us even more
by: Julie Szydlowski
Despite the extensive regulations placed on Americans through the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and other directives, zealots at the Environmental Protection Agency say existing rules are not enough to control individual behavior – and controlling individual behavior is what they long to do.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently released a video montage of Obama EPA Regional Administrators revealing their hopes of imposing a green “Way Of Life Act” on Americans enforced through the regulatory dictatorship of the EPA.
President Obama-appointed EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz is heard saying on the video that the EPA should “crucify” and “make an example” of the oil and coal industries — which is eerily in keeping with Obama’s promise to bankrupt coal companies.
To be precise, Armendariz put his “philosophy of enforcement” of a green way of life regarding oil & coal companies this way: “It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”
Armendariz went on to say, “I don’t have a Way of Life Act that I can enforce – I’ve got a Clean Air Act, I’ve got a Clean Water Act, a Safe Drinking Water Act that can be used to enforce green ideals.” But having an official Act on how people actually live their lives would be so much more convenient.
Armendariz subsequently resigned under fire for his comments, but he wasn’t alone in his intent to control our way of life. Also appearing on the video is EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, who tries to justify a “Way of Life Act” because, “I don’t think individual change is going to be enough.”
But it’s not just these two people we need to fear, Sen. Inhofe’s office warns. “The purpose of this video is to get to know President Obama’s ‘green generals’ – the regional administrators – who are going into battle for the Obama-EPA, working hard to force a green ‘way of life act’ in regions across the United States.”
It’s frightening to imagine what type of controls they envision placing on us under such an Act. It’s bad enough that environmentalists are indoctrinating children into a green way of thinking; to the extent of having them monitor their own parents to point out where they’re failing to live “green.” Now agents of the government want to regulate our behavior officially and have another excuse to raise taxes on our use of energy.
The question is, what makes these environmentalists’ values more important than an individual’s right to live as he chooses? At what point will the government, under the guise and legal backing of a green Way of Life Act or other existing Acts, begin to dictate how much water we can use in a given day, or how long we can run our air conditioner? Especially bothersome is that unelected officials are being given extraordinary power to enforce behavior on American citizens, and they have the full support of our President.
Just like New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s attempt to regulate the size of soda cups we drink from, our government has no right telling us how to live our lives in our own private pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Too bad those values are all but forgotten by this leftist government gone wild. Hopefully this Way of Life Act remains nothing more than a pipe-dream.