EPA to Congress: We Want to Hire 230,000 More Employees

by Crocker on September 26, 2011, 7:18 pm

in Economics,Environment,Politics

Why you may ask? Well, remember the greenhouse gas regulations the EPA enacted all by its lonesome in defiance of Congress? Well, now my favorite bureaucracy has the cheek to label it’s own regulations “absurd” in application and is requesting permission to hire the new employees at a cost of $21 billion. From the Daily Caller:

The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules.

The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agency’s authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that such a decision should be left for Congress to make.

The proposed regulations would set greenhouse gas emission thresholds above which businesses must file for an EPA permit and complete extra paperwork in order to continue operating. If the EPA wins its court battle and fully rolls out the greenhouse gas regulations, the number of businesses forced into this regulatory regime would grow tremendously — from approximately 14,000 now to as many as 6.1 million.

It takes a whole lot of people to harass 6.1 million businesses.

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Mayumi December 20, 2015 at 6:35 am

Speaking of war and coal: Romney has a good shot at the presidency if he can moitvate the energy voters’. But if the Middle East turns into a multi-state shooting war (or even if Israel drops the hammer on Iran), voters will want to keep a sitting president *even if* he’s a screw-up, and people who criticize his inept foreign policy [1] will risk looking un-patriotic. *Even if* the war doubles the price of gasoline, which means of course that the new Obama coal regs would stick, for at least 4 years. What a mess.Footnote 1 We don’t negotiate with terrorists, we appease them.

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