Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trump to fire half the EPA

The people who have cost tens of thousands of coal miners their jobs are about to lose theirs.

The Washington Examiner reported that President Trump plans to furlough 7,500 of the 15,000 people at the EPA.

America's air and water is cleaner today than we would have imagined when President Nixon founded it 47 years ago.

So why has the staff tripled?

The leviathan bureaucracy now poses the greatest threat to our environment, as it was responsible for the largest toxic spill in this century when its contractor dumped 3 million gallons of a toxic brew into the Animas River in Colorado two years ago.

From the Washington Examiner:
President Trump is seeking to slash the number of workers at the Environmental Protection Agency by at least half, leaving it significantly gutted as the administration mulls further cuts, the former head of Trump's EPA transition team said Friday.
"Let's aim for half and see how it works out, and then maybe we'll want to go further," Myron Ebell said now that he has returned to his position as director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Ebell left the Trump transition team a week ago.
Let state EPAs take over.

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24 comments:

  1. Feeling all warm and fuzzy inside again. GOOD. Now we can watch all the lefty heads explode over this catastrophe: OMG, how did we ever survive without an environmental agency in Washington!?

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  2. When they started talking about regulating people's BBQ grills, I was like, OK, that's the last straw. Tar and feather these useless bureaucrats and run em outta town on a rail.

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  3. Be still, my beating heart.

    The only way he tops this is disband the TSA.

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    1. TSA changes are coming. Their are much better ways to do what the US is doing than use Unionized Federally Protected Sheet Head Goons to frisk us. Obama blocked us from using the system they use in Israel and other countries. That will be brought back front and center and allowed to go forward by Trump.

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  4. The EPA told Alaskans to stop burning wood to keep warm. What idiots. Let them all look for a real job. - Elric

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    1. Well, look what those Eskimos did to the Aleutian Forests!

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  5. Let state EPAs take over.
    I say no, fill the void with concrete and we will all be better off. Even at the state level it would be a light for liberal moths. Just look at commiefornia.

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    1. The downtown DC EPA offices would be much better as a site for luxury condos, retail, and restaurants. The buildings have seen better days and this would be an opportunity for a nice upgrade and modernization for that part of DC.

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    2. Well, in eight years, after Trump has served his two terms maybe he could do just that. Revitalize DC, make it Great Again.

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  6. The EPA has no need to exist anymore except to pass regulation for the communists party. Trump needs to take away any tools that the communist use to control us.

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  7. 100% of the IRS
    Flat tax.....Now Donald get your revenge...
    "You´re Fired"

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  8. 50% cut in staff at EPA? 50%??? The USGS seismic guys might want to start monitoring more closely the EPA HQ site in downtown DC. Any comments from Gina McCarthy or Lisa "Richard Windsor" Jackson?

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  9. Anybody who doesn't know the 'history' of the EPA's very *first* regulation should educate themselves. Google 'EPA DDT Ban killed millions'.

    And by 'millions' - we're talking *50* million. Based on garbage 'science' which was considered 'consensus' at the time.

    For even more fun, Google 'John C. Beale', who was the EPA's 'highest paid climate advisor' for 20 years. Other than the part where he simply didn't show up for work the bulk of the time because he was pretending to be a CIA agent on 'covert missions'. Currently in a 'covert mission' in Federal prison. He's a nifty example of the 'integrity' of the EPA.

    Contact Richard Windsor (Gina McCarthy's fake email name to avoid oversight) for more details.

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  10. By turning these duties over to the states, these "environmental" bullies will be exposed to the will of their home state voters As members of the federal leviathan, they were basically untouchable.

    Federalism ... a concept

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  11. The main problem with the EPA (and lots of other federal agencies) is mission creep. Congress should make clear through legislation what role it wants the EPA to play and should prescribe specific limits on the EPA's authority. Whether the administration should propose and submit that legislation to Congress, or Congress should take it upon itself to do the heavy lifting, is a question of strategy. I'd guess Trump is inclined to "lead from behind" and let Congress assume the responsibility for setting the EPA straight. And there does have to be a federal EPA, even if it's a lot smaller and less powerful than it is today. The states can't deal effectively with all the valid issues of environmental health and safety that come under federal jurisdiction. Some of those issues have to be dealt with on a regional or even national scale.

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    1. The SCOTUS ruled that carbon could be regulated because the law authorizing the EPA has a very wide definition of pollution. Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency

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    2. The SCOTUS ruled that carbon could be regulated because the law authorizing the EPA has a very wide definition of pollution. Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency

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  12. Good start. But I've said the following before and I'm going to keep repeating it. Get rid of all offices with the words "diversity", "equal opportunity", or anything similar. And dismiss from government service everyone with those words in their job title. Efficiency of government would increase, without slowing a single government function.

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  13. The last I knew there were only two states that had not qualified for and taken what they call "primacy" for the drinking water program. I've said for years all the states should say to hell with primacy and just let USEPA try to enforce some of their dumber regs and programs. You could give 'em 75,000 employees and they still couldn't handle the work load.

    However, if we downsize USEPA and let states promulgate and enforce regulations, there will be some healthy competition. CA will continue to drive business out of the state and more sensible states will reap the benefits.

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  14. Another agency I would love to see downsized is the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They spent millions bringing huge Canadian Timber Wolves down to my area of the country, and still spend millions keeping them under "control". Would you want these monsters in your neighborhood?

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=montana+wolf+hunt&qpvt=montana+wolf+hunt&qpvt=montana+wolf+hunt&qpvt=montana+wolf+hunt&FORM=IGRE

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  15. Like many (most?) federal agencies, the EPA exists solely for its own perpetuation. But I'm confused: I thought federal government workers could not be fired?

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