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InsiderOnline Blog: October 2008

Do You Want an Economy Planned by the EPA?

Candidate Barack Obama’s energy advisor, Jason Grumet, told Bloomberg last week that under a President Obama, Congress would have to choose between passing its own bill to regulate greenhouse gasses or letting the Environmental Protection Agency use the Clean Air Act to do it instead. Remember, the Clean Air Act was never intended to be a tool for fighting global warming and using it that way would give unelected bureaucrats unprecedented power over the national economy. Eighteen months, said Grummet, would be Congress’s window of opportunity. To the Wall Street Journal, Grumet’s comments sounded like an ultimatum:

The strategy is most notable for what it says about the climate-change lobby and its new standard bearer. Supposedly global warming is the transcendent challenge of the age, but Mr. Obama evidently doesn’t believe he’ll be able to convince his own party to do something about it without a bureaucratic ultimatum. Mr. Grumet justified it this way: “The U.S. has to move quickly domestically . . . We cannot have a meaningful impact in the international discussion until we develop a meaningful domestic consensus.”

Normally a democracy reaches consensus through political debate and persuasion, but apparently for Mr. Obama that option is merely a nuisance. It’s another example of “change” you’ll be given no choice but to believe in.

The EPA, or course, already has a plan to regulate greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act. It was released earlier this year, but disavowed by the Administrator of the EPA, Stephen Johnson, as the “wrong tool for the job” of fighting global warming. The EPA’s plan would unleash regulations on virtually every sector of the economy. Even lawnmowers and large private homes could be regulated! Energy costs would rise dramatically.

If you are concerned about handing this kind of power to unelected bureaucrats, then make sure you send your views to the EPA, which is accepting public comment until November 28. Check out, which lets you write your comments and send them to the EPA at the click of a button.

Posted on 10/20/08 02:24 PM by Alex Adrianson

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