After the elections on November 4, another important date for American civic engagement looms large. November 28 is the last day for the public to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Sure, picking a President is important. So, too, is the question of how much power unelected bureaucrats should have to micromanage an entire economy. In the name of fighting global warming, the EPA wants to invoke the powers of the Clean Air Act—a law written before global warming was even considered to be a problem. The EPA’s proposal, released in July, envisions guidelines for anything with an engine—lawnmowers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, boats, planes, trains, and automobiles. The EPA gives instructions to pilots on how to taxi airplanes, and suggests materials that may be used in the construction of boat hulls. Many commercial and residential buildings would also face controls on emissions. So would farms with as few as 25 cows. Hundreds of thousands of businesses could be affected. Carbon taxes are contemplated.
Remember just a couple of weeks ago, when people worried that Secretary Paulson’s bailout plan would make him the czar of the finance sector? Adopting a plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act would effectively make the Administrator of the EPA the czar of the entire economy. And the agency can implement it all without a single vote from Congress.
So if you have concerns about the plan, make sure you let EPA know before November 28. The Heritage Foundation has created an easy-to-use portal for submitting comments to the EPA. Check out StopEPA.com.