Domestic energy production is going gangbusters, creating quality, high-paying jobs and activity all around it – including construction, housing and manufacturing. So why now send in the EPA to push new energy regulations which threaten this bright spot of the economy? by Rodney Lee Conover
Due to the poor handling of the recession, it’s been an historically slow recovery and Americans have suffered horribly with prolonged unemployment and anemic growth. Some good news though, America’s energy industry has been booming in comparison to the rest of the economy. Some background:
The American economy runs on petroleum, coal and natural gas. As much as some folks would like it not to, nearly your entire world revolves around these sources for energy, both domestic and imported. We should look to reduce this fact of life and our dependence on countries whose governments don’t have our best interest in mind should be troubling to any American.
But we need to begin any discussion of energy, conservation, the economy, business, jobs, regulations, the environment and politics from one of reality.
The last thing our government should be doing right now is taxing energy or doing anything that would negatively impact the energy industry – which is making a comeback and benefiting not just the economy, but also the nation’s national interests and American’s pocketbooks. Yet, the Administration’s EPA is aggressively pushing new and costly regulations on power plants.
Why power plants and why now? This type of action goes to the heart of where average Americans are already being pressed to their limits: Energy costs, jobs, the price of consumer goods, the household budget and lowering overall wages. It seems unusually counter-productive for this kind of assault on a critical cog of the economic engine during such a precarious time.
I challenge any person in America to go ten minutes without interacting directly or indirectly with fossil fuels today. I’m not saying that’s great or that’s horrible, I’m just trying to point out that from the clothes you’re wearing to the food you eat, the package that was delivered this morning, your lawn, your iPad – even your solar panel – was brought to you or made possible by a fossil fuel.
I’m not sponsored by or trying to promote oil companies, although they don’t deserve to be demonized for doing a pretty kick-ass job. When was the last time you waited in line for a relatively cheap product like gasoline? I resent people who are knee-jerk opposed to large energy companies. Any idea how many good American jobs they create?
We should be celebrating American business and working to improve industries where we see opportunities to do so – not tearing them down all the time. Let’s get on the program!
We’re not going to wake up next week and magically be powered by 1,000 Solyndra’s or even if the Keystone Pipeline finally gets underway. Let’s stop pretending and deal with it honestly. I want alternatives, but by the way of the private sector, through innovation and not subsidies or taxpayer funds which all too often involve our legislators picking winners and losers, doling out largesse and participating in crony-capitalism.
This is a moment where government could assist the private sector, not bog it down with regulations which end up as huge taxes passed along to the end-user, which are all Americans who use energy. That’s you, by the way. All of you, as explained above. We have to pay our bills and the EPA seems intent on making our bills go up. Bad timing, guys.
The EPA has become onerous and disinterested in the balance between economic growth and concern for the environment in the opinion of many impartial economic and political scholars. Many also feel that since the EPA are unelected bureaucrats who contend these regulations are for the purpose of global climate change, Congress should reclaim a stronger role in oversight with regulations which could effect a recovery so adversely.
One quantity is known, however: These EPA regulations will result in Americans having to shell out more of their take-home pay, what’s left of their savings, or what they’ve borrowed. This just in order to heat their homes, businesses, to cook meals, turn the lights on, buy goods, services, food, clothing, or just about anything you could list.
You may soon begin hearing talking points about how these regulations are a valiant attempt to get big oil corporations under control – but in reality: This is quite literally a tax on everything.
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