Obama’s EPA Rushes to Push Job-Killing Regulations Into Place Before New Year

In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.”

He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket.

He wasn’t kidding.

Barack Obama’s EPA is rushing to push more job-killing regulations into place before the new year.
The Examiner reported:

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.

The rush is a major sign of panic by environmentalists inside the Obama administration. If Obama wins, the EPA would have another four full years to implement their anti-fossil fuel agenda. But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo.

Environmentalists at the EPA pulled this trick before in 2000 when the Clinton administration rushed out a finding that Mercury emissions from power plants were a growing public health threat pursuant to the Clean Air Act. That finding did not regulate power plants itself, but it did force the Bush administration to begin a lengthy regulatory process. The Obama EPA has estimated that this regulation alone will cost the U.S. economy $10.9 billion a year.

Obama’s new EPA regulations will cost the coal industry $180 billion and force electricity rates to skyrocket.

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  • snap boy

    I think Romney could put a spoke in that wheel by announcing that every federal employee involved in writing such regulations would find themselves without jobs by March, 2013, sort of a Reagan v. air traffic controllers.

  • Iron Maiden

    “But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo.”

    Um, why? Why would it be hard for Romney to undo? Because it wasn’t hard for President Obama to do anything. He just… did it, whether it was legal or not or whether we wanted it or not. So what’s the problem here? Romney IS the President. Can he not, by Executive Order, if necessary, repeal some of the boobytraps that the Kenyan Marxist will certainly leave behind as he exits the White House?

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Defund em and fire everyone of them.

  • Pleasance

    If Obama were confident of being re-elected he would NOT push to put these regulations in place before year end. He’s panicking!

  • dw dude

    lots of pink slips and a few executions coming in January

  • GSrider

    Start congressional investigations immediately! Who are the people working for these ridiculously bloated agencies and to what benefit do they offer taxpayers? Who the F@#% are these unelected people destroying jobs and lives? Start with the EPA, then Dept. of no Energy, HUD, Dept. of no Education, State dept…………..I’m so sick of these commie ba$tards at every level of govt!!!!!!!

  • Emissions standards just forced Navistar in Texas to close down a plant, layoff 900 Americans, and send the jobs to Mexico, and some transferred to Ohio. There, Sherrod Brown, OH sen incumbent praised the “jobs tour” at a navistar plant – just cannibalization in a crappy Obama economy that will get WORSE if his emissions regulations are imposed… I posted about it here: http://www.soopermexican.com/2012/11/04/ohio-democrats-jobs-tour-praises-company-outsourcing-jobs-to-mexico-because-of-emissions-standards/?preview=true&preview_id=2847&preview_nonce=a8e7e6949d

    (Thanks for posting my MMFA story, I really appreciate it!)

  • JenBee

    Previous post from GWP via Fox News, detailing how much midwest electric companies are paying for futures megawatts…. all of which will be passed on to consumers. Make no mistake, Obama is out to destroy the wealth of America, and he’ll have free reign to do it if he’s elected for another term. How bad have these past four years been? IMAGINE how devastating another four years will be under this lame-duck Marxist.

  • JenBee
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  • bg


    West Virginia Takes A Stand

    Coal miners against Obama


    U.S. general: Obama paralyzed by fear

    [And Obama’s terror of risk contributed to the massacre of Americans by
    terrorists in Benghazi. We hear that the president did not even convene
    the Counterterrorism Security Group while the Benghazi terrorist massacre
    was visually and verbally available in real time. That is like ignoring FEMA
    during Hurricane Sandy. But once you bring in a group labeled anti-terrorist,
    you have to acknowledge terror exists, something the president is loath to

    My veteran friends are horrified by the Obama-Panetta doctrine. At least
    359 retired flag officers support Mitt Romney – only five that I know of
    support Obama. Some 150 former prisoners of war also support Romney;
    I know of none who support Obama.

    America needs to listen to these veterans. They understand leadership.
    They know how to deal with risk in war. They would not want this man
    with them in combat or crisis. They never left a needy comrade behind.
    Obama did.

    much more at link..


  • bigL

    we got along fine for 200 years without the EPA.
    Please, lets mothball it and try for the next 200 yrs…

  • on romney’s first day in office he should resind every executive order obama and his cronies issued.

    oh congress where are you?

  • bg


    #13 November 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm
    tommy mc donnell

    purchasing iron neck braces.. /s/


  • theBuckWheat

    The current lefties in the Obama bureaucracy will push the regulatory pipeline as full as they can. Under the rules and laws, there will only be so much that a President Romney will be able to do to stop them. But there is one thing he can do– he can tell the public that when the EPA moves to stop coal fired power, it puts the stability and resiliency of the entire electric grid at risk. Thus we have an emergency caused by government itself, an emergency that requires him to short-circuit is normal obligation to faithfully execute all the laws of the United States.

    He can say that until his newly staffed EPA has the opportunity to fully review and revise all regulations, he will grant presidential pardons to any firm found in violation of the “ill-considered” and “extreme” anti-coal regulations the previous administration had stuffed into the system. That will drive the left absolutely nuts.

  • Indiana

    Don’t worry…..President Romney will fix it!

  • left media owned by islamists

    You ain’t seen nothin yet! He is placing huge huge huge fees on every drug company througout the USA! Your prescriptions from an asperin to major drugs will go up 4x! Branded Prescription Drug program! Electricty in OHIO $16 to $347. Democrats are clueless! The biggest behind the scene is the SORUS & Samantha Powers at the UN!! Giving US soverignity power away to them to come and do whatever —tax US –put Americans in prison anything everything! He sold America right in front of congress..and they did nothing..Jarrett (IRANIAN) is pulling the shots under SORUS direction along with HAMAS. Congress is a paper pusher-they should stop them NOW! A cease order to stop him due to an investigation on the War Crimes Act!

  • briscuit

    If our electricity bill skyrocket, my suggestion is that nation wide, we all send our electric bill directly to obama~~~~every month

  • Larkin

    I agree with the earlier comments.

    Romney should vow to UNDO every piece of mischief that o concocts between now and the inauguration. That goes for the actions of every agency and every czar.

    o CANNOT be allowed one last gasp to take down this country.

  • Koblog

    Obama is required by law to release a list of all regulations he intends to enact each April and October.

    Obama, the lawless tyrant, has ignored both legal deadlines.

    I would think President Romney will be able to pronounce the regulations null and void because Obama violated the law that gives wealth producers time to make adjustments so they can comply.

    EPA bureaucrat/politburo apparatchik Steven “Wesley Mouch” Chu can go pound sand.

    The whole lot of ’em should be run out on rails.

  • valerie

    Fire all the leadership of the EPA. These people are only interested in perpetuating their fat government salaries.

  • SeniorD

    The watermellons at EPA need to find new jobs – close the entire Agency and use the money to pay down Obama’s debt.

  • Militant Conservative

    Death to the EPA. Problem MOSTLY solved.

    Local republican EPA worker here in Georgia is looking for a new job already.

    Writting on the wall and all that.

    Liberals are mad cuz they see thier monopoly evaporating quickly.

  • Joanne

    How can anyone vote for Obama when he knows and says that the cost of electricity will go up, and he doesn’t care less. Obama is so detached from reality – he lives in a bubble where he is King and everyone eats sheite.

  • bg


    re: How can anyone vote for Obama

    tain’t pretty, but there you have it..


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  • Thom99

    Just like deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, comrade Obama will enact a scorched-earth policy and do as much damage as possible in his last few months.

    People like him do not care about their country. They only care about their power.

    Of course this all depends on if there is a “fair” election.

    Be prepared!!

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  • whiskeytangofoxtrot

    Behold the actions of the petulant and small minded child – whether you give 21st C weapons to savages or the office of the president to [insert your label here], you get someone who will wreck the house and the inhabitants therein before granting a divorce.
    I had a feeling things would get messy following the election. Either way he gets to fiercely lash out at America as a finish or as a prelude. We must always remember that he didn’t do these atrocities truly acting alone…

  • Finncrisp

    The dedication of this administration to the destruction of America is incredible.

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