The EPA has been out of control for a very long time. In 1998 they shut down Molycorp in Mountain Pass California over trace amounts of thorium in their tailings pond. Seems like a small thing, until you understand what Molycorp did and who they were. Molycorp Mountain Pass was, until shut down by the EPA, the worlds largest producer of Rare Earth Metals. Rare Earth Metals are absolutely essential for the semiconductor industry.
In shutting down Molycorp Mountain Pass, the EPA handed the entire Rare Earth Metals market to….. CHINA.
It took Molycorp Mountain Pass 11 years to navigate the EPA regulator minefield and finally be allowed to begin clean-up and construction of their Rare Earth facility in Mountain Pass California. In Aug of 2010 they did exactly that, it then took them 2 more years of regulatory hurdles before finally in Jan of 2013 they we both capable of and allowed to resume full production and extraction of the Rare Earth Metals.
Last week the EPA had it’s wrists slapped by the courts for apparently attempting another insanely outrageous overreach and manipulation of both American and world wide commercial business.
EPA sets renewable fuel projections every year that establish the volumes that refiners, importers and blenders must use. For what they don’t — or can’t — buy, industry must purchase credits.
But EPA’s projections for cellulosic biofuels have been wildly off course for several years. The agency predicted production volumes of 5 million gallons, 6.6 million gallons and 8.7 million gallons in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. In reality, no cellulosic biofuels were produced in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011, and only 20,069 gallons were produced in 2012, according to EPA data. …
The court said EPA has plenty of latitude in making its own projections and to differ from lower-volume predictions made by the Energy Information Administration. But the opinion charges that “EPA’s methodology for making its cellulosic biofuel projection did not take neutral aim at accuracy.”
When an agency of the Federal government get’s reprimanded in a manner such as this, one could be forgiven for assuming that the agency might think to themselves, “Well, perhaps we should reexamine how we are setting our standards”. If you were to think this is how the EPA responded you would be mistaken. Apparently, the tyrannical moral and ethical busybody protectorates at the EPA have grown so accustom to ruling the world that rather than question whether their could possible be any faults in the way they are going about their business, their response was to double down on assine outrageous overreach.
Less than a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency received a slap on the wrist from a federal appeals court that ruled that the EPA may not force oil companies to pay for an credits for failing to comply with a rule mandating that they incorporate a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product. The EPA estimated that the industry would produce and make available for purchase 8.7 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels in 2012, but the industry only actually produced less than 21,000 gallons — and the court thankfully decided that the EPA could not inflict regulatory punishments based on their wildly enthusiastic and fanciful projections.
Various conservative voices have been calling for the abolishment of the EPA for several years now, however, when the totality of their actions are taken into consideration what is called for is not the simple abolishment of the EPA, certainly not an effeminate little slap on the wrist such as the courts just handed them, no, what is called for is not only the abolishment of the EPA, but the criminal prosecution of it’s bureaucrats and officials for malicious misconduct an the very least.
Sadly, the United States Federal Government has grown so incredibly corrupt that not only is there not one single elected official with the testicular fortitude to challenge the EPA, but they will even defend the utterly indefensible practices of the EPA, and they will do so for the single most corrupt of reasons. Through it’s fanatical regulatory enforcement of imaginary infractions and the corresponding insane fines the EPA is a cash cow, a genuine goose that lays 24 carat golden eggs.
The EPA is a tyrannical renegade monster that is utterly out of control, it represents the United States Federal government in many symbolic ways. I will leave you with the words of the author C.S. Lewis, who described to perfection the EPA.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Indeed nothing could describe the EPA better.