President Obama is expected to soon add emission rules for big-rig trucks to a growing list of regulations to combat the threat of climate change.
The president directed the Environmental Protection Agency to develop new rules for heavy-duty trucks to make them more fuel efficient, while lowering their carbon dioxide emissions to lessen the effects of global warming.
Trucking manufacturers will be looking to see if they are able to meet the standards without driving smaller trucking fleets out of business, according to industry representatives.
The rules will not only regulate the truck and the engine, but are also expected to add new efficiency and emission regulations for trailers that large tractor-trailer trucks haul. One official says it will be a "big rule" that comprises so many components of large trucks that it could easily be broken down into several separate regulations.
And don't forget that President Obama and his Attorney General have championed the doctrine of "discretionary enforcement" so they can threaten people with enforcement actions if that person doesn't support their agenda.
The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the final touches on a rule requiring a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030. An independent analysis by The Heritage Foundation predicts "[a]n average employment shortfall of nearly 300,000 jobs," adding the U.S. may lose half a million jobs in the manufacturing sector and 45% of the jobs in the coal mining industry. As for the EPA, it says collateral damage could cost up to 80,000 jobs. But a new American Action Forum report, whose findings mirror that of Heritage, says the EPA isn't taking secondary impacts into consideration. All told, nearly 100 power plants may be taken offline, which will have major economic ramifications. "Based on American Action Forum (AAF) research ... more than 90 coal-fired power plants could be retired across the country," write Catrina Rorke and Sam Batkins. "Secondary employment impacts suggest that EPA's power plant regulation could eliminate 296,000 jobs, about the population of Cincinnati, Ohio, and more than the total number of jobs the economy created in February 2015." The writers conclude, "EPA might tout the benefits of its proposal, but the significant job losses are just as noteworthy." Indeed. Unfortunately, all that's important in the minds of this administration is, as EPA administrator Gina McCarthy explained, "We have a moral obligation to act." A very contorted moral obligation.