The Environmental "Protection" Agency started a three-million-gallon, man-caused disaster Thursday when the agency accidentally released a deluge of toxic sludge from a Colorado mine it was trying to clean up. The EPA was investigating leakage from Gold King Mine, trying to break down the heavy metals in the water by raising the acidity of the liquid in settling ponds. But while it was using heavy machinery, the water flowed free into the Animas River. As the soup of lead arsenic, zinc, copper, iron and, oh yes, water, flowed downstream at a rate of 500 feet a minute, residents in Durango watched as the yellow-orange liquid washed into town, destroying the tourist trade and possibly the river's aquatic life. A state of emergency was declared, as water pumps were shut off and bottled water was shipped in. No word yet on when the river can reopen and what the long-term effect to the environment will be. Will the "protector" of the environment get investigated?
If the EPA was a private business, it would be facing the threat of millions of dollars in fines and the accident would prompt a round of regulation.
At the very moment President Obama has decided to shutter America’s coal industry in favor of much more expensive and less efficient “renewable energy,” coal use is surging across the globe. A new study by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences detects an unmistakable “coal renaissance” under way that shows this mineral of fossilized carbon has again become “the most important source of energy-related emissions on the global scale.”
Coal is expanding rapidly “not only in China and India but also across a broad range of developing countries — especially poor, fast-growing countries mainly in Asia,” the study finds. Why is coal such a popular energy source now? The NAS study explains that many nations are attracted to “(relatively) low coal prices . .. to satisfy their energy needs.” It also finds “the share of coal in the energy mix indeed has grown faster for countries with higher economic growth.”
—Stephan Moore, Investor’s Business Daily, 7 August 2015
Could this be the last great American summer? It will be if President Obama and his grumpy band of killjoys at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get their way.
Under orders from the president, the EPA has decided to wage war against summer staples such as backyard cookouts and Fourth of July fireworks shows.
Absurdly low ground-level ozone standards are the latest – and likely the most expensive and oppressive – regulations the EPA has proposed adding to its already mountainous list of rules and directives suffocating the American economy.
Because the proposed ozone standards are set so low, things as harmless as several barbeque grills cooking at the same time in the same area, or even a festive fireworks being launched during an Independence Day celebration, could tip an area already on the brink of surpassing federal ozone thresholds over the edge and into “nonattainment.” Such a violation of the EPA’s unreasonably low ozone limit would trigger fines and hand-slapping from federal regulators.
In an attempt to steer clear of punishment, local lawmakers are likely to respond to the new EPA rules by enacting municipal grilling bans and cancelling fireworks shows from coast-to-coast.
Environmental activists claim that something as harmless as a few fireworks or several families cooking burgers on the grill couldn’t get an area in trouble with the EPA, but it already has.
A few years ago, Independence Day fireworks put the city of Wichita, Kansas, in violation of the present-day ozone level.
What the EPA is now proposing would lower those existing standards by more than 13 percent – from 75 parts per billion to 65 parts per billion – to a level barely above the naturally occurring level of ozone in the atmosphere.
The move would put scores of cities out of compliance and force a crackdown on any activities that produce even miniscule amounts of ground-level ozone – be it bottle rockets or backyard barbeques.