Barbara Boxer’s Best Friend: The EPA
If there is one thing that you might be able to commend Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for, it is her unwavering commitment. Unfortunately, what she is committed to is the Leviathan of big government and giving unaccountable government bureaucrats more ways to micromanage our lives.
But don’t take it from me! You can hear it straight from her:
A lot of you press me … on: ‘Where is the bill on climate change? Where is the bill’? There doesn’t have to be a bill… There will be many approaches, but I’m telling you right now, EPA has the authority in the transportation sector, in the electricity sector, and the industrial sector under the Clean Air Act.
And as she says, “the EPA has huge authority to reduce carbon in the air.”
Well that’s comforting! I was a little worried there that there might be some area of my life the government didn’t want to control!
In reference to GOP efforts to stop out of control EPA bureaucrats on behalf of the American people, she said:
We will stop it every time, let me just tell you that.
Man, she’s so committed. But she is also totally misguided. As the Heritage Foundation has explained, regulating CO2 comes at massive costs while producing only negligible, insignificant benefits. They added:
In a recent study of the economic impacts of restricting CO2 emissions, researchers at the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation did not find an increase in employment; to the contrary, such restrictions resulted in rather significant job losses.
Heritage also gave the following recommendation with regard to environmental laws:
Ensure that the costs of regulations do not outweigh benefits. Congress and the states (when the states are exercising non-federally delegated regulatory authority) should clarify that no regulation may be issued without an administrative finding, that any regulation must be based on rigorous scientific standards, and that the regulation’s costs do not outweigh the benefits. Regulators must be directed not only to consider the intended benefit, but also to quantify the burdens of regulation to property, jobs, industry, health, and the costs of goods and services.
Mrs. Boxer would do well to read their report, and her colleagues would do well to stop hiding behind the EPA.