EPA Power Grab, First Co2, Now Methane To Get Their Regulatory Hands on Oil, Gas

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The regulatory parasites at the EPA are once again assaulting American productivity and intruding into the lives, liberty and energy of the American people.

In spite of just completing their coal-killing regulatory cooperative effort with wealthy environmentalists, they are already moving on to their next target. Time’s short; they’ve got a country to destroy and it isn’t going to just happen by itself.

Simply eliminating coal wasn’t enough. While that regulatory package is surely a feather in the cap of an unshaven bark-eater somewhere, America’s oil is what they really want and that is where they are headed.

According to Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the EPA has issued a set of white papers that indicates they are aggressively seeking to expand their regulatory authority over the methane emissions of the oil and gas industry.

Just as with the fable of climate change and the “villainous” Co2, they rely on a wealth of faulty assumptions and bad data to attack methane. For them it’s fine, assertions are the equivalent of facts, accuracy is not an issue for the EPA.

They care about the environment only to the degree that they are able to use it as a tool to gain regulatory control. They know better than anyone else that theirs is a false agenda based upon a false premise. It just doesn’t matter.

Senator Inhofe says that the EPA’s series of white papers show the EPA “lacks a fundamental understanding” of the oil and gas industry and that the agency “believes it has the capacity to actually help oil and natural gas companies” improve their operations.

The Senator is being overly kind. He may truly believe that the EPA is ignorant as to their bad data and that they want to work with oil companies, but he gives them too much credit. If they wanted good data, they would accept his offer.

Inhofe wrote a letter to the White House Council on Environmental Quality saying, “[N]o regulatory body should have this perspective. Further, the white papers are handicapped by inaccurate and outdated data estimates of industry-wide emissions.”

While the EPA currently operates voluntary programs on methane emissions, that is a first step on the road to oppressive, crippling regulations. Obama has a stated goal of reducing U.S. methane emissions. It is, just as with Co2, a means through which to control and tax the oil and gas industry, forcing them to share their profits with the bureaucrats and to fund their socialist programs. All of it is rooted in the UN Agenda 21 blueprint for taking over global control through false environmentalism.

Obama stuck his nose into the cow flatulence issue earlier this year, demanding by EPA decree a 25% reduction by the year 2020.  The real prize is the oil and gas industry, though.

Admitting to the target if not the underlying motive, EPA chief Gina McCarthy told executives at the Barclays Energy-Power Conference this week, “There are lots of things we can do [regulatorily] under the Clean Air Act, and there are lots of things we can do to expand our voluntary programs.”

That sounds like an unveiled threat. She continued, expressing her desire to “ensure that oil and natural gas will continue to be a big factor in every state (and) every county in the most positive way we can make it.”  She added, “This is really about building a healthy industry.” No, it’s about destroying a healthy industry.

Senator Inhofe has seen this movie before. He’s sounding the alarm that the EPA will move forward with regulations regardless of the validity of the data used to create them.

Inhofe wrote to the White House saying, “I urge the EPA to gather more information, revise the white papers, and allow an official, robust comment period prior to engaging in any policymaking discussion that could impact the oil and natural gas industry.”

It seems that the EPA has their minds already made up.

Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us

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