Alright, now Obama’s done it. Him and his Environmental Protection Agency that seems to want all Americans to live in the Classical Antiquities Era whether we want to or not. [Srs. Mary Gregory and Denis forgive the gigantic grammar error.] The wackadoodles have decided to pursue draconian surface ozone levels that can only be reached by limiting some of our favorite summertime activities: grilling and setting off fireworks. From the Daily Caller:
Because the proposed ozone rule is set so low, things as harmless as a few backyard chefs grilling burgers in the same area at the same time, or even festive fireworks being launched during an Independence Day celebration, could cause an area to violate federal ozone standard thresholds. Such a violation of the EPA’s unreasonably low ozone limit would result in fines and other penalties for local governments from federal regulators.
In an attempt to steer clear of punishment, local lawmakers will have to respond to the new EPA rules by enacting municipal grilling bans and canceling fireworks shows from sea to shining sea.
Uh, yeah, no. Ixnay on the anbay. Not even. No can do, you Marxist comrades. Ain’t happenin’. See, the municipalities out here on the fruited plain are a bit busy with the crime rate that has skyrocketed since you all stirred up the embers of the race war issue that had been slowly dying for a few decades. The cops really don’t have time to be writing citations for this kind of thing. The municipalities…what, is the goal to fine them out of existence? Don’t answer that.
Backyard grilling is how a lot of us survive in the summer. Normally – this summer is an exception in these parts since its a flood year – one cooks on the grill mainly to keep the house from heating up with the oven. (Gotta love natural gas. Yeah, that in-ground grill is not a luxury item.) That just makes the air conditioning run more. More AC uses more electricity, which is in short supply as it is since the regime has decided we can’t burn coal anymore.
When it comes to fireworks, both the legal small stuff and the huge displays put on by cities from sea to shining sea, uh, yeah, see it was John Adams, second president of the United States and signer of the Declaration of Independence, who said that we would forever be lighting bonfires and illuminations on this day. The regime wants to break a 239 year old tradition for the sake of a little ozone that will naturally dissipate just like it always has? Oh, yeah, that’s a brilliant idea. No more oohs and ahhs for a country that defied the odds when it sent the overlords packing and not only survived, but became the most powerful nation on earth. That’s one way to work on demoralization.
The Daily Caller points out that such a move as limiting ozone would cost a lot of construction jobs and force manufacturers to find other places to make their products. That’s a sector of the economy the USA can’t afford to lose. As it is, the latest ozone rule standards are unenforceable and there are still places not in compliance. And, for Heaven’s sake, it is so freaking unnecessary. According to the EPA itself, surface ozone has been falling on its own for thirty years and will reduce further with no changes:
Americans are breathing easier than they have in decades and, if the EPA just leaves things alone, ozone levels will drop another 36 percent by 2025. There is simply no need for President Obama and the EPA to kill jobs, destroy the economy and end Independence Day as we know it for the sake of irrational and unnecessary new environmental standards.
And yet the environmental stooge, Gina McCarthy gave it a shot anyway. She tried to con Congress into passing the rule. So far they haven’t taken her up on it.
Yeah, well out here on the fruited plain, Obama regime, you can take your EPA ozone standards and shove it. You’re messing with the Fourth of July, the nation’s birthday. This is one of just two days that have been with Americans from the beginning where we celebrate all together. (Memorial and Labor came considerably after the 4th and Thanksgiving, even if Thanksgiving kept moving for the first 80 years or so.) It’s a day of relaxation and good, old American style food – and yes that includes a whole lot of dead animal flesh. (Grilling fruit? WT#? That would ruin perfectly good watermelon.) It could even mean roasting marshmallows over a bonfire and making the greatest of American camping treats – s’mores. For many of us, it’s a celebration of one of the tastiest animals God put on this earth – pork. (Seriously, give me bacon or give me death could be slogan in this house.)
Mess with surface ozone and risk the wrath of dissident patriotic Americans who are crossing the days off the calendar until we can vote this regime into the dustbin of history. Obama, don’t even try to fundamentally change the Fourth of July. The people just will not stand for it.