Thursday, January 24, 2008

Inside Barbara Boxer's snake pit

Today's American Hero
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson
Democrats are quite in the habit of using the EPA, willy-nilly, to implement social policy, repay environmentalist-wacko benefactors, and seize private property.  So the smell ofburning egos emanating from the Senate hearing room today is .... *sniff* ... palpable.

The head of the EPA stood firm Thursday against a chorus of congressional criticism over his refusal to allow California and more than a dozen other states to impose greenhouse gas reductions on cars and trucks.

"I am bound by the criteria in the Clean Air Act, not people's opinions," EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson testified to the Senate's environmental panel. It was his first congressional appearance since issuing the controversial waiver denial last month.

"The Clean Air Act does not require me to rubber-stamp waiver decisions," Johnson said. "It was my conclusion that California didn't meet the criteria, or at least all of the criteria."

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the committee chair, led committee Democrats in assailing Johnson's conclusion.

"You're going against your own agency's mission and you're fulfilling the mission of some special interests," she chided him.

Chided?   CHIDED?  Bwahaaaaaaa.  California needs a federal waiver under the Clean Air Act to implement its first-in-the-nation tailpipe law, which would force automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in new cars and light trucks by 2016.  So why in hell are democrats using a U.S. Senate panel to facilitate a California initiative?  I mean, if it's that critical, certainly they can amend the Clean Air Act themselves, right?   No, prolly can't, and even if they could, I figure, Bush would veto it.  Poor babies. And isn't it nice to find a bureaucrat with balls?  USA-UAS-USA!


Anonymous said...

Yet another good reason to make sure Hillary never sets foot in the White House again. What is that? Reason Number 24,786,241?

Carl said...

Here's the point Boxer misses: The EPA denied the waiver to avoid inconsistent rules that would allow California to set environmental policy for the rest of the country.

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