EPA Poised to Throw 800,000 Out of Work

Our liberal rulers are doing everything they can about the jobs situation — that is, everything they can to make it worse.

The top Republican on a Senate environmental panel released a scathing report Tuesday that he contends shows that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rule on cleaning up boilers nationwide could devastate America’s manufacturing base and imperil hundreds of thousands of jobs without providing any real public health or environmental benefits.

In June, the EPA issued a proposal that would force industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and heaters to use “maximum achievable control technology” to reduce harmful emissions that erode air quality and pose a public health risk.

The proposed rule covers industrial boilers used in manufacturing, processing, mining, refining and commercial boilers used in malls, laundries, apartments, restaurants and hotels, the report from Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma reads.

The EPA claims this will save us from all manner of poisons and diseases. Others say that the only significant effects will be economic — and they will be severe.

[T]he Inhofe report — written by the Senate Environment and Public Works minority staff titled and titled “EPA’s Anti-Industrial Policy: Threatening Jobs and America’s Manufacturing Base,” — found that the proposed rule, known as “Boiler MACT,” could put nearly 800,000 jobs at risk over requirements on commercial and industrial boilers, cement plans and ozone standards.

The standards the EPA wants to impose are so unnecessarily stringent that meeting them would be extravagantly expensive. According to the report, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America is “enormously concerned that the high costs of this proposed rule will leave companies no recourse but to shut down the entire facility, not just the boiler.”

That’s fine with our rulers. According to their ideology, the less economically productive activity, the happier the polar bears. More importantly, the more people are deliberately thrown out of work, the more will think they need a free crutch from the very government that broke their legs.

The boiler bushwhack is only part of our government’s war on prosperity:

The report also warned that the agency in the coming months is expected to propose, and in some cases finalize, job-killing standards for cooling water intake structures at power plants; national ambient air quality for dust and particulate matter; and maximum achievable control technologies for coal-fired power plants.

“In short, the cumulative effect of EPA’s air rules will negatively affect growth energy prices, jobs, innovation and domestic manufacturing competitiveness,” the report reads.

Good thing we can vote these lunatics out of office in November. But wait: the EPA is composed of unelected bureaucrats.

This is why the most intolerably destructive aspects of the Obama agenda — Cap & Tax, amnesty for illegal aliens — are not being pursued by elected representatives anymore, but are being imposed quietly by faceless, unaccountable regulators.

As for the Regulator in Chief, who we can’t get at through the polls until he’s had another two years to collapse the economy:

President Obama repeated in an interview released Tuesday that energy policy remains one of his top priorities, and he will throw the weight of his office behind energy policy regulations in the same way he did for the new health care law.

“We’re going to stay on this because it is good for our economy, it’s good for our national security and, ultimately, it’s good for our environment,” the president is quoted saying in the Tiger Beat Rolling Stone magazine interview.

It will be the work of generations to undo the bureaucratic behemoth Obama is building up into something that would make Godzilla turn tail and run — assuming America lasts that long.

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The press digs deep into Obama’s ruinous policies.

On tips from Oiao and G. Fox. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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