EPA Plans to Reverse Supreme Court Ruling with a Pseudo Cost-Benefit Analysis



The Hill reported that the EPA is going to fix the air pollution rule after losing at the Supreme Court. There’s no way to stop these people.

What are they going to do? Pump it into the Animas River? In case you haven’t heard, the EPA pumped more than 3 million gallons of toxic metals, including arsenic, lead, and cadmium into the Animas River, and the metals are still flowing at the rate of 720,000 gallons a day. The toxic spill threatens the water in the Colorado River which supplies water to much of the West. In the mother of all ironies, while they’re polluting the rivers, the EPA is telling the rest of us what to with the air.

In July the Supreme Court found in Michigan v. EPA that the EPA should have considered the costs of regulating emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases from coal-fired power plants before writing a regulation.

In the majority ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia concluded that the EPA “unreasonably” interpreted the Clean Air Act when it decided not to consider industry compliance costs and whether regulating the pollutants is “appropriate and necessary.”

The EPA’s regulation is legislation and they really don’t care what it costs.

The Hill reported that the EPA filed a motion with the liberal DC Circuit Court of Appeals stating, the “EPA intends to submit a declaration establishing the agency’s plan to complete the required consideration of costs for the ‘appropriate and necessary’ finding by spring of next year.”

They’ve already decided the outcome and now they are going to make up a pseudo report to show the benefits outweigh the costs.

They claim there is a 10 to 1 ratio of health benefits to compliance costs but their benefits are broad in scope and never reasonable. They certainly hadn’t looked at it beforehand or they wouldn’t have lost the case.

One thing is for certain, they will infringe on American’s rights.

EPA Chief Gina McCarthy is quoted as saying, “The majority of power plants have already decided and invested in a path to achieving compliance with those mercury and air toxic standards.”

What nonsense. She is pretending energy producers weren’t bullied and there is some kind of voluntary action involved. The lawsuits are being filed against the EPA as I write this. This regulation will cost plants millions of dollars and it will cost jobs.

She added, “So we are well on our way to delivering the toxic pollution reductions that people expected.”

The people expected? What people? Leftists and extreme environmentalists? All of this is about eliminating fossil fuels and putting us back into a more primitive environment.

Let’s arrange for Gina McCarthy to camp at the Animas River.



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