by Allen West
The federal government is still on a New Year’s overreach binge. According to the Daily Caller,
The website Regulations.gov lists 141 regulations that have been posted by federal agencies in the last three days alone. Of these regulations, 119 are “rulemaking,” meaning they establish a new rule. Twenty-three are “non-rulemaking,” meaning the regulation does not establish a new rule. The largest group of regulations have to do with energy and environmental issues, many of them issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. One new EPA regulation is an amendment to a rule on hazardous emissions from lead smelters.
We’ve already discussed the second and third order effects on the lead industry. Other regulations crack down on coal-powered electricity plants, effectively preventing them from being built.
“If these regulations go into effect, American jobs will be lost, electricity prices will soar, and economic uncertainty will grow. We need the federal government to work as a partner, not an adversary, and to invest in America’s energy future,” said West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
Senator Manchin is spot on in his assessment, but as a sensible conservative Democrat, his pleas fall on the deaf ears of the progressive socialists of the Obama administration.
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