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EPA denials ring hollow

October 01, 2011 J

Last week I posted here on the AFP blog about EPA’s admission that it would need 230,000 additional bureaucrats at an annual cost of $21 billion to process permits related to its greenhouse gas regulations.

After the Daily Caller reported on the same story, it gained so much attention that EPA went into damage-control mode. Politico ran a piece today trying to spin away the shocking story.

But the story is valid.

The regulation at issue is called the Tailoring Rule, which is EPA’s unlawful attempt to act as a super-legislature, rewriting the permitting threshold to shoehorn greenhouse gases into the Clean Air Act. But the law says what it says.

The EPA and green activists are tying themselves into knots to say that applying the law to greenhouse gases would create absurd results (true) but they are going to do it anyway (stupid, destructive, and unnecessary).

If they persist, they will eventually be forced down to the statutory thresholds by the greens and the courts. So the 230,000 bureaucrats at $21 billion per year are a very real threat.

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