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From The EPA - Shame On Texas For Polluting Illinois

EPA TexasSome things defy reasonable explanation. In the vernacular from the Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas region, that means some things just don’t make sense. Such is the case with the latest from the wonderful government agency charged with making sure you and I do not kill our planet with pollution. I really thought they could get no worse than trying to regulate runoff water from rainfall or bovine flatulence, but the EPA may have just outdone themselves. They are accusing Texas of polluting Illinois. Go figure that one out. Now that you have picked your jaw up off the floor, let us examine, as best we can, this latest batch of stupidity from the halls of big government.

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The EPA has the authority, as granted to them by their own rulings and upheld by the Supreme Court, to regulate cross-state pollution. I suppose I can understand this, to a certain degree. In recent years, there was a court battle between Arkansas and Oklahoma, wherein it was asserted that pollution from chicken and hog farmers was getting into the Illinois River and crossing from Arkansas to Oklahoma. That makes sense, given the way the river flows. But blaming Texas for pollution in Illinois really stretches the boundaries of common sense.

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Human Events – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blaming power plants in Texas for Illinois air pollution and is using the accusation to justify restrictions on Texas power plants. EPA claims its cross-state pollution rule, intended to protect communities in one state from pollution drifting from other states, justifies placing restrictions on Texas power plants EPA claims are polluting Granite City, Illinois.

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EPA’s assertion Texas power plants are causing Illinois pollution raised eyebrows for several reasons. Granite City is approximately 500 miles from the Texas border and even farther away from Lone Star State major metropolitan regions. Granite City is northeast of Texas, with prevailing winds rarely trekking in that direction from Texas. In addition, a local steel mill, which has been an important source of the town’s prosperity since the 1890s, has long been recognized as a primary source of air pollution in Granite City.

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EPA, however, claims it has devised computer models that indicate some sulfur dioxide from Texas power plants may reach Granite City, which has a population of 30,000.

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“Texas was only included in portions of the rule based on the projected impact on a single county in Illinois. And the air quality monitor in Illinois which EPA claims had the fingerprints of Texas pollution on it was located right next to a smelter. On this thin legal reed the EPA is imposing restrictions on Texas several times as severe as states with much more significant interstate pollution problems,” said Kathleen White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) agreed, saying EPA failed to account properly for the steel mill’s influence on Granite City’s air pollution. Of the three air pollution monitors in the town and surrounding Madison County, the only one allegedly linked to Texas is the one downwind of the steel mill.

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Even if the appellate court finds Texas does contribute to Granite City’s air problem, the TCEQ says EPA is requiring emissions cuts significantly greater than the state’s contribution to the pollution problems.

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Remember when I stated this makes no common sense? Well, it makes perfect sense in the eyes of the EPA. If you consider President Obama’s plan to bankrupt the coal industry, you will realize exactly what the EPA is doing. Following Obama’s game plan, they are working towards a single goal; to make certain kinds of energy so expensive that they are not affordable. They want to make what they consider dirty energy so expensive that the plants producing it will have to comply with costly regulations or shut completely down. That is their ultimate goal and when you take that into consideration, you will realize how it all comes together.

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There is one thing to remember about the liberal agenda, of which the EPA plays an important part. They are patient and have a single-minded purpose. When they set their eyes on a particular goal, they seldom deviate from that goal. Look back at the past several years and you will see how this all plays a part in directing America towards the goal of destroying conventional energy sources, in favor of clean energy. Clean energy that is expensive and does not fit the needs of many Americans. But, the EPA doesn’t care about that. They know what is best for us, whether we like it or not. So, Texas, you had better shape up and stop polluting Illinois. The sheriffs at the EPA are on their way.

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  • Steven Birn

    This has nothing to do with pollution in Illinois. It has everything to do with destroying the coal industry, which you astutely note. This administration has already fundamentally altered the healthcare industry, largely destroying what it was. They’re after destroying the energy sector, going after coal and oil. Fracking will be next no doubt. Obama wants to cut America down to size, he wants to reduce our power and influence in the world and turn us into just another nation. One way to do that is through seemingly incompetent and untrustworthy foreign policy. Another way is the alter and diminish large portions of our economy.

    • I know our friends on the liberal side of the political spectrum think we are nuts for accusing Obama of trying to destroy the coal industry, as well as other conventional energy solutions, but the proof is on display for everyone to see. His words early in his campaign and first term in office have led to what we are seeing now. The EPA has always been a rogue agency, but he has emboldened them to a degree that we have never seen before. This latest move to accuse Texas of polluting Illinois is ludicrous, but it shows the lengths to which they will go to achieve their goals.

  • I guess this pollution that makes its way all the way to Illinois from Texas is magically inert as it goes through Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri? This would be laughable if it wasn’t so infuriating. Yet one more in a long, long list of examples why elections do indeed have consequences.

    • I wondered that myself. Do they really expect us to believe the pollution from Texas crosses over three states before arbitrarily deciding to drop into a single town in Illinois? That’s worthy of a good Saturday Night Live skit.

  • OldmanRick

    It is more realistic to state that the Marxist dim party and Chicago pollute Illinois.

    • I wouldn’t disagree with that at all.

  • Charles summed up my question below: how is it that it only affect Illinois and not all the other states in between? Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous it does!

    • Like Charles said, it would be laughable, were it not so infuriating. And the fact that they expect us to believe this nonsense is even more so.

  • bobmontgomery

    WE know who Obama is, we know who the Democrats are, we know who the EPA is and we know who their left-wing statist controllers are, and their aiders and abbettors in education who have taught our children to accept this stuff. We’ve got a long row to hoe. In the meantime, there are somewhere around 275 members of Congress with an “R” after their name who are supposed to be for limited government, common sense and free enterprise. Each member has a staff of from 10-15 people. That’s a lot of people who, if they were of a mind, could do a little of their own opposition research, or at least find the time to read the opposition research that is out there, and make a credible enough case to their constituents about this hokey stuff that public opinion would push the pendulum back the other way and stop the bleeding.
    Or so one would think.

    • I could not agree with you more. One would think that there would be enough conservatives in Congress to be able to fight this problem of big government. You described that when you mentioned the number of staff they have on hand. Yet, with all those resources available, the liberal propaganda machine marches merrily on, with nary a hitch in their stride. Maybe the number of true conservatives in Washington, people who really believe in small government, is fewer than we believe.

      On a related note, Senator Tom Coburn is retiring at the end of this year. Part of the reason is because his cancer has returned, but during his final public appearances in Oklahoma as a Senator, he has alluded to the true reason he is leaving Washington. His passion is the wasteful spending that goes on constantly in our government. He has said, on more than one occasion, that very few people are interested in getting that under control. Simply put, he is tired of fighting that fight, so he is coming home to Oklahoma to stay. I can’t say that I blame him for that.