Sept. 30, 2011
According to a Washington Times editorial (9/30/11), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed papers in a court proceeding earlier in September in which EPA discusses the scope of the greenhouse-gas regulations it would like to impose on the nation. Here are the amazing figures:
The agency is defending sweeping greenhouse-gas emissions rules that if fully implemented would require 10,000 new state-level employees to process permits. At the federal level, it would take 230,000 new officials and a $21 billion budget expansion - quite a boost for an outfit that currently has 17,417 bureaucrats and $10.3 billion to spend. EPA admits it would be absurd or impossible to administer the rules all at once, but that does not mean that the agency is not moving toward the statutory thresholds.
These facts reinforce why conservatives have to focus their attention on the regulatory tsunami that is now hitting America.