Yesterday I attended my first protest rally. It was called “Occupy the EPA”/“Give Red Tape a Rest” rally. Going to a rally and holding a sign while calling out to passing cars is completely new to me, but totally worth it. I’ve been reading and hearing more and more about the overreach of the EPA and how it is slowly finding more and more ways of gaining unlimited control over our way of life. They have too much power with no oversight and that is one of the reasons I decided I had to join Americans for Prosperity-Colorado in protesting the Environmental Protection Agency-organized mining conference in Denver. EPA officials were meeting here for a conference on hard-rock mining.
I have come to agree with AFP-CO which believes “the agency’s rogue regulators and biased scientists are destroying jobs, driving-up energy costs, crippling America’s competitiveness and contributing to the country’s economic crisis.”
According to AFP-CO:
Recent rules targeting coal-fired power plants are the latest in a long list of EPA regulatory excesses, according to AFP-CO, which will cost Coloradans jobs and contribute to already-skyrocketing energy costs. The agency relies on biased, agenda-driven “science” and “scientists” to bolster its actions, the group says, pointing to the shoddy work the agency did investigating alleged water well contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming — as well as the agency’s decision to provide a prime speaking spot at the April 4 conference to Boulder-based Stratus Consulting, a hired gun for extreme environmental groups that has been implicated in a scheme to use shady science to rig a favorable ruling in a lawsuit in South America.
About 50-75 people showed up for to protest the red tape the EPA is using to make it tougher for businesses to get approval they need to comply with the crazy regulations and guidelines they keep adding for the supposed purpose of protecting the environment. We wanted people to know about how red tape and government overreach is restraining businesses to the cost of higher energy rates for everyone and the loss of jobs for many. Most of the time lately, this comes at the expense of small businesses being unable to afford the cost of implementing procedures to meet EPA regulations. Large businesses end up passing the cost onto the consumer which means the cost of gas, electricity, natural gas, etc. is passed on to people like you and I. What’s worse is that these businesses have no recourse but to pay the money and comply or go out of business.
The reason for our protest had a more personal context to those of us here in Denver. Colorado is a big mining state and we have great resources for hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
[…]The EPA is expected to issue new rules on fracking April 17, which critics fear will increase the regulatory burden on the natural-gas industry and drive up energy prices.
[…]The fracking rules come just weeks after the EPA proposed further limits on newly built coal-fire plants. Protestors said they worry that the Obama administration is trying to circumvent the coal industry in favor of natural gas and renewable energy.
Read her article about the protest here.
Lucky for me there are groups like AFP-Colorado that make it easy for people like me to get involved in making a difference.
At the main website for Americans for Prosperity it says“AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. The grassroots activists of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.”
If you want to become more involved in standing up for limited government and getting back to the freedoms we’ve been used to as free American Citizens then check out Americans for Prosperity and click on your state to see what’s going on in your area. It’s really helped me to feel as though I have a voice where I can go and participate in events that are done here in my state and city. Check it out. Find your voice!!
Talk about intellectual bankruptcy. Paul Krugman is intellectually and morally bankrupt. Okay, I don’t know if he’s morally bankrupt, but I’ve never liked him in any of the interviews I’ve seen him in. He sure has no leg to stand on by accusing anyone else of Intellectual Bankruptcy. His partial facts and misleading comments are not honest to the conversation the nation needs to have. The post by Steve Maley is so good and puts Mr. Krugman on notice that we won’t be fooled by strawman arguments and phony statistics. I may not be the smartest person around, but I know crap when I see it flung around, and believe me Krugman flings crap.
Check out Steve Maley’s post at Red State:
As for the employment statistics, “lazy” and “inept” are two words that come to mind.Although he doesn’t cite a source, Dr. Krugman has apparently relied on the database of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Indeed, the industry subsector called “Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 211″, (part of the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector) shows the gain in jobs he describes, from roughly 120,000 jobs in 2004 to about 190,000 now. And he apparently stopped there.
190,000 jobs? Doesn’t that seem kinda low for an industry that comprises 8% or so of the economy?
That’s just part of an article that points out the glaring flaws in Paul Krugman’s op-ed “Natural Born Drillers“. For someone who is supposed to be so smart, it’s pretty easy to find the flaws(big, glaring errors) in his logic. He finds statistics that fit his meme. In fact, after reading his op-ed, I see he never says where he got his statistics. I’m sure he thinks no one will check up on him. After all, he’s won the Nobel Prize for economics. Obviously he knows more than all the Americans who are just living there lives. We just manage to balance our budgets, choose common sense ways to handle our personal economics, run our homes and raise our children. All without his Ivy League education or a Nobel Prize in economics for his brilliant mind. We normal Americans manage to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
I don’t want to include a quote from Krugman’s op-ed, because I can’t find one paragraph that doesn’t make me want to scream. I know he would think I’m just some uneducated housewife, incapable of understanding his staggering intellect. I’m sure he would talk down to me the same way it seems he is talking down to and about Republicans. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that Americans are not morons. We understand more than he thinks we do, unfortunately for him. We can see his obfuscating when he tries to explain anything to the “little” people. He certainly does have his own opinion and he’s not afraid to express it. You can check out his op-ed if you want to. Just click here.
2012 WTF #20 – Hmmm – Is it just me or does this seem suspicious to anyone else? The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday declared its opposition to new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification (just like they did with S. Carolina’s similar law last year.)
In a letter to Texas officials the Justice Department said Hispanic voters in Texas are more than twice as likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver’s license or personal state-issued photo ID. The department said that even the lowest estimates showed about half of Hispanic registered voters lack such identification.
Uhm, excuse me, OK, so then how do they buy a beer? Maybe they don’t drink! OK, so how do they cash their paychecks then? But Kurt, maybe they use direct deposit! How do they open a banking account then? But Kurt, maybe they don’t have jobs so they don’t need a bank account! OK then how do they get money? Well Kurt, maybe they get state assistance while they’re trying to find a job!
OK, but then that is where this gets really interesting. To apply for Federal Welfare, all applicants are given a list of REQUIRED documents to bring to sign up including: “proof of income, ID, and utility bills or other proof of residency” (see “How to Apply for a Welfare Program” section, http://www.welfareinfo.org/)
SO… you shouldn’t need an ID to prove you are who you say you are when voting in elections, but you damn well better have ID proving you are who you say you are to get government assistance? Where is the outrage! These people need help! They shouldn’t have to prove that they are who they say they are or even that they need help! Just give them the money already! SHEESH!
Our government is sooo ridiculous sometimes it’s almost funny. ALMOST!
Oh and in case you didn’t hear, James O’Keefe, who “screwed” over ACORN, just released a video from Vermont and New Hampshire showing one of his employees going into multiple voting areas, giving a different name each time and being handed the REPUBLICAN primary ballot without ever being asked for ID (note: he went for the Republican to show this problem is NOT a partisan issue, but can be exploited by anyone with the desire to.)
James O’Keefe Video
2012 WTF #18 – Pacific NW Electric Producers Paid NOT to Produce Electricity – Consumers to Pay More to Make Up the Difference
Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest – built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced – are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region’s electricity grid says there’s an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year. Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., shut down the wind farms for nearly 200 hours over 38 days and is offering to compensate wind companies for HALF their lost revenue (appx $50 million a year.)
SO… how will the electricity producers make up the other half of the lost revenue? You guessed it, they will be looking for rate payers to make up the difference – but heck, they require taxpayers to subsidize the production of renewable energy – even though they have to pay for it as a rate payer to get the electricity; now they want rate payers to pay renewable energy companies when they lose money as well.
Looks like they have them coming and going, with the only people “winning” being the electric company who is guaranteed to not lose money and the govt who gets to hand off the requirement to pay half the money owed to the people while still making them pay the full taxes needed to subsidize the entire thing.
Yea, that seems right to me.