Obama’s EPA was the most out of control bureaucracy in the Obama Admin.
And that’s saying something when you consider all the scandals that took place under Obama at the IRS, VA, DOJ, and others.
The behavior they displayed was offensive on many levels.
Remember the poison water in Flint? Obama’s EPA knew about that for 7 months and didn’t warn the public.
Remember the disastrous toxic spill in Colorado a couple years back? The EPA not only did that but they have failed miserably to take responsibility for a spill that poisoned the drinking water for thousands.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The EPA was also out of control when it came to burdensome job killing regulations.
Today, the House passed a bill to rein in one of those unnecessary regulations.
From Washington Examiner:
The House passed an amendment to its 2018 spending bill on Wednesday that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing an Obama administration rule to limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells.
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., passed 218-195.
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt had tried to roll these back on his own.
But, an activist court stopped him.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had imposed a two-year delay on the implementation of the regulation to review the rules and potentially roll them back.
But in July, a federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration from eliminating the methane rule.
The bottom line is that we didn’t need this regulation. The energy sector was going to lower these emissions anyway.
Here’s more about Obama’s thought process.
From Fox News:
The White House set a new target for the U.S. to cut methane emissions by 40 percent to 45 percent by 2025, compared with 2012 levels. To meet that goal, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a proposal affecting oil and gas production, while the Interior Department will update its standards for drilling to reduce leakage from wells on public lands.
The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the oil and gas industry, decried the proposal — questioning why the government would seek new rules when methane emissions have fallen.
“Even with that knowledge, the White House has singled out oil and natural gas for regulation,” API President Jack Gerard said in a statement.
He predicted emissions would continue to fall without government intervention, but said, “another layer of burdensome requirements could actually slow down industry progress to reduce methane emissions.”
Further, he said new regulations “could threaten the shale energy revolution.”
A great step in the right direction.
Still, plenty of work to do to get Obama’s lawless EPA back on track.