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How to replace the EPA
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:fishbone, 8/12/2014 12:32:29 PM

Of all the regulatory deadweight on the economy, the Environmental Protection Agency is almost certainly the heaviest of the federal government’s intrusions. If voters should hand control of the White House and Congress to the GOP in 2016, structural reform ought to be the heart of the program to rescue America from the disasters Obama and the Democrats have wrought. Part of that structural reform should be replacement of the EPA with a more effective and economical institutional arrangement.

I wholeheartedly disagree. The EPA should be totally expunged. All the other agencies should be scrutinized, as well. They were all created with the intention of protecting the Congress from fallout for making bad decisions and "regulations" with the force of law. Return this "responsibility" to Congress where they are held accountable, as well they should be. (soapbox off)


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Drive, 8/12/2014 12:33:45 PM     (No. 9963055)

Wasn´t this the agency that Rick Perry wanted to eliminate?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/12/2014 12:36:35 PM     (No. 9963060)

We are talking about the federal government. They NEVER just get rid of any level of bureaucracy. They always replace it with something bigger and more burdensome to the average person or business, and then insist that we are all "better off"...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/12/2014 12:55:09 PM     (No. 9963098)

The plan of the Heartland Institute to phase out EPA over five years and allow the states to set their own environmental standards is in my opinion the most politically palatable (if not to us, then to most of the population) way to rid ourselves of these religio-political Green zealots. Even if both houses of Congress were solid majority Republican, I see no way that EPA could just be squashed with one fell sledgehammer blow.

The states--you know which ones they are--that choose to knuckle under to their Green constituencies will be terrible places to live and do business, while the ones that allow only sensible regulations will prosper. Let the states once again become the laboratories of democracy, and let them compete.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tisHimself, 8/12/2014 12:55:51 PM     (No. 9963099)

First you make the case at the local level--- state level, bout the failures and abuses EPA has directed.

Then you reduce the size of the agency drastically and block grant land management issues to the states. One size never fits all.

Reward states that find cheaper ways to implement federal mandates by allowing them keep part of what doesn´t get spent.

Celebrate local successes and gradually kill off the EPA.

Does this with a high profile governor from a western state with small government proclivities and a history of protecting local interests against Washington and Wall Street.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ellen852119, 8/12/2014 1:01:51 PM     (No. 9963114)

The EPA was created by executive order and could be instantly eliminated by another executive order, and should be. We would then have an economy again, and something other than part-time, minimum wage jobs.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JimBob, 8/12/2014 1:07:31 PM     (No. 9963129)

A good place to start is to re-insert the word ´navigable´ describing the waters under the EPA´s control. As I understand it, by having this word removed from their charter, the EPA made a power grab that extended its reach from the navigable waters to ALL the waters, and now has grabbed even more, extending its reach to ´ephemeral streams´. Now, if you pee in the woods and the liquid trickles across the ground before soaking in, the EPA can claim jurisdiction.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: agrunt, 8/12/2014 1:07:37 PM     (No. 9963130)

Eazy -- with a hole in the ground.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: agrunt, 8/12/2014 1:09:31 PM     (No. 9963133)

Sorry about the eazy non funny spelling joke.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 8/12/2014 1:16:01 PM     (No. 9963144)

Agreed - #3. Currently the environmental regulations in states are compliance to EPA or better. As in the case of the NELAC (an accrediting program to nationalize environmental quantification and qualification standards) fewer than a dozen states actually sought accrediting authority, and there was still such a wide variety of quality, the program has really epically failed. The EPA could not impose their rules - States rights - and finally - ostensibly - gave up. The sophistication of environmental agencies varies dramatically between the states, and each Region within the EPA also varies with the level of management. We don´t have a national program, really, anyway. EPA needs to dissolve, and the state programs which are the best enforcers of ´true´ issues, would be left alone to do real environmental protection. Unfortunately the EPA has given shrift to the real needs of contamination remediation in favor of the flavor AGW of the day, and have rendered themselves moot to real environmental issues.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 8/12/2014 1:25:25 PM     (No. 9963156)

EPA, along with Education, Energy, HUD, Homeland Security, and several others, should be on the "chopping block" for replacement or elimination.

However, the Heartland Institute´s approach does not go nearly far enough. What is needed is fundamental, Constitutional bureaucracy reform.

A few thoughts:
* All bureaucratic regulations and executive orders must be approved by Congress, perhaps within a set "grace" period to accommodate emergencies
* All regulations and executive orders should expire with the Presidential term, unless explicitly renewed by Congress. (Actually, all legislation should "sunset" after a fixed period unless explicitly renewed. One Congress or President should not be allowed to bind all future Congresses and Presidents without an explicit Constitutional amendment.)
* Civil service rules should be overhauled. Tenure should be eliminated. Elected officials should be held accountable for the actions and treatment of those working under their authority.
* Public employees should not be permitted to strike and their unions should not be permitted to participate in the electoral process (especially contributions), other than to publicly state any grievances thay may have.
* Individual citizens and legal residents should be able to appeal bureaucratic penalties and forfeitures via their Congressman. Congress should have power to nullify such "enforcement" actions.

Just a few items on a very long list to be considered. The reforms need to be in the Constitution, subject to approval of the states and away from the whims of Congress. Here is where the word "comprehensive" (which I have grown to hate) actually would apply.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dman, 8/12/2014 1:30:08 PM     (No. 9963166)

.. and last, but certainly not least: the IRS.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: columba, 8/12/2014 1:31:00 PM     (No. 9963168)

Any outfit that can create a famine in California and say that it is needed to protect a kind of fish, is clearly anti-human in its thinking and deeds to be eliminated by whatever means available.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 8/12/2014 1:41:54 PM     (No. 9963192)

Why modify it to come back again, DELETE IT!

All govt. agencies should have to get Congress (75%) approval and POTUS signature to put in place any regulations (each voted on separately, no bundling permitted!).

That way they can´t go wild and damage America with their personal agenda´s.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mickturn, 8/12/2014 1:48:47 PM     (No. 9963205)

The whole bureaucracy thing was a tool of the Dims to take over all real law making in America. Once the agencies have the power there is no stopping them and they will be misused by criminals like the current administration!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 8/12/2014 2:09:54 PM     (No. 9963252)

The only way to accomplish anything with the EPA is to shut it down, disband it completely, fire all the employees and brand them as never rehire-able by any government agency, cancel all benefits forever.

This should be done to most other agencies, also.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: crimea river, 8/12/2014 2:13:25 PM     (No. 9963258)

Heartland Institute is on the right track and this model should apply to all federal agencies not constitutionally required.

1) Set a 3-5 year schedule to terminate the agency.
2) Devolve all functions and budget to the states.
3) At termination all federal funding ceases.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/12/2014 2:57:33 PM     (No. 9963328)

When I got to ´dismantle and replace´ I stopped reading. Total elimination of the EPA should be the intended goal. Anything less will morph into a new govn behemoth in short order. Since most if not all states have their own form of mini-EPA, the federal version is no longer necessary other than to be used to terrorize the American public.

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