independent.org The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is slated to unleash a host of new regulations next yearâ€”a green menace that will hinder economic growth but do little to provide tangible environmental benefits. Even if Obama leaves the White House in January, the new administration â€œwill have their hands full just reining in the EPAâ€”an essential step in restoring economic growth,â€ according to S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric physicist and research fellow at the Independent Institute.
In a piece for American Thinker, Singer discusses more than a dozen kinds of environmental regulations in the planning stages, including greenhouse gas restrictions on more than 37,000 farms and ranches (at an average annual cost of $23,000 per permit), new ozone standards that could threaten plant closures in 650 counties, and costly new standards for the sulfur content of gasoline that, Singer writes, â€œcould add up to 9 cents per gallon in manufacturing costs.â€
Singer also touches on impending green regs related to farm dust, hydraulic fracturing, water guidance, storm water, boiler and cement technology, coal ash, and spill prevention on farms and ranches. â€œThis lengthy catalog of EPA horrors does not include schemes being hatched but not yet disclosed,â€ Singer continues. â€œNor does it include initiatives by â€˜junior EPAsâ€™â€”such as the cap-and-trade plan by CARB (Calif. Air Resources Board).â€
Obamaâ€™s EPA Plans for 2013, by S. Fred Singer (American Thinker, 10/25/12)
Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warmingâ€™s Unfinished Debate, by S. Fred Singer