EPA – Dakota Voice http://www.dakotavoice.com Exposing the pernicious lie Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 EPA Dust Bill Passes US House With Bipartisan Support http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/epa-dust-bill-passes-us-house-with-bipartisan-support/ Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:20:55 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62271 A bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prohibit any further regulation of rural dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the U.S. House today with bipartisan support. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1633, was approved by a vote of 268 to 150. “The EPA is still saying they have no plans to further regulate farm dust, and that this issue is a “myth,” but those words are empty promises until we back them up with real action.

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WASHINGTON, DC–  A bill sponsored by Freshman Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prohibit any further regulation of rural dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the U.S. House today with bipartisan support.  The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1633, was approved by a vote of 268 to 150.

“This is a huge win for farmers and ranchers in South Dakota and across the country,” said Noem.  “The regulation of farm dust is not a partisan issue. It is a rural issue. And it’s a real issue.  My bill received support from Democrats here in the House, and the companion bill in the Senate also has Democratic support. Additionally, over 190 agriculture organizations have written in supporting the bill, including the Cattlemen, Stockgrowers, Wheat Growers, Farm Bureau and many others.”

“Regulatory uncertainty harms small businesses across America, including those in agriculture.  This bill helps stop that uncertainty in one important area – the regulation of dust.  As an experienced farmer and rancher myself, I know firsthand  the struggles and uncertainty associated with production agriculture.   This bill is a strong step in the right direction to reduce regulatory uncertainty,” Noem continued.

“The EPA is still saying they have no plans to further regulate farm dust, and that this issue is a “myth,” but those words are empty promises until we back them up with real action. Unless this bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law, there is nothing stopping the EPA Administrator from changing her mind or from being forced to take action as the result of a lawsuit.  That is a simple fact that farmers and ranchers understand.  And it’s why they are supporting my bill,” said Noem.

“If Administrator Lisa Jackson is serious about bringing regulatory certainty to farmers and ranchers, she should help us in this effort.  She should endorse the bill and encourage Senator Reid to bring it up in the Senate and President Obama to sign it.   Until she does that we can only assume that her rhetoric on dust isn’t based on reality and that she truly wants to retain her ability to further regulate dust,” Noem concluded.

The bill now moves to the Senate where Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) recently introduced a similar bill.

WATCH the video version of this statement here:  http://youtu.be/n5mYUf-yKkc

WATCH Rep. Noem’s statement on the House floor here: http://youtu.be/MjU6I-_9YcM

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Cleaning Up the Dust Threat http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/cleaning-up-the-dust-threat/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/cleaning-up-the-dust-threat/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 17:15:52 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62132 Some jobs are dustier than others. Rural American jobs like tilling fields, herding cattle, driving along dirt roads or extracting important resources from the land are critical American jobs that sometimes kick up a little more dust than others. But as far as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned, the dust is too much.

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Some jobs are dustier than others.

Rural American jobs like tilling fields, herding cattle, driving along dirt roads or extracting important resources from the land are critical American jobs that sometimes kick up a little more dust than others.  But as far as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned, the dust is too much.

This has many in the farming community concerned that the EPA will strengthen its regulations against this particulate matter making it not only expensive, but nearly impossible for these American workers to comply.

In an effort to keep new regulations on farm dust out of the Clean Air Act, Congress will soon be voting on The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, which would prohibit the EPA from changing the national ambient air quality standard for this kind of particulate matter for one year.

Businesses that depend on farming as their livelihood and other organizations that simply want less government involvement in their lives are supporting this legislation.

As quoted by the Southeast Farm Press, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley Lyon said, “Allowing federal agencies to continue regulating farmers and ranchers to the point of no return is not something we will sit by and allow to happen.  We have to bring some accountability to regulatory agencies. They must be aware of the economic impact their actions are having on farm and ranch families throughout the country.”

The bill by South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem gives authority to states and localities to regulate the dust created by those in their jurisdiction—exactly where the authority belongs.

The legislation currently has 120 co-sponsors and passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with a bi-partisan 33-16 vote, and is expected to be on the House floor this week.

Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska has introduced the legislation in the Senate where it already has attracted bi-partisan support.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson signed a joint letter in support of the legislation stating, “Noem’s legislation helps rein in the seeming non-stop power grab by the Obama Administration, and will help protect America’s rural way of life.”

Hopefully, this might be one time where Congress comes together to protect all these rural Americans jobs from the heavy hand of the EPA.

Rebekah Rast is the national correspondent of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) News Bureau. Americans for Limited Government is dedicated to putting the principles of limited government into action. They work with local groups across the nation to promote freedom, limited government, and the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Their goal is to harness the power of American citizens and grassroots groups in order to put the people back in charge in states across the country. You can follow her on Twitter at @RebekahRast.

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Noem Farm Dust Bill Headed for Thursday Vote http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/noem-farm-dust-bill-headed-for-thursday-vote/ Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:20:37 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62040 According to U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Thursday the House will take up a bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prohibit any further regulation of rural dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1633, was approved by the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week.

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WASHINGTON, DC–  According to U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Thursday the House will take up a bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prohibit any further regulation of rural dust by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1633, was approved by the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week.

“Farmers and ranchers, like most businesses, desperately want more certainty when it comes to regulation and taxation.  It’s nearly impossible to make business decisions a couple years out when you don’t know if the EPA, or some other Washington bureaucracy, will regulate away your profit margin with a single, ridiculous new regulation.  That’s why there is a growing consensus behind this common sense bill,” said Noem.  “This bipartisan bill reins in a regulator that too many farmers and ranchers fear will go wild without additional constraints.”

Noem’s bill, which is expected to pass the House, would exclude farm dust that is regulated at the state or local level from federal standards.  If there are no state or local regulations in place, the EPA can step in if they find that there are adverse health effects associated with rural dust and that the economic benefits outweigh the cost in the local communities.  There is nothing on the books today that would prohibit the EPA from further regulating farm dust at some point in the future.

If the House approves the measure, it will then head to the Senate where Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) recently introduced a companion bill.

For more information, read Rep. Noem’s testimony on the bill before the House Energy & Commerce Committee here.

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EPA Auto Meddling Adds Cost, Subtracts Safety http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/epa-auto-meddling-adds-cost-subtracts-safety/ Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:40:48 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=61944 The EPA’s most recent announcement is all vehicles must meet an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—a doubling of today’s average of about 27 mpg, according to the Wall Street Journal. The free enterprise system is once again interrupted by the edict of a rogue government agency, and the result will be higher costs to the consumer--whether the consumer wants them or not--and a reduction in vehicle safety in order meet these unrealistic standards.

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Once again the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping on the toes of, well, everyone who owns, manufacturers or sells a vehicle.

The EPA’s most recent announcement is all vehicles must meet an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—a doubling of today’s average of about 27 mpg, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The ironic part of this mandate is if you asked anyone who drives they will likely confirm that they would love to see an increase of fuel economy in their vehicle.  Better fuel economy means fewer trips to the gas station and more money in your pocket, who doesn’t want that?

But, alas, the free enterprise system is once again interrupted by the edict of a rogue government agency.

The problem with this EPA decree is it jumps ahead of the free market economy. Instead of letting consumer demand be the driving force behind better gas mileage in vehicles automakers will now be forced to pay an EPA-estimated $157 billion to comply with the rule.  But automakers aren’t the only ones who will suffer, this mandate will likely raise the price of vehicles by an average of $3,100—not something Americans want.

Forcing increased fuel economy also means Americans can expect to see a whole host of smaller vehicles on dealer lots. The Heritage Foundation’s Diane Katz writes:

“In past years, the structure of the regulations induced automakers to dramatically downsize some vehicles to meet the standard, which increased traffic fatalities by the thousands. The new standards would require downsizing to both small and large models, which the government contends will neutralize the risk. However, the NHTSA and the EPA disagree on the extent of the risk, while outside experts say that the danger would be heightened by the extreme stringency of the proposed standards.”

 So not only will today’s cheaper vehicles cease to exist come 2025, but automakers will be forced to reduce the overall size of its vehicles, jeopardizing the safety of their passengers.

This isn’t so different than very similar EPA regulations placed on America’s trucks only a few months ago, which also mandate better fuel standards by 2018.  The EPA says trucks must get 20 percent more fuel efficient.  Again, good for trucking companies and drivers to save on fuel, but not when it’s forced through a government mandate.  This rule is expected to cost $1,050 for work trucks, $380 for vocational trucks and $6,220 for supercab tractors.

It wasn’t so long ago that taxpayers bailed out the auto industry, and if forced to comply with these new EPA rules, taxpayers may be on the hook again.  Increased production costs will be passed along to consumers and if consumers don’t pay the higher costs, then automakers are left with a surplus of vehicles sitting on their lots and face a huge loss of income.

Under this administration the EPA sees fit to rule as a king.  If that continues America might continue to look even more like Europe.  Already following in its failed economic footsteps, our vehicles and roads might follow suit as well as Americans ditch their high-cost vehicles and ready their helmets and scooters to get where they need to go.

Rebekah Rast is the national correspondent of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) News Bureau. Americans for Limited Government is dedicated to putting the principles of limited government into action. They work with local groups across the nation to promote freedom, limited government, and the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Their goal is to harness the power of American citizens and grassroots groups in order to put the people back in charge in states across the country. You can follow her on Twitter at @RebekahRast.

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Rep. Noem Testimony on Farm Dust Regulation http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/11/rep-noem-testimony-on-farm-dust-regulation/ Tue, 08 Nov 2011 12:06:08 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=61035 Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is trying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from further extending its reach into Americans' lives by blocking their efforts to regulate farm dust. Dust in a farming operation is natural and a simple fact of life--but not beyond the clutches of professional regulators, if they have their way.

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US Department of Agriculture photo (Credit: Lynn Betts)

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is trying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from further extending its reach into Americans’ lives by blocking their efforts to regulate farm dust.

Anyone who has ever lived on or near a farm (or simply has a little imagination) recognizes that farming creates a lot of dust.  I grew up on a farm and know firsthand how much dust gets kicked up from plowing, planting and harvesting.

It’s a simple fact of life, and it’s a part of nature; it’s dirt from the ground. The regulatory zealots at the EPA don’t care.  Just like the quarry on the west side of Rapid City the environmentalists are always squawking about, they don’t care if it’s natural, and they don’t care who gets hurt by their meddling.

This video of Noem’s testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Committee is a couple of weeks old but still very relevant.  The amount of dust created by agricultural operations hasn’t changed, nor has the EPA’s efforts to strangle our country in its regulatory tentacles.

The EPA is an out of control and largely unaccountable government bureaucracy that is working directly against America’s best interest and that of Americans. When I think of the EPA and so many other government agencies hostile to freedom, I cannot help but remember one of the grievances the founders leveled against Great Britain that was a reason they declared independence:

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

Does that not sound like our modern regulatory nightmare?

We the people deserve to have our government–and our freedom–back from these tin despots.  Thank you, Rep. Noem, for working for that end.

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Curb on EPA Farm Dust Regulations Moving Forward http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/11/curb-on-epa-farm-dust-regulations-moving-forward/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/11/curb-on-epa-farm-dust-regulations-moving-forward/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 23:18:16 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=60926 he Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty and regulatory relief to America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the panel by a vote of 12-9 and now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.

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John Deer combine (Photo credit: Peter Facey)

PRESS RELEASE
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty and regulatory relief to America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the panel by a vote of 12-9 and now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.

H.R. 1633, introduced by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA), addresses the threat of increased federal regulation of dust by preventing EPA from imposing more stringent federal dust standards. It also exempts nuisance dust from EPA regulation where dust is already regulated under state, tribal, or local law.  The bill passed with an amendment introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) clarifying the definition of nuisance dust to underscore that the bill does not exempt particulate matter generated from combustion, such as from industrial facilities and power plants.

While EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced the agency’s intent to propose retaining the current dust standards, uncertainty still remains. Without this legislation, EPA’s standard could change during the rulemaking process or as the result of legal challenges. In fact, EPA made changes to its original dust standard proposals in 1996 and 2006 during the review process.

Because EPA staff recommended consideration of a more stringent standard, rural Americans remain concerned that the standards could change and believe this legislation is necessary to protect the rural economy. Farmers and ranchers are already subject to a number of costly EPA dust regulations. Over 125 stakeholders have voiced support for the legislation which they say would “bring some much needed certainty to agriculture and other rural resource-based industries during these current perilous economic and regulatory times.”

“Even under the current standard, there is extensive regulation of rural dust, and EPA has been considering a range of more stringent alternatives.  We applaud Administrator Jackson’s recent statement that she has decided she will propose a rule that retains the existing standard that covers farm dust.  But there are many reasons why this falls short of providing certainty for farmers and ranchers,” said Whitfield. “This bill provides needed certainty that the agricultural sector and rural America will not be burdened with costly new EPA dust regulations.”

“Like virtually everything we have done this year, this bill is about jobs. It’s about regulatory certainty and relief. It’s about making government work for America, so that Americans can get back to work,” said Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

“Today’s vote is a huge win for farmers and ranchers who are concerned about regulatory certainty.  Anyone who has driven a combine through a field knows that dust is a part of rural living.  It is hard to think of something more symbolic of Washington’s regulatory overreach than the potential punishment of farmers and livestock producers for kicking up dust,” said Noem.

Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA), an original sponsor of the legislation, welcomed today’s vote by stating, “At a time when our economy is struggling to recover, we simply cannot afford to continue to perpetuate unnecessary regulations and uncertainty for farmers and small businesses in our rural communities. I look forward to the full committee’s consideration of this important jobs legislation.”

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Myth vs. Fact on EPA Regulation of Farm Dust http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/10/myth-vs-fact-on-epa-regulation-of-farm-dust/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/10/myth-vs-fact-on-epa-regulation-of-farm-dust/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:15:24 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=60488 The following is from a press release from Rep. Kristi Noem's (R-SD) office concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to regulate dust on farms. Rep. Noem has sponsored legislation to prevent the EPA from intruding in this area. The release deals with erroneous beliefs concerning the EPA, farm dust, and attempts to regulate yet another area of American's lives.

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Rep. Noem and Rep. Hurt (R-VA) discussing their bill that would provide farmers and ranchers with relief from further dust regulation by the EPA. (From Rep. Noem's Photostream)

The following is from a press release from Rep. Kristi Noem’s (R-SD) office concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to regulate dust on farms. Rep. Noem has sponsored legislation to prevent the EPA from intruding in this area.

OVERVIEW: HR 1633 is a bipartisan bill that addresses the regulation of dust, which is subject to regulation under the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for coarse particulate matter (“PM10”) within its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program. EPA is currently conducting a review of that standard.

DESCRIPTION: The bill uses a two-pronged approach to eliminate uncertainty for rural America about federal regulation of farm dust. First, it provides immediate relief to farmers and rural areas by preventing revision of the current dust standard for one year from the date of enactment. Second, it provides additional regulatory relief by exempting “nuisance dust”[1]from EPA regulation if such dust is regulated under state, tribal, or local law. Under the bill, the EPA would continue to be authorized to regulate such dust in geographic areas where it is not regulated at the state or local level if the nuisance dust is found to cause substantial adverse public health and welfare effects, and the benefits outweigh the costs.

MYTH:  The EPA doesn’t regulate dust.  This is a “phantom issue.”

FACT:  EPA already regulates dust including farm dust.  As part of a regularly scheduled 5-year review of NAAQS for particulate matter, EPA is reviewing its standard for “coarse” particulate matter. Coarse particulate matter includes particles between 2.5 to 10 micrometers in diameter, and is commonly known as “PM10,” or dust.

MYTH:  Didn’t EPA recently say they aren’t going to change their regulatory standards?

FACT:  Although EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson recently said that she plans to propose retaining the current standard, EPA could still finalize a standard that is different from the proposed standard. This occurred in both the 1996 and 2006 reviews of the PM10 standard.

MYTH:  The EPA has said they won’t change their standard which means no changes for 5 years.

FACT:  Without legislation, an EPA proposal to retain the current standard could still be challenged in court and eventually modified, imposing greater burdens and costs on rural America. EPA itself added to the regulatory uncertainty earlier this year when it produced conflicting recommendations for the current PM10 standard – one recommendation to keep the current standard and another recommendation to lower the level, despite uncertainty about a scientific justification for modifying the standard.  By directing the Administrator not to change the current PM10 standard, HR 1633 eliminates regulatory uncertainty associated with the current rulemaking process.

MYTH:  Rural dust is just as dangerous as urban dust.

FACT:  There is no scientific evidence that says rural dust is as dangerous as other dust, including urban dust.

MYTH:  States can’t be trusted to regulate dust, that’s the job of the EPA.

FACT:  State and local regulators have developed nuisance dust control measures that are currently being implemented in rural America. Dust is an inherently local issue. Different environmental and geographic characteristics mean effective dust control can vary from region to region. HR 1633 exempts nuisance dust from federal regulation where it is already subject to regulation under state, tribal, or local law.  Yet it is important to remember, HR 1633 preserves EPA’s authority to regulate such nuisance dust under its NAAQS program where such dust is not regulated at the state or local level, and the EPA Administrator finds substantial adverse public health and welfare effects and that the benefits of EPA regulation outweigh the costs.

MYTH:  This is a partisan political issue, not something that “real people” care about.

FACT:  A group of over 100 agriculture organizations have voiced their support for this bipartisan bill saying, “[the bill] would bring some much needed certainty to agriculture and other rural resource-based industries during these current perilous economic and regulatory times… HR 1633 is common sense legislation that retains the protections of the Clean Air Act and, at the same time, would stop EPA’s regulatory overreach.” Signers of the letter include South Dakota Association of Cooperatives, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, and South Dakota Soybean Association.  The South Dakota Stock Growers have also voiced their support for the bill along with Western Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Business, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce .

[1] “Nuisance dust” is defined in the bill as “particulate matter (1) generated from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas; or (2) consisting primarily of soil, other biological materials, windblown dust, or some combination thereof.”

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The Tea Party Really Is the Enemy http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/08/the-tea-party-really-is-the-enemy/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/08/the-tea-party-really-is-the-enemy/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:45:48 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=58329 A Leftist in Congress says we must remember who the "real enemy" is. Not nations who hate us. Not North Korea. Not Iran. Not Venezuela. Not Islamic terrorists. Not those who would subvert or take our freedom. No, the real enemy? The Tea Party. And she's right; the Tea Party really IS the enemy. A Leftist in Congress says we must remember who the “real enemy” is.  Not nations who hate us. Not North Korea. Not Iran. Not Venezuela. Not Islamic terrorists. Not those who would subvert or take our freedom. No, the real enemy?  The Tea Party.

From The Hill:

“Let us all remember who the real enemy is. The real enemy is the Tea Party,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) said at a Miami town hall, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

Yes, we are the enemy.

We in the Tea Party movement are the enemy of America’s enemies. We are the enemy of the socialists who are subverting the freedom and property rights of the American people with their wealth redistribution schemes.

We are the enemies of the Marxists who are trampling the freedom and property rights of the American people with their unconstitutional programs that rob our liberty, dictate how we live our lives, as well as regulate every aspect of how we use our own property.

We are the enemy of the self-serving big spenders who would run our nation into the ground by spending trillions for things we don’t need with money we don’t have.

The Tea Party is the enemy?  If you’re a Marxist enemy of freedom, you darned right.

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Global Warming, if Real, Would Be Good For Us http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/08/global-warming-if-real-would-be-good-for-us/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/08/global-warming-if-real-would-be-good-for-us/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:24:42 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=58112 Government agencies and international institutions that have worked tenaciously to vilify carbon dioxide (CO2) as a dangerous pollutant have done a great public disservice, Dr. Craig Idso, a scientist and author told audience members at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting earlier this month. Contrary to what has been widely reported, CO2 is a key component to life on earth that could be beneficial to the environmental and humanity in particular.

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Government agencies and international institutions that have worked tenaciously to vilify carbon dioxide (CO2) as a dangerous pollutant have done a great public disservice, Dr. Craig Idso, a scientist and author told audience members at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting earlier this month. Contrary to what has been widely reported, CO2 is a key component to life on earth that could be beneficial to the environmental and humanity in particular, Idso explained during his talk in New Orleans.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) endangerment finding issued back in December 2009 claims that the “elevated concentration” of GHG (Greenhouse) emissions in the atmosphere “endangers public health and welfare.” The EPA also claims it has the authority to issue new regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

But Idso, who is the chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide, argues that conventional thinking is exactly wrong. He spells out in 55 ways, listed in alphabetical order, how CO2 actually enhances environmental conditions in a new book entitled: “The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment.” Idso co-authored the book with his father Dr. Sherwood Idso.

“Plants in a CO2 enriched atmosphere generally prefer warmer temperatures than those exposed to air with lower CO2,” Idso said as he described a series of experiments. “The doubling of the air’s Co2 concentration typically boosts the optimum temperature for plant photosynthesis by several degrees centigrade and this also raises the temperature at which plants experience heat related death.”

As a result of higher atmospheric CO2, earth’s plants are likely to sustain themselves within large portions of their natural habitats, which will also work to the advantage of animal life that depends on those plants, Idso observed.

“The end result is a future where there will likely be a great CO2 induced proliferation of regional biodiversity as opposed to extinctions of species globally,” he said. “Lots of peer reviewed research supports this outcome.”

Roger Helmer, a member of the European Parliament, and a noted climate skeptic, also took part in the panel discussion. Organizations like the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), omit key pieces of information from their reports, he said.

“Everyone knows CO2 is a greenhouse gas, what very few people seem to know is that water vapor is a much more significant greenhouse gas and so as far as I know we will not be able to control water vapor in the atmosphere as long as the wind blows over the ocean,” he noted.

Although the IPCC warns that heightened counts of CO2 will also accelerate the amount of water vapor, this reasoning overlooks the possibility of “negative feedbacks,” Helmer pointed out.

“It could also be that water vapor makes more clouds and this would increase the earth’s albedo and this means more sunlight and more energy would be reflected back into space,” he explained.

A renewed appreciation for CO2 as a naturally occurring, life sustaining element can help to redirect public policy away from costly, counterproductive initiatives favored by green groups, Robert Ferguson, president of the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI), suggested. Ferguson chaired the panel discussion.

Kevin Mooney is a contributing editor to Americans for Limited Government.

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Dakota Voice Week in Review, Ending Jun 11, 2011 http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/06/dakota-voice-week-in-review-ending-jun-11-2011/ Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:30:01 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=55793 The best of the best at Dakota Voice last week, including: Herman Cain Can Win; Only remedy for Weiner is limited government; South Dakota Joins Amicus Brief Challenging NLRB Action; Herman Cain: Bring On the Alligators; Rick Santorum Doesn't Drink AGW Koolaid; EPA Hypocrites; Mitt Romney: Just Another Liberal With an 'R' After His Name; and more!

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These are the best of the best at Dakota Voice last week. These are the articles people most wanted to read. If you missed one the first time around, this is your chance to get caught up on the most interesting things happening in our world.

Herman Cain Can Win – CBN’s Brody File recently examined Herman Cain’s campaign and the question of whether he can win–the GOP nomination and the campaign against Barack Obama in 2012. If you are a conservative, you owe it to yourself to watch this entire 28 minute look at this atypical Republican candidate. It’s time we the people chose the candidate who will win, not the “mainstream” media or the GOP establishment.

Only remedy for Weiner is limited government – The nation’s founders were realists, cynics if you prefer, regarding what to expect from human behavior. They created a form of government involving a republic, with a constitution limiting the powers of the federal government, which could protect from lascivious power seekers like Weiner and the liberals that have re-elected him seven times. The founders were right. Limited government enforced by a functioning constitution is our only hope.

South Dakota Joins Amicus Brief Challenging NLRB Action – Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined a multi-state amicus brief filed by Texas challenging the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsels action dealing with Boeing in South Carolina. The NLRB recently filed an action to prevent Boeing from opening a South Carolina assembly line claiming that the new facility would negatively impact Boeings unionized work force in the State of Washington.

Herman Cain: Bring On the Alligators – Once again GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain brings common sense to the issues. On the issue of illegal immigration and border control, while President Barack Obama is content to minimize the problem and joke about moats and alligators, Cain is ready to bring on the alligators or anything that will restore the security of our borders and respect for our laws.

Free Showing of ‘Blood Money’ – There will be a free movie showing of the documentary “Blood Money” at the Elks Theater in Rapid City, Sunday June 12 at 3:00 pm. The film is a tastefully done film that shows the devastation of abortion on the lives of Mothers and families. It also exposes the true agenda of Planned Parenthood. The event is being sponsored by the Faith & Family Foundation.

Rick Santorum Doesn’t Drink AGW Koolaid – Mitt RomneyCare Romney may be content to follow the herd of the cliff of belief in anthropogenic global warming, but one of his fellow GOP presidential candidates isn’t drinking that Koolaid. Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, recently called it precisely what it is: a beautifully concocted scheme to separate the American people from their freedom.

EPA Hypocrites – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tows a strong line when it comes to mercury, issuing 946 pages of rules requiring the U.S. energy industry to sharply reduce already low emissions of mercury and 83 other pollutants. Interestingly, U.S. power plants account for less than 0.5 percent of all the mercury in the air Americans breathe. Those florescent lightbulbs that “greenies” love so much also contain the element the greenies want power plants to get rid of.

Electronic Palin Derangement Syndrome – I really can’t add anything to the analysis proffered by the Fox News folks in this clip, other than to say they hit the nail on the head with everything they said.

Time for a Return to Checks and Balances – In 2007, Candidate Obama made it clear that the president does not have constitutional power to unilaterally authorize military action, but should seek advice and consent from Congress. My, what a difference an election makes. The Senator who made criticism of George W. Bush’s “imperial presidency” a cornerstone of his campaign is now, as President, quite oblivious to his own constitutional limitations with regard to executive power.

Mitt Romney: Just Another Liberal With an ‘R’ After His Name – There’s a lot not to like about Mitt “RomneyCare” Romney for the real Republican voter, and the list keeps getting longer. Take your pick: his past support for abortion, his past support for the homosexual agenda, his support for socialized health care, or now his professed belief in the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming. When you look at his record, Romney makes a better Democat than he does a Republican.

Thank you, faithful readers, for making these the best of the best.

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EPA Hypocrites http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/06/epa-hypocrites/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/06/epa-hypocrites/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:24:08 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=55733 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tows a strong line when it comes to mercury, issuing 946 pages of rules requiring the U.S. energy industry to sharply reduce already low emissions of mercury and 83 other pollutants. Interestingly, U.S. power plants account for less than 0.5 percent of all the mercury in the air Americans breathe. Those florescent lightbulbs that "greenies" love so much also contain the element the greenies want power plants to get rid of.

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More than likely you have a fluorescent light bulb in your home.

They are mostly recognized for their awkward coiled shape and come with the promise of a longer lifespan than the soon-to-be banned incandescent light bulbs.

Also, fluorescent lights are more energy efficient, which is great news for the environment. Though, there is one small environmental concern. And that is the mercury tucked inside these new light bulbs.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tows a strong line when it comes to mercury. Gone are the days of old glass thermometers and any product, animal or business that contains or emits the element is watched closely.

The latest rules from the EPA, more precisely 946 pages of rules, outline new requirements for U.S. power plants to sharply reduce (already low) emissions of mercury and 83 other air pollutants.

It is important to note that U.S. power plants account for less than 0.5 percent of all the mercury in the air Americans breathe. The other 99.5 percent of mercury in the environment comes from natural occurrences like forest fires, volcanoes, subsea vents, geysers and other sources, including food. But to eliminate this 0.5 percent of mercury emitted from U.S. power plants, utility companies must now spend billions more a year.

Ironic that a light bulb filled with mercury is okay for use, but a small amount of emissions from a power plant is not.

When reevaluating these fluorescent light bulbs infused with mercury, these new laws and regulations on power plants seem outrageous and ridiculous. If every household in America is forced to convert every light bulb to a fluorescent light, imagine the environmental damage to come.

Despite that the levels of mercury in a fluorescent bulb are small; an average of 4 milligrams per light bulb, imagine every single one of those light bulbs in a landfill releasing mercury into the air and soil.

How many owners of fluorescent light bulbs have taken the time to read through the guidelines set by the EPA for proper handling of these lights? How would they know that if a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) breaks, it is important to air out the room where it broke? And that these bulbs should always be disposed of in a canning jar or a zip-tight plastic bag and recycled?

Assuming that the 100-year-old habit of just simply tossing a burned-out bulb into the trash continues, America’s landfills will be filled with broken glass and mercury. But that’s of no concern to the EPA right now; instead they are busy regulating power plants, which produce half of all U.S. electricity, and 70-98 percent of electricity in twelve states.

It’s as if the EPA has an ulterior motive and really isn’t concerned about mercury as much as it likes to think it is.

“The EPA is busy fabricating evidence of the dangers of mercury, while at the same time forcing Americans to use a light bulb containing that very same element,” says Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG). “It is obviously the EPA is simply trying to destroy America’s energy base, while at the same time kill jobs and misuse taxpayer money, so it can push through its own environmental agenda.”

If mercury is OK in a light bulb, then there should be no issue with the minuscule amount emitted by power plants.

It’s the hypocrisy of the EPA.

Rebekah Rast is the national correspondent of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) News Bureau. Americans for Limited Government is dedicated to putting the principles of limited government into action. They work with local groups across the nation to promote freedom, limited government, and the principles of the U.S. Constitution. Their goal is to harness the power of American citizens and grassroots groups in order to put the people back in charge in states across the country. You can follow her on Twitter at @RebekahRast.

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EPA Oppression Oozes Into America’s Waters http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/05/epa-oppression-oozes-into-americas-waters/ Wed, 11 May 2011 11:06:58 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=54591 In a well-produced brochure touted as its Clean Water Framework, the Obama Administration last week announced its updated and revised policies governing the Nation’s Waters. Included in the initiatives it discusses is “updated draft guidance regarding Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.” Those of us now familiar with the Administration’s attempts to use the EPA as a vehicle for circumventing the wishes of Congress and the Courts naturally fear something far less wholesome. Under its new Guidance, EPA officials freely admit that compared to how things stand currently, “the number of waters identified as protected by the CWA will increase.”

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By Victor Morawski

In a well-produced brochure touted as its Clean Water Framework, the Obama Administration last week announced its updated and revised policies governing the Nation’s Waters. Included in the initiatives it discusses is “updated draft guidance regarding Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.”

Those of us now familiar with the Administration’s attempts to use the EPA as a vehicle for circumventing the wishes of Congress and the Courts are naturally prone to want to look past the slick ad copy and beautiful glossy photos of National Park scenes and families on vacation for something far less wholesome.

A matter of contention for the last thirty years has been what is to count as “waters of the United States” as it is these waters that the EPA is charged with protecting via the CWA. Ceaselessly and relentlessly this Agency has tried to broaden its jurisdiction by broadening its definition of what is to count as these waters.

Two important Supreme Court cases in the past ten years have reined in EPA’s attempts. Declaring in 2001 that “isolated, non-navigable intrastate ponds” could not be taken to come under CWA jurisdiction “based solely on the presence of migratory birds” it freed them from the clutches of EPA regulatory hands.

Of particular relevance to the current updated EPA Guidelines is a 2006 ruling asserting that CWA jurisdiction should be limited to only those waters having a “continuous surface connection” to other “jurisdictional waters.”

Its efforts significantly hampered in the wake of this ruling, the EPA simply chose not to pursue hundreds of potential water pollution cases in its pipeline, according to MSNBC, because of what the recently released Clean Water Framework brochure calls “the complex evidence needed to establish that [various river] tributaries” fell under the CWA. It now had, said MSNBC, the burden of showing that, “intermittent streams, swamps and marshes flowed into navigable waters.”

Accordingly, 2007 EPA Guidelines instructed its officials to “first analyze whether an ephemeral stream or seasonal wetland leads to federal waters” before attempting any legal action alleging pollution.

The whole point of the recently released EPA Draft Guidance is to supersede these previous instructions by once more allowing it to bring as many of these Court-shielded waters as possible back into its regulatory reach — thus thwarting Court wishes under the guise of following them.

Under its new Guidance, EPA officials freely admit that compared to how things stand currently, “the number of waters identified as protected by the CWA will increase.”

Its strategy for bringing these waters back into its fold is to employ as a standard for “waters of the US” in addition to the current one requiring a “continuous surface connection” to navigable waters an alternative one proposed by Justice Kennedy at the time of the original 2006 ruling requiring only a “significant nexus to traditional navigable waters.” Defined as occurring when waters in question “significantly affect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of other covered waters” it would include many of the waters it wants to bring back in. New EPA Guidelines will now insidiously consider waters under either standard to be “waters of the US” under CWA jurisdiction.

These Draft CWA Guidelines are currently open for 60 days of comment from the public, so interested and potentially affected readers wishing to voice their opinion on them should go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov and identify your comment with Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409 or e-mail it to [email protected] including the above Docket ID No. in their message’s subject line.

Perhaps we can have an effect on this EPA attempt to re-extend its regulatory tentacles to these waters.

Victor Morawski, professor at Coppin State University, is a Liberty Features Syndicated writer. Reprinted by permission of Americans for Limited Government.

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Pawlenty’s Position Change on Climate Change http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/04/pawlentys-position-change-on-climate-change/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/04/pawlentys-position-change-on-climate-change/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:20:04 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=53282 Some of the faith of Tim Pawlenty presidential supporters has been shaken recently by the surfacing of a radio spot the former Governor did a few years ago along with current EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson urging Congressional passage of the controversial Cap-and-Trade Climate Change Bill, seen by most Conservatives as a disastrously expensive, business-threatening, job-killing piece of legislation that monstrously expands Government control over our lives.

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Photo credit: Jim Greenhill)

By Victor Morawski

Many Conservatives over the past year — myself among them — have viewed former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as a credible option for the 2012 Republican Nomination.

Some of the faith of his possible supporters has been shaken recently by the surfacing of a radio spot the former Governor did a few years ago along with current EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson urging Congressional passage of the controversial Cap-and-Trade Climate Change Bill, seen by most Conservatives as a disastrously expensive, business-threatening, job-killing piece of legislation that monstrously expands Government control over our lives. “How can an avowed fiscal Conservative like Pawlenty support such a piece of legislation?” they ask themselves.

Pawlenty’s official response has been to offer a logically weak Tu quoque argument to the effect that he was not the only Republican effectively hoodwinked into endorsing what he now believes to be a bad piece of legislation that could balloon the deficit and wreck our economy. In other words, that he was for it before he was against it, but so were other potential 2012 Republican candidates so he was not alone and should basically be given a “pass” on this issue.

But should he? If we were to look for more clues to Pawlenty’s views on environmental issues, where could we go? Let me save readers some time and effort: one place they will not find them is on the candidate’s own web site. So devoid, in fact, is it of any mention of environmental issues and Pawlenty’s views on them that judging from it one would almost think they should be of little or no interest to a potential Presidential candidate.

But Pawlenty is hardly someone who, because he had a possible future run for the Presidency in his sights and was expected to take some position on the issue of climate change, hurriedly endorsed cap-and-trade as an idea that seemed good at the time only to realize when he learned more later, that he could not endorse the bill due to its economic impact. It seems he would have us believe something like this is what happened.

That environmental issues were far from a peripheral concern to Pawlenty can be seen from his tenure as Chair of the National Governors Association, a position which he took over in 2007 from Janet Napolitano. Now the incoming Chair gets to designate an initiative which will be the chief focus of the Association for the ensuing year. Of the many issues from which he could have chosen, Pawlenty announced in a July 22, 2007 News Release that his would be Securing a Clean Energy Future and distributed a two-page brochure announcing the initiative where he claimed that “America is at a tipping point.” And in which he set out a litany of goals for the NGA any environmental activist could be proud of: “to make our nation a global leader in energy efficiency, clean technology, energy research and deployment of alternative fuels,” also including a call to action followed up later by 120 page report which called for “taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” and “changing our current practices” to bring this about.

The initiative was initially announced by Gov. Pawlenty himself — see video at http://media.nga.org/2007/070912CI.wmv — in a speech during which he also bragged about environmentalist measures implemented in his own state which he thought led the way in this area, as he claimed the states must do since the Bush Administration’s environmental efforts were then, in his opinion, not aggressive enough.

So, in a way, Pawlenty’s recent withdrawal of support for cap-and-trade legislation is a bit of a red herring since he has advocated for some time environmental initiatives outside the halls of Congress. Rather than just challenging him on cap-and-trade, he should be asked in detail how much of his former NGA initiative he still endorses. That would get us closer to finding the real Tim Pawlenty on the environment.

Victor Morawski, professor at Coppin State University, is a Liberty Features Syndicated writer. Reprinted by permission of Americans for Limited Government.

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SD Joins 21 States Requesting Delay of EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/04/sd-joins-21-states-requesting-delay-of-epa-greenhouse-gas-regulations/ Sat, 02 Apr 2011 11:30:23 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=53065 South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that he has joined 21 State Attorneys General requesting the EPA to defer its greenhouse gas regulations so that Congress may have an opportunity to evaluate the regulations. Other State Attorneys General joining in the EPA request include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming and Florida.

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Pierre, S.D – Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that he has joined 21 State Attorneys General requesting the EPA to defer its greenhouse gas regulations so that Congress may have an opportunity to evaluate the regulations. The Attorneys General advised the EPA that, “such deferral is especially important to us given the disruption that the rapid implementation of the EPA program is causing to the state administrative agencies that we advise and the businesses those agencies have been tasked with regulating.” The Attorneys General further outlined that such a deferral would have the following three major advantages:

1) It would permit Congress a full opportunity to review the EPA’s Endangerment Finding and to determine the best course for our nation to pursue;

2) It would relieve pressure on state agencies attempting to implement new regulatory requirements in the face of drastic consequences that the EPA has announced it could impose if such implementation is not put in place immediately; and

3) It would help facilitate economic recovery and allow time for a study of the long term impact of the greenhouse gas regulations on both jobs and the economy.

“Protecting our environment through enforcement of reasonable regulations is important to the Office of Attorney General,” said Jackley. “However EPA’s approach of circumventing normal procedures on greenhouse gas regulation is not in the best interest of South Dakota.”

Other State Attorneys General joining in the EPA request include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming and Florida.

 

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The Tea Party Take on the State of the Union http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/01/the-tea-party-state-of-the-union/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/01/the-tea-party-state-of-the-union/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:20:01 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=49823 Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the head of the U.S. House Tea Party Caucus, gave a Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address last night. This was in addition to the Republican response given by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Rep. Bachmann's statement was focused more specifically on the main Tea Party concerns: limited government, return to a free market economy, property rights, repealing ObamaCare, and lower taxes.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the head of the U.S. House Tea Party Caucus, gave a Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. This was in addition to the Republican response given by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Ryan is an extremely sharp and knowledgeable young congressman who has a detailed and workable vision for getting American off socialism and back within Constitutional government, and his address was excellent.  But Rep. Bachmann’s was focused more specifically on the main Tea Party concerns: limited government, return to a free market economy, property rights, repealing ObamaCare, and lower taxes.

This is a transcript of her remarks, and a video below.

Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.

We wondered whether the President would cut spending, reduce the deficit and implement real job-creating policies.

Unfortunately, the President’s strategy for recovery was to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus program, fueled by borrowed money.

The White House promised us that all the spending would keep unemployment under 8 percent.

Not only did that plan fail to deliver, but within three months the national jobless rate spiked to 9.4 percent. And sadly, it hasn’t been lower for 20 straight months. While the government grew, we lost more than 2 million jobs.

Let me show you a chart.

Here are unemployment rates over the past ten years. In October 2001, our national unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent. In 2008 it was at 6.6 percent. But, just eight months after President Obama promised lower unemployment, that rate spiked to a staggering 10.1 percent.

Today, unemployment is at 9.4 percent with about 400,000 new claims every week.

After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the $410 billion spending bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have.

But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country. [See chart]

Deficits were unacceptably high under President Bush, but they exploded under President Obama’s direction, growing the national debt by an astounding $3.1 trillion-dollars.

What did we buy?

Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s healthcare bill.

ObamaCare mandates and penalties will force many job creators to stop offering health insurance altogether, unless yours is one of the more-than-222 privileged companies or unions that has received a government waiver.

In the end, unless we fully repeal ObamaCare, a nation that currently enjoys the world’s best healthcare may be forced to rely on government-run coverage that will have a devastating impact on our national debt for generations to come.

For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing.

Here are a few suggestions for fixing our economy:

The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system.

The President could support a Balanced Budget Amendment.

The President could agree to an energy policy that increases American energy production and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

The President could also turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years, many of which will cost our economy $100 million or more.

And, the President should repeal ObamaCare and support free market solutions like medical malpractice reform and allow all Americans to buy any healthcare policy they like anywhere in the United States.

We need to start making things again in this country, and we can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens on job creators.

America will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Look no further to see why jobs are moving overseas.

But, thanks to you, there’s reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government.

I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn.

Please know how important your calls, visits, and letters are to the maintenance of our liberties. Because of you, Congress responded and we are starting to undo the damage that’s been done.

We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensible nation.

Just the creation of this nation was a miracle. Who’s to say that we can’t see a miracle again?

The perilous battle that was fought in the pacific, at Iwo Jima, was a battle against all odds, and yet the image of the young G.I.s in the incursion against the Japanese immortalizes their victory. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.

Our current debt crisis we face today is different, but we still need all of us to pull together. We can do this.

And that’s the hope we hold tonight as Americans. We will push forward to reclaim the greatness of our country and to proclaim the liberty upon which we were founded.

And we will do so because we the people will never give up on this great nation.

God bless you, and God bless America

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