AZ Sen. Jeff Flake: EPA has ‘regulation-at-all-cost strategy that seems to strike hardest at those who are least able to afford it’

The Hill reports:

A group of Senate Republicans is floating legislation that would block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations unless the EPA offsets their cost to other federal agencies with spending cuts.

Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) proposal is another method of enabling Congress to block carbon regulations, because under his plan, EPA could only avoid the offset requirement with congressional approval.

The bill introduced Monday by Flake and three GOP colleagues arrives just days after the EPA floated carbon emissions limits for future power plants. The agency is also working on more far-reaching regulations for existing power plants. Critics of the EPA rules say they will increase power costs.

Flake, in a statement, accused EPA of a “regulation-at-all-cost strategy that seems to strike hardest at those who are least able to afford it.”

“The legislation I’ve introduced will provide some much needed restraint by forcing the EPA to be accountable for their regulatory actions,” said Flake, who introduced the bill with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

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5 responses to “AZ Sen. Jeff Flake: EPA has ‘regulation-at-all-cost strategy that seems to strike hardest at those who are least able to afford it’

  1. “would block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations unless the EPA offsets their cost to other federal agencies with spending cuts.”

    Yet another mental light weight that just doesn’t get it. It isn’t the EPA’s cost that’s bankrupting the nation; it’s the private sector’s cost of compliance. Making them “offset” their costs just gives them the power to simultaneously target competing federal agencies. What we need is a large collection of intelligent legislators that don’t have dreams of being president some day. Then, maybe, they would realize that executive agencies shouldn’t be making laws at all. Calling them policies, regulations, and orders doesn’t change their function. Banning products, limiting freedoms, and dictating behaviors under penalty of law are legislation, not execution. Allowing the executive branch to get away with this clear violation of the constitution’s basic principles of separation of powers and checks and balances effectively side-steps the democratic process by taking the decision making authority and responsibility out of the hands of elected officials. The executive agencies should have no authority to do anything other than enforce laws voted on by congress, and gather data to report to congress.

  2. Flake voted for McCarthy as head of the EPA and now he is complaining? If you were really worried about the EPA, then why vote for that radical? Flake’s bill and his cries are BS, he voted for it.

  3. “Strike hardest at those who are least able to afford it” is correct. The goal is to reduce energy use; those who use the least energy per person are those who can only reduce their energy use by seriously curtailing their standards of living — the poor. So watermelons pursue the twin chimeras of social justice and global climate mitigation without noticing that their climate actions will harm those victims of social injustice that they claim to love so much. Just to finish the irony, the harm to the poor comes with absolutely no discernible change in climate or benefit in any form.
    Why do the poor keep voting for the people who shaft them? Because they can’t seem to figure out that the “gifts” cost much more than they’re worth.

  4. Why do Warmers hate the Poor ?

  5. Because warmers are part of the coastal elite and the poor are the riff raff located in the “fly-over” country. Who cares about them?

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