If President Obama were seriously interested in saving jobs in this fragile economy, he should quit whining that his huge majority in both houses of Congress won’t pass his bills. Instead, he should focus in on friends that he appointed to high positions in his administration who continue to push regulations that kill jobs and strangle our economy.
The Obama Administration began killing jobs the first day it took office when the EPA changed course to restrict coal mining activities in West Virginia.
These regulations are costing thousands of jobs in a state where unemployment is over 9 percent. It raises the cost of coal mining also, so everyone pays more for energy.
Next, President Obama told Congress to pass a jobs-destroying cap-and-trade energy bill. The House passed that bill, but the Senate thought it did not make much sense to kill more jobs in a recession and has stalled efforts to pass it.
Undeterred in his agenda to kill more jobs with extremist environmental legislation, Obama directed his EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, to push forward with a bureaucratic effort to declare carbon dioxide to be a pollutant. To accomplish this, Obama appointees attempted to bury studies and reports questioning the use of unreviewed studies using poor data to support their findings that carbon dioxide is a pollutant.
In President Obama’s State of the Union speech on January 27, 2010, he said, “Let’s try common sense.”
However, no matter how much you try to explain to them that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, Obama and his extremist appointees continue to plow ahead with their effort to destroy jobs.
With Congress unable to pass cap-and-trade legislation as easily as some Members hoped, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with its own set of global warming regulations. The EPA’s endangerment finding, which took effect January 14, gives the EPA authority under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs).
The EPA’s attempt to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2), in addition to being the most expensive and expansive environmental regulation in history, would bypass the legislative process completely.
But this same mentality is not limited to the EPA.
On the very same day that Obama asks Washington and the nation to “try common sense,” his political appointees at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to require businesses to include new reports with their quarterly filings on the impact their business has on global warming.
This does nothing to create productive jobs and instead will increase compliance costs on businesses that are trying to be productive in this unforgiving economy.
While President Obama may think creating more work for armies of regulatory lawyers is the path to full employment, their work usually ends in costly litigation that prevents working people from having constructive jobs in our economy.