12/08/2011 1 Comment
By David Epps, Cape Girardeau, MO [Edited by Brian Bollmann]
An Open Letter To:
- Senator Roy D. Blunt
- Senator Claire McCaskill
- Representative Jo Ann Emerson
I demand you support the REINS Act.
Congress must play the largest role in making rules that govern our country. Unfortunately, the balance of power between the branches has been disturbed and executive agencies distort often decades-old statutes to install presidential policies that Congress never intended and would never approve. This must end.
The EPA, DOE, FDA, FED, HUD and other agencies were formed in the best interests of the people of the United States but they have been turned and used as a weapon against America. Neither you nor I could have ever believed that such a thing could happen, but it has!
A case in point, the EPA:
Take second hand smoke. You cannot point to a lung cancer and say that is a result of the carcinogens in the smoke. All you can say is that there is statistical probability that it may be. But there is a statistical probability that it is from something else.
Or take dust and particulates, it looks dirty so therefore it is dirty and needs regulation. Well no it doesn’t until it is proved beyond a shadow of doubt that it is the cause of direct harm. The head of the EPA said “We would regulate dust if we had the budget”. There is no science in that statement just an expression of a desire of a bureaucrat to perform to their job description, regulate.
Or take SO2 and other emissions from burning coal. It was proved that SO2 produces acid rain so we cleaned it up. Now it has stopped acid rain so what is the necessity of further cleaning. NONE. There is a point of diminishing returns. But yet the EPA is continuing to tighten emissions without proof of harm.
There is a point of diminishing returns! The EPA website proves it!
As of 2010 the US had spent $729 billion total on Air pollution abatement. The EPA claimed that this resulted in 160,000 fewer deaths per year due to reduced adult mortality. By 2020 the US will spend an additional $650 billion total on Air pollution abatement. The EPA claims that this result in an additional 70,000 fewer deaths per year due to reduced adult mortality.
I will decide if it is worth it? It ain’t!!
The total deaths in the US due to all causes in 2007 was 2.4 million.
Certified cause of Deaths US
- 2,423,712 – All causes
- 616,067 – Diseases of heart
- 562,875 – Malignant neoplasms
- 135,952 – Cerebrovascular diseases
- 127,924 – Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- 123,706 – Accidents (unintentional injuries)
- 74,632 – Alzheimer’s disease
- 71,382 – Diabetes mellitus
- 52,717 – Influenza and pneumonia
- 46,448 – Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis
- 34,828 – Septicemia
- 34,598 – Intentional self-harm (suicide)
- 29,165 – Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
- 23,965 – Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease14
- 20,058 – Parkinson’s disease
- 18,361 – Assault (homicide)
- 451,034 – All other causes (Residual)
1,186,039 – Fetuses Aborted
The $650 billion could be more wisely spent and have far more efficacy discovering cures for all the other causes of death — well like lung cancer!
And if that is not enough to convince you how out of control the EPA is just look at their website. Its contents are purely political. The EPA claims that we either pay $650 billion for clean the air or pay $2 trillion for poor health? The EPA arrived at this figure by assuming each death is worth about $7.4 million each. Is death really worth $7.4 million?
The REINS Act would ensure that any regulation with an impact of more than $100 million would be subject to an up-or-down vote in both chambers of Congress and would require a presidential signature before the regulation would become law.
The REINS Act is about transparency, accountability and the proper balance of power between Congress and the president. I urge you to do the job you were elected to do and ensure that no regulations with a major impact on our economy become law unless Congress approves them.
I demand you support the REINS Act and that you and congress get directly involved in regulating the EPA regulators. This statement sounds so bazaar but that is exactly what we get when we put a communist in the White House.