EPA’s Killer MACT

The EPA, along with the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and others, has engaged in a massive propaganda effort to convince Americans they are imperiled by the nation’s air and water. It is a lie.


EPA’s Killer MACT

By Alan Caruba

To understand how the Environmental Protection Agency operates, one must first understand that it lies all the time. Its “estimates” are bogus. Its claims of lives saved are bogus.

It thrives on scare-mongering to a public that is science-challenged, but the science remains and the EPA must be challenged to save the nation from the loss of the energy it needs to function. It must be challenged to unleash the huge economic benefits of energy resources—coal, oil, and natural gas—that can reverse our present economic decline.

The latest outrage is the MACT rule—an acronym for “maximum achievable control technology” intended to reduce mercury emissions and other trace gases. The rule is 1,117 pages long. Its purpose is to shut down coal-fired power plants that generate over fifty percent of all the electricity used daily in the United States of America.

The value of the total benefits asserted by the EPA is alleged to be $6 million. Not billion, but million. The MACT rule would force 14.7 gigawatts—enough power for more than eleven million households—to be “retired” from the power grip in the 2014-15 period when the rules take effect.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works says, “The economic analysis of the Obama EPA’s MACT paints a bleak picture for economic recovery as it will cost $11 billion to implement, increase electricity rates for every American, and, along with the Cross-State rule, destroy nearly 1.4 million jobs.”

MACT is all about mercury in the environment of the nation. On May 25, 2011, the Wall Street Journal published a brief opinion piece by Willie Soon, a natural scientist at Harvard, co-authored by Paul Driessen, a senior policy advisor for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. It was titled “The Myth of Killer Mercury.”

Here are a few of the facts it offered.

“Mercury has always existed naturally in the Earth’s environment. A 2009 study found mercury deposits in Antarctic ice across 650,000 years.”

“Mercury is found in air, water, rocks, soil and trees, which absorb it from the environment.”

There is “200,000,000 tons of mercury naturally present in seawater” that “has never posed a danger to any living thing.”

“U.S. forest fires emit at least 44 tons (of mercury) per year; cremation of human remains discharges 26 tons; Chinese power plants eject 400 tons; and volcanoes, subsea vents, geysers and other sources spew out 9,000-10,000 additional tons per year.”

“Since our power plants account for less than 0.5% of all the mercury in the air we breathe, eliminating every milligram of it will do nothing about the other 99.5% in our atmosphere.”

This is the same EPA “logic” that insists on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere when all life on Earth depends on it as plant food for all vegetation. More CO2 mean more crops for humans and livestock, healthier forests and jungles, and food for the Earth’s wildlife population.

In a foreword to “Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry”, Dr. Jay Lehr, the Science Director of The Heartland Institute, wrote, “This administration is pushing an unprecedented radical environmental agenda.”

The EPA, along with major environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and others, have engaged for decades in a massive propaganda effort to convince Americans they are imperiled by the nation’s air and water. It is a lie. As the author of “Regulators Gone Wild”, Rich Trzupeck notes, “Though our world is actually cleaner than ever, most Americans are convinced it is dirtier.”

“Toxicity,” wrote Trzupeck, “is a matter of dose, as sober scientists have observed since ancient times. A particular compound may kill you if you drink it, but a few parts per billion of the same compound can have no effect at all…one can find toxic air pollutants in the parts-per-billion level in human breath.”

The EPA’s latest rule, which will no doubt be subject to lawsuits, is a killer MACT. It is not about mercury or other trace gases. It is about deliberately depriving the nation of energy which in turn means less jobs, less growth, and a third world lifestyle being imposed on Americans by the radical environmentalists inside the Obama administration.

Remember that when you are in the election booth on November 6, 2012.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

Alan Caruba


Alan Caruba has a daily blog called Warning Signs.
His latest book is Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy.

 


14 thoughts on “EPA’s Killer MACT”

  1. Mercury though is a well known toxic. When our food, water, and air are impacted by it, the further down the food chain it goes, the more its effect is felt. Humans being near the top of most food chains have to watch out when eating at the top. Hence many people decide to eat vegan or vegetarian. At least the amount of mercury doesn’t accumulate as much. So just because it has been in the air, its presence is most felt in large population clusters and cities where th most pollution is found as well from power plants.

    • My dear friend, and where do the none vegetarians get their excess mercury from? Eating things that eat vegetables? Get real, avoiding meat doesn’t prevent or lower your accumulation of mercury.

  2. “MACT is about mecury in the enviroment of the nation”

    Yeah sure, then why are we being forced to buy those Obummer light bulbs that have mecury in them?
    There will be billions of them in the enviroment and if you break one in your home your suppose to open the windows and evacuate the room. What will happen to those billions of Obummer light bulbs once their disposed of and end up in land fills? What does MACT say about that in their 1,117 pages of rules?

    • The whole Dang thing is a SCAM. The only reason they worry about Mercury in the environment is that it makes a great tool with which to steal the Liberty from beneath our feet! If Mercury in the landfills, or anywhere else was that big of a deal they would not permit the sale of CFL bulbs… The paranoid idiots that make these rules have to live here too.

      If the EPA idiots really believed the stupid Carp they foist upon the rest of us then they wouldn’t be promoting the manufacture of billions of disposable CFLs. The fact that they do, should be a clear indication as to how they really view the dangers posed by Mercury in the environment.

      Just another piece of the Extremist Political Agenda (read E.P.A.)

  3. Has anyone done a study of the effects of placing millions of Compact Fluorscent Lights in landfills across the country? Is this not going to cause more mercury pollution than coal plants?

  4. This has gone too far. In my opinion, Ron Paul is the only one who has the guts to fire all these guys so we can start from scratch and let the states come up with reasonable policies. All the rest will just go blah blah blah while the EPA drives us over the cliff.

  5. The ENTIRE department of the EPA should be terminated. But it might be useful to give the employees there an offer of reassignment– cleaning up the environment in person, along the MEXICAN BORDER. Their days of making crap up as they go along, legislating without constitutional authority, are soon coming to an end.

  6. As is the case in ALL of these programs, the end result is NOT aimed at making the world safer for the many, but the few. The reduction of energy at a time when we will need more energy – no, not for economical growth or regrowth, but for fending off the every increasing cold – is aimed at population reduction. As is the scare tactic regarding the safety of food. As is the intentions of switching to “renewable energy sources such as ethanol.” It is all aimed at population reduction through starving and freezing out the “useless eaters.” If you are not one of the top 5% or those vassals chosen to directly kiss their butts, you fit the profile of “useless eater,” just like I do. Either wake up or die off, the choice is still yours to make at this time.

  7. I do admire Willie Soons werious attention to detail in other research hes done. so I would tend to credit the veracity of his announcements, at least he,,isn’t one to hide his data:-)
    we have more mercury in our mouths and in vaccines ,multiple accumulative doses,delivered up close and real personal than is comfortable to contemplate really.
    I dont think filtering any particulates we can from stacks is necessarily a bad idea though,
    retrofitting is possible and not un affordable.

  8. Sorry folks, the mecury light bulbs are from Georges time, you know, the Republican war machine that decided depleted uranium is ok to use in the us for train ing purposes. Look at the haz mat that is being shot around camp macoy up north.

  9. BC boy says:
    January 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “Has anyone done a study of the effects of placing millions of Compact Fluorscent Lights in landfills across the country? Is this not going to cause more mercury pollution than coal plants?”

    Well, interesting statement. Is Victoria BC the place that dumps raw sewage into the straits? Is is Canada that has a smelting plant on the Columbia River just north of the US border? How about the nasty bit of crap dumped into the mouth of the Frasier River? Is it not Canada that uses high sulfur gas you can smell a mile away?

    90% of Canadians live along the US border; where do you think they allow their pollution to go?

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