This is not a suggestion. This will happen. Full story here.
The Obama administration announced strict new fuel-efficiency vehicle standards Tuesday, requiring the U.S. auto fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, an uncontroversial move that, unlike other administration energy policies, was endorsed by industry and environmentalists alike.
[will] expand on existing standards requiring American-made cars and light trucks to average 34.5 mpg by 2016. They will significantly cut U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the time they are fully implemented, according to EPA.
This ran yesterday at FOX Nation – no update yet . . . of course, she said no such thing.
According to video of the event Thursday and a transcript of the speech provided by the EPA, Jackson spent part of her speech debunking . . . media reports that claimed the agency intended to “triple its budget and add 230,000 new regulators . . . .”A massive expansion was never a possibility — and the people who cited the 230,000 new EPA jack-booted thugs knew that,” she said.
Got that? Mocking the EPA expansion charge, she reassured her audience that there was no possibility that the EPA would add 230,000 new ‘jack-booted thugs’.
No offense given, but offence taken. The blogosphere outrage is in full swing. The fake story is out there and will remain. And now Lisa Jackson joins the ranks of Shirley Sherrod
and Van Jones
, both victims of blog smears.
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Tagged blogshpere, EPA, false charges, FOX News, Lisa Jackson, Media, political smears, Politics, Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones
From Ezra Klein this morning:
The budget deficit is shrinking, reports Jeff Bater: “The U.S. budget deficit for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 was $970.52 billion, a figure that is smaller than the $1.29 trillion deficit for the same period in the prior fiscal year. The U.S. Treasury Department, in a monthly budget statement released Wednesday, said the budget deficit for June 2011 came in at $43.08 billion, less than June 2010, which was $68.42 billion.
Meanwhile, our congressional overlords stay busy doing the people’s business:
The House voted to limit the EPA’s ability to regulate water quality, reports Robin Bravender: “The House on Wednesday approved legislation to smack down the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, despite a looming veto threat from the White House. The chamber voted 239-184 to adopt a bipartisan bill that seeks to limit EPA’s authority over state water quality decisions after recent agency actions have irked lawmakers, particularly in coal states and in Florida. Backers of the bill sent a loud message that they’re not pleased with recent EPA water policies, including a January veto of a West Virginia mining permit and new nutrient pollution standards in Florida…The bill is one of several recent House efforts to limit the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, including a series of riders attached to the fiscal 2012 Interior-EPA spending bill.”
Behind the curtain perhaps of the huge Egypt story, the House GOP is now offering up its first bills. Like the Senate bill I referenced earlier this morning, this has no chance of going anywhere, but it’s necessary to appear to be giving the contributors something for their dollars.
So here we go – Steve Benen continues the yeoman work this morning:
“HOUSE GOP EYES PLAN TO GUT EPA, CLEAN AIR ACT…. This afternoon, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee will host an event focused on job-creating proposals.
Around the same time, House Republicans will unveil their latest legislative priority, which, you guessed it, isn’t related to reducing unemployment.
In a sharp challenge to the Obama administration, House Republican leaders intend to unveil legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, officials said. They expect to advance the bill quickly. […]
Officials said the House bill, which was to be offered Wednesday, would nullify all of the steps the EPA has taken to date on the issue, including a finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health.
In addition, it seeks to strip the agency of its authority to use the law in any future attempts to crack down on the emissions from factories, utilities and other stationary sources.”
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Tagged Clean Air Act, congress, EPA, government, House Republicans, Steve Benen, the 112th Congress
Sorry for the downtime. Another round of deadlines – this time FINAL deadlines, as opposed to the preliminary ones early last week. The project is now concluded – at least it has been taken as far as me and my fellow trustees can take it. We have managed to file a grant application with the EPA for a test drainage project. It’s wonky and I don’t understand a good deal of it, but it’s valid and strong and we have the standing to file the request. And we’ve worked like the devil to get it researched and written. Now it’s just cross fingers and wait for stage II which can come in 30-90 days at which point we may – or may not – be invited to move forward with our application. And then final grant awards October of this year. If we even make it to Stage II we’ll be stunned.
But it’s not surprising to find that today was the 151st day of the ninth year of the War in Afghanistan.