The Wall Street Journal Reports on the EPA

by Sig6. November 2012 21:22

In the Thursday, December 22, 2011 edition of the WSJ I found a report by Ryan Tracy and Deborah Solomon, in which they discussed the politics of the Obama administration to keep the environmental movement in the mood to vote for the president. I find it shameful that the president is willing to destroy more of our job-producing industries by enforcing air-quality standards by imposing ever more stringent rules.

The article states, the administration estimates that the cost of enforcing these new standards will be $9.6 billion annually to implement. In my seventy years on this planet I have seldom come across projection figures by governments that actually ever approximated their projections. Usually those dealing with the implementation of the rules find the cost enormously higher than the government estimate.

An amusing factoid is one of the reasons cited for these stringent rules. The EPA quotes that following these rules would result in substantial benefits to the populace, precluding 100,000 heart and asthma attacks. How the exalted ones at the EPA arrive at these figures is everyone’s guess. Mine is that that they made it up like the previous figure of $9.6 billion, for the end of the article shows an estimate by the American Electric Power Co., the nation’s largest coal powered plant owner, that their compliance costs alone would be $6 billion to $8 billion through 2020.

Even if we assume that this company plays as fast and loose with its estimates as the EPA, the figures still astound if one applies the numbers to all of America’s emission-producing plants.



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Megan Remiszewski
Megan RemiszewskiUnited States
12/18/2012 9:30:10 AM #

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Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenweber remembers the horrific aftermath of Fascism. At the end of the war, she found herself living under Communism. Both of these totalitarian regimes left indelible marks on her psyche and a healthy distrust of government’s, usurping too many powers to control people, supposedly for their own good. After the Berlin Wall was built, she managed to escape the repressive environment with the help of friends and a French passport. To this day she does not speak French.

She holds degrees in medical technology, psychology and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon for her trilogy "The Volga Flows Forever."

 Her first published book, “Escaping the Twilight,” deals with aspects of medical anthropology in an Islamic culture. In her trilogy the Volga Flows Forever, she brings to life Catherine the Great in her multiple roles as monarch, woman--lover, mother, grandmother and head of the general staff of the army, in volume one. The following two historical volumes deal with the Volga Germans brought to Russia by Catherine's edict.  The last book, “From Gulag to Freedom,” describes the lives of Russian-Germans and minority populations under Stalin’s regime and the systematic eradication of these minorities. The last part of the book is a comparison of communism, Russia, versus free enterprise in the USA. The heroin of the book settles in Fresno, California.

Three years ago she moved to Santa Rosa Valley, California from Portland Oregon. She has passionately embraced California together with her family that also resides here.

Always active, lecturing on historical and anthropological subjects and being a part of arts and culture in Portland, Oregon, she bestrode the same path when she came to California and is active on the Northwest Symphony League Board.

At present she is writing a memoir of her early childhood during WW I and later young adulthood under Communism.


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