“Obama’s national ocean policy threatens jobs and economic activities onshore and off”
If the progressive left can’t enslave you with its domestic drones, it’ll find other ways. All ways, in fact.
And yes, I realize the more pragmatic and collegial GOPers don’t like unhelpful language, but the fact is, Obama and the far left cohort he installed throughout the administrative state are attempting a coup — with the goal being to fundamentally transform the US from a representative constitutional republic based around a (severely diluted) free market capitalism into a democratic socialist state in league with other democratic socialist states, all of which will become part of some sort of organized global alliance. Global climate change is but one instance of the ways such a new system will try to gain broad purchase — with “rich” countries asked to support the efforts of poorer countries to rid the air of plant food (and, ultimately, the oxygen that comes from it) through the levying of international taxes.
Global wealth redistribution; equality of outcome. A strong centralized global authority consisting of powerful bureaucrats in a permanent ruling class who will manage the whole system.
Kooky, I know. But then, I’m not the one either attempting to bring it about, or closing my eyes to those attempts because I fear being branded a fringe nutjob. So I’ve got that going for me.
Rep. Doc Hastings, FOXNews:
President Obama is using the ocean as his latest regulatory weapon to impose new bureaucratic restrictions on nearly every sector of our economy. While marketed as a common sense plan for the development and protection of our oceans, it is instead being used to create a massive new bureaucracy that would harm our economy.
Established through Executive Order, Mr. Obama with a simple stroke of a pen took unilateral action to impose a massive top-down federal bureaucracy with broad regulatory control over our oceans, Great Lakes, rivers, tributaries and watersheds.
The Executive Order creates a tangled web of regulatory layers that includes: 10 National Policies; a 27-member National Ocean Council; an 18-member Governance Coordinating Committee; and 9 Regional Planning Bodies. This has led to an additional: 9 National Priority Objectives; 9 Strategic Action Plans; 7 National Goals for Coastal Marine Spatial Planning; and 12 Guiding Principles for Coastal Marine Spatial Planning.
Imposing mandatory ocean zoning could place huge portions of our oceans and coasts off-limits, seriously curtailing recreational activities, commercial fishing, and all types of energy development – including renewable energy such as offshore wind farms.
What’s even more alarming is that the impact of this Executive Order is not limited to just our oceans. It establishes regional planning bodies with the authority to regulate as far inland as necessary. All rivers eventually drain into the ocean, which gives this policy the justification it needs to reach far inland.[...]
The American Farm Bureau Federation has raised serious concerns, stating that “it could extend to the regulation of every farm and ranch in the United States.”
To make matters worse, taxpayers will be stuck with the considerable financial costs of implementing this Executive Order and the vague and undefined objectives will no doubt be used as fuel for costly frivolous lawsuits to stop or delay federally-permitted activities. Adding to these costs is the lost economic activity and stifled job creation that will result from new restrictions and regulatory uncertainly brought on by the policy.
Over the past year, the Natural Resources Committee has held multiple oversight hearings to investigate the policy, its implementation and potential impacts. However, the Obama administration has refused to answer important questions.
Answering questions often implies you have someone to answer to.
The Democrat-led Senate has already shown itself willing to surrender its constitutional autonomy to President Obama; so what in the world is a John Boehner-led House going to do against such naked power grabs.
Orange tears and empty threats do not a coup prevent.