December 3, 2012

“Group to Sue EPA to Force Backdoor Cap-and-Trade, Raise Fuel Prices”

Rebekah Rast, ALG:

Apparently, gas isn’t expensive enough yet-at least for one environmental interest group that is now suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force the creation of Cap-and-Trade. The Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law last week told EPA to expect the lawsuit.

“They want to make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy will seem cheap,” said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America.

“We’ve seen this play before, and inventing fictitious markets that traffic imaginary products is bad enough. But asking the EPA to assume quasi-legislative powers so that it can unilaterally enact Cap-in-Trade is a deeply troubling step, even for radical environmentalists. Proponents of this lawsuit absurdly cite Hurricane Sandy as a reason for Cap-and-Trade.

But what Hurricane Sandy truly illustrates is the human hardship that results from communities losing power and fuel. This measure aims to render Sandy’s fuel shortages and soaring energy prices commonplace.”

Politico posted its story on this backdoor Cap-and-Trade lawsuit late last week. It can read here.

I believe a year or two back I mentioned the collusion between environmental groups and the EPA, whereby the environmentalist group sues the EPA, and the EPA, rather than go to court (is the ostensible rationale), “settles” with the plaintiff — thereby creating new environmental policy while circumventing Congress and keeping their hands clean from accusation of bureaucratic edict.  This is by design, and the suits themselves merely ruses for the settlements that follow.

It is my understanding that this kind of thing is routine — and yet another studies corruption of our system being exploited by the tyrants who pose as our moral champions.

The time for resistance is passed.  So I guess we’ll have to start now and go hard in order to make up for lost time…

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:37am

Comments (12)

  1. In many/most cases also the group suing is itself funded, at least in part, by federal government grants along with the support from various left leaning foundations which exist as tax exemptions. Or should that be said as tax expenses in left lingo.

  2. So why don’t Boehner and co. point this out and say,”Whoah, no new laws take effect that aren’t passed by congress”.
    Oh, yeah.
    Because….’Boehner and co.’

  3. Livermore said consumers wouldn’t have to bear the brunt of such a system.

    “The standard worry is that when you do a price on carbon it’s bad for consumers,” but this rule can be done in a way that “protects consumers” from price increases, Livermore said.


  4. System capture by the left is the ultimate goal and they have achieved it here. They of course include a huge cash award to themselves for their courageous service to Gaia and The People as a part of the settlement. Jesse Jackson and Co use a similar model.

  5. Magic!

    It’s done wonders for rising Food n Fuel costs

  6. this rule can be done in a way that “protects consumers” from price increases

    In much the same way that life-savings can be protected from inflation.

  7. The time for resistance is passed. So I guess we’ll have to start now and go hard in order to make up for lost time…

    What other choice do we have?

    There are so many pockets of entrenched Tyranny that we cannot fight them all or even enough to make a difference.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    Just look at this list of all the agencies that exist in the national government.

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  9. Just look at this list of all the agencies that exist in the national government.

    Savor the irony: the list is compiled by, which is administered by the Federal Citizen Information Center, which is a division of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, which is an office of the U.S. General Services Administration, which was created to help other federal agencies function effectively and transparently, and is currently headed by an Acting Administrator, since the former Administrator resigned following a scathing report from the Inspector General over misuse of funds.

    One is still surprised that Ms. Johnson resigned in disgrace, when her natural defense should have been that she was merely “helping other departments misuse their funds more effectively.”

  10. Maybe a lot of corporations, people, etc. need to start suing the EPA with a mind to both gaining injunctions, having regulations thrown out, and even recovering damages that result from unjust or unauthorized action which should include getting people FIRED.

  11. Brilliant, Squid. I am well-sated in my savoring.

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