As someone who worked within the Environmental Protection Agency during the first four years of Obama’s administration, I know firsthand the kind of power granted to this wayward agency.
While most of the people working day to day at the EPA were decent, hard working Americans (at least in my department), the organization itself was a mismanaged, sloppy, bureaucratic mess. Its presidential-appointed leaders were there for the photo-ops and attention.
Its scientists were wildly out of touch with real life. And most policies were set by bureaucratic lawyers who loved rules more than people.
Yet under Obama this bizarre group was given shocking amounts of new power–as well as billions of dollars. President Obama passed crippling regulation that was aimed at destroying American industries and gave the EPA power to prosecute businesses, seize land, and generally make a mess out of our environment.
The true goal of environmentalism, after all, isn’t about saving dolphins.
It’s about expanding the role of government and limiting the Constitutional freedoms of private citizens.
Using the idea that the environment is in danger, Obama and other liberals sought to take privately owned land, control businesses of all sizes, and impose more Socialist-like rules over our economy.
Thankfully that age is experiencing a swift demise. Not only has President Trump appointed one of the most shrewd leaders to the EPA—Scott Pruitt—but he is making sure the devastating rules created by Obama become a thing of the past.
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change.
The president said this would put an end to the “war on coal” and “job-killing regulations”.
The Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, and boosts fossil fuels.
Business groups have praised the Trump administration’s move but environmental campaigners have condemned it.
Outside the White House, a few hundred protesters gathered to vent their displeasure at the executive order.
Inside, the president was flanked by coal miners as he signed the order, saying: “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal.
Don’t let bleeding-heart protestors fool you. It doesn’t take strict regulation and the destruction of American energy to ensure our environment stays safe. Largely, the Obama regulars were impractical efforts to grant the government more power over industries, with the naive hope that alternative sources of energy will fill the gap.
Of course wind, solar, and other “clean” forms of energy are far from viable. Obama’s regulations only made it more difficult for Americans to buy affordable energy (much like heath care), instead forcing us to keep sucking at OPAC’s teat, making those Muslim nations richer.
Was that his goal all along?
With President Trump’s efforts, we can see the coal industry renewed, with new, clean innovations providing more sources of energy.
Maybe one day we won’t need coal to power and heat our homes. But until then, we shouldn’t remove it as an option.