EPA regulations just another example of Obama’s lawless push for big government


Big Government is finally having its day at the Environmental Protection Agency. This week, the Obama Administration launched a new attack in its war against coal and American energy. The proposal from the EPA will mandate that power plants cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2025. It’s an ambitious goal, to put it nicely.  To the rest of the country, it’s an all-out assault on American energy that will cost jobs and economic growth.

This latest rule from the EPA is another example of big government trying to micromanage private enterprise, while threatening states with broad, regulatory overreach. Per the EPA proposal, states have one year to devise and implement a plan to lower emissions. If they don’t cooperate, the agency will step in with its own plan.

This proposal will have drastic consequences, the least of which being that it will impose enormous costs on coal-fired power plants, which will mean higher rates for consumers and fewer jobs. It’s also a backdoor to cap and trade: an early legislative failure for the Obama Administration that is now being pushed through via regulation.

That’s the real rub. At the end of the day, this isn’t about coal or climate change. It’s about the Obama Administration using the EPA to exercise its radical, big government agenda. It’s a pattern we’ve seen over and over again. When the president fails to gather enough supporters on the Hill to legislate his agenda, he dictates it through the federal agencies.

But there’s a reason we have separation of powers. The Founding Fathers envisioned a government with three distinct branches. The Legislative branch was intended to create law, and the executive branch was intended to execute the law. Now, those roles are being reversed.

Whether it’s immigration policy, the health care law, drug laws, gay marriage laws, or environmental regulations, President Obama is unilaterally using his position to impose his policy views. It’s pure lawlessness, and it must stop.