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John Hinderaker shares a story:

Today was the first in what promises to be a series of meetings involving the EPA, community leaders, local officials and representatives of the refineries. It tended to confirm the concerns I expressed about the illegitimacy of the environmental justice agenda. The meeting began with Al Armendariz, Administrator for EPA’s South Central Region (Region 6), making a comment to the effect that the refineries in Corpus Christi have enjoyed several years of “record profits,” and that they need to step up and fund solutions for the community.

This is not just a non sequitur, it is a completely inappropriate use of the EPA’s powers. The EPA has no mandate to carry out income redistribution programs. It enforces federal air and water quality standards. For the EPA to use its regulatory powers to try to compel companies subject to its jurisdiction to …

Silly John. I bet you think that the role of housing policy is just about ensuring everyone has a place to live too, right?

3 Responses to “The Environment is Not About the Environment, Episode 238471”

  1. Xerographica says:

    What do you think would happen if taxpayers were allowed to directly allocate their taxes? For example…at anytime throughout the year you could submit a payment directly to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA would then send notice of your payment to the IRS.

  2. jb says:

    Hey Xerographica, what a thought! Wintercow what do you think? This even goes beyond the great idea of abolishing tax witholding and writing a single check to teh feds, let’s make it so that the IRS has to compute what proportion of our tax dollar goes to each agency, and we have to make separate payments to each accordingly … hmmmm that would get people’s attention.

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