When they’re not turning rivers out West the color of Tang, the bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency seem to be gearing up for war.
Good Americans expect the EPA to fight in court. But that would be your grandfather’s EPA. This modern EPA has stocked up with millions of dollars’ worth of military-type weapons, including body armor, guns, camouflage equipment, drones and amphibious assault ships.
The acquisitions came to light in a report by the watchdog group Open the Books, as reported by The Washington Times.
“Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military-style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and author of the report.
The original EPA, established by Dick Nixon’s executive order, didn’t have police powers. Congress added those in 1988, to the chagrin of many who saw this coming.
Generally, the EPA has defined its duties as it as seen fit and has been caught in cahoots with extremists (you know, silly twits who bitch about fossil fuels but don’t understand how dark and cold they would be if they actually got their way).
The agency recently lost a Supreme Court case involving regulations on power plants, with the court saying the costs that must be borne by companies (and consumers) were not taken into account. But in the ruling, the EPA was given the freedom to make the rules on determining such costs.
So the SCOTUS ruling will be a mere speed bump for the EPA’s army of lawyers, numbering more than a thousand.
The Washington Times story can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/o2b6nlz
My earlier post about the EPA: http://tinyurl.com/p5k7suu