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How much more insanity are we supposed to take?

   There is a piece up at Breitbart’s “Big Government” about how the EPA is proposing new rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Just one more stranglehold on energy production in the good old USA.  The way it is presented, the rules are designed to reduce mercury pollutants coming from power plant stacks, and the claim is made that there are currently no limits on power plant emissions.  I find that hard to believe, but I am not as on top of forty years of EPA regulatory schemes as I should be.

What really bothers about the story today is this little tidbit: ” The rules would also further limit other pollutants, including  particulate matter, such as dust, dirt and other fragments associated with a variety of respiratory ailments.”

Perhaps some of you had heard rumblings previously about the EPA wanting to get into the business of regulating ‘farm dust’.  Now it is just casually tossed out that dirt and dust are pollutants.

My fellow Americans, I hate dirt and dust.  Fala hates dirt and dust.  But dirt and dust are not pollutants.

https://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9M0HNRG0&show_article=1

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  1. They might as well add any junior/senior high school boys gym as a toxic pollution contributor while the epa is at it.

    Is breathing out next on the list for this Republic?

    Yo Congress, pull epa funding and charge them with killing forests for all the paper they’re printing.

    • What makes you think they won’t?

      At the risk of sounding exceedingly extreme, it seems a certain segment of the ruling class wants to cleanse the world. Now, I’m not going to invoke the last person who wanted to cleanse the world.

      Maybe this new bunch’s intentions are pure (pun intended).

      Same effect: For all the stupidities that the ruling classes impose, the people who suffer for it are at the bottom of the food chain.

      The problem with that is there is always a bottom and always a top. Those doing this know this as well and their aim is to make sure they’re at the top.

  2. There are 8,000,000 stories. In my community there is a battery recycling plant. Yes, a little bit of lead gets spit out. But it is heavy. Funny thing about lead. So it doesn’t get very far. They are ‘in compliance’. But EPA recently changed the standards to reduce *by a factor of ten* the amount of allowable emissions from what was previously considered safe, acceptable limits. The local Red Rag recently blew up a big piece entitled ‘BREATHING DANGEROUS AIR’ , even though the plant is in compliance, is working to meet the new standards, has six more years to do so, and nearby communities have not been found to have any elevated levels of lead in anyone’s nostrils, lungs, or blood.
    I know the conventional wisdom is to ‘defund’ things. What happens when the next Congress comes in and ‘refunds’ them?
    I am an abolitionist myself. 🙂

  3. I grew up on a farm in SW Minnesota. Raising pigs was a common and somewhat lucrative industry there. Of course if a growing pig is going to gain a pound a day, as they will, they have to leave several pounds of, ahhh… droppings. Quite pungent droppings. The time honored practice was to take those droppings and spread them on the fields to grow the corn, soybeans, barley and other crops the US formerly supplied the world with.

    Even on the school bus at the ripe age of 10 I heard complaints, from apparently future leftists, that the stench was unbearable and “somebody should pass a law.”

    My instant reply was “What stench? It smells like money to me!”

    After all, someone has to move those droppings from the pigs room to the manure spreader and then spread it upon the nutrient craving ground. When the minimum wage was $3/hour I got $3.50 for pitching the sh*t and spreading it. Never saw an illegal alien show up to tell me I was too good to do the job either. Guess there weren’t any in those days (NO I do not pre-date immigration limitations).

    My familiarity with the seedier side of farm life served me well. There are several times during my visit to Fallujah, Iraq that I can remember thinking, “Well, this beats pitching hog sh*t out of Gary’s barn.” I love my brother but damn his hogs crapped ALOT!

    • “My instant reply was “What stench? It smells like money to me!””

      You must have been raised by farmers. I grew up with the same instant response!

      And when I was in High School I had a similar job to yours. A local pig farm (with the biggest boars I’ve ever seen) hired me and my friend to come several days a week and clean the pig barns. It was terrible work, but they paid well and fed us breakfast and lunch (usually a big plate of bacon, sausage and eggs for breakfast and a bunch of pork chops for lunch). We’d fill the spreader, and distribute the “droppings” over their fields.

      I quit working for them when they sold out, moved 30 miles away and I helped them pack their equipment on trailers. Now some VERY expensive homes are standing where I used to shovel pig “droppings”. Doesn’t seem to have harmed their lawns at all.

    • And on a related note – bike trails. Wonderful things right? Great for exercise and…. A little while back a ‘skinny bully’ (see TGalt) professor from the local Bolshevik State University was able to exercise his constitutional right to bicycle right up next to a hog farm out in the county, hoist himself up on the farmer’s fence and take “damning” photos of the hog operation. Oh, boy, did the local Red Rag play that one up. Yeah, the prof eventally got charged with trespassing, but, you get the point. There are 8,000,000 stories. If someone had the wherewithal to collect a few thousand of them and bind them up in a nice package perhaps the 113th Congress could be presented with a study guide and a mandate.

  4. And the “nanny state” strikes again. The Left can’t help themselves, they are so much smarter and better to tell everyone how to do things. Trouble is, everything they touch turns to ash. I also believe there is a strong element of hatred toward mankind that makes them this way. As if we shouldn’t be alive and using anything….

    Maybe they could just self-destruct and leave the rest of us alone.

  5. I’m just reading the comments above about the pig poop fertilizer and laughing. Anyone who does gardening knows that the best fertilizer you can use in gardening, especially vegetable gardening is animal manure cow, horse, sheep, poultry etc. It adds the nitrogen required for green leafy growth. Well, now some Environmental Scientist at UVA did studies that prove that Nitrogen is a pollutant. He even developed a Nitrogen footprint calculator so you can track your Nitrogen use, just like the Carbon footprints. I would love to know how the Earth, and all humans inhabiting it for thousands of years haven’t all been killed off before now. Have no fear, the EPA is now going to regulate Nitrogen also.

    https://www.epa.gov/AMD/EcoExposure/ESRP.html

    • This is just amazing. Although the article does admit that “…nitrogen is one of life’s essential nutrient elements…” they still feel it needs regulation.
      1. Nitrogen is one of the main components of crop fertilizers, including ‘organic’ methods involving crop rotation and co-planting, i.e. planting corn and beans together so the bean plant can ‘fix’ nitrogen into the soil for the corn.
      2. Nitrogen is the largest component of our atmoshpere at over 78%

      What WILL they think of next?

      • I wonder if Moochelle even knows how much nitrogen it takes to grow her Argula, and other veges she insists the kids eat more of. Nitrogen is a big part of most fertilizers you buy. If they control Nitrogen, and therefore fertilizers, the gov. controls our food supplies. Haven’t most dictators controlled food supplies, and left the populations starving in order to gain ultimate control over the people?

        BTW, the Environmental Scientist, James Galloway, who came up with these studies, was at UVA at the same time as Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, and is there still today. There have been FOIA requests for info on him and Mann, but the local Lib Judge ruled that they don’t have to abide by the request, even from our state Atty. Gen. It has been appealed. UVA is fighting it on the basis of Scientific Immunity, or some such thing. In other words, if Scientists come up with bogus studies, or unprovable theories, they need to be protected.

  6. Quote in part from Bob: “The way it is presented, the rules are designed to reduce mercury pollutants coming from power plant stacks, and the claim is made that there are currently no limits on power plant emissions. ‘

    OK so if I’m reading this right, they are concerned about MERCURY? REALLY? The new mandatory light bulbs that have replaced candescent bulbs are FULL of mercury. They are so dangerous that if they had not been invented by Obama’s buddy Jeff Immelt who is head of GE the left would be screaming bloody murder. Remember the “don’t eat tuna because of mercury” scare decades ago?

    • Yes, and continuing withhey with the ‘insanity’ theme and your CFL light bulb reference: they want you to put mercury-filled light bulbs in every room of your house, in lamps that can be tipped over, in locations easily accessible by children of all ages, et cetera …and yet..and yet…at the same time, they are demanding that traditional thermostats in the home, usually only one, and usually in a fixed and stable location high up on a wall and out of the way, be banned ….because they contain…. mercury. And more. People complain that the new CFL’s don’t put out as much light as a traditional incandescent. Why? Look at how they are constructed. It has to be a tube because of the gas inside and so to fit in a standard socket it is curly-qued so that half of the exterior surface of the bulb is facing the middle of the bulb so the light is going in on itself and not projected outward. Insanity.

  7. Bob, this is just one miniscule piece of ice of the huge iceberg. EPA is after HAND SANITIZER now too as a “pollutant.”

    Never mind I’m sure it’s saved millions of dollars in sick people visits to the MD.

    I grew up 10 miles from a huge coal plant in Toledo and I’m still here, never had any problems.

    Now I have to admit I’ve been to Peru where there is no such thing as a catalytic converter or any sort of pollution control and blew black snot out of my nose constantly. Sorry to be gross, but it’s true.

    • You’re on top of this way more than I am, LIO. This is just one of those agencies that will outlive and outlast whatever administration and whatever Congress gets elected next time. It outlived its usefulness decades ago, which is when the Comintern latched onto it. The individual states are fully competent to do whatever pollution policing still needs done. When the tear ran down Iron Eyes Cody’s cheek, we all got it, and the only thing EPA is used for now is to bash America and keep it on a very short leash, reminding the people who is boss.

  1. They might as well add any junior/senior high school boys gym as a toxic pollution contributor while the epa is at it.

    Is breathing out next on the list for this Republic?

    Yo Congress, pull epa funding and charge them with killing forests for all the paper they’re printing.

    • What makes you think they won’t?

      At the risk of sounding exceedingly extreme, it seems a certain segment of the ruling class wants to cleanse the world. Now, I’m not going to invoke the last person who wanted to cleanse the world.

      Maybe this new bunch’s intentions are pure (pun intended).

      Same effect: For all the stupidities that the ruling classes impose, the people who suffer for it are at the bottom of the food chain.

      The problem with that is there is always a bottom and always a top. Those doing this know this as well and their aim is to make sure they’re at the top.

  2. There are 8,000,000 stories. In my community there is a battery recycling plant. Yes, a little bit of lead gets spit out. But it is heavy. Funny thing about lead. So it doesn’t get very far. They are ‘in compliance’. But EPA recently changed the standards to reduce *by a factor of ten* the amount of allowable emissions from what was previously considered safe, acceptable limits. The local Red Rag recently blew up a big piece entitled ‘BREATHING DANGEROUS AIR’ , even though the plant is in compliance, is working to meet the new standards, has six more years to do so, and nearby communities have not been found to have any elevated levels of lead in anyone’s nostrils, lungs, or blood.
    I know the conventional wisdom is to ‘defund’ things. What happens when the next Congress comes in and ‘refunds’ them?
    I am an abolitionist myself. 🙂

  3. I grew up on a farm in SW Minnesota. Raising pigs was a common and somewhat lucrative industry there. Of course if a growing pig is going to gain a pound a day, as they will, they have to leave several pounds of, ahhh… droppings. Quite pungent droppings. The time honored practice was to take those droppings and spread them on the fields to grow the corn, soybeans, barley and other crops the US formerly supplied the world with.

    Even on the school bus at the ripe age of 10 I heard complaints, from apparently future leftists, that the stench was unbearable and “somebody should pass a law.”

    My instant reply was “What stench? It smells like money to me!”

    After all, someone has to move those droppings from the pigs room to the manure spreader and then spread it upon the nutrient craving ground. When the minimum wage was $3/hour I got $3.50 for pitching the sh*t and spreading it. Never saw an illegal alien show up to tell me I was too good to do the job either. Guess there weren’t any in those days (NO I do not pre-date immigration limitations).

    My familiarity with the seedier side of farm life served me well. There are several times during my visit to Fallujah, Iraq that I can remember thinking, “Well, this beats pitching hog sh*t out of Gary’s barn.” I love my brother but damn his hogs crapped ALOT!

    • “My instant reply was “What stench? It smells like money to me!””

      You must have been raised by farmers. I grew up with the same instant response!

      And when I was in High School I had a similar job to yours. A local pig farm (with the biggest boars I’ve ever seen) hired me and my friend to come several days a week and clean the pig barns. It was terrible work, but they paid well and fed us breakfast and lunch (usually a big plate of bacon, sausage and eggs for breakfast and a bunch of pork chops for lunch). We’d fill the spreader, and distribute the “droppings” over their fields.

      I quit working for them when they sold out, moved 30 miles away and I helped them pack their equipment on trailers. Now some VERY expensive homes are standing where I used to shovel pig “droppings”. Doesn’t seem to have harmed their lawns at all.

    • And on a related note – bike trails. Wonderful things right? Great for exercise and…. A little while back a ‘skinny bully’ (see TGalt) professor from the local Bolshevik State University was able to exercise his constitutional right to bicycle right up next to a hog farm out in the county, hoist himself up on the farmer’s fence and take “damning” photos of the hog operation. Oh, boy, did the local Red Rag play that one up. Yeah, the prof eventally got charged with trespassing, but, you get the point. There are 8,000,000 stories. If someone had the wherewithal to collect a few thousand of them and bind them up in a nice package perhaps the 113th Congress could be presented with a study guide and a mandate.

  4. And the “nanny state” strikes again. The Left can’t help themselves, they are so much smarter and better to tell everyone how to do things. Trouble is, everything they touch turns to ash. I also believe there is a strong element of hatred toward mankind that makes them this way. As if we shouldn’t be alive and using anything….

    Maybe they could just self-destruct and leave the rest of us alone.

  5. I’m just reading the comments above about the pig poop fertilizer and laughing. Anyone who does gardening knows that the best fertilizer you can use in gardening, especially vegetable gardening is animal manure cow, horse, sheep, poultry etc. It adds the nitrogen required for green leafy growth. Well, now some Environmental Scientist at UVA did studies that prove that Nitrogen is a pollutant. He even developed a Nitrogen footprint calculator so you can track your Nitrogen use, just like the Carbon footprints. I would love to know how the Earth, and all humans inhabiting it for thousands of years haven’t all been killed off before now. Have no fear, the EPA is now going to regulate Nitrogen also.

    https://www.epa.gov/AMD/EcoExposure/ESRP.html

    • This is just amazing. Although the article does admit that “…nitrogen is one of life’s essential nutrient elements…” they still feel it needs regulation.
      1. Nitrogen is one of the main components of crop fertilizers, including ‘organic’ methods involving crop rotation and co-planting, i.e. planting corn and beans together so the bean plant can ‘fix’ nitrogen into the soil for the corn.
      2. Nitrogen is the largest component of our atmoshpere at over 78%

      What WILL they think of next?

      • I wonder if Moochelle even knows how much nitrogen it takes to grow her Argula, and other veges she insists the kids eat more of. Nitrogen is a big part of most fertilizers you buy. If they control Nitrogen, and therefore fertilizers, the gov. controls our food supplies. Haven’t most dictators controlled food supplies, and left the populations starving in order to gain ultimate control over the people?

        BTW, the Environmental Scientist, James Galloway, who came up with these studies, was at UVA at the same time as Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, and is there still today. There have been FOIA requests for info on him and Mann, but the local Lib Judge ruled that they don’t have to abide by the request, even from our state Atty. Gen. It has been appealed. UVA is fighting it on the basis of Scientific Immunity, or some such thing. In other words, if Scientists come up with bogus studies, or unprovable theories, they need to be protected.

  6. Quote in part from Bob: “The way it is presented, the rules are designed to reduce mercury pollutants coming from power plant stacks, and the claim is made that there are currently no limits on power plant emissions. ‘

    OK so if I’m reading this right, they are concerned about MERCURY? REALLY? The new mandatory light bulbs that have replaced candescent bulbs are FULL of mercury. They are so dangerous that if they had not been invented by Obama’s buddy Jeff Immelt who is head of GE the left would be screaming bloody murder. Remember the “don’t eat tuna because of mercury” scare decades ago?

    • Yes, and continuing withhey with the ‘insanity’ theme and your CFL light bulb reference: they want you to put mercury-filled light bulbs in every room of your house, in lamps that can be tipped over, in locations easily accessible by children of all ages, et cetera …and yet..and yet…at the same time, they are demanding that traditional thermostats in the home, usually only one, and usually in a fixed and stable location high up on a wall and out of the way, be banned ….because they contain…. mercury. And more. People complain that the new CFL’s don’t put out as much light as a traditional incandescent. Why? Look at how they are constructed. It has to be a tube because of the gas inside and so to fit in a standard socket it is curly-qued so that half of the exterior surface of the bulb is facing the middle of the bulb so the light is going in on itself and not projected outward. Insanity.

  7. Bob, this is just one miniscule piece of ice of the huge iceberg. EPA is after HAND SANITIZER now too as a “pollutant.”

    Never mind I’m sure it’s saved millions of dollars in sick people visits to the MD.

    I grew up 10 miles from a huge coal plant in Toledo and I’m still here, never had any problems.

    Now I have to admit I’ve been to Peru where there is no such thing as a catalytic converter or any sort of pollution control and blew black snot out of my nose constantly. Sorry to be gross, but it’s true.

    • You’re on top of this way more than I am, LIO. This is just one of those agencies that will outlive and outlast whatever administration and whatever Congress gets elected next time. It outlived its usefulness decades ago, which is when the Comintern latched onto it. The individual states are fully competent to do whatever pollution policing still needs done. When the tear ran down Iron Eyes Cody’s cheek, we all got it, and the only thing EPA is used for now is to bash America and keep it on a very short leash, reminding the people who is boss.

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