Friday, July 3, 2015

Enjoy the 4th, it may be last of its kind

There's a warning this week that Saturday's Independence Day celebration may be the last to allow traditional cookouts or fireworks in many parts of the country.


Obama's EPA is moving toward socking America with a new dose of ozone/air quality restrictions.

The Daily Caller reports:
Viewing American Centennial Celebration Fireworks, 1876
Because the proposed ozone rule is set so low, things as harmless as a few backyard chefs grilling burgers in the same area at the same time, or even festive fireworks being launched during an Independence Day celebration, could cause an area to violate federal ozone standard thresholds. Such a violation of the EPA’s unreasonably low ozone limit would result in fines and other penalties for local governments from federal regulators.
If the Daily Caller report strikes you as alarmist, please understand it's not just outdoor holiday celebrations Obama and the EPA are putting at risk.

Business Roundtable notes:
Pursuant to court order, EPA proposed a new ozone NAAQS in December 2014 and intends to finalize the standard by October, 2015.  EPA has proposed to set a standard within the range of 0.065-0.070 ppm, largely consistent with the recommendations of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (0.060- 0.070 ppm) but it also has requested comments on maintaining the current 0.075 ppm standard and establishing a 0.060 standard.  If adopted, ozone standards in the 0.060-0.070 range would place large sections of the country in non-attainment status, thus making it difficult or impossible to expand manufacturing in these areas.    Standards in this range are close to background levels in many areas of the country and according to EPA, compliance increasingly would depend on technologies that have not yet been developed.
We have a federal government that's repeatedly and consistently using federal regulations and bureaucracy to shut down industry, and unplug energy infrastructure. But the pace of America's deconstruction is still slow enough that most Americans still can't grasp what's underway. Few bother to connect the dots of various federal actions, and the mainstream media shows zero interest in letting this cat out of the bag.  

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