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EPA's new regulations will devastate American manufacturing

Once again we can see the looming unintended consequences of Obama's extreme environmentalism. Ed Morrissey got an early look at the Senate minority's Environment and Public Works report that says the EPA's regulatory scheme will devastate American manufacturing because its rigid environmental standards will forcing companies to close their doors and send its manufacturing base and American jobs to countries like China that have much more lax environmental laws. Here's part of Ed's post:

The executive summary spells out the stakes involved in the effort to rein in the EPA:
  • New standards for commercial and industrial boilers: up to 798,250 jobs at risk;
  • The revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone: severe restrictions on job creation and business expansion in hundreds of counties nationwide.
  • New standards for Portland Cement plants: up to 18 cement plants at risk of shutting down, threatening nearly 1,800 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs;
  • The Endangerment Finding/Tailoring Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: higher energy costs; jobs moving overseas; severe economic impacts on the poor, the elderly, minorities, and those on fixed incomes; 6.1 million sources subject to EPA control and regulation; and
In fact, the new regulations threaten to put entire industries out of business. The new standard for boilers, titled "National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters" and called the Boiler MACT, creates a standard that literally no producer in the US meets at the moment. The industry group Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) represents end-user firms that employ 750,000 in various industries, and they concur
Ed's post is a must read. American manufacturing has been decimated over the decades because heavy regulation and unionization have made it too cost prohibitive. As a result, our economy revolves around the service industry. Obama's draconian EPA regulations will drive another nail into American manufacturing. We can't continue on this path. If the United States does not get back into the business of building things the rest of the world wants to buy, nations like China and India will be looking at the United States of America through their rear view mirrors.

Update: Fox News has more on the report:

In June, the EPA issued a proposal that would force industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and heaters to use "maximum achievable control technology" to reduce harmful emissions that erode air quality and pose a public health risk.

The proposed rule covers industrial boilers used in manufacturing, processing, mining, refining and commercial boilers used in malls, laundries, apartments, restaurants and hotels, the report reads.

The agency, which is required to finalize the proposal by Dec. 16, has argued that implementing the rule would prevent 1,900 to 4,800 premature deaths in 2013 by reducing pollutants like dioxin, mercury and carbon monoxide, which are known or suspected to cause cancer and other serious health and environmental effects.

The EPA also lists a series of other benefits, including a reduction in asthma, bronchitis, heart attacks, hospital visits and lost work days. The agency says the value of the benefits ranges from $17 billion to $41 billion in 2013 alone -- outweighing the costs of implementing the new rule by at least $14 billion.

But the report found that the proposed rule, known as "Boiler MACT," could put nearly 800,000 jobs at risk over requirements on commercial and industrial boilers, cement plans and ozone standards.

"Reducing emissions of mercury, hydrogen chloride and other hazardous air pollutants from commercial and industrial boilers is good policy," the report reads. "But the manner in which EPA set standards to reduce those emissions is impracticable and costly."

That's because the proposed standards are so stringent that not even the best performing sources can meet them, according to the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, (IECA), an industry group that represents companies with 750,000 employees and $800 billion in sales and is cited in the report.

The IECA is "enormously concerned that the high costs of this proposed rule will leave companies no recourse but to shut down the entire facility, not just the boiler," the report reads.


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Comments (16)

The yoda eared Kenyan clown... (Below threshold)

The yoda eared Kenyan clown strikes again.

"Once again we can see the ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

"Once again we can see the looming unintended consequences of Obama's extreme environmentalism."

I am afraid I must disagree.
Regulations written this way do not have "unintended" consequences. It has to be intentional.

Hey let's blame Bush for al... (Below threshold)

Hey let's blame Bush for all of those looming 800,000 lost jobs. It was his policies that made American companies send jobs overseas. So Obama will say when the unemployment rate is hovering around 25%. He will also say that the scads of green jobs will put those unemployed back to work. If you all believe that I have a few acres of ocean front property for sale in Arizona.

"Once again we can... (Below threshold)
"Once again we can see the looming unintended consequences of Obama's extreme environmentalism."

I was thinking the same thing as I wrote that, but since I don't have any proof they are deliberately destroying our economy, I am assuming they are all shockingly ignorant and stupid.

"The EPA also lists a serie... (Below threshold)

"The EPA also lists a series of other benefits, including a reduction in asthma, bronchitis, heart attacks, hospital visits and lost work days."

Bullshit! They haven't a freaking clue if there would be any "benefits", other than controlling another segment of society. Just like the "Air Resources Board" in California. Only they got caught 'making shit up'.

It's Bush's and Fox News's ... (Below threshold)
Oh whoas me, whoas me:

It's Bush's and Fox News's fault.

Even Michelle says so.

But what the hell does that dumb broad know?

Kim, honey, there you go ag... (Below threshold)

Kim, honey, there you go again, citing facts. Facts have nothing to do with anything, darling. Barry, Al, and Leo Decapitated are who we should be listening to.

Let's end everything and go back to the Stone Age. Didn't the Stone Age look great in Dances With Wolves?

Let's go and live in tents in Montana in the winter and kill great big animals with sharpened sticks. Yes!!!

While I agree with everyone... (Below threshold)

While I agree with everyone about the astounding stupidity of the Obama administration, as a U.S. manufacturer and small business owner, I can say that Republicans have been complicit in sending jobs overseas. China (as well as other countries) subsidizes raw materials so that their companies can undersell in the U.S. market. They also undervalue their currency against the U.S. dollar. We could stop every terrible environmentalist job-killing scheme and eliminate every union job in America and still would be losing jobs overseas.Under the guise of Free Trade we are selling our future and destroying our middle class. It's not Free Trade when one side is cheating. Republicans need to Wake Up and start finding a way to promote real trade, folks, because much of the problem is NOT the lower wages paid Chinese workers, it is the subsidy on raw materials that is killing the U.S. manufacturer. Sadly, as a conservative, I have to tell you that Republicans have a huge blind spot when it comes to this.

Bullshit! They haven't a... (Below threshold)

Bullshit! They haven't a freaking clue if there would be any "benefits", other than controlling another segment of society. Just like the "Air Resources Board" in California. Only they got caught 'making shit up. -- GarandFan


Your post was one of the DUMBEST things I've seen in a while. But then you prefer not to live in a "reality-based" community, right?

According to the EPA for New Jersey in 2005:

The report, which used 2005 data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the most recent available), found that New Jersey industrial facilities released 398,939 pounds of airborne carcinogens and 432,119 pounds of airborne developmental toxins. Toluene, the chemical accounting for 72% of the airborne developmental toxin releases, and dichloromethane, which accounted for 26% of the airborne carcinogens, each have safer alternatives commercially available.


"...Indeed, putting just one gram of mercury into a 20 acre lake each year would contaminate the lake's fish enough to put health advisories on eating the fish.

Statewide, 92 plants released 11,808 pounds of lead to our air, and 21 plants released 1,211 pounds (549,300 grams) of mercury.

http://www.njpirg.org/news-releases/njpirgs-toxics-free-future-news/njpirgs-toxics-free-future-news/new-jerseyans-needlessly-exposed-to-airborne-toxic-pollution )

According to GarandFan, these numbers are all completely made up by sinister and evil government employees with nothing better to do with their time, for in actuality, there are never any harmful by-products of industrial production.


Conservatives, do try to use your brains, pretty please?

Let's go and live in tents ... (Below threshold)
Mrs. Iwoglivesactually:

Let's go and live in tents in Montana in the winter and kill great big animals with sharpened sticks. Yes!!! - Iwogisdead

He get likes this sometimes. I'm so embarrassed.

Eight years ago I earned a ... (Below threshold)

Eight years ago I earned a Master's Degree in Industrial Manufacturing Technology. Two years ago, I lost my job. I saw the handwriting on the wall. Compete for an ever-decreasing number of jobs or get out. I opted to retrain and go into another field. Manufacturing in America has had a huge bulls-eye on it for decades. Generally the ones doing the shooting have been the bloated bureaucrats at the State and Federal level.

I have, in essence given up on manufacturing. I am throwing away a graduate level degree because worthless government hacks feel it is their duty to regulate every little aspect of production. There is no fix, no cure, no way to beat back the leviathan of government barring a revolution of sorts. I don't see it coming. Not even the Tea Party can reverse this juggernaut. At least my new career cannot be outsourced, and although I will miss manufacturing, I will not miss the govt a-holes who have virtually destroyed this nations ability to produce goods. It will be interesting to see when things get so bad as to who will be making our bullets. Think the Chinese will make our tank rounds? Maybe we can buy some Russian tanks?

Devastating the American ec... (Below threshold)

Devastating the American economy: Is this a by-product of the EPA regulations or their primary purpose? What has this administration done in the last year and a half to assist the private sector? Zip. All the Obama-ites want is more government, more regulations, higher taxes, more centralized control, etc.

There will never be a point... (Below threshold)

There will never be a point where auto or power plant emissions will be clean enough, never a point where cars will be safe enough, never a point at which social programs will be good enough - it simply cannot happen.

Perfection is the standard, but the closer you get to perfection, the higher the cost to get further. And of course, when that's pointed out, the folks pushing for perfection start screaming how you want people to die in the filth, because you're not willing to pay astronomical amounts for difficult to achieve miniscule gains.

Yes, we should have standards. Yes, we DO have standards. But to bankrupt industries and drive off jobs because perfection is the only acceptable standard no matter the costs involved is insane.

First thing the new Congres... (Below threshold)
John S:

First thing the new Congress can do is proclaim "Mission Accomplished" and abolish the EPA. Then those 20,000 six figure employees can work part-time at Denny's like the rest of us.

I guess that means every bo... (Below threshold)
Jeff L:

I guess that means every boiler in the US will be shut down if 798,250 jobs will be lost. I'm not sure how many homes, businesses, apartment buildings are going to hear their homes.

As for cement plants being shut down.....please.....going to import concrete from Canada or Mexico. Those will be some really hot batches of concrete. But only 9000 jobs lost? Kim you might want to go back and do that math again. If what you claim is true there will be hundreds of thousands of jobs indirectly lost. I just want to know what will roads, house/building foundations, walls, floors be made out of once there is no more concrete?

I want to know how many jobs would be created by retrofitting or building new plants and factories to the new standards?

Only an idiot leftist would... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Only an idiot leftist would suppose the jobs lost by excessive regulation would be recaptured by "retrofitting."

Economics 101: raise the costs of doing business, less business is done.

Unfortunately, we have ignoramuses such as Jeff L @ #15 actually running these agencies now. They haven't a clue how the world works in reality; their entire experience has been in government and academia.






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