Economy, Regs, & Taxes

Bleeding Republican States Dry

We'll call it the "psychosis of socialism."

Robin Smith · Aug. 17, 2015
The North Antelope Rochelle coal mine | Photo courtesy Peabody Energy Inc., Wikimedia Commons

We’re about to coin a new phrase that perfectly captures the deliberately destructive tool of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the hands of Barack Obama and the socialist Left. We’ll call it the “psychosis of socialism.”

The psychosis of socialism is on display as the final rule of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) has been set into motion. It mandates by 2030 a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions — the same gas you exhale upon healthy respiration — 32% lower than levels of 2005. The CPP will cost the U.S. economy an estimated $2.5 trillion lost in economic growth, with 66 power plants closed and 125,000 jobs eliminated that generate America’s electricity. That’s on top of 200 plants already forced into retirement.

To achieve this Leftist government-sanctioned objective, Obama has employed the power and bureaucracy of a radicalized and weaponized EPA coupled with an almost unseen but very effective Sierra Club activist group, Beyond Coal, which is funded by former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The hostility of the Obama administration and the socialist Left toward an industry that employs thousands in Republican-voting states is evidenced in the comments of Bruce Nilles, the leader of Beyond Coal. Nilles, who developed “boot camps” to block coal permits “on every conceivable angle,” soared and roared in his rhetoric recently, saying, “Once we’ve taken out coal, we’ll need to take on oil … It’s a long fight.”

Psychosis of socialism, anyone?

Meanwhile, Obama’s plan for mandatory reductions in emissions are most stringent in states where you won’t find coal. They are also not states with populations that generally buy into the “science of man-made global warming.”

STATE Emission Reduction Population
Montana -47% 1.02 million
South Dakota -48% 853,175
North Dakota -45% 739,482
Wyoming -44% 584,153
Kansas -44% 2.9 million
Iowa -42% 3.1 million

And, here we are, supposedly using “science” to severely reduce man-made emissions in six states with a combined population of just over nine million. Hence, the psychosis of socialism, where the government-control of industry, commerce and the economy is driven by the imaginary musings and suicidal policies of the militant Left has to explain this new environmental policy.

In these states with the highest mandatory reductions, what drives this policy? Is it the smog from bumper-to-bumper traffic in Montana or the factories belching out black particulate matter in Wyoming on block after block?

Yeah, we’ve just proven it’s not the science. But, with the exception of Iowa, which is politically “powder blue” and moving more toward purple, these states are politically conservative.

In other words, Obama and those who live in the psychotic state of socialism are specifically targeting states that have served as his political opponents, with some having the audacity to challenge Saudi Arabia as the new giants of oil.

By 2030, based on the EPA’s own data, a projected reduction of 0.01 degrees Celsius will result at a cost of jobs, an increase in the price of electricity, and any other product or service that involves that demon of First World living called energy.

In a September 2014 hearing before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, the EPA could not deny the facts presented by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) that the exorbitant price paid and sacrifice of the American people and our economy for these 2030 objectives equal “just over 13 days of Chinese emissions.”

Got that? For 16 years, hard-working American taxpayers are required to lose their jobs, pay more for energy, and adapt to a “new normal” for less than 16 days of emissions being churned out by China.

Recently, GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina summed up the psychosis of socialism with two accurate statements. Fiorina observed that liberals say, “I’m prepared for you to lose your job in the name of sending a signal to whom? China could care less; in fact, China is delighted.” She concluded, “It is ridiculous for the Obama administration to call ISIS a strategic distraction and then go on to say that climate change is the single most pressing national security issue of our time.”

Conservative states are being targeted with despicable policies that have one result: harm to the United States.

Obama and his psychotic socialist Leftists have a tool that they wield for power and destruction in the form of the EPA. A wise proverb applies: “A fool with a tool is still a fool.”

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