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Monday, November 1, 2010

Dennis Kucinich wants MORE Government & MORE EPA Control over your Life-- do you?

In the face of a record setting $1.3 Trillion deficit, national debt of nearly $13 Trillion and the current Miracle-Gro type growth of our federal government, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH-10) recently stated he believes we need even MORE spending & MORE government in our life.

Let's take a look at a few samples of what MORE government means....

Controlling our water system --
This Colorado River Basin Geographic Focus Study is part of the ongoing effort outlined in the WaterSMART Secretarial Order signed in February 2010. It reflects a national commitment to understanding water availability in the country and managing that resource for current and future generations. The last comprehensive assessment of water availability for our nation was in 1978 and it is overdue for a new one.

The USGS WaterSMART initiative will produce a water census for the nation, a new and on-going appraisal for water availability that links both water quality and quantity, tracks changing flow, use, and storage of water, as well as developing models and predictive tools to guide its decisions . A relatively new area of science evaluates how much water needs to be left in the streams to support important ecological values. This initiative includes a significant research and assessment effort to help wildlife managers characterize the flow needs for aquatic species and their habitat. Knowing our nation’s water “assets” and rates of use on an ongoing basis is crucial to wise management.
With our Great Lakes under constant threat, we here in OH should share a special interest in this government take over of water. Click here to see the impact on you when the government takes over water supplies.

Setting a future precedent, the EPA, through the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act (S. 1816)  is emasculating State control of their land & waterways through the Clean Water Act....
“Bigger federal government and expanded federal authority is not in the best interest of our nation,” Stallman said. “By granting EPA the authority to issue what are called Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) without allowing states the opportunity to address water issues, this bill would give EPA greater control over land-use decisions that should be made at the local level.”

According to a letter sent to the full Senate by Farm Bureau and the other groups, S. 1816 “is not a regional bill with only local consequences and only benign effects for the rest of the country.”

“S. 1816 does not authorize a program to improve water quality through collaboration, technical assistance, and/or funding,” the letter stated. “Instead, S. 1816 would set a major legislative precedent in federal environmental law, taking the authority and control granted to states and local governments under the Clean Water Act and instead vest it in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – a step never before taken in the 38-year history of the law.
You're thinking, "clean water is good, but do they really want to take control of ALL water?"  You decide...
The legislation, entitled “America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act”, seeks to expand the federal government’s control of U.S. water under the Clean Water Act by removing the existing requirement that regulated waterways be “navigable.”  Under the proposed legislation, all inland waters, on both public and private lands, would be controlled and regulated by the federal government.

On December 8, 2009, Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) along with fellow House and Senate Western Caucus members outlined their concerns in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding the Senate “Clean Water Restoration Act” (S.787) and the anticipated introduction of similar legislation in the House.
Removing "non-navigable" would give the EPA control of all water from the pond in your front yard to the puddle in your back yard after it rains. If you think your sewer bills from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District are high now -- wait until the EPA imposes more unattainable restrictions.

Controlling our Food & Agriculture --

Are you thinking that is for farms -- they can't control air in our homes...  Think Again! 
“The Obama EPA’s unprecedented attempts to regulate dust on farms and ranches is just another example of how out-of-touch this administration is. Clear evidence acknowledges that the dust standard revision is unnecessary. Yet despite results from scientific studies, the EPA is continuing its attempts to control the day-to-day operations on ranches and farms.

“This unreasonable requirement will cause extreme hardship to farmers, livestock producers and other resource-based industries throughout rural America. People in the West and those in dry climates will be hit especially hard. It’s time the EPA rethink the consequences the farm dust regulation will have on the people who feed us.”

The goal of these projects is to educate Americans on how to reduce the environmental health risks of indoor contaminants through demonstrations, education projects, trainings and outreach efforts. EPA is placing particular emphasis on reaching households with children, low income families, and minorities because they are disproportionately impacted by poor indoor air quality.

The cooperative agreements will:
  • Promote positive indoor air quality management practices in schools nationwide, including holistic approaches to environmental issues.
  • Create awareness to reduce asthma triggers in the home and encourage the use of an asthma management plan.
  • Increase the number of homes tested for radon and built with radon-resistant features, and increase mitigation of radon in existing homes.
  • Increase effective indoor air quality practices in office buildings.
  • Motivate Americans to improve their home’s indoor air quality.
So it appears clear that the Obama Administration & the EPA are using regulation through the Clean Air & Clean Water Acts to circumvent a non-existent Cap & Trade legislation. 

By voting against the Cap & Trade legislation in the House earlier this year because it did not go far enough, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, by having the EPA impose big government & economically unsound environmental edicts to push his progressive agenda that has continually failed N/E Ohio.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding 17 cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations and a university totaling approximately $2.4 million to improve indoor air quality nationwide. Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors where levels of air pollution may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollutants, such as dust mites, can trigger asthma attacks and radon can cause lung cancer.

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