The Devastating Effects of Sandy and the Devastating Effects of the EPA
The destruction caused over the past couple of days by hurricane-turned-super storm Sandy is absolutely tragic. In addition to the loss of life and countless lives disrupted, the damage is now estimated to cost about $50 billion, in terms of property damage and lost business.
Sadly, the economic harm and personal tragedies are not limited to a storm. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to wreak havoc on our economy.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports “Consol Energy told 145 workers in southern West Virginia it will start laying them off in late December because of a dispute over permits for surface mining related to the King Coal Highway project.” The EPA stalling on granting permits for mining projects is unfortunately nothing new, and we’re painfully aware of the liberals’ and EPA’s war on coal.
Hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters are, well, natural, and have been occurring all throughout human history. Each time it is heartbreaking, but there are just some things that people cannot control; and when big disasters occur, we have to rebuild and rebound financially.
We should, however, have control over the nature, structure, and reach (and existence, for that matter) of government bureaucracies. Yet, the Environmental Protection Agency has cost people billions of dollars due to onerous, job stifling regulations.
Instead of fixing the problems we can actually fix, people like Al Gore are raging about global warming, blaming the ‘climate crisis’ for Hurricane Sandy. Gore said:
“Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather.”
Why is Al Gore even allowed to have a blog? Maybe the EPA should regulate him…
As the Washington Times pointed out, the history of bad hurricanes hitting the East Coast goes back quite a bit further than Al Gore suggests with his wild assertions about global warming:
“New York and New England were hit with powerful hurricanes in 1821 and 1938. In 1821, the hurricane was called, The Great September Gale. In 1938, the hurricane, aptly named the Long Island Express, slammed New York and New England with winds of up to 120 MPH. The Berkshire Eagle lists other hurricanes and tropical storms dating back to 1635 that have hit the east coast.”
The fact is that the EPA overstepping its boundaries is a habitual problem, and businesses have to expend precious time and resources bringing the EPA to court in order to get anything accomplished.
Again, the effects of Sandy are no laughing matter, but Al Gore’s rambling rampage is a sobering reminder of the costly whirlwind of regulations constantly being spewed out by the EPA. We should work to rein the EPA’s costly regulations.