Obama EPA: We’ll make up our own far-reaching carbon regulations

The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket reports on disturbing comments made by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, in an interview with NPR (emphasis is hers.)

NPR: I’d like to return to a conversation we had last October when you were hopeful that Congress would pass a climate change bill and didn’t. Now your agency is issuing new rules and regulations doing some of the things you hoped Congress would do: limiting emissions from cars and trucks, requiring some companies to install new technologies to reduce pollution, but how do you respond to the critics who say that the EPA is overstepping its authority?

JACKSON: You know, Liane, in some ways we haven’t changed our posture. We still call for and believe that legislation is a more comprehensive, better, more efficient way to make low carbon emissions part of our economic fiber—part of our sort of fiber as a country as we grow. That hasn’t changed. And the other thing that hasn’t changed is my belief that I have a legal obligation and an obligation under the Clean Air Act to move forward with regulatory steps. Now I’ve said all along that this isn’t either or. You can’t pick legislation or regulation entirely. You have to move in a way where those two, if you have them, are consistent. So what we’ll continue to do is take regulatory steps, but they’ll be modest…each and every one, because the economy…business needs time to understand the regulations that are coming at them,  and so there won’t be any huge shocks to the system.

Picket points out the law cited by Jackson requires the EPA to regulate all sources that emit more than 250 tons of carbon a year — and with the average American emitting 20 tons of carbon himself, Jackson would be regulating from Washington virtually all apartment buildings and small businesses.  Perhaps that’s what Jackson meant when she cryptically referred to “huge shocks to the system.”

Not only is WTP leading the fight against Cap and Tax in Congress, but we’re also fighting for common sense “no regulation without representation” legislation stripping the EPA of their unchecked, unchallenged authority to destroy jobs by simply making up their own rules.