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Executive Order 13547: “The Sleeping Power Grab”, more environmental Nazism from the Marxist in chief

Farnsworth 2012/04/21 16:42:38

In July of 2010, President Obama signed executive order 13547
– “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.” There
wasn’t much hullabaloo about it, since it was just post-BP oil spill and
it was ostensibly designed to allow the federal government to better
safeguard – er, you know – ecosystems! And, sustainability!
And other such politically-soothing environmental buzzwords. The broad
policy afforded the feds the authority to zone and regulate the seas and
waterways, and all of the activities that take place on them.


There is a great deal of commercial economic activity that goes down
on our oceans, including energy, fishing, travel, and shipping, and then
when you move upriver and inland, there’s mining, timber, recreation,
agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries that make use of our
nation’s aquatic networks. As with any large, complex endeavor with many
relevant players and countless moving parts, the federal bureaucracy’s
attempt to “oversee,” a.k.a. regulate and centrally plan, that endeavor
usually just gums up the works and retards economic growth.


In four separate Congresses, legislation outlining the idea of zoning
the oceans has been debated and subsequently dropped. Did President
Obama bother to ask whether the current Congress would authorize such a
move? Well, that would just be silly, when there’s executive fiat to be
had, and several effects of this vaguely-defined order have begun to manifest themselves:

“This one to me could be the sleeping power grab that
Americans will wake up to one day and wonder what the heck hit them,”
said Rep. Bill Flores (R –Texas). …


The ocean policy has already impacted oil and gas development in the
Mid and South Atlantic, where more environmental analysis is now
required to determine whether new studies must also be conducted to
determine its safety, according to Interior Department Secretary Ken
Salazar.


Jack Belcher, managing director of the Ocean Policy Coalition that
represents numerous industries affected by Obama’s initiative including
oil companies, says Salazar’s action is one example of how the
administration is already blocking new production “on a policy that
hasn’t even been developed yet.”


Still in its draft form, the plan released in January contains vague
goals that call for more than 150 milestones to be accomplished by next
year that will determine how the ecosystem is managed. …


“But what we are worried about, and already seeing, is it’s being
used as a tool to say we’re not going to do something, or delay it,”
Belcher said. “It creates another layer of bureaucracy and another
opportunity for litigation. We see this as an opportunity to tie things
up in complete uncertainty.” …


“This has largely been completely under the radar,” Vitter said. “And
that is exactly the way the administration and their environmental
allies want to do it—announce the administrative fiat is complete and
that we have this new way of life that nobody knew was coming.”

The gist of this executive order is just another environmentalist
front for a regulatory power grab, and a major way to expand the
government’s authority over oil and gas permitting. No doubt the
environmental lobby really does hope to eventually closely regulate all
of the ocean’s economic activity, since they’re convinced that the
earth (not to be confused with humankind) would be better off if we
could rewind our industrial habits back a few thousand years.


Both House and Senate Republicans are starting take note of the
disastrous economic impact the Obama administration could exercise with
this order, recently asking for oversight hearings and more transparency
on “cloaked funding,” and the House Natural Resources Committee is fighting back.

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Farnsworths take:

I usually try and just have fun on the weekend, but this is something to note.
Follow the link to HotAir and watch the video of Rep Flores of Texas

Read More: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/21/executive-or...

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