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Command and Control

December 9th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

This is how you use power:

The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a “command-and-control” role over the process in a way that could hurt business. 

But while administration officials have long said they prefer Congress take action on climate change, the economic official who spoke with reporters Tuesday night made clear that the EPA will not wait and is prepared to act on its own. 

And it won’t be pretty. 

“If you don’t pass this legislation, then … the EPA is going to have to regulate in this area,” the official said. “And it is not going to be able to regulate on a market-based way, so it’s going to have to regulate in a command-and-control way, which will probably generate even more uncertainty.”

The Obama administration is saying, in effect: “Don’t worry about the adverse economic effects of cap and trade, because if you don’t pass it, we will do it by bureaucratic fiat and we’ll really screw things up.” Unbelievable.

7 Comments so far ↓

  • Benpercent

    This is coming from the administration that said it would make saving the economy its top priority.

    Do they think that the public has a short memory span in regards to how their actions match up to their words over time? And if they are correct in that assumption, what causes such a neglect of the memory? Habitual evasion?

  • Mike

    Indeed — and I’m wondering why there isn’t greater public outcry about the administration’s naked power grab. Not meaning to postjack, but I wrote on this topic yesterday and would like to add that analysis to the discussion.

  • Fareed

    maybe the public is too drunk to understand it.

  • Darren

    Regulate in a market-based way? Doublespeak.

  • Bill Brown

    Charles Krauthammer has a great op-ed—as usual—today about this very subject.

  • Steve D

    “This is how you use power”

    No doubt, but I am surprised by how open they are about it. Most politicians would be a bit more subtle about it.

  • Fareed

    you should do a post mocking the God part and the Kindergarten party.