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Shutdown Might Delay EPA’s New Fuel Standards!

More distressing news about the shutdown via a white knuckled Reuters:

EPA to be hit hard in shutdown, could delay renewable fuel standard

By Valerie Volcovici | September 30, 2013

(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency.

Among those furloughed would be most workers at the Office of Air and Radiation, which is in charge of writing and implementing most of the EPA’s major air pollution rules. The clock would also stop, for now, on the EPA’s eagerly-awaited proposal on renewable fuel volume standards for 2014.

Oh, no! How will we live without more new and impossible to meet fuel standards?

The EPA said its plan for dealing with a shutdown would classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential…

Why does the EPA even have 16,205 employees?

"People are not going to be able to be working on these rules at home," said Dina Kruger, an environmental regulation consultant and former climate change director at the EPA, who worked at the agency when the government shut down in 1996…

And this is supposed to be bad news?

The EPA on September 20 unveiled new emissions standards for new power plants…

So Obama might have to briefly postpone his ‘War On American Energy’? That is terrible.

Speaking of which, we also have more terrible shutdown news from via the Daily Caller:

Oil and gas leases, national parks to be hit by govt shutdown

By Michael Bastasch | September 30, 2013

Agencies charged with crafting energy and environmental regulations will be forced to lay off thousands of employees and halt key functions, including issuing oil and gas drilling permits and maintaining national parks, under the government shutdown…

That is another horrible blow. Obama really wanted to rush those oild and gas leases through, too. (In fact, has the Obama administration even issued an oil and gas permit on federal land since he has been in office?)

Let’s hope this doesn’t delay the Keystone Pipeline.

The Interior Department will furlough 58,765 employees — about 81 percent of its staff. Those who aren’t slated to be furloughed are mainly law enforcement officers and those who oversee national parks.

Just like with the sequester, the Obama administration wants this government shutdown to hurt the American public as much as possible. After all, park employees do protect valuable property, which should mean they are essential by the government’s own definition.

Furthermore, the department’s permitting of oil and gas leases on federal lands would be halted. However, offshore drilling permits would continue.

Furthermore, many national attractions will be closed. CNN reports that 368 National Park Service sites will be closed…

Well, given that the White House where Obama lives is already closed to tourists, what other national attractions are there?

The Energy Department, on the other hand, would be able to continue much of its work… as the agency gets a lot of funding from multi-year appropriations. An agency spokeswoman said that “in the immediate future, we expect federal employees to continue to report for work as scheduled” as the DOE has enough funds to operate “for a short time.”

Whew. That is a relief. Obama can still continue to funnel money to his fat cat donors via energy loans for ‘green projects’ that are doomed to fail.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has enough money to keep running for about a week, but will have to furlough all but 300 of its 3,900 employees if the shutdown goes beyond one week. Most of those who would stay on are nuclear reactor inspectors and staff that respond to accidents…

Well, it’s good to see that most of the workers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are not considered essential, either. But, of course, all of the the Obama-Care navigators are vital to our nation’s safety. None of them will miss a day on the job.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Shutdown Might Delay EPA’s New Fuel Standards!”

  1. canary

    Pelosi Says Cupboard Empty while Billions of Dollars in Federal Funding Goes Towards Beer, Wine, and Spirits tasting and Culinary Tips Across and Culinary Tips Across the Country such as the “Taste New York” Granted $900,000.

    NY Governor Cuomo had no shame announcing over $900,000 in Federal Funds for Specialty Crops Across New York State, Including Funding to Assist New York’s Wine and Grape Industry
    on September 25, 2013 on his web site.

    This funding includes $154,000 to support the state’s wine and grape industry.

    This funding complements the Governor’s efforts to support and grow the State’s agricultural and culinary industries through the Taste NY initiative.

    Taste NY is designed to showcase the State’s wide variety of world-class food, beer, wine, and spirits that are produced. New York-grown and produced items have been highlighted at special events, tourism destinations, transit hubs, and stores throughout the State.

    This does not include Federal Funding going towards television commercials to promote watermelon, wine tasting for Dial A Ride and other programs.

    It’s clear Obama Beer is paid for by tax payers who never even get to taste it. While, cigarette smokers will be penalized by Obama Care, drinking fattening alcohol will be rewarded.

    • canary

      How wine, California flowers and dried fruits are crops is beyond me.

      California was just awarded $18 million and including flowers and dried fruits as crops.

      The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to award $18 million in 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds for projects that will solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

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      Sen. Bennet Announced $684,000 in USDA Grants for Colorado Sept 30th 2013

      Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced this week that the Colorado Department of Agriculture has been awarded $684,488.50 in competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support eleven specialty crop projects across the state.

      Do take note that the Colorado Governor signed “hemp and marijuana crops can’t be banned by the Federal Government so while, they are being more private about what their federal funds
      will be used for, you can bet “hemp” will come in every flavor under the sun.
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      Sept 27 2013 The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) received word that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the state’s application for $3.2 million in grant for wine, flowers, and Christmas trees. And no doubt the university will study “hemp”

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      Sept 24, 2013 Michigan announced 1.2 million in federal funds is going to support 20 specialty crop projects in Michigan, such as Christmas Trees and onions.

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      Sept 30th, Alaska announced receiving federal funds with not figure, but each per se crop approved will receive $25,000. This money will go fast as it will go for “airfare, travel expenses, and advertising.
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      Awe Kansas only got about 230,000 when their top resource is agriculture.
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      This grant interpreted as “block grants”, while media sources have confused with names of years gone by.

  2. captstubby

    how is it the more the Media True Believers report on furloughed nonessential workers,(except for the back pay,) this is sounding sweeter and sweeter every day.

    except when the Boy King eventual Temper Tantrum occurs and makes it hurt .

    whats the Line on the odds when the inevitable ,

    “But what about he churlden…?”is played.

  3. canary

    I don’t know how a former EPA Director should be allowed to leak such a national security threat and the specifics.

    Where is home base they won’t be able to work from, but will have to take all their equipment to, but won’t be able to work from home? Do they ever have to take their equipment home when they get off work for the day, or get off work for the weekend? Why don’t they just hire essentials to guard their homes and offices.

    • canary

      Oh. In answer to my frivolous questions it would appear the D.C. EPA home was closed.

      Under different headlines Washington Post: By dawns early light a city full of aimless tourists and workers

      “Apparently it’s illegal to do any real work,” said Roy Seidenstein, an Environmental Protection Agency lawyer, who, as a nonessential employee, will be furloughed during the government shutdown. On Tuesday, he’ll serve his four hours and leave. “The truth is, government workers want to do the work.”

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html

      I guess the EPA lawyer had to leave his brief case and laptop at the office.

  4. OPPRESSION TAKES A HOLIDAY!

    That’s what the already prepared MARCHING BANNER would have said, if the Republicans had any brains! Here is what they should have yanked out of their storage container:

    1. Marching banner made back in 1995.
    2. 1000 of prepared picket signs, with stickers to hand out.
    3. Uniforms of Minutemen to carry banner, complete with drum and flute corps.
    4. SOAP BOXES for all Republicans with a spine willing to go out and bash the regime.
    5. Speakers, microphones, flatbed trucks hauling giant video displays showcasing the latest message of the day.
    6. CROW BARS, given to every Republican Senator, and House member to OPEN THE DANG mall to World War 2 vets.- Complete with banner reading, “They Stormed the Beaches for Us, We are Storming the Mall for Them!” Get arrested for the cause if needed, which means automatic re-election for those members.
    7. Get 3 talking points and repeat them, and NOTHING ELSE. “The Obama-Shutdown” “Delayed Obamacare for buddies, but not America.” “Shut downed the Go’vt b/c they refused to give up the perks and privileges they made for themselves!”
    8. Bus in supporters to march around (like democrats do) and get media attention complete with talking points and sympathetic media members to record it all.

    –Honestly, why would Republicans FRET about all this? As much as the gov’t is hated, listen to your own heart, not polls and media hysterics.

  5. yadayada

    Mithrandir – “Honestly, why would Republicans FRET about all this?”

    boner and his ilk simply don’t know any other way of dealing with the demons. hand- wringing, futile attempts at compromise, then head-hanging acceptance. it’s either battered wife syndrome or a distraction because they want the same goals but don’t want us to see it.
    there are no other options, are there?


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