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Posted on Sep 28, 2015 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute

YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE

YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE

 

EPA: Working toward real world disasters

By Gene Hall

Someday the U.S. will fondly remember first world problems.

If EPA has its way.

The regulatory agency is intent on destroying what works in America. Free enterprise. Hard work. Food security.

First, the heavy hand of the new Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS rule. EPA wasn’t content with regulating navigable waters—the intent of the Clean Water Act. They have extended their authority over ditches, fields and puddles, telling farmers how to farm.

Proposed pesticide requirements could add up to 45 hours of additional training every three years, instead of up to 15 every five. Training is good. Overkill is bad.

But the regulatory crunch extends far beyond agriculture.

New ozone standards for vehicles that are unattainable. New power regulations that jack up electric bills, but do little for climate change.

It’s time to put a leash on this regulatory juggernaut. Before our first world problems become a real world disaster. 

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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