GA SB 311
Should Georgians support Sen. Bethel, and others, in their effort to take back certain environmental regulations from the Federal government in the belief that such acts will keep energy costs low in Georgia?
RESULTS AS OF February 15, 2016
9% of Counties Reported
89% Voted YES | 11% MAYBE | 0% NO
Senators Bethel, Shafer, Mullis, Hill, Harper, and others are proposing that the several states, as “Member States” create a framework of agreement titled the “Interstate Power Compact.” It is the intent of the legislators that this Compact be adopted under the Georgia Constitution, and under the constitutions of other states that may join the Compact.
“The reasoning for this legislation is that the Federal government, in this instance more specifically the Environmental Protection Agency, has overreached its authority. In the specific words of the legislation it is necessary for one state, or states acting in agreement, to: “… formulate plans for restoring the primary responsibility of States and local governments in the prevention of air pollution and the control of air pollution at its source, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. §7401(a)(3) of the federal Clean Air Act. Member States agree that the Section 111(d) rule lacks a statutory and constitutional foundation.”
Survey Respondent Comments
Yes, for a number of reasons. With the primary reason being that the federal government has over stepped it’s bounds by not sticking to the enumerated powers it was granted, in Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, by the states who created the federal government to handle our protection and foreign affairs. Unfortunately, this is an ever recurring event with Big Government growing larger and larger by the day!
Secondly, all of the alphabet departments and agencies that exist in the federal government are (eg. EPA, DOEducation, DOEnergy, DOInterior, DOLand Management, DOJ, FED, etc.) are all unconstitutional, because none of these were included in the U.S. Constitution, which is the law of the land. Therefore, none of these should carry any weight, and should be considered null and void, on there face, because they were created outside of the purview of the Constitution.
Whereas, the proposed egregious Section 111(d) rule of the federal Clean Air Act infringes on the states’ police powers and otherwise violates federal law that has granted states the authority to regulate intrastate activities regarding electricity markets;
Whereas, the Section 111(d) rule would dramatically reduce the efficient operation of state and regional electricity markets, reduce the reliability of the markets, an greatly increase the cost of electricity to consumers;
Whereas, states may desire to have the United States Congress adopt into federal law provisions of an interstate compact that protects electricity consumers within the states from being exposed to significant rate increases due to the proposed rule without the express authority of Congress or the states’ legislatures;
Whereas, states may desire to have the United States Congress adopt into federal law provisions of an interstate compact that protect the sovereignty of the states and their congressionally delegated authority from being undermined by the Section 111(d) rule without the express authority of Congress or the states’ legislature.
However, the 10th Amendment secures the sovereignty of the various states, without going through the machinations of having the U.S. Congress adopt into federal law provisions of an interstate compact that protects the sovereignty of the states, because they are already protected by the U.S. Constitution! Just sayin’…folks…
Stuff like this happens, when one does not know his or her rights, and if you do not know your rights, then unfortunately you don’t have any rights! Because the powers that be will lie to you about what your rights are, what they can do to you, by the fact that you do not really know what your true rights are. And the way that the tables are turned on these usurpers of your rights, is to have a huge number of citizens that know what their rights are, and will not back down from the elected representatives that are trying to control “We The People” by fulminating the “Big Lie”, one after another!
It only took 300,000 irate Liberty minded Russian Citizens to bring Communism down in the Soviet Union, when it fell.
So, having a really large knowledgeable group to march on the Capitol (not a rally) to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances would be, what I would call a good start to getting the powers that be to know that the jig is up, with a dumbed down electorate! This stuff is not that hard to grasp, it just takes some time to research, and then know that they are lying to us all in spades, and then call them on it!
I think the committee allowed themselves to be intimidated by the chairman of the Georgia Sierra Club chapter who takes their orders from the EPA, as well as the EPD assistant director who, herself would rather have her agency draw up a plan while Georgians wait for USSC’s ruling in 2017! I believe in ‘ we’ the people who elect our legislatures to be our voice, who are thereby held accountable by the people. I do not see any accountability of the Sierra Club or the EPD to the people, nor any accountability to the experts within the power industry.
Our legislatures should not have shelved this “Proposed Interstate Power Compact” which gives the EPA more time for generating further abuse by an agency, with absolutely no constitutional authority, to undermine our state sovereignty.
The states need to take all the power in all areas from the Federal Government.
The states must do all possible to take back all power that the federal government has usurped. We cannot allow the child to rule the parent, and the fed is the child of the states.
Global warming is a hoax. Carbon has no effect on global warming. The EPA regulations should be stopped by the states. Water rights tie to property rights. The state should take charge of reservoirs to ensure that we have more than enough water.
“I am not sure about this. In studying the new Georgia Social Studies standards, I came across some applicable proposed standards to consider:
SSWG5: c. Analyze the economic, political and environmental impacts associated with industrialization and natural resource management around the world (e.g. fracking, strip, mining, building of dams and reservoirs, deforestation, sustainable development, and renewable vs. non-renewable resources.)
e. Evaluate how global trade systems impact the environmental sustainability in both importing and exporting countries (e.g., plantation farming in Africa and Central/South America, overfishing of global waterways, and international lumber trade).”
The Supreme Court has “blocked” the EPA on Coal, so now is the time to take back our “stolen” forests and lakes, too!
It’s not part of the constitutional power given to the Feds , so it is a state responsibility.
“In order to respond to this legislation one has to believe that the EPA is constitutional and then buy into the falsehoods perpetrated by these beaucrats concerning the environment. If lawmakers were truly interested in “”clean air”” then something would be done to stop all of the chemtrails being incessantly sprayed using our airforce. Besides increasing alzheimer`s in the population these aerosols contain aluminum, barium and stratium. It is known that these nano particles when breathed into the body alter the DNA and can be activated by microwave towers. http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/
Laws that diminish local control should be avoided. Allowing geoengineering is criminal. Supporting SB311 continues the fraud.”
I believe in the nullification of all overreach of the Federal Government!
It is a small step in limiting the unconstitutional actions that the federal government has been allowed to take.
“I agree that the EPA has way overreached with its regulation. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will agree with those who filed the suit against the EPA. My understanding is that this legislation has been shelved until the Supreme Court has ruled.
Can you clarify?
“I don’t see much, if anything, that the EPA does listed in the enumerated powers of the US Constitution. The 10th Amendment leaves these matters in the hands of the states and the people.
Furthermore, declaring CO2 a pollutant is preposterous and NOT allowing Georgia any credit for all the [pine] trees in the state that offset the CO2 emissions of our coal fired power plants is just plain (scientifically) wrong.”
“I believe in state sovereignty. I also do not believe you need a “”law”” that says that other than the U.S. Constitution.
Also the EPA has overstepped it bounds so many times and cost “”we the people”” so much money through their regulations.”
Higher utility rates, federal control of private corporations, and federal control on local streams and ponds is beyond the scope of the constitution and must be curtailed.
Global warming is a hoax. EPA regulations that assume that global warming is real are based on junk science. Georgians should reject these regulations.
It is my understanding that this proposal has been set aside for more study.
Federal over reach must be challenged every time. There is no constitutional authority for the federal government to do this.
I support any state bill aimed at lessening the overreach if the Federal Government, in particular that of the EPA.
Need to keep government out of reach from being further involved
“There is not enough information to have a clue what the bill would accomplish, not to mention unintended consequences. I would need to understand how this compact would help circumvent the EPA. Why not wait for the Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Air Act?”
The EPA will always overreach its authority if we allow it. The state should be able to follow its own environmental policies without interference from the government.
Yes, the states need to take back and be responsible for.
States have Sovereignty over the Federal Government. They need to start acting like it.
Let’s deal with actual, real time issues, like the BUDGET.
Let’s deal with actual, real time issues, like the BUDGET.
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