Not only does Obama want control of all U.S. waters, he wants the coasts as well. That means land, doesn’t it? Yes it does. Obama has made so many grabs for your water and mine that there’s little left to say, except OBAMA, THE EPA AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS WANT TO CONTROL ALL OF OUR WATER – even gullies and ditches and the water in them.
The National Ocean Policy is eerily similar to former Senator Russ Feingold’s attempt to redo the Clean Water Act of 1972 through Senate Bill 787, which died in Committee. Not able to control our water through Congress, the EPA decided to be the deciders over control of the “Waters of the United States.” They want your North 40 pond and any spot where water might congregate. Who needs authority from Congress? No one in this administration. See the 8-point definition of Waters of the United States here. Read the latest UPDATE (June 14, 2012) at ARRA News.
Now, Obama is planning to be the steward of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. The best way to give you an idea of the depth of Executive Order 13457 is to quote those fighting the National Ocean Policy.
The following are selected excerpts responding to what Executive Order 13457 means to America.
But in his zeal to curb sea sprawl, lawmakers say the president’s executive order also gives Washington officialdom unprecedented reach to control land use as well.
“The order says they shall develop a scheme for oversight of oceans and all the sources thereof,” Flores said. “So you could have a snowflake land on Pikes Peak and ultimately it’s going to wind up in the water, so as a result they could regulate on every square inch of U.S. soil.”…
House Republicans are fighting back by tightening the purse strings they control and hope that by cutting off funding to implement the policy, and putting a stop to officials they believe are siphoning money away from other programs, they can block it from going forward…
Rep. Hal Rogers (R -Ky.), who heads the powerful House Appropriations Committee, has been asked to put a stop to the administration’s “cloaked funding” by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Resources Committee.
“The Obama administration continues to move forward with zoning the oceans through implementation of the president’s National Ocean Policy without requesting funding specifically for this broad initiative and without answering basic questions about how funds are currently being diverted from other missions to fund this initiative,” Hastings said in an April 2 letter to Rogers.
As currently set forth, the National Ocean Policy has the potential to unnecessarily harm terrestrial and marine economic values by affecting sectors such as agriculture, commercial and recreational fishing, construction, manufacturing, marine commerce, mining, oil, gas and renewable energy, recreational boating, and waterborne transportation, among others. These sectors support tens of millions of jobs and contribute trillions of dollars to the U.S. economy.
Uncertainty continues to abound as to the meaning of the policy: how it will be implemented; the role of states and stakeholder user groups; its potential impact on the economy, budget, existing statutes and regulatory processes; and the authority of state and tribal officials. As the administration has stated, the policy “may create a level of uncertainty and anxiety among those who rely on these resources and may generate questions about how they align with existing processes, authorities, and budget challenges.”
The risk of unintended economic and societal consequences remains high, due in part to the unprecedented geographic scale under which the policy is to be established. Concerns are further heightened because the policy has already been cited as justification in a federal decision restricting access to certain areas for commercial activity.
The American Farm Bureau Federation has raised serious concerns, stating that “it could extend to the regulation of every farm and ranch in the United States.”
If the progressive left can’t enslave you with its domestic drones, it’ll find other ways. All ways, in fact.
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.
“Right now, we can only speculate on the impacts,” Belcher said. “But all of a sudden, there’s a new authority creating a new plan that may not allow oil and gas leasing or development in (some) areas.” (read it at the Human Events link above)
Several witnesses at the hearing discussed the potential economic ramifications of adding more bureaucratic hurdles to resource-dependent industries. Rick Rogers, Executive Director of the Resources Development Council for Alaska, stated the extra regulatory layer imposed by the National Ocean Policy “adds uncertainty and anxiety to an already cumbersome and complex regime of state and federal permitting and oversight. Increased bureaucracy could hamper the already slow processes with no added benefit to the environment.” …
The National Ocean Policy mandates that the Regional Planning Bodies can regulate onshore activities that may have impacts on marine waters. Fred Parady, Executive Director of the Alaska Miners Association, discussed the potential for increased lawsuits and litigation driven by third parties due to the implementation of this Policy. “Clearly, uncertainty is heightened by the National Ocean Policy’s stated policy of reaching to onshore activities that may have impacts on marine waters.
Do you doubt that fishing and oil and gas exploration, and a myriad of industries I cannot conjure at this moment, will be impacted negatively by the layers upon layers of Federal regulations? Do you doubt that jobs and the possibility of jobs will be negatively impacted by this President’s deeming control of our oceans and “coasts,” and…how about the Great Lakes.