Friday, September 10, 2010

Federal Zoning, Anyone? How About Nationalization of Energy w/o Congressional Approval?

Project 21 / The National Center for Public Policy Research – Press Release

Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or (703) 568-4727

Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476 or

Federal Zoning, Anyone? How About the Nationalization of Our Energy Industry Without Congressional Approval?

President Obama Has Just Used an Executive Order to Do Both, New Analysis Says

Washington, D.C. -  Secretly and behind closed doors, the Obama Administration has cooked up a new scheme to subject all of America's waterways -- oceans, rivers, bays, estuaries, and the Great Lakes -- to federal zoning.

So says a new policy paper by Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., a preview of which has been published this afternoon in the Daily Caller.

The new policy, imposed July 19 in the form of a presidential Executive Order, so far has received scarcely any attention from the press, Congress or policy community.

"The scope of what the administration is putting together is no less ambitious than its health care and cap-and-trade initiatives," says Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., author of the analysis and Senior Fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research. "Industries -- from agriculture, timber, and shipping to fishing, mining, and oil and gas -- stand to be affected. The inclusion of the Great Lakes in the plan signals the reach of the new policy. Indeed, the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio River Valleys will be targeted every bit as much as coastal North Carolina or Alaska."

The initiative is so broad in scope, Dr. Cohen says, it could lead to the nationalization of our energy industry even if Congress declines to adopt controversial cap-and-trade legislation.

Under Obama's Executive Order, Dr. Cohen says, "The EPA -- far and away the nation's most powerful regulatory agency -- could, for example, determine that emissions from power plants are harming the oceans. And if Congress fails to pass a cap-and-trade bill, the EPA could use the pretext of protecting the oceans to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions as another extra-legislative way to pursue the administration's global-warming agenda."

Despite its low profile and immense impact, Cohen says, a White House-directed interagency task for spent over a year on the project. No Congressional approval or meaningful Congressional input was sought.

The Daily Caller preview of Dr. Cohen's study is available at

For interviews with Dr. Cohen, please contact David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or (703) 568-4727 or Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476.

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