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Oh, brother:

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

The House passed a bill to stop the runaway EPA’s crazy new proposed regulation regulating farm dust-another exp. of Washington’s over reach 6 hours ago

The reality:

AIR POLLUTION: Federal court upholds EPA’s rural dust rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter

Greenwire: Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A federal appeals court yesterday denied an industry request to order U.S. EPA to reconsider its decision to regulate dust in rural areas, a move that agricultural groups say could stifle farmers unnecessarily.

In its response to a host of legal challenges brought against the Bush administration’s 2006 standards for airborne soot and dust, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused to exempt the regulation of farm dust….

[emphasis added]

Uh, that one was during the Bush administration. This is now:

Bill to ban phantom EPA dust rule approved by House panel

By David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin, Published: November 2 | Updated: Thursday, November 3, 12:45 PM

Earlier this year, Republicans found what they saw as an ideal talking point to illustrate a federal bureaucracy gone batty.

The Environmental Protection Agency, they warned, was trying to regulate something only God could control: the dust in the wind….

….There was just one flaw in this argument: It was not true.

The EPA’s new dust rule did not exist. It never did….

[emphasis added]

The House vote this afternoon:


     H R 1633      RECORDED VOTE      8-Dec-2011      2:44 PM

     QUESTION:  On Passage

     BILL TITLE: To establish a temporary prohibition against revising any national ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter, to limit Federal regulation of nuisance dust in areas in which such dust is regulated under State, tribal, or local law, and for other purposes

—- AYES    268 —



Graves (MO)




—- NOES    150 —




—- NOT VOTING    15 —

Remind us again, who’s in the reality based community?

What they’re not spending time on:

@RobertaSaidThat Deborah

Number of days of GOP control of the House of Representatives = 334. Number of jobs bills from the GOP House = 0. 1 hour ago

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) has gone all in on this for quite a while and she obviously isn’t letting go:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 2 (August 12, 2011)

….Representative Hartzler: …above, you know, nine percent. And so that hasn’t worked out. So the other theory, uh, idea is to get more private sector jobs. And the way to do that is to talk to small business owners and say, and I have in the Fourth District a lot, say, why aren’t you hiring? What does Washington need to do to help you in your business so you go out and put more people to work. You know what they tell me? Get government off our backs. [applause] Leave us alone. So that’s more what I have been trying to do in the House is to push back on the things that are causing small business owners to not hire workers. One, regulations. There are way too many regulations that are stifling jobs. Here’s a few examples. Uh, EPA is out of control. They’re, they’re trying to regulate our greenhouse gasses, uh, I live out in the country on a gravel road, uh, always have, I, we farm and they’re trying to regulate dust as if it’s a hazardous waste. I mean, like, you can’t do that. Uh, if you go down a gravel road you’re gonna have dust. So that’s hurting jobs. We got, uh, EPA cement regulations, uh, supposedly causing eighty thousand jobs. They’re trying to make fly, uh, fly ash a hazardous material. Well, you know what that’s gonna do for our cement and for our roads and the costs? I mean, that’s ridiculous. This hasn’t been found to be hazardous. And, uh, the moratorium on no drilling is costing thirty-six thousand jobs, at least, in the gulf. So, let’s move those regulations out. What we’ve been doing is passing some bills to try to push back on that. Uh, I cosponsored a bill called the Bulb Act which says basically let Americans use whatever kind of light bulb they want. [applause][crosstalk] [inaudible]…

Voice: How many jobs did that create?….

“…Number of jobs bills from the GOP House = 0…”