The DailyCaller reports:
The EPA is asking taxpayers to fund up to 230,000 new government workers to process all the extra paperwork, at an estimated cost of $21 billion. That cost does not include the economic impact of the regulations themselves.
“Hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting functions would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year,” the EPA wrote in the court brief.
So… basically we have a totalitarian eco-marxist organization creating regulations (outside of any representative legislation) that will destroy the energy and industrial production markets of the nation, and then demanding that a quarter million more bureaucratic enforcement positions be created so they can ram their regulations down the public’s throat.
Consider that this will destroy jobs that make the public’s life better, while at the same time creating jobs that serve no purpose other than to make productive activity difficult or impossible.
If the purpose of draconian global warming regulations is to save humanity from itself, I have to question what will save humanity from the bureaucratic army that imposes the regulations? Is it better that we live in a world with electricity and modern conveniences, like air conditioning, or is it better that we all be reduced to mud hut dwelling neanderthals who must beg permission from the State before we produce anything of value?
The EPA’s demands for 230K more enforcers to make our lives a living hell dwarfs the IRS’s demands for an additional 16,500 enforcers to steal from the public’s pocket books. 230,000 people is the population of Portland Maine. Imagine an entire metropolitan city dedicated to issuing permission slips for other members of society to engage in economically productive activity that consumers are willing to pay for voluntarily because it makes their lives better.