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  •  You could've made a diary out of this :) (4+ / 0-)

    Paying off debt can be a dumb idea.  I think the repubs have shown they will take any surplus and give it to their cronies as tax-cuts.

    and their contempt for the Latin schools was applauded by Theodoric himself, who gratified their prejudices, or his own, by declaring that the child who had trembled at a rod would never dare to look upon a sword.

    by ban48 on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 01:25:31 PM PDT

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    •  I kinda-sorta did, but... (7+ / 0-)

      ...now that I look at it, I see the date was 8/31/11. So perhaps it's time for a first-anniversary revise-update-refocus-repost.

      The gist:

      Stimulus: EPA end run around Congress

      The economy needs more stimulus, pronto. There's no way in hell Congress will approve it. But the President doesn’t need Congress to use the EPA to clamp down on greenhouse emissions. That would get private utility companies and banks, both of which have a lot of cash on hand, to invest heavily in green energy jobs.

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 01:31:31 PM PDT

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      •  Here's an example: (10+ / 0-)

        Job-creating regulations strike Ottumwa

        A 3-year project to introduce new scrubber systems to an old coal-fired power plant will create up to 400 direct jobs and about that many indirect jobs. It boosts the economy, employment, and gets SO2 and Hg out of the air. The project is a response to stricter EPA regulations.

        •  Outstanding! Thanks. NT (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          cocinero, Larsstephens, Calamity Jean

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 03:29:50 PM PDT

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          •  Actually, it could be better (3+ / 0-)
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            if they were de-comissioning the coal-burning plant and replacing it with a big wind farm, an area-wide roof-top solar project, and a small natural gas turbine generator for peak loads if needed.

            •  U do not factor in courts, who will stop the regs (0+ / 0-)

              for years, as they have with GHG regs.

              •  Not so much. (1+ / 0-)
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                High Court Faults EPA Inaction on Emissions

                Washington Post

                Tuesday, April 3, 2007

                The Supreme Court rebuked the Bush administration yesterday for refusing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, siding with environmentalists in the court's first examination of the phenomenon of global warming.

                The court ruled 5 to 4 that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act by improperly declining to regulate new-vehicle emissions standards to control the pollutants that scientists say contribute to global warming.

                http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

                And look at the Obamacare decision--admittedly a close call, but Roberts of all people was the clinching vote.

                When both Houses of Congress and the Prez agree on a certain general path for national policy--enough to enact it into legislation--the Supremes may shape the details, but they almost never change the fundamentals.

                "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

                by HeyMikey on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 08:07:12 AM PDT

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                •  How long did lawsuit take to get there? 8 YEARS (0+ / 0-)

                  started in 1999, as article itself sez.

                  •  Not easy fighting Dept. of Justice, er, "Justice." (0+ / 0-)

                    I do a lot of federal litigation, suing the feds on behalf of denied claimants for Social Security disability and Medicare. Filed a US District Court brief earlier this week on behalf of a woman who filed her disability claim in 2002. I've been representing her since 2004. There is about a 25% chance we can get her disability benefits started sometime in early 2013. Or we could still have several years of litigation and administrative hearings ahead of us.

                    I wish I could say she's exceptional. About once a year, more or less, one of my clients dies before his disability benefits (which come with Medicare or Medicaid) approved.

                    And among Social Security lawyers, I'm considered an expert in federal appellate litigation.

                    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

                    by HeyMikey on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 12:35:57 PM PDT

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                    •  My pt exactly. Cts will stay any regs for years, s (0+ / 0-)

                      o suggestion that BO can do anything about the economy by just 'making regulations' is specious.

                      •  Facts matter. (0+ / 0-)

                        If you look at my diary (linked above) from a year ago, you'll see the Supreme Court has twice decided the current Clean Air Act already gives EPA authority to regulate CO2.

                        On this issue, I think it's the other side that will find the courts tough slogging.

                        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

                        by HeyMikey on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 07:23:52 PM PDT

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                        •  They will still sue and it will still take years (0+ / 0-)

                          Just look at the Texas suit on 'downwind emissions'.  That's been settled law for 30+ years, far as general power to do it.  The devil, as they say, is in the details.

                          And sadly, now, often on the bench.

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