Too much EPA. That is the Air Vent theme for Earth Day. This business, and it is a business, was started by president Richard Nixon. It has been a highly successful business on a large scale in that it initially resulted in one of the cleanest industrial countries in the planet’s history. Today, the ‘published’ budget for the EPA is about 9 billion dollars per year and productive industry is being systematically eliminated.
No doubt should be given to the EPA effectiveness with respect to certain aspects of its existence but there is no limit to their function. There are other federal agencies for compliance, and then state agencies by the ton. The dollar volume is astronomical simply to keep us from polluting. There is no limit to environmental control.
Correlations to business
As a business owner, one of the key problems we face is not laziness of employees, it is rather employees trying to do too much. I’ve been at this for a couple of decades, and I can tell you that people who work, want to work better. The result is that they ADD work to themselves when they detect a problem. It happens more often than you can imagine. When an employee spots a problem they typically decide that an added procedure will correct it. No management need be involved, in their opinion, and the new process begins. Unless someone with a clearer head happens by, the process will become rock solid procedure. The procedures pile up until you have big costs. This is such an ingrained part of human understanding that it is as much a law as the second law of thermodynamics. For cost reasons, in healthy companies, you are required to develop a strong culture for rejecting these sorts of procedure. It must come from the top down, and MANY companies fail miserably at this.
QC departments are a perfect example. Like environment, you can never have enough quality control. No amount of procedure ever can give perfect quality and many companies find themselves buried in massive quality control procedures to the point where nobody can make money. We won’t do automotive work for that reason.
In the case of government, there is literally zero resistance to added process, except for the fact that people don’t want more work and have little power to add more process. Liberals don’t understand that this is a truly positive feedback loop. For example, can you name the negative side for the EPA to add ANY item to their list of controlled environmental aspects?
No down side I know of…..
New EPA regulation has no downside and has even added tiny creeks across private property to their purview, seasonal puddles, and CO2 gas which has NO measured negative impact. It also has no known downside for over-predicting problems from any other item which can be ascribed to humans. Any item which can be claimed to have an intimated effect on the environment is fair game. Fish shrinking, increased drought, reduced crops, meat-eating. The rule becomes, anything which can be popularly controlled, should be.
Like climate science, no negative feedback on any individual proposing a new rule — whatsoever
Rules instead are a positive feedback. They exist for the pure purpose of revenue because more government people are necessarily required to manage new rules. ANY rule you can imagine or sell is equivalent to more revenue. ANY invention of need is a positive for the corporation titled EPA.
People don’t understand math, they do not understand evolution, and they do not understand the power of an impetus across a large body of ‘latent decision potential’.
It isn’t my fault, but it is my blog so I’m writing about it.
Climate science is an opportunity for the epa (lower case as they now deserve) like any other. It has grown into a monster with minimal basis in fact, and acquires existence through exaggeration. I’m tired of people who cannot parse its truths from its nonsense, and I’m equally tired of people who cannot stop pedantically arguing the nature of the minutia. Climate models failed and oceans are big enough to absorb all of global warming energy…..period… There are a lot of smart people in the skeptic world who haven’t figured out that the oceans are truly dominant. The oceans truly are. A thousand years of global warming energy can result in literally 1 degree. Sometimes, when something is really obvious, it is still hard for humans to see. That is something which has sat in my mind for recent months, but is the subject for a different post.
In the meantime, temperature observations failed to meet climate models again today. (in clear violation of strict EPA regulation)
Persuant to EPA regulation no. 543025.53 section 254,
No snow shall occur past April 15, as snow is not required after popular taxation.
Michigan experienced very poor visibility in our particular location due to an uncooperative Christian god who shall be fined $527.23 per regulation 543025.56 section 17. Minority Muslim gods are exempt from rule 543025.56 per EPA affirmative action rule 125932.56.
This was the view while driving to lunch. 4-22-2015.