OBAMA

Best Obama Joke I’ve Ever Heard

Wish I could give credit to the author, but I don’t know who the witty, brilliant person is.

When Obama died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the Nation I helped conceive?”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end our
liberties but you failed.”

James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, “This is why I allowed our
government to provide for the common defense!”

Thomas Jefferson was next, beat Obama with a long cane and snarled, “It
was evil men like you who inspired me to write the
Declaration of Independence.”

The beatings and thrashings continued as James Monroe and 66 other early Americans
unleashed their anger on the radical, socialist,
leader.

As Obama lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Obama wept and said, “This is not what you promised
me.”

The Angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 *VIRGINIANS* waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I
said? You really need to listen when someone is trying to tell you something!”

“Do not interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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NEW CARBON GAS EMISSIONS FOR POWER PLANTS

 

On Monday, President Obama will unveil the EPA’s new, tougher regulations on carbon emissions, especially those emitted by power plants. The Guardian reports  the goal is as high as 25% lowering of carbon gas emissions. Since 40% of these carbon emissions are by power plants (such as PREPA) one can expect that the agency will be hit hard.

 

PREPA has to comply with recently put in effect regulations by 2015 on mercury emissions and it is not doing so  It has asked for an extension but the EPA is worried the plan is not being implemented in a timely fashion (minute 2:30 on). Neither is PREPA complying with EPA requirements on renewable energy.

Although the new carbon emissions limits will take time to implement (there is no doubt they will be challenged in court), this will mean greater costs for PREPA’s aged and aging infrastructure. Considering that Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007) and EPA v. Emer Power City Generation, LLP, SCOTUS decided on April 29, 2014 indicate the agency may regulate these gases. We must wait, however, to see the outcome of Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, was argued on February 24, 2014 at the SCOTUS and has the potential to change it all. Here is a view of the oral argument.

In synthesis, unless the SCOTUS changes the rules before June 30, PREPA is facing further environmental costs, which it can ill afford. What will happen is anyone’s guess.