From Farm Futures Blog:
I just returned from Germany and Poland and was startled to discover the regulatory control the European Union exercises over its farmers and agriculture.
This should not be a surprise, however, when a farmer has the EU paying one-half the cost of his tractor and/or farm equipment.
In eastern Germany, we were also regaled with stories about the old communist government ordering planting on days it was raining.
Unfortunately we are headed in the same direction here.
The EPA has just released a new definition of “Waters of the United States.” Critics are calling this the biggest government land grab ever. Senator David Vitter, R-La., and a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said, “The…(proposed) rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U. S. history.” Senator Murkowski, R-Alaska, claimed the EPA proposal “could result in serious collateral damage to our economy.” She also said, “If EPA is not careful, this rule could effectively give the federal government control of nearly all of our state – and prove to be a showstopper for both traditional access and new development.”
This quote may apply to most of the states of the Union, and not just Alaska. This EPA proposal, if promulgated, will give it zoning authority over land use.
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, claims the new rule is giving EPA permission to regulate anything from runoff ditches to stock ponds. “This Administration has decided that Washington knows best,” says Neugebauer. Another Congressman declared, “If approved, this rule would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States.”
An excerpt…” Another Congressman declared, “If approved, this rule would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States.”
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