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Tyler Morning Telegraph: EPA Needs To Stay Out of Backyards

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EPA’s interest in conducting research on propane grills is igniting a backlash. The latest outrage follows the EPA’s interest in regulating wood burning stoves.

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:

Just in time for warmer weather and brighter evenings, the EPA has invited itself over for barbecue. And it didn’t even bring the slaw.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The agency announced that it is funding a University of California project to limit emissions resulting in grease drippings with a special tray to catch them and a ‘catalytic’ filtration system.”

The EPA has two targets.

“First, they want to cut back on grease flare-ups,” the Examiner explains, citing the EPA announcement. “The idea: ‘A slotted and corrugated tray is inserted immediately prior to meat flipping, and removed immediately after. This short contact time prevents the tray from over-heating and volatilizing the collected grease. This collected grease will then drip off into a collection tray and can be used at the pit master’s discretion.’But, total capture isn’t ‘practical,’ so a filter and fan are proposed for installation.”

You know what this sounds like? More expensive grills.

As pundit Tom Borelli says, “It’s obvious the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has way too much money to play with.”

He’s right. But there’s more going on here than just the EPA (again) unilaterally increasing its own authority.

For one thing, we’re being robbed. The EPA is stealing from all Americans a certain, very effective kind of argument called “argumentum ad absurdum.” That’s Latin for “arguing to absurdity.” It’s the kind of argument we all use when we demonstrate how silly a proposition is, by taking it to its logical and absurd extremes.

The problem is, no matter how absurd the extreme is, the EPA is happy to go there. Here’s an example. When the EPA started cracking down on coal-fired power generation plants a few years ago, a common complaint was, “If the EPA keeps this up, we’ll all be reduced to heating our homes with firewood again.”

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Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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