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Commentary: Incompetent EPA Wants More Control

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I have a new commentary posted on Conservative Review titled, “Incompetent EPA Wants More Control.” It discusses the Animas River pollution and the dangers of government overreach.

Here is a quick preview:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in polluting the Animas River in Colorado brings to mind President Reagan’s description of the state of federal overreach: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Last week, the EPA’s incompetence resulted in the releasing of three million gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River, wreaking (yet untold) environmental damage on the streams of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah and putting residents on high alert. The polluted water is expected to eventually find its way to Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon.

The incident occurred when an EPA-led team was investigating a source of contaminated water from the abandoned Gold King mine in the San Juan mountains near Silverton, Colorado. Heavy equipment excavation near the mine’s entrance caused a breach of soil and debris that was holding back the contaminated water.

…The EPA’s pollution episode shows the left-wing industrial complex will most certainly treat one of its own differently when it comes to environmental accidents than the despised oil industry. The environmental disaster also shows the consequences for accidents are vastly different between the private sector and government.

Unlike the private sector where market forces can punish a company for poor performance or an environmental accident can lead to an immediate impact on a company’s stock price and management shakeups, government agencies are immune to failure.

Read the rest of my commentary at Conservative Review here. 

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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