Shocker: General Electric Gets Waiver From EPA Regulations

Some 40% of the roughly 700 waivers issued on Obamacare have gone to the Democrats’ liberal allies in the labor unions who, ironically enough, campaigned long and hard to get Obamacare passed. But now we learn that waivers from Obamacare isn’t where the cronyism is going to end.

Guess who just got a big, fat waiver from new EPA rules? Why, none other Obama’s good friend General Electric whose CEO Jeff Immelt is one of Obama’s economic advisers.

Per Timothy Carney, last month the Obama administration announced new EPA regulations on greenhouse gases targeting any new or expanded power plant. This month, Obama’s friends at GE got their waiver:

The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities.

According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to “grandfather” projects such as the Avenal Power Center, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant in the San Joaquin Valley, so they are exempted from rules such as new air quality standards for smog-forming nitrogen dioxide (NO2). …

The proposed Avenal Energy project will be a combined-cycle generating plant consisting of two natural gas-fired General Electric 7FA Gas Turbines with Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and one General Electric Steam Turbine.

Convenient, no?

I wonder how long it will take someone to challenge this selective enforcement of the law in court. After all, it surely can’t be constitutional for the federal government to establish laws or regulations and then selectively pick and choose who those laws/regulations apply to.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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