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 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.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    The Obamites use waivers and exemptions as political favors; it’s “The Chicago Way.”

  • flamemeister

    Enron would never have gone under had they pulled their stunts under Obama, and not because of any regulation. It would have been simple for them to have reached an “accommodation.” They are basically a government protectorate, if not a property. Fascism.

  • SigFan

    How transparently corrupt this administration is. Simply amazing.

    • flamemeister

      The Obama “give-‘em-the-finger” years.

      • SigFan

        Yeah, it is stunning how in your face he is. Arrogance and elitism personified.

  • Mountainmouth

    All part of the new tone that Barry brought to DC.
    Open and transparent.
    Kinda like when some one says “now this is a true story” – put on the boots

  • The Whistler

    GE has been pushing the global warming scam harder than any other corporation. If they had any credibility they wouldn’t build this plant whether or not they could get a waiver.

    Crony capitalism.

  • $8194357

    GE is a big part of the carbon credit trading scam as well…decades in the making it won’t die a easy death..This one will need a stake thru the heart and put out in the direct sunight before it turns to the ash it is. This is a global agenda so they will fight tooth and nail to keep it alive in true Alinsky fashion….the ends will justify any means in their warped minds..

  • ConspiracyExaminer

    This couldn’t be any more dictatorial and tyrannical than it is! Presidents murdered, tons of false flag terror, 9/11, stolen elections, tyrannical government actions… I’m really shocked the people of the USA aren’t already in the streets like the people of Egypt! I’m sure it’s only a matter of time…

  • borborygmi

    You mentioned 40% went to the unions does that mean that 60% went to Republican and conservative businesses.

    • 2CV

      40% of waivers went to the 7% of unionized workers in the country.

      • $8194357

        40 % to 7 % is a large difference. Kind of like when the Holder in-justice dept said that %90 of the weapons in the mexican drug cartels were tracable to the US…What they did not say was that only 17% were tracable in the first place and as the US has the most tracablilty records of course %90 of that 17 would come back to the US as the other 83 % came from countries that don’t have traceability requirements..The other part they convienently left out was that most of the ones tracable to the US were full auto miltary send down to combat the war on drugs and were gave up by the Mexican military. Big difference in percentages along with direction of the blame with the proper facts applied, but in the public consence, %90 was hammered home over and over so the truth doesn’t matter as the revisionist spin is all that got out with the propaganda machine supporting the left….Liars, cheats and those who carry H2O for them…

  • Spartacus

    The 3 for 1 stock split back around 2000 should have been an indicator to anyone paying attention that GE was nothing but a mirage of its once dominance as an industrial giant. Now it begs for Federal subsidies, the miserable failures. That’s why back at the time I poured my cash into General Mills and EnCana. Food and energy, only a dumbass bets against them!

    • Bat One

      …only a dumbass bets against them!

      Over on the Fannie Mae thread, Hannitized was looking for some stock picking advice. I’m sure he could be convinced to short EnCana and GM.

  • Hoss

    You don’t think Immelt joined Team Obama to spend time with Michelle, did you. He works fast. Could there be a bigger rent-seeker and rules-are-for-the-little-people corporation in the US than GE. It’s official, the democrat party is the party of Big Business.

  • Bat One

    To add further insult to clueless injury, GE has released at least one tv commercial celebrating the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan this month. Reagan, of course, was a spokesman for GE before he turned to politics, and GE was turned into an unprincipled socialist enabler by Jeffrey Immelt.

    • $8194357

      Yup. Crony Capitalism. The roots go back to JP Morgan and the bankers of Jekyl Island in the early 1900’s.

  • Jugears McGhetto Jr

    General Electric needs to feel the pain of an all out boycott, as if it wasn’t bad enough they’ve been dealing with Iran for years as they were killing our soldiers in Iraq. If I put here what should happen to Immelt I’d get an unwanted visit from the Obama Online Jackboots.

  • USB 3G Viettel

    Well, interesting post, thanks!