Infidels at the EPA Inquisition

This is part 3 of a 3-part series. Concluding this examination of bureaucratic overreach at EPA is an exercise in reflection.  How did it get as far as it did?  What did the companies do wrong?  How could it have been avoided/settled/otherwise negotiated?  Questions, questions, questions. For commercial businesses, the court of public opinion, the.. read more →

EPA Pursues ND Oil Producers – Grow the Fiefdom (or not)!

This is part 2 of a 3-part series. Part 1 can be found here. Why would EPA target North Dakota in its vendetta against the domestic petroleum industry?  Texas and Oklahoma have historically been much more outspoken in opposing federal overreach.  Alaska’s delegation vehemently advocated for offshore access and North Slope exploration.  Hmmm…. It’s fair.. read more →

Down and Dirty on Clean Air

This is part 1 of a 3-part series. With Noble’s scalp hanging in EPA’s trophy case, the agency turned its sights on North Dakota Bakken shale producers.  For a variety of political motives that state had a bullseye on its chest.  North Dakota had risen from the backwaters of oil producing states to second behind.. read more →

The EPA Says: “Show Me the Money!”

At the end of May, an especially pointed essay by Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel examined the Deep State.  Here’s a link to this important work.  This entity is the government within government that is devoted to and pursues an agenda unto itself.  It is the government of fiefdoms, “federal family,” and wink-and-nod actions.. read more →

The BLM Angered

In the decades following enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act, its breadth and impact became a primary consideration and cost factor in virtually every development project across the U.S.  Increasingly empowered EPA staff grew their influence and oversight to an ability to virtually veto any project they did not favor, regardless of statutory requirements… read more →

Up From Fiefdoms

Four months in, the Trump Administration has no dearth of challenges and controversies.  Reams have been, and will be, written documenting chaos, real and alleged.  To energy producers and other businesses that have encountered the arrogance and morass of the EPA, the BLM, US Forest Service, OSHA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the legions.. read more →

Prosperity for Bureaucrats

Following a round of minor health issues, a late spring snowstorm and assorted miscellaneous distractions, the Policysmith’s attention was drawn back to issues of the day.  But first a note and a tip of the chapeau to Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip.   On Sunday May 14, Mr. Adams lampooned the climate science.. read more →

First Time Me Redux

First an apology to those who have commented on this blog.  Thank you for your interest and feedback.  I found your messages after some a confused and extended search – some were aging in a remote folder I had neglected.  My attempts to respond have in some cases kicked back as undeliverable.  You might try again if you.. read more →

Hail, Hail, Rock ‘n Roll!

Let’s step aside from the headline issues of the day, if only to reflect on the impact of a singular innovator – Chuck Berry.  He changed everything for me when the world seemed a dull, gray angry place. In my late grammar school years, teachers wore their hair in buns, stuffed a Kleenex up their.. read more →

13 Apr 2017

A World View – Climate Hardball

This is part three of a three-part series regarding climate change. Part I was published on Monday, March 27; Part II on Wednesday, March 29. To view all three installments, please click here. While domestic push-pull of climate change and tax schemes are tiresome, and overflow with invective and drivel, the very real conflict of climate.. read more →