Proposed EPA Regulations As Bad As CIA Torture?

| by Edward Arnold

American Energy Alliance, a Koch-funded think tank, has compared EPA regulations to CIA enhanced interrogation techniques. 

The blog post includes a cartoon and a short message.

“Whether it’s the costliest regulation in history or the coal-killing power plant rules (that Obama’s law professor says raise “constitutional questions”), it’s clear that the CIA isn’t the only government agency engaged in torture," the blog post reads. "At least the CIA isn’t torturing Americans.”

The cartoon shows Uncle Sam crushed under a massive book titled EPA Torture Report, Volume IV. Under the title reads “raising energy costs, crushing small business, killing jobs, killing coal industry, harassing property owners.”

The blog is an attempt to discredit the EPA and its new proposed limits on ground-level ozone pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants by comparing it to the recently released Senate Torture Report.

Vice News reports that an organization funded by Charles and David Koch gave $1.5 million to AEA in 2012.

Dan Kish, senior vice president at the Institute of Energy Research, released a statement regarding the proposed ozone rule: “By EPA’s own conservative estimates, the ozone proposal would be the single costliest regulation in U.S. history. Meanwhile, our air is cleaner than it’s been in decades. Instead of celebrating that progress, EPA insists on trying to squeeze water out of a rock.”

Think Progress has written that there is reason to doubt their accusations because both regulations are in proposed stages, meaning they could be subject to change before enacted.

Christopher Warren, an American Energy Alliance spokesman, defended the cartoon.

"Our cartoon is appropriate," he said. "I think it highlights the problems and the harmful impacts of EPA regulations. At the end of the day, it is a political cartoon to raise awareness about EPA." 

Source: Vice NewsAmerican Energy AllianceThink ProgressNational Journal / Photo Credit: American Energy Alliance