28 Sep '11, 7pm

No, the EPA is NOT expanding 1,350 percent via @grist

Apparently the right-wing blogosphere, not to mention some "news" organizations, will believe just about anything about the EPA. The most recent ridiculous rumor is that the agency, which currently employs 17,000 people, is on track to hire "230,000 new bureaucrats" -- at taxpayer expense, natch -- while bumping its $8.7 billion budget up to $21 billion. How did this happen? Basically, the world's dumbest game of telephone. The EPA has proposed a rule called the tailoring rule, which would allow them to enforce greenhouse gas emissions restrictions on only the biggest industrial emitters. This is because regulating more than 6 million sources of greenhouse gas would require a level of bureaucratic involvement far beyond what EPA can handle. It would require -- wait for it -- 230,000 employees. Here's a quote from a Department of Justice brief about the bureaucratic chaos t...

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