EPA Wants to Punish You for Summer Cookouts

Summer cookouts need to get much more regulated and expensive; the EPA has a plan.


It won’t be long until celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors will become cost prohibitive. What the EPA is doing to classic American summer cookouts sounds like one of Remy’s raps. (If you haven’t watched that short video yet, you are missing a treat. No pun intended. I posted the video at the end of this post.

Paul Bedard wrote about this at the Washington Examiner: “Backyard burger and wiener roasts targeted by EPA.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues.

The agency announced that it is funding a University of California project to limit emissions resulting in grease drippings with a special tray to catch them and a “catalytic” filtration system.

The $15,000 project has the “potential for global application,” said the school.

The school said that the technology they will study with the EPA grant is intended to reduce air pollution and cut the health hazards to BBQ “pit masters” from propane-fueled cookers.

Charged with keeping America’s air, water and soil clean, the EPA has been increasingly looking at homeowners, especially their use of pollution emitting tools like lawn mowers.

By an eerie coincidence, my daughter happened to be watching The Dark Knight Rises in the room while I read this story. If you have seen it, you will know what I mean when I tell you that I get the feeling that Bane is running the EPA.

[See also, “Judge Condemns the EPA but Leaves It Unpunished.”]

These sociopaths cannot possibly believe the superstition that hurting our summer cookouts is going to save the planet. This is a plan for an exercise in power for the sake of exercising power. It is a monument to George Orwell’s conclusion in 1984,

Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

And the object of disrupting American prosperity and culture is simply to disrupt American prosperity and culture. This is the truth behind the EPA’s war on coal, behind Obamacare, and behind the kill list and indefinite detention.

The EPA is demanding new complicated technology. What are the chances that the Agency is going to make sure the technology works efficiently and is cost-effective before imposing it?

The school is proposing two fixes to reduce emissions from barbecues. First, they want to cut back on grease flare-ups. The idea: “A slotted and corrugated tray is inserted immediately prior to meat flipping, and removed immediately after. This short contact time prevents the tray from over-heating and volatilizing the collected grease. This collected grease will then drip off into a collection tray and can be used at the pit master’s discretion.”

But, total capture isn’t “practical,” so a filter and fan are proposed for installation. “The secondary air filtration system is composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method. This system can be powered by either an exterior electric motor with a chain-driven drive shaft, directly spinning the fan blade, or a hand-powered crank,” said the project write-up.

So now we have a basic technology that has worked for years getting altered by bureaucracy and government money.

This is the most disgusting element of the process. We the people are taxed and indebted in order to fund these power-deranged maniacs to think up and impose ever more insane tyrannies on the basis of ever more insane rationalizations. The state, thus, ever grows in its lust for power. There is nothing holding them back.