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Mr. Obama is fond of saying “millions” may be benefiting from a program. But in a nation of 320 million people, “millions” might be merely 1 percent of the population or even less.

With its new EPA regulations, the Obama administration effectively is trying to turn our home, our place of business, our auto, every appliance, our entire way of life, into a Chevy Volt, where any fuel savings are overwhelmed by the higher cost of the product itself.

An electric car sounds nice, futuristic and environmentally responsible. But most of us simply cannot afford one.

That’s why Mr. Obama tries to brainwash us, so that we’ll accept it anyway.

Ernest Istook is a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma. You can listen to his daily radio talk show, noon to 3 p.m. Eastern, online at Get Mr. Istook’s free email newsletter by signing up at