Circumnetting Energy, Drilling, the EPA, Administrator Jackson

Washington Post, “EPA chief Lisa Jackson perpetually on Capitol Hill hot seat“:

Republicans say that studies such as one by two manufacturers’ groups projected that 7 million jobs would be lost in the decade beginning in 2020 if their client organizations are forced to pay up to $1 trillion to meet the EPA’s ozone standards, said Alicia Meads, director of energy and resource policy for the National Association of Manufacturers. Meads also cited a study by the Council for Industrial Boiler Owners that said 16,000 jobs would be lost for every $1 billion spent to comply with EPA boiler regulations.

“We consider it an overreach,” Meads said. “This administration has been extremely aggressive in environmental regulations, and it’s very hard for our members to keep up with them.”

Wall Street Journal, “EPA Tangles with New Critic: Labor“:

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration’s environmental agenda, long a target of American business, is beginning to take fire from some of the Democratic Party’s most reliable supporters: Labor unions.

Several unions with strong influence in key states are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency soften new regulations aimed at pollution associated with coal-fired power plants. Their contention: Roughly half a dozen rules expected to roll out within the next two years could put thousands of jobs in jeopardy and damage the party’s 2012 election prospects.

House Energy and Commerce news release, March 8, “Upton, Inhofe Question Process for Reconsidering EPA’s Ozone Standards“:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a follow-up letter sent today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) raised concerns with the process and timing for EPA’s unwarranted and premature reconsideration of the agency’s 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground level ozone. Upton and Inhofe are particularly concerned that the agency is deviating from the statutory review process under the Clean Air Act and they note that the EPA’s own science advisors appear to be relying on studies published outside of the 2008 record.

House Energy and Commerce Committee news release, “The American Energy Initiative“:

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power announces a multi-day hearing on “The American Energy Initiative.” The first day of the hearing will be on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. It will focus on oil supplies, gasoline prices, and jobs in the Gulf of Mexico. Witnesses to be announced.

House Majority Leader’s floor schedule: “Committee Activity of the Day: Energy and Commerce Full Committee Markup of H.R. 910, the ‘Energy Tax Prevention Act’ (Monday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m.)”

Hugh Hewitt, Washington Examiner, “Obama’s oil production protest fails fact-checking test“:

“So any notion that my administration has shut down oil production might make for a good political sound bite, but it doesn’t match up with reality.” So declared President Obama Friday with the practiced firmness of voice and direct look into the teleprompter that signals to veterans of the Obama watch that the chief executive has strayed far from the truth.
In May of 2010, Obama’s secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, issued a six-month moratorium order for drilling on the outer continental shelf. When the courts struck down that illegal order, Team Obama switched to a slow-roll strategy, demanding new permits for exploration, and accomplished the same thing as a moratorium.

Washington Examiner editorial, “Obama turns a deaf ear to concerns about energy prices“:

It’s not at all clear which Barack Obama was standing before the White House press corps Friday. It certainly wasn’t the same one who stood before a meeting of Resources for the Future on Sept. 15, 2005, and declared: “But as we cut through all the talk and the politics in the energy debate, we can see what the debate is really about. We see the family that thinks twice about what they’ll spend at the grocery store this week, because they’ve been paying $40 to fill up the tank for the last month. We see the grandmother who isn’t sure how she’ll make her Social Security check cover January’s heating bill. The autoworker that isn’t sure what the future at Ford holds for him. And the mother who sees turmoil in the Middle East and worries that someday her son might have to fight to secure our oil supply. Ultimately, we see a nation that cannot control its future as long as it cannot control the source of energy that keeps it running.”

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