Among the “five steps officials in Washington should take immediately to spur faster hiring in America’s private sector” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Donohue offered yesterday was unlocking our domestic energy resources. When I blogged on Donohue’s points, Bruce chimed in claiming that one “would do the most good for the economy“.
Well, it seems that if something is good for the economy, the Obama administration intends to do the exact opposite.
And they’re not just limiting energy exploration, they’re also blocking its production.
New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules threaten to shut down coal-fired power plants in Texas, costing jobs, increasing the cost and limiting the availability of energy in Texas. (Via Insapundit.) Over at RedState, Ben Howe details just how agency Administrator Lisa Jackson’s policies are helping destroy the coal industry.
As Joy McCann warns us, the same agency “is setting up a new standard for ozone in the air” which task “local authorities to figure out how they can remove a naturally occurring gas.” (Read the whole thing.)
The agency wants to “take over North Dakota’s federally authorized regional haze program because it doesn’t think the state’s rules will be tough enough to regulate two power plants.” North Dakota is one of the few states booming in the economic downturn.
Those are just a few examples of how overzealous regulation at the EPA threatens energy production. And that doesn’t even get to administration efforts to limit energy exploration.