Obama arbitrarily revoking coal mining permits, putting people out of work, raising energy costs.
Posted by iusbvision on January 19, 2011
A move by the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke the long-standing permits for a mammoth coal mine in West Virginia sends a strong signal that President Obama plans to implement key parts of his agenda even though newly empowered Republicans can block his plans in Congress.
In the aftermath of the November elections, many political pundits predicted that the once-unchecked Obama legislative machine would turn it’s energies to federal rulemaking as a way to circumvent Republicans on Capitol Hill. And the EPA’s decision last week suggests that those forecasts were spot-on.
Much to the consternation of the West Virginia delegation in Congress, the coal industry, and the working people of the Mountain State, the agency took the unprecedented step of revoking a mining permit that it had issued four years ago to Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.
The revocation prompted unusually harsh responses from West Virginia’s two Democratic Senators.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent the president a letter which read, in part:
“I am writing to express my outrage with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to veto a rigorously reviewed and lawfully issued permit at the Spruce Number 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. This action not only affects this specific permit, but needlessly throws other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress.”
[Wow, take a look in the mirror Sen. Rockefeller. Who are YOU to lecture anyone about creating uncertainty in business especially after the failed and corrupt stimulus, the regulatory and tax burden that is ObamaCare, AND who are you to complain about regulators just doing what they want in spite of law passed by Congress especially after you said THIS – IUSB Vision Editor]
Sen. Joe Manchin issued a statement which appeared to mock the EPA’s permitting process.
“According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules,” Manchin wrote. “Why? They just change the rules.”