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Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, says government regulations may cost U.S. manufacturers as much as $2.02 trillion. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Government regulations hamper hiring, economic growth, manufacturers group president says

By David R. Sands - The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: American manufacturers are longing to invest and create new jobs to fuel American growth but are being held back by costly regulations coming from Washington and uncertainty about what lies ahead, the head of the nation's biggest manufacturing trade group said. Published December 17, 2014

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In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 file image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown  in Harriman, Tenn., after the dyke at left broke Dec. 22, 2008. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ending a six-year effort that began after the massive spill at the Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. (AP Photo/Greeenpeace, Wade Payne)

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

- Associated Press

The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi is surrounded by journalists during the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) meeting Saturday in Cairo, Egypt. OPEC oil ministers downplayed expectations of, but didn't dismiss outright, an immediate output cut as they faced a third test in as many months of their ability to engineer a rebound in oil prices. (Associated Press)

Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics

Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.

Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban

- Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.

Yucca Mountain

Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

- Associated Press

The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project.

Edmonton Oilers left wing David Perron (57) tries to get the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 4-3. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NHL seeks to reduce its carbon footprint

Associated Press

The NHL has named Constellation as its preferred energy provider as the league seeks to offset its carbon footprint across all 30 team markets.

New York environmental conservation commissioner Joseph Martens, right, explains the department's findings on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.  At left is acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.  Martens said that he is recommending a ban. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

New York move to ban fracking heartens critics

- Associated Press

New York plans to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique and delighting opponents who previously managed to win only local bans.

Anti-Castro protester Lazaro Lozano (left) argues with a pro-Obama supporter in the Little Havana area of Miami Wednesday in the wake of an Obama administration announcement that could mean a major shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. (Associated Press)

Obama Cuba policy reversal ignites firestorm on Hill, excites U.S. businesses

- The Washington Times

Casting aside a half-century of foreign policy, President Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will normalize ties with Cuba, open an embassy in Havana and reduce trade and travel barriers — a seismic shift in America's relationship with the communist island that drew praise from businesses eager to tap into the Cuban market but touched off a bipartisan firestorm on Capitol Hill.

School curriculum aims to produce energy workers

Associated Press

The energy industry in North Dakota has developed a curriculum aimed at teaching fourth- and eighth-grade students about the state's petroleum, coal, wind, hydropower, solar, biofuel and geothermal resources.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

- Associated Press

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" was devastating his state's economy.

Qatari Oil Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada, center, speaks during the Gas Exporting Forum where gas exporting countries had their 16th ministerial meeting in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Qatar energy minister: OPEC monitoring oil's slide

Associated Press

Qatar's energy minister says OPEC is monitoring the drop in oil prices closely following a months-long slide that has left crude trading at its lowest point in more than five years.

FILE- In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is trending almost a year longer than currently scheduled. The first new reactor was supposed to be running by late 2017, followed by the second in late 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Watchdog: 1-year delay possible at Ga. nuke plant

- Associated Press

Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

In this July 9, 2014, file photo, a sign informs visitors of prohibited items on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining another federal agency up to $10,000 for each week it fails to start moving radioactive sludge away from the Columbia River at the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S. The Tri-Party Agreement required the U.S. Department of Energy to begin removing sludge from a storage basin at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Hanford waste storage tanks continue to deteriorate

- Associated Press

Underground nuclear waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation continue to deteriorate, raising questions about how the wastes will be managed in the future, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.

Recent Opinion Columns

Jumping the Tax Code Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Special interest pleading via the tax code is government at its worst

The latest disgrace out of Capitol Hill in this lame-duck session is the "tax extenders" bill. This has become an annual Washington ritual with Congress waiting until the very last minute to approve dozens of expiring tax credits, deductions and loopholes. It is a microcosm of everything wrong with the way Congress operates.

Illustration on impending EPA regulatory takeover of U.S. "waterways" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A vast land grab to ‘protect’ water

In November, comments closed on a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine "waters of the United States," as set forth in the Clean Water Act of 1977. While Sen. Edmund Muskie, Maine Democrat, author of the 1977 law, required 88 pages for his entire statute, this spring's Federal Register notice ran 370 pages, not counting appendixes, one of which hit 300 pages alone. Little wonder the new "wetland" rules have generated controversy and a likely Supreme Court case.

EPA Imposing Expensive Green Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EPA's goofy green-energy rules

If you think President Obama's unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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