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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Ed Whitfield
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:
House Republicans plan to hold their first hearing Friday on draft legislation that would block any new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would raise energy prices or cost jobs, their latest bid to thwart the Obama administration's efforts to cut pollution from coal.
House Republicans will have to wait for their chance to question former top Environmental Protection Agency official Al Armendariz, who became notorious for his pledge to "crucify" oil and gas companies in order to set a regulatory example.
The Obama campaign changed its website Thursday night to include a reference to "clean coal" in the president's "all-of-the-above" energy plan after Republicans lawmakers criticized the omission.
The spectacular failure of Solyndra opened a lot of eyes. Yet the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer is far from the only fly-by-night outfit to take advantage of the current "green energy" fad. No program is more ripe for abuse than the renewable fuel standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Republicans and business leaders are urging President Obama to turn talk of creating jobs into action by green-lighting a long-delayed $7 billion expansion of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that supporters say will create 20,000 jobs.
"Union Station is the perfect place to celebrate preservation," said first lady Laura Bush at the Restore America gala Tuesday night. As trains rumbled beneath the restored train terminal's East Hall, Mrs. Bush stood before a gathering of 356 preservationists to accept one of five "hero" awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Home and Garden Television (HGTV).
"EPA seems to be going out of its way during its listening tour to avoid those states that rely on coal the most for electricity," said Rep. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky Republican and chairman of the House subcommittee on Energy and Power. "EPA needs to come to coal country and hear from the workers, families and communities that may suffer the most from the agency's actions."
"EPA seems to be going out of its way during its listening tour to avoid those states that rely on coal the most for electricity," said Rep. Ed Whitfield, of Kentucky.