Driving the Day: No Domestic Energy for You

In what the Wall Street Journal dubbed as an “unusual move,” President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that is was reversing a Bush-era decision and revoking a critical permit for the largest mountaintop-removal coal mining projects ever proposed in Appalachia.

According to the Journal:

The decision to revoke the permit for Arch Coal Inc.’s Spruce Mine No. 1 in West Virginia’s rural Logan County marks the first time the EPA has withdrawn a water permit for a mining project that had previously been issued.

It’s also only the second time in the 39-year history of the federal Clean Water Act that the agency has canceled a water permit for a project of any kind after it was issued, according to the agency.

The decision places valuable coal off limits and cancels a $250 million investment in southern West Virginia that would have created 250 jobs in an economically depressed region.  It also calls into question the future of coal in America, especially under the current administration.

This administration favors what appears to be a no-energy approach – placing valuable resources off limits, from coal to oil and natural gas.  Fortunately, conservatives are fighting back.

According to reports this morning, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is planning to introduce legislation that would “broadly block federal climate rules under the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.”  His effort is dubbed as the “strongest” and “most aggressive yet” to rein in a radical environmental agenda.

In the early days of the 112th Congress, Americans are being presented with a clear choice on a very consequential policy matter – how we will power our economy in the coming decades.

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