Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Virginia Politics, EPA and Coal - #2886 - Stop the EPA Attack on Coal - Bearing Drift (2) Virginia Watches for Next Steps in Political Dance - Washington Times

With cap and trade and other actions, it’s no secret that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration have been seeking ways to put the coal industry out of business. My recent article, Old King Coal is Still King, pointed out how shortsighted that is. Now with gas prices through the roof and electricity rates getting there, the EPA has positioned itself to begin implementing new mandates that could leave thousands of Americans and Virginians without jobs. Not that Congress approved it. The EPA is doing all of this without the approval of, or even input from, our legislative branch of Government. This action has resulted in several states, including our very own Virginia House of Delegates, to pass resolutions asking Congress to address the proposed regulations. The EPA is simply circumventing the legislative process to impose these regulations because even they recognize that their proposals would never have a chance passing, just as Cap and Trade did not pass when the facts were laid out and the truth was told..........

This attempt to legislate through regulation must be stopped. We elect representatives and send them to Washington to have the opportunity to debate the issues and come to decisions about what is best for the Country on our behalf. Call Senator Warner at (202) 224-2023 and Senator Webb at (202) 224-4024 today and tell them to stop the EPA from destroying Virginia.  Read more........

Virginia Watches for Next Steps in Political Dance - Washington Times - The two most obvious contenders for Virginia governor — the lieutenant governor and attorney general — have a decision to make every four years: Will they butt heads, broker a deal or just stay out of each other’s way?  Two years ago, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Bob McDonnell opted for the deal route. The Republicans worked out an eight-year plan in which Mr. Bolling would step back, give Mr. McDonnell the stage and take his own turn four years later.  With Mr. Bolling’s candidacy all but announced, the question is what Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II will do. He could mount a challenge in 2013. He could run for U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner’s seat in 2014. Or, he could sit back and bide his time.  For now, he offers an answer that leaves plenty of questions.  Read more.........

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