Environmental Regulation

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) plays a video on the Senate floor of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies

April 26, 2012

“Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has launched an investigation into the Obama-EPA’s apparent “crucify them” and “incite fear” strategies targeted at American energy producers. This investigation will look into EPA’s actions towards domestic energy production specifically in light of the agency’s recent efforts relating to hydraulic fracturing.”

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Romney, on the Keystone XL Pipeline: I will build that pipeline if I have to myself

April 21, 2012

“Romney blasted Obama on a range of policies during a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting in Arizona, but singled out the controversial project that would route Canadian oil sands south to Gulf Coast refineries.”

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President Obama to re-nominate Republican Kristine Svinicki as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chief despite opposition from 2 top Senate Democrats

April 21, 2012

“White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama believes the country needs a functioning commission to oversee nuclear safety and does not want to risk a vacancy that could occur if Svinicki is not reconfirmed before the end of June.”

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TransCanada’s new proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline would still cross the Ogallala aquifer but avoid the Sand Hills

April 21, 2012

“Critics of the plan say the new route still winds its way perilously close to, and across, sensitive aquifer areas and would receive only a cursory review under the new state law. What’s needed, they contend, is a thorough environmental impact study in accord with federal law.”

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Report: The EPA & state regulators knew of lead contamination in hundreds of U.S. towns but did not notify residents

April 21, 2012

“A 14-month investigation by USA Today found government officials failed to research the danger of soil contamination in neighborhoods surrounding many of more than 400 lead smelter locations operating in the 1930s to 1960s.”

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House passes legislation increasing rights on federal lands, including bringing dead bears into the U.S.

April 18, 2012

“House Republicans on Tuesday rode to the rescue of 41 hunters who shot polar bears inCanada at least four years ago but have been unable to bring their trophies back into the U.S. because the bears were subsequently declared an endangered species.”

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New Mexico Slaughterhouse petitions the Federal Government to become the first business to offer horses for slaughter since a ban on the practice ended last year

April 15, 2012

“Those groups are rallying to try to block the petition, hoping to head off what they fear could be a series of slaughterhouses applying to produce horse meat.”

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House Republicans will re-continue efforts to expedite the Keystone XL oil pipeline

April 15, 2012

“Earlier this year, President Barack Obama put a hold on TransCanada’s $7 billion project, which would ship oil from Canada and northern U.S. states to Texas, because he said it needed further environmental review.”

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): We must convert to hybrid cars or lose our life

April 7, 2012

“”It’s your money or your life,” he said a press conference. “We are either going to dedicate ourselves to a cleaner, more livable planet and accept the initial investment necessary or we’re going to pay a heavier price in terms of loss of human life, damage and costs associated with it.”"

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack: Offshore drilling fees financing the purchase of $41.6 million worth of new national forest lands in 15 states

April 6, 2012

“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday the 28 different purchases from North Carolina to Oregon will protect clean water and fish and wildlife habitat, absorb private inholdings within wilderness areas, and support outdoor recreation spending that contributes $14.5 billion annually to the economy.”

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Union Boss: The EPA’s new Climate Regulations will kill the coal industry

April 4, 2012

“Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry.”

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The White House proposes the first rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new U.S. power plants

March 27, 2012

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal would effectively stop the building of most new coal-fired plants in an industry that is moving rapidly to more natural gas.”

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Environmentalists critique the misleading, illogical ‘fresh vs. pasteurized’ milk study released by the CDC

February 22, 2012

“What the CDC won’t dare reveal to the public is the far more horrifying truth:Pasteurized dairy is produced in the dirtiest milk factories imaginable, where blood, pus, e.coli and other truly dangerous pathogens are routinely bottled into milk containers and fed to consumers.”

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Federal officials have barred entry to an additional 9 shipments of imported orange juice with traces of a banned fungicide while 9 Florida juice processing plants showed traces of the chemical

February 5, 2012

“Federal officials have barred entry to an additional nine shipments of imported orange juice that showed traces of a banned chemical, bringing the total to 20 barred shipments, while 14 samples taken from Florida juice processing plants were cleared, though nine showed traces of the chemical.”

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Legislators negotiating the Payroll Tax Cut Extension split over what to include in the bill

February 4, 2012

“The panel’s chairman, Representative Dave Camp, insisted at its third public meeting today that the committee consider only those items contained in bills that passed the House and Senate in December. That would mean language to loosen an Environmental Protection Agency proposal on industrial emissions would be within the panel’s scope as it was in a House-passed bill.”

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