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Former EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz testified this morning in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Senator Inhofe—Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works—released this video highlighting a number of different Obama EPA administrators pushing the war on fossil fuels, in favor of creating a green “way of life”.
Coal Communities devastated by EPA and new Utility MACT rule
Within the past few years new EPA regulations have hit coal-based communities hard, especially in the Appalachian regions of eastern Kentucky. Local communities are dependent upon the coal industry not just in Kentucky, but in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and other parts of the country. The coal industry provides thousands with electricity and jobs.
Key Vote YES on Amendments to Further Cut Spending in the Water and Energy Appropriations Bill
Dear FreedomWorks member,
I am writing to alert you that Congress is currently voting on a series of amendments to H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The following amendment has already been voted on and we encourage you to check how your representative voted here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll311.xml. Unfortunately, the amendment failed 133 to 275.
Dear FreedomWorks member,
As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012. This bloated bill contains massive amounts of farm subsidies, wasteful programs, and will increase the federal government’s role in agriculture.
Utility MACT rule another costly addition to excessive government regulation
Federal government regulation and spending continues to climb under a spend-happy administration. Just as concerning, yet not as obvious, is the impact of federal regulations. When the government increases regulation on businesses, it increases the cost of doing business which increases prices for the consumer. The Competitive Enterprise Institute puts together an annual report called “Ten Thousands Commandments” that attempts to measure the burden of government regulation. Here are some of the highlights from the 2011 report.
While being interviewed by a progressive author for a book about conservatives a few years ago, I was asked why I thought the government shouldn't be running health care in America. I replied that it wasn't so much that I thought it shouldn't but that I thought it couldn't, at least with any semblance of efficiency or cost-effectiveness.
FreedomWorks to Host Press Mixer with Activists from Key 2012 Electoral States Following A Grassroots Fly-In Boot Camp
WHAT: FreedomWorks will host a short press conference following its annual grassroots boot camp fly-in, which included over 120 activists from over 26 key electoral states.The mixer will begin with some general prepared statements, followed by an opportunity for break-out sessions allowing national and state reporters to meet activists from specific battleground states and their efforts to organize on the ground for national, state, and local battles.WHEN: Monday, June 11th, 2012, from 12:00-1:30pm EST. The general statements should take no longer than 15 minutes.
Tonight Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works will be speaking on the Utility MACT, his Joint- Resolution 37 to stop it, and YouTube videos that highlight top EPA officials acknowledging the Utility MACT and other EPA regulations, are a war on coal. They have knowingly pushed these regulations through, even though they will have devastating effects for communities across the country whose economy relies on the industry.
According to the EPA, the new Utility MACT rule will bring large health and economic benefits to the country. The Utility MACT rule is estimated to save $37 billion to $90 billion each year in human health benefits. The Utility MACT rule is estimated to reduce 90 percent of all mercury emitted by coal plants.
Mercury Rising in the U.S--Or Are Other Nations to Blame?