Sunday, January 30, 2011

The EPA's Mess with Texas

The EPA's Mess with Texas
By Ben Voth
January 30, 2011

As part of Obama's new political initiative to bypass a Congress that rejected his political leadership in 2009 and 2010, he has announced executive orders to allow the Federal government to restrict economic activity to fit legislative goals he apparently no longer believes he can win in political debate.  One of the most important new targets in this new post-Congressional agenda is Texas.  The EPA is messing with Texas in ways that threaten to disrupt the biggest jobs producer in the United States.

The EPA is moving to restrict Texas' ability to continue as the largest production base for natural gas in the nation.  As the largest consumer and producer of natural gas, Texas provides an important alternative in energy production to the conventional fossil fuels of coal and oil  Those fuels have fallen into dire regulatory restrictions that Vice President Biden suggested should eventually lead to the end of coal production in the United States.  Natural gas has emerged as an important transitional fuel to the green economy.  Despite this, the Obama administration is moving to limit this component of Texas' economic boom.  

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