WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The Obama administration moved to block a mountaintop coal-mining project from going forward and said Tuesday it would scrutinize more than a hundred mining permits amid concern about the waste that is dumped into rivers and streams.
It was viewed as the first time in at least eight years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has flexed its muscle to block a mountaintop coal-mining project. Environmentalists said the move would protect rivers and streams. The coal industry complained the decision would cost thousands of high-paying jobs.
via UPDATE: EPA To Scrutinize Mountaintop Coal-Mining.
After eight years of backpedaling by the previous administration on the requirements that it protect the environment, there is a new group in charge. They seem to feel that the laws passed by congress prior to the Bush Administration really are laws…Go figure.
Thanks EPA and President Obama. We needed some reality here in America.
Pre-Election Day Twenty O’Eight
While everyone else is focusing on the election tomorrow, Bush and Company are getting a lot of the agenda they tried to pass and failed to do done anyway. The power of the executive office being used better to overthrow the will of the people. They learned well from their predecessor. When Bill Clinton was leaving office he waited till after the election to sign off on a lot of policy that his administration figured they could leave to Al Gore. In doing so they allowed most of those policies to be overturned with the stroke of a pen when George Bush took office. Bush has no reason to show such restraint, which pretty much tells you what he thinks is going to happen tomorrow.
Did we really expect President Bush and coal mining to go quietly?
R. Jeffrey Smith writes: “ is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.
“The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.
“Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.
Dan Froomkin – Bush and Cheney’s Last Shot – washingtonpost.com.
I guess we really need to hope Obama and Company do find a way to get to 60 tomorrow. They will need it to overturn the final days of a losing administration and it’s misinterpretation of the American will…
This first workday of the return of Standard Time has me looking out the window in confusion. Sunrise having come and gone as I was working my way through my morning routine. It looks like it’ll be another month before I’ll be leaving the house with sunrise again. No more scenes like this one greeting me as I walk out my door….
The drive to hire private contractors to take over duties performed by state employees in agencies under the oversight of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission — mandated by the Legislature five years ago — has been a slow-motion disaster. The commission was forced to terminate a major contract with Accenture last year after the attempt to privatize eligibility screening for social service programs caused chaos and erroneously denied services to thousands of qualified Texans.
In early 2006 the state auditor issued a report critical of another commission contractor, Convergys, which was selected in 2004 for a five-year, $85 million pact to provide human resources and payroll services for the 46,000 employees in the agencies the commission supervises. Auditors warned that supervision of the contract was lax, resulting in late and incorrect paychecks to workers and inadequate training and spending on technology.
Privatization hangover: State audit of health and human service agencies shows continuing management problems | Editorial | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.
I can’t even find the energy to say I told you so…