Monday, March 7, 2011

More Reaction to McConnell-Paul Coal Bill

Legislation introduced by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul to prevent the EPA from illegally stalling coal permits continues to generate news coverage.

The Hill includes a cautionary tale of an example of EPA over-reach in Logan County West Virginia. The EPA rescinded a permit it had previously granted to a company that had spent millions of dollars and several years on the project.

The EPA’s action defies logic," said McConnell, referring to the Logan County incident. "Not only are they changing the rules in the middle of the game, they are retroactively changing rules to shut down mines they’ve already approved."

That's worrisome for Kentucky, where coal provides one of our only competitive edges. And yet the same story plays out around the country with other agencies that the Obama administration misuses to achieve through regulation what it cannot achieve through legislation -- because it lacks the votes. Take efforts to achieve card-check through regulation. Or the use of IRS agents to police Obamacare.

The McConnell - Paul coal legislation is not just about coal, but rather about an administration that seeks to end-run the 2010 election results with antidemocratic regulations by anonymous bureaucrats.

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