EPA fulfills Obama’s promise on coal

posted at 12:12 pm on April 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We can’t say we weren’t warned. In January 2008, Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that people would have to be crazy to open a coal-fueled electricity plant, because Obama’s policies would make energy costs “skyrocket” and send them into bankruptcy. Now the EPA has issued an unprecedented order to renege on a permit already granted to open a coal-generator plant in a Navajo reservation in New Mexico that has the tribe and its supporters steaming:

In a dramatic move yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew the air quality permit it issued last summer for the Desert Rock coal-fired power plant, which is slated to be built on the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region just southwest of Farmington, New Mexico. …

Jeff Holmstead, former head of the air program at EPA and now head of the Environmental Strategies Group at Bracewell & Giuliani, the law firm representing the plant’s developer, Sithe Global, said in a statement that he has “never seen anything like it.”

“I don’t think anyone ever imagined that the new team at EPA would seem to have such little regard for due process or basic notions of fairness,” Holmstead said. “Everyone understands that a new Administration has discretion to change rules and policies prospectively. But I’ve never seen any Administration try to change policies and rules retroactively.”

The Navajo tribe, which hoped to bolster its economy by selling the electricity and employing its members, lashed out as well:

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.” Shirley said that the EPA withdrawal of the permit will harm the Navajo people.

“I have people dying every day because of poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, gangs, and the U.S. Government is not there to adequately fund the direct service programs that cater to these needs,” he said.

Shirley concluded by saying that the message from the EPA is that it will hold projects “on Navajo land to standards that may well be impossible to meet — and that wouldn’t be applicable elsewhere.”

Here’s what Obama told the Chronicle, and what the editors of the Chronicle sat on for almost ten months:

So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

The huge sum would have to come from a Congressionally-approved cap-and-trade system, which appears to be going nowhere at the moment. Instead, Obama has sent the EPA to act as his hatchet man, killing off energy producers in order to get via regulation what he cannot get through legislation.

The EPA sided with the state of New Mexico on other grounds, but they’re pretty transparent. The regulators said that the Navajos should have proposed using a gasification process that’s still in the experimental phase and hasn’t been proven at all. In fact, Al Gore called it a myth just this month, so apparently the EPA expected the Navajos to include a mythical system in order to retroactively justify the permit they had in their hand.

Obama has declared war on energy producers, and the EPA is his regulatory army.  They just won their first victory, and the Navajos will be poorer for it — and so will their potential customers, who could have benefited from more plentiful resources.


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Holy smokes!

Shy Guy on April 28, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Ogabe to the Navajo nation: stay poor and like it.

Typical limousine leftist douchebag.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Seriously. WTF goes on in these peoples’ heads?

lorien1973 on April 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Just policy differences.

Gov Perry is awful.

artist on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Its time!

dmann on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Let them burn jetfuel.

Shy Guy on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Obama’s words, skyrocketing energy prices, and perhaps rolling blackouts may make great material for the 2012.

njcommuter on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Ogabe hates American Indians.

No sarcasm.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

there are always crazy muslims we can send our fortunes to for this type of energy….

Wake up folks….BHO is only started ruining America!

SDarchitect on April 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Hmmm… this could actualy get interesting…

Are not the Indian Nations just that…. Nations?

Does the EPA have jurisdiction on THEIR Land?

Romeo13 on April 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM

(OOPS!)
Obama’s words, skyrocketing energy prices, and perhaps rolling blackouts may make great material for the next Presidential campaign.

njcommuter on April 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Maybe he wants them to stick to Casinos.

Which causes an entirely different sent of problems.

dc84123 on April 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Change you can knuckle under to.

trigon on April 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Romeo13 on April 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Good point. The Navajo should have a good case here.

Watch the multiculti goons turn on the Navajo now to appease their Leper Prince.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Why does President Obama hate native Americans?

Loxodonta on April 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I hope its the libs who end up in a dark cold house…

right4life on April 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

This guy is digging his own ’12 grave.

The more he does, the poorer this country gets, and the worse off everyone will be during the Second Great Depression he and his clowns are cooking up.

Rae on April 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Thank goodness we finally have a President who cares about the working man, like power plant workers… er, wait, like coal miners… hang on… like the average electricity consumer… dang! Who does Obama care about again?

trubble on April 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Great black father says to his little red children – Screw you…

Kuffar on April 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Death and suffering are fungible political quantities to the left. The idea of affordable energy for the poor and middle class (that they control for themselves) is anathema.

Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen. Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, with the other he began to systematically pluck out its feathers. As the chicken struggled in vain to escape, he continued with the painful denuding until the bird was completely stripped. “Now you watch,” Stalin said as he placed the chicken on the floor and walked away with some bread crumbs in his hand. Incredibly, the fear-crazed chicken hobbled toward him and clung to the legs of his trousers. Stalin threw a handful of grain to the bird, and it began to follow him around the room, he turned to his dumbfounded colleagues and said quietly, “This is the way to rule the people. Did you see how that chicken followed me for food, even though I had caused it such torture? People are like that chicken. If you inflict inordinate pain on them they will follow you for food the rest of their lives.”

Death and suffering are tools to the left.

spmat on April 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

I’ve been told by some people in the know here in WV that after the miner’s vacation ,the first week of July, that almost 20,000 miner’s won’t have jobs to come back to gee thanks Obama wonder why WV went for McCain.

tee866 on April 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Ammo … find it, buy it.

darwin on April 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

This is awful.

WisCon on April 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Obama must be racists.

He must not know that coal and carbon are black!

The coal industry should teach Obama a lesson and just shut down until he comes to his senses.

If global warming is caused by CO2, then the root cause is feminism.

How? Go back to the days of Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver. All the women stayed at home. Families survived on a single income. Homes were 40% smaller. There was one family car. If we returned to those standards there would be half the cars on the road, half the office space to heat and cool. Same goes for factory space.

Feminism changed all that.
Yes, my tongue is placed firmly in my cheek. Even so I just cannot defeat the logic.

The Rock on April 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Well, He did promise us CHANGE, but He never said it would be for the better.

Red Cloud on April 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.” Shirley said that the EPA withdrawal of the permit will harm the Navajo people.

Maybe I’m just getting old and cranky, but how many of those Navajos voted for Obama? Don’t say that nobody warned you.

Kalifornia Kafir on April 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Actually, gasification DOES work, that’s why the Enviros hate it so much. The EPA is being disingenuous because their permitting process makes it for to onerous to get approval.

jacrews on April 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Can’t wait for more heavy-handed energy policies.

Rising energy costs, a government burdened by unbelievable debt, a crushing health-care plan? How does he expect the economy to recover?

Unfortunately, the unintended consequences won’t fully sour enough voters until after he’s been reelected. We’re f***ed.

BuckeyeSam on April 28, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Anyone suprised?

Didn’t think so.

sonofdy on April 28, 2009 at 12:26 PM

I sure hope the morons in western Pennsylvania’s coal country who voted for Obama are happy.

rockmom on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Didn’t New Mexico vote democrat this year? Gawd. It ticks me off that they are using these tactics, and methods. Especially on tribal lands, but it doesn’t shock me. We knew what he was before the elections.

It’s just to damned sad others didn’t listen, or bother to look a tad more closely at the man, and not the image!

capejasmine on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Obama doesn’t care about Native Americans

Defector01 on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

unbelievable, every stinkin’ day is unbelievable. Yet they cook up numbers that say Dear Leader has a 66% approval rating? 66% of Americans are ignorant in that case.

kirkill on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Wonder if our permit for the coal gasification plant in SW ND will get nixed.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2008_April_4/ai_n25125202/

killing off energy producers in order to get via regulation what he cannot get through legislation.

BINGO!
Honestly, where is the ‘social justice’ in all of this?!
Us poor folks are gonna have to start burning cow $hit for heat. I’ll be ok, but I’m not thrilled about it.
Then the EPA will start roving around in ‘environmental police’ vehicles, pushing their cap-&-trade on individuals.
Can’t probably even burn wood.
We are so screwed.
The liberals are going to feel so patriotic paying through the nose to’ save’ Mother Earth.
No nuclear. Dismantle the dams for the fish. Get rid of coal.
Wind & Solar?! I can’t wait to become a 3rd world country!

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 12:28 PM

…Buffalo Soldier…

SPCOlympics on April 28, 2009 at 12:28 PM

We do alot of business with the Navajo Nation and Sadly I would guess about 90% of their people voted for Obama.

CaCa on April 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Man makes Benedict Arnold look good.

Col.John Wm. Reed on April 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Well, He did promise us CHANGE, but He never said it would be for the better.

Red Cloud on April 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Best bumper sticker ever: I’ll keep my guns, money and religion, you can keep the “change”

kirkill on April 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I will now use the phase, “Government Giver!”

WashJeff on April 28, 2009 at 12:30 PM

66% of Americans are ignorant in that case.

kirkill on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

ACORN voters. Deceased people, double-counted folks, etc.
I never met a poll I really believed in.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 12:30 PM

about 90% of their people voted for Obama.

CaCa on April 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM

It’s an Indian thing. Sioux/Cheyenne did, too.
They must figure their Domestic Dependent Nation status hinges on a Democrat being in power.
When will they realize govt in general is to be distrusted?
They certainly have more experience at being screwed over than the general American does.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I thought surely when that “bankrupt” the coal industry thing came out that coal producing states would reject him roundly. Some didn’t. Unbelievable.

So just today, O is working on putting coalminers and anyone who works for the medical insurance industry out work. In the words of AP: What could go wrong?

JAM on April 28, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Hey don’t worry, it’s all ‘revenue neutral’. The electrical plants will get hit with a ‘cap and trade’ program. This will raise their costs. They’ll pass the costs on to their consumers. The money the government gets from ‘cap and trade’ will then be funneled back to the consumer to reduce the impact of the higher energy costs.

See how simple all that is?

And the FUNNY PART is that the Democrats expect to WIN BIG in 2010!

GarandFan on April 28, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Guess he doesn’t care much if the Indian Nation loves him.

ctmom on April 28, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Reminds me of the inaugural prayer:

… help us work for that day . . . when the red man can get ahead, man”

Apparently that day hasn’t arrived yet.

Bobbertsan on April 28, 2009 at 12:36 PM

When you hire a foreigner, you get a foreigner.

tarpon on April 28, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I sure hope the morons in western Pennsylvania’s coal country who voted for Obama are happy.

rockmom on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Here’s the beauty part — this happens on the same day that Arlen Specter joins the other team. Brilliant!

Mr. D on April 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Shy Guy on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Comment of the Day™ nominee right there.

steveegg on April 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

The hits keep on coming.

promachus on April 28, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Death and suffering are tools to the left.

spmat on April 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

QFT

liquidflorian on April 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM

“Lets screw the Natives” tour continues.

Debt driven industries are the future.
Maybe they could burn money?

the_nile on April 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Aren’t reservations sovereign? They should just burn the EPA’s unprecedented order.

Roc on April 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM

This will all be turned around when they realize that they are screwing around with “IDENTITY POLITICS” and someone in EPA just mis-acted in rescinding the approved permit.

belad on April 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

You get the govt. that you vote for. Just another victim group who didn’t listen to what they were told by rational and informed people.

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Roc on April 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I usually hate Wikipedia-but I think it’s a good place for you to start:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal_sovereignty
I feel sorry for the poor SOBs. They don’t stand a chance.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I said it before and will say it again (many times) all those internet rumors about obama were too tame.

jukin on April 28, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I am actually surprised he’d be this brazen. The goal doesn’t surprise me, but the audacity of reneging on a previously issued permit does.

Palin, Guiliani, Romney, somebody needs to get on the air talking about energy now and keep it up.

cs89 on April 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Meanwhile in wacademia, Leftist bedwetter whines;

Native Americans: Power for the persecuted

Anyone who reads my columns knows I tie everything and anything into energy and environmental issues. No need to hesitate here. Native American reservations contain large quantities of natural resources, including energy. There is little to no access or control over as to how they are used – 65 percent of North America’s uranium lies on these reservations, as is 80 percent of all the uranium mining and 100 percent of all the uranium processing in the country.

The result has been high rates of cancer, respiratory ailments, miscarriages and birth defects. The water and soil are loaded with lead, radium, thorium and other toxins. People who work in the mines rarely receive clothing, protection, medical evaluation or compensation. There is almost no wealth to show for this exploitation, and our tax dollars subsidize it daily through our funding of uneconomical nuclear power.

There is an ironic twist, though. Throughout history, as Native Americans were thrown off their land and sectioned off in reservations, we thought we were giving them land no one really wanted – land in the Midwest, where the sun was brightest and the wind strongest. We’re now in a time where we desperately need to increase renewable energy production to help address environmental, national security and economic problems, and the solar energy potential on tribal lands is 4.5 times the annual U.S. electric generation. The reservations on the Great Plains have a windpower potential that tops 300 gigawatts, half our annual electric generation. Everyone wins with a clean energy economy, but I can’t think of a group in this country who would benefit more than Native Americans

/comments open

Terp Mole on April 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

zero sympathy from me. maybe in 2010 or 2012 those same people will take their heads out of their asses and put them back in their heads when they go to vote.

Ghoul aid on April 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Wonder if our permit for the coal gasification plant in SW ND will get nixed.

Is that anywhere near Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Steve Z on April 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Every little bit of news about this Buffoon (Obama) and his administration just makes me sick to my stomach…

It truly is the beginning of the end, isn’t it?

I’m beginning to become fearful of what the next few years are going to bring…

Nineball on April 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

“Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes… This is about hating a black red man in the White House on a sovereign reservation. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks limousine liberals.”

Janeane, FIFY.

Roc on April 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM

This is definitely LAWSUIT fodder. Revoking a previously-issued permit without any justification is just plain illegal. But will the Navajos have the money to fight it?

Steve Z on April 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Funny none of our lefty trolls have the Malkins to raise their heads and defend Soros’s sock puppet here.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Barack Obama hates red people.

cpr on April 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s words, skyrocketing energy prices, and perhaps rolling blackouts may make great material for the next Presidential campaign.
njcommuter on April 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM

No they won’t; they’ll make a great pretense for martial law.

And then there won’t BE a next Presidential campaign.

logis on April 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Cap and trade might be closer as Specter now has to prove his loyalty to the dems…

JIMV on April 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM

build it anyways. And when they arrest you and put you on trial tell them “I don’t recognize a right for you to try me”. And fight to have cameras in that room.
Build the damn thing.

theguardianii on April 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Obama’s EPA to the Navajo Nation, as it revokes their previously-approved permit:

“it’s just like a tax cut!”

Wanderlust on April 28, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Get ready for rolling blackouts in most of the country in a few years.

MarkTheGreat on April 28, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Big Chief Black Eagle speak with forked tongue…tell redman to go pound sand…redman no smoke-um peace pipe with Black Eagle no more.

We ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Black Eagle, er Obama, has his arse covered on this one. He knows that Cap n’ Trade may go down to political defeat so he had the EPA come out and decree that greenhouse gases pose a real potential danger to public health not only short term, but in the FUTURE too! Now every nutjob in the country can sue for potential future harm to the planet if you build a fossil fuel power plant of any sort…if they EPA lets you do it in the first place. The EPA ultimately will have sole discretion on permitting purely based on their master’s agenda.

Wyznowski on April 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM

spmat on April 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

That story made my flesh creep.

Dark-Star on April 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Typical limousine leftist douchebag.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I don’t think so. BO is a special kind of douchebag. Even Jimmy Carter is impressed.

Western_Civ on April 28, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Police state is a’comin’, kids. It will have to be if Bama is to get all the goodies he wants to give to us. At some point methinks the US will have its first “general strike”, as they used to have in Europe before people wised up a little.

I hope the lefties enjoy shivering and freezing in the dark, while Bama grows orchids in the Oval Office and plays checkers with George Soros, taking over the next crisis to use.

Healthcare nationalized, auto industry nationalized, banks nationalized. What’s next? I guess the coal mines.

Harry Schell on April 28, 2009 at 1:07 PM

“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant small business, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted their entrepreneurship.”

FIFY, Obama.

nagee76 on April 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Ogabe hates American Indians s.

No sarcasm.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Closer to the truth. ‘We’re all Americans now.’

Greg Toombs on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Let’s give a warm welcome to our Navajo brothers and sisters into the new big-tent Republican Party. The common cents party! (spelled it that way on purpose so lay off spelling Nazis)

huckleberryfriend on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

There’s a significant cross section of the left that really thinks everyone would be happier if we just returned to subsistence farming, but we’re just too dumb or blinded by consumerism to notice. They’re like trendy Amish with kaffiyehs and iPods. And no sense of self-awareness or irony. And now they’ve got political power.

But fear not, the adults are in charge.

On the other hand, if they offer to open a nuclear power plant I’ll be all for it … so long as they keep it up. More nukes, more cheap energy, and more innovation will do more for the environment than any number of foolish, draconian EPA policies.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Just policy differences.

Gov Perry is awful.

artist on April 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Artist

Do you live in Texas? I have for 32 years and I love Gov Perry. Why do you think Texas is in shape financially? Not because of the idiot democrats that we have in our legislature. We have a great standard of living here and always have. Let the states that voted for the idiot president deal with all of the lies that they were told. The idiot president lied his ugly head off before he became president but for some reason, a lot of people thought “Oh, now he’s telling us the truth”. Yea, well how’s that working out now?

Ltlgeneral64 on April 28, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Some of the poorest people in the country are living on Indian reservations. The Messiah’s EPA wants to make them poorer.
I guess The Messiah isn’t here to save everyone from all of the world’s problems.

n0doz on April 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM

They should make their own Wyatt’s Torch.

hadsil on April 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Anyone seen all the pro cap & trade commercials on Fox News? Why isn’t some conservative group running ads to refute those bogus claims that wind turbine production can employ all the laid-off steelworkers?

hawksruleva on April 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Is that anywhere near Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Steve Z on April 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Straight E. on the Interstate by about 35-40 miles.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.”

Native America? If only! These cretins are not honest with anyone.

drjohn on April 28, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Obama is working on becoming the most hated President since Carter. Turning everything 180* from what President Bush did isn’t leadership, or smart.
The first Black President is just one more Liberal failure flailing wildly, trying to change a reality that is unpleasant to him. Bad luck with that, Obama.

Doug on April 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

If native Americans want some love from Obama, they need to convert to Islam and chop off some heads.

Daggett on April 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.”

I’m stumped as to why he requires more proof of this.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Last fall when I saw “UMW for Obama” political signs gracing lawns in one of the poorest counties in PA (Fayette), I just shook my head over the poor fools’ gullibility.

onlineanalyst on April 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

CO2? Global warming? Just answer me this. If the entire continental US fell into the ocean, what affect would that have on CO2 emmissions, and global warming? Answer: No one has a clue. So let us all suffer in the name of preventing global warming.

Paul-Cincy on April 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

There’s a significant cross section of the left that really thinks everyone would be happier if we just returned to subsistence farming, but we’re just too dumb or blinded by consumerism to notice…

On the other hand, if they offer to open a nuclear power plant I’ll be all for it …
TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I’m afraid those two things just don’t quite fit together.

Even now that the neo-hippies’ own theology says that their opposition to nuclear power has helped destroy the earth — they’re still never going to give up.

The liberal thought process begins and ends with “Which option would make me feel better about myself?”

Nuclear power? Ooo ick! Saving the earth from vaporization is fine, but not if a snail darter might be harmed in the process.

What does the average moonbat know about farming? About as much as they know about running any other business. But that doesn’t matter. All that matters is the dream. The dream of all moonbats: seeing themselves as field bosses, sipping latte and watching all the “evil” people of the world (their former landlords, managers and parole officers) forced to till the fields 16 hours a day for a scrap of bread. Oh yeah, that scratches the itch.

logis on April 28, 2009 at 1:30 PM

“I don’t think anyone ever imagined that the new team at EPA would seem to have such little regard for due process or basic notions of fairness,” Holmstead said. “Everyone understands that a new Administration has discretion to change rules and policies prospectively. But I’ve never seen any Administration try to change policies and rules retroactively.”

TEA PARTY TIME!

petefrt on April 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Where’s Ward Churchill the Patron Saint of Native Americans?

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

There’s a significant cross section of the left that really thinks everyone would be happier if we just returned to subsistence farming
TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Think Pol Pot and the Year Zero. He was very well-meaning. Obama is a zero. Coincidence? :)

Paul-Cincy on April 28, 2009 at 1:33 PM

This is really outrageous. I called both my Senators about this and the staffers that took my calls not only didn’t know about it, they seemed not to give a damn.

I used to live in Holbrook, AZ, which is just outside a Navajo and Hopis reservation. I went to school with a lot of Native American kids and let me tell you, they were poor.

I’m ready for secession and think it’s the only answer.

DerKrieger on April 28, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Hmmmm, wood burning stove companies stocks just went up 1000%….

izoneguy on April 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I sure hope the morons in western Pennsylvania’s coal country who voted for Obama are happy.

rockmom on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM
Here’s the beauty part — this happens on the same day that Arlen Specter joins the other team. Brilliant!

Mr. D on April 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Arlen Specter is despised in western PA, going all the way back to his no vote on Bork.

onlineanalyst on April 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

This is really outrageous. I called both my Senators about this and the staffers that took my calls not only didn’t know about it, they seemed not to give a damn.

I used to live in Holbrook, AZ, which is just outside a Navajo and Hopis reservation. I went to school with a lot of Native American kids and let me tell you, they were poor.

I’m ready for secession and think it’s the only answer.

DerKrieger on April 28, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Count me in as well. Obama is looking for a showdown.
He will get one “somewhere” and it won’t be pretty.
Time to stand up against the Marxist axis of evil.

izoneguy on April 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Wind turbines are a BS solution that anyone who can do a little math could figure out for themselves. Using the Palo Verde nuke plant outside Phoenix as a base I calculated how many turbines spread over how much are it would take to match Palo Verde’s 3.2 GW output.

Using GE’s largest turbine, 3.6 MW, it would take 8,000 turbines spread over 500 square miles, a square about 22.5 miles on a side, to match PV’s output.

The turbines are capable of producing 3.6 MW but only at wind speeds of 14 m/s. The US average wind speed is less than 5 m/s. At 6 m/s the 3.26 MW turbines only generate 0.4 MW.

I guess we’ll have ti suffer through brownouts and blackouts before the idiots learn anything.

DerKrieger on April 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

the navajo nation is represented by somebody & guiliani. hell yeah. there will be some butt kicking now.

kelley in virginia on April 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

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