Who doesn’t love a good bout of Blue v Blue cage match sweetness? You might think that with a divided Congress and a Presidential agenda which is essentially stalled, the Democrats on The Hill would be circling the wagons and presenting the best united front they can manage. (And to be fair, they do manage it on a few topics.) But it’s not quite such an easy job to herd those cats when the subject comes to energy and jobs.
Example The First comes to us from West Virginia, where we find a Democrat joining forces with the GOP to put a leash on Obama’s EPA.
West Virginia is joining two other states that are seeking to challenge federal rules governing greenhouse gas emissions.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Friday the state has filed a friend of the court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Environmental Protection Agency rules. The rules would allow the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources.
None of that matches the delicious nature of our final entry, though. West Virginia’s Democratic Party announced a couple of weeks ago that it would march on Washington to protest the administration’s coal regulations.
Democratic Leaders Traveling to Washington to Defend Coal
CHARLESTON, W.V. – Today Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio, Senate President Jeff Kessler, and House Speaker Tim Miley announced that they will be traveling to Washington on August 1, 2013 to meet with EPA officials and members of the current administration. Along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall they will lead a delegation of Democratic legislators and business and labor leaders to help protect and support WV hardworking families and coal miners.
Chairman Puccio said, “This is not about politics, this is about people. This is about the coal miner that has risked their life to support their family, this is about the construction worker from the trades that builds safe structure, and this is about the small business owner who serves those coal communities. So as I travel to Washington next week I will deliver one strong message: While for many years Americans have called on our coal miners to keep the lights on for them and their families, today we call on America to keep the lights on for the families of our coal miners.”
This has all been unfolding for a couple of weeks now, and much of it gets lost in the media noise over all of the bigger stories which have been playing out on the NSA, terror alerts and more. But if you need a good popcorn tale for the weekend, this one should fill the bill.