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Anti-Energy Agenda Could Cause More Rolling Blackouts
Posted By Nicolas Loris On February 4, 2011 @ 2:30 pm In Energy and Environment | 13 Comments
Drudge’s top storylines for the morning feature energy shortage problems in a number of states across the country because of the exceptionally cold weather. Increased demand from the inclement weather has put strains on suppliers, and in some cases, the weather itself has adversely affected energy output.
New Mexico is calling for a state of emergency  because of natural gas shortages, natural gas pipes in Texas are experiencing low pressure, and several other states are managing rolling blackouts and record-high energy usage. While the recent energy turmoil is a result of extreme weather conditions, it is symbolic and a grim foreshadowing of what our energy policy in the United States has become: an anti-energy agenda.
Although the following examples are not all related to electricity use, the following stories showcase the misguided anti-energy agenda from the Obama Administration.
The rolling blackouts should now be a wakeup call for the Administration that we need a pro-energy agenda that does not include needless regulations. It should be a priority for Congress to rein in the EPA ’s regulatory invasions and unilateral decision making on our economy.
Furthermore, Congress should focus on a pro-energy policy  that opens access to America’s resources and creates a predictable, efficient regulatory framework for all energy sources.
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 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/powerout.jpg
 state of emergency: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110204/D9L5RP6G1.html
 contentious battle between the state of Texas and the EPA: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01/03/03greenwire-epa-ordered-to-wait-on-taking-over-texas-green-48760.html
 revoked a coal-mining permit in West Virginia: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2417301a-1f79-11e0-87ca-00144feab49a,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F2417301a-1f79-11e0-87ca-00144feab49a.html%2520%2F%2520axzz1D0PiN1g0&_i_referer=
 writing: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/science/earth/14coal.html?_r=2&pagewanted=2
 said: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110203-720011.html
 sitting on 103 exploratory drilling permits: http://www.foundry.org/2011/02/04/permitorium-103-gulf-of-mexico-drilling-plans-await-government-approval/
 evasively posted a new rule: http://www.foundry.org/2011/01/20/epa-changing-the-rules-as-they-go/
 rein in the EPA: http://www.foundry.org/2011/01/03/time-to-rein-in-the-epa%E2%80%99s-authority/
 pro-energy policy: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/02/A-Good-Energy-Bill-Can-Make-Gas-Prices-and-Electricity-Affordable
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