Posts Tagged ‘Rep. Nick J. Rahall’

Strategy To Fight EPA’s Expanding Regulatory Reach

Friday, January 28th, 2011

President Obama and his administration on the very day he took office – January 20, 2009 – started its attack on West Virginia.  Every West Virginian knows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been trying to shut down our state. 

 Senator Rockefeller and Congresswoman Capito have been determined leaders in the effort to halt EPA’s campaign against our coal industry.  They are now joined by Senator Manchin and newly elected Congressman David McKinley.  Congressman Rahall has an important role to play.

Help may be on the way as reported in The DailyCaller.  Top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Environment and Public Works committees are meeting to craft a strategy to fight EPA.

The article in The DailyCaller provides a good look at various approaches.

Obama Strikes Out At West Virginia

Friday, September 11th, 2009

President Obama is getting even with West Virginia that rejected him in the 2008 primary and general election.

 The Obama run Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a vindictive decision today which will withhold approval of 79 coal mining permits.  The President is shutting down jobs when the unemployment rate is nearing 10% in the country.   Is this to show West Virginia who is the boss?

Our delegation in Congress should show him who’s in charge here.  Senators Byrd and Rockefeller and members of the House of Representatives Mollohan, Rahall and Capito should withhold their vote on his pet healthcare reform legislation.  The President needs to understand they too can play hardball.

Speaking of healthcare reform I assume President Obama does not care about the additional cost to the Medicaid program when West Virginia coal miners can no longer have healthcare insurance.  The lost of jobs in the mining industry is the tip of the iceberg.  He has the entire West Virginia economy under attack.

It would be my further suggestion that our WV delegation should organize all Members of Congress from coal producing states to follow their lead.

Those other states who did not vote for Obama had better be on the look out.  He likely has plans to come after them.