Texas and the EPA have been going at it for some time now, but as we all know one way or another the federal government manages to get its way. If only a group of people would have gotten together during the founding of our country to draft a document to protect state sovereignty and individual liberty. I digress…
Obama is warming up for his re-election campaign by touting his jobs plan. I could argue that his so-called “plan” is nothing more than the same old failed Obamanomics / Keynesian economics strategy that has been tried over the past few years, but I believe that is obvious enough. Along the same lines I can argue that Obama hasn’t stopped campaigning since 2008.
Interestingly enough, when it came time for Obama to bring a plan of action to the table a representative from Louisiana, a state that has been crushed by Obama’s oppressive regulation machine, made a silent suggestion to Obama via a hand-held sign stating “Drilling = Jobs.” This was a break from decorum, yes, but it was also a common sense suggestion for the President. The Heritage Foundation quotes the statement Rep. Jeff Landry made before Obama’s address:
Our unemployment rate is the problem, and the solution is simple: drilling equals jobs. By allowing the hard-working people in the Gulf of Mexico to ply their trade, we can save 25,000 jobs. By allowing production in a small portion of ANWR, we can create 250,000 jobs. And by lifting the ban on new offshore drilling, we could create 1.2 million jobs. We must increase domestic energy exploration, expedite the permitting process, and remove the burecratic [sic] red-tape and barriers on job creators. Producing domestic energy will create jobs across the country, increase revenue to the federal government, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Mr. President, do the right thing: let us drill.
With that in mind, I bring you the sad news that 500 jobs are now being eliminated because of the EPA’s regulations and “unrealistic deadline.” From The DC:
Texas energy company Luminant announced on Monday new burdensome Environmental Protection Agency regulations are forcing it to close several facilities, which will result in about 500 job losses.
The EPA regulation Luminant cites as too burdensome is the new Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which requires Texas power generators to make “dramatic reductions” in emissions beginning on January 1, 2012.
“We have hundreds of employees who have spent their entire professional careers at Luminant and its predecessor companies,” Luminant CEO David Campbell said in a statement. “At every step of this process, we have tried to minimize these impacts, and it truly saddens me that we are being compelled to take the actions we’ve announced today. We have filed suit to try to avoid these consequences.”
The company said it has been trying to meet the new standards, but won’t be able to do so without closing down several facilities and eliminating 500 jobs.
If Obama was serious about creating jobs – and creating them quick – I know there are a few thousand workers and employers in Texas, Louisiana, and all along the Gulf Coast that have a few suggestions for him. But, why should the Campaigner-in-Chief care about red-state jobs anyway?