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Liz Cheney: Say ‘Yes’ to Energy

Many important issues are getting short shrift this tabloid election year. A vital economic one is energy.

So I was pleased to hear that energy, particularly with respect to Barack Obama’s war on coal, is a priority for at least one of the GOP candidates for Wyoming’s only seat in the House of Representatives.

Though Liz Cheney wouldn’t exactly be a new face in Washington, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, alumna of the Bush administration State Department and former Fox News contributor may bring a much-needed spark to Republican efforts to unleash our domestic energy industry.

While every Republican candidate for Wyoming’s House seat – and there are eight of them this year – likely opposes the Obama administration’s war on coal, Cheney has put together a bold and specific agenda that few Republicans in Congress would dare talk about during an election season.

When President Obama failed to get a Democrat-controlled Congress to pass the anti-coal cap-and-trade bill in 2009-2010, he turned to his Environmental Protection Agency, which relied on junk science, bogus economics and arrogance to issue devastating rule after devastating rule. None of these rules will have the slightest impact on global temperature or the weather, but all have helped crush the U.S. coal industry, as we know it.

So it was great to hear that one of Cheney’s priorities is, “severely reducing the size, scope and authority of the EPA, with the ultimate goal of abolishing the agency.” While that may sound extreme to some, it’s really not. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has testified in Congress that about 85 percent of environmental protection is now done by the states – a completely different situation than when President Nixon formed the EPA in 1970. After 45 years, environmental protection is an issue ripe for rethinking. Cheney gets this.

Cheney would also unwind the various components of the Obama war on coal including the EPA global warming rules known as the Clean Power Plan, the EPA’s Supreme Court-rejected Mercury Air Transport Standard, which EPA is trying to restore, the moratorium on new coal mining leases for public lands and other pointless and burdensome regulation.

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