Coal Takes Center Stage In Latest EPA Drama

“Gloom and doom for the economy,” “job-killing,” and “radical environmental and anti-coal jobs agenda” are just some of the verbal grenades being lobbed in the direction of Gina McCarthy, who has been tapped by President Obama to head the US Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy was in for a bare-knuckles brawl … [continued]

Democratic Senator Claims EPA Creates Jobs, Health, Wealth

California’s Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (not pictured) held a press conference today in which she touted a twenty-page page foot-noted study showing that complying with the nation’s public health and environmental protection laws has bolstered a $300 billion a year clean technology sector that employs an estimated 1.7 million people.

At the hotly attended press conference, she went on: “Our environmental laws provide major health and economic benefits. For example, the Clean Air Act’s annual benefits by 2020 are expected to prevent 230,000 premature deaths, 200,000 cases of heart attacks, 2.4 million cases of asthma attacks, 120,000 emergency room visits, and 5.4 million lost school days.”

The media, as you can imagine, simply ate it up. This is quite a different story than

“How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda Is Killing Jobs”

On September 22, The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) chaired yet another Republican hearing against the president’s climate change policy in the new GOP-held House. In the hearing, titled “How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda Is Killing Jobs” Issa claimed that President Obama is destroying jobs by conducting a “systematic war” against fossil energy by aggressively pushing clean energy.

To stop climate change, obviously it is necessary to switch to a clean energy economy, and so government policy that aggressively pushes a clean energy economy is the appropriate response.