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Liberals who oppose repealing the midnight regulations of the last president have a big problem. Liberals actually love that idea – or at least they used to. Go back eight years and you will find liberals cheerleading the use of the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that can strike down new regulations imposed during the final months of a president’s term in office. Today, it’s a very different story. But former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who co-authored the CRA, insists the law is “fair” and helps prevent regulations that are “too burdensome” and “too costly.”
A small group of Nevada lawmakers – backed by California billionaire Tom Steyer in the last election – are pushing bills to ban fracking and impose a massive new renewable energy mandate on the state economy. The bills follow a major investment in Nevada politics by Steyer, a huge contributor to environmental activist groups and the largest single political donor to federal candidates of the past two election cycles. Steyer’s spending in a hotly contested U.S. Senate race was widely reported, but his involvement in the battle for control of the Nevada state legislature went largely unnoticed. Nevada campaign finance records show Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, personally contributed $70,000 to five state legislative candidates – all Democrats – in the 2016 election.
Activists who oppose oil and natural gas development have launched a new campaign to save a last-minute Obama administration regulation that’s facing repeal in the U.S. Senate. The Western Leaders Network is trying to defend the “venting and flaring” rule, issued by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management two months before President Barack Obama left office. The group is led by Mark Pearson, board secretary of the San Juan Citizens Alliance (SJCA), and Gwen Lachelt, a former Earthworks activist who now serves as a commissioner in La Plata County, Colo. The SJCA has previously admitted using “street fight” tactics to make oil and gas “as difficult as possible to develop,” and Earthworks has said it’s engaged in a “war on fracking.”
One of Colorado’s top business leaders is calling on the U.S. Senate to swiftly repeal a last-minute regulation from the Obama administration targeting oil and natural gas development on federal lands. Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable, says using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the so-called “venting and flaring” rule is a pro-growth move that will help the economy, encourage energy development, create jobs and boost tax revenues in the West.
A bipartisan group of Western governors met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in a push to improve relations between the federal government and the states on matters of energy and environmental policy. “The Western Governors Association wants a better state and federal partnership,” Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), chairman of the WGA, said after the meeting. Winning back the trust of states after eight years of the Obama administration is a major priority for Pruitt, who formerly served as Oklahoma’s attorney general.
A New York Times story that contradicted claims of wrongdoing against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was quietly edited after publication to remove lines that challenged the talking points of environmental activist groups. Two key sentences from the story, which said the e-mails are unlikely to cause problems for Pruitt, were deleted without explanation. But not before other news outlets had included those lines in their own coverage.
The Colorado Petroleum Council today urged federal lawmakers to repeal a last-minute Obama administration rule targeting oil and natural gas development on federal lands. The rule, aimed at restricting methane emissions, has angered tribal, business and local officials from across the state. The Republican majority in the Colorado State Senate has also endorsed the repeal effort.