Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Discusses Legislation to Protect Americans from Data Theft
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), today held a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the Secure and Fortify Data Act (SAFE Data Act), which establishes uniform national standards for data security and data breach notification.
Chairman Bono Mack introduced this legislation in the aftermath of several high-profile data breaches at companies including Sony, Epsilon, and Citigroup. These recent cyber attacks have compromised the personal information of millions of Americans, underscoring the...
Health Care Regulations: TBD
The uncertainty--created by the health care law--continues to plague job creators, and--lately, it seems the Obama administration is going out of its way to make--the problem--worse. The health care law mandates that all--employers--offering health care coverage to their workers must--provide--a government-defined--"Essential Benefits Package." --What does that entail? No one knows. The law fails to define what should be included in the package and instead, authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (read:--an extraordinarily powerful--unelected bureaucrat) to decide.
It has been more than a year since Obamacare...
OPINION: Wall Street Journal Editorial "The EPA's War on Jobs"
WALL STREET JOURNAL...
EDITORIAL... June 13, 2011 ... President Obama's jobs council will make its first recommendations today on lifting hiring and strengthening the economy. Too bad the message doesn't seem to be reaching the Administration's regulators, in particular the Environmental Protection Agency. ... The EPA is currently conducting a campaign against coal-fired power and one of its most destructive weapons is a pending regulation to limit mercury and other hazardous air pollutants like dioxins or acid gases that power plants emit. The 946-page rule mandates that...
NEWS: Associated Press "NRC Chief in Hot Seat for Scrapping Work on Yucca Mountain Dump"
By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATTHEW DALYThe Associated PressJune 12, 2011
WASHINGTON -- In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation's independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called "bizarre," ''unorthodox" and "illegal."
These harsh critiques haven't come just from politicians who have strong views in favor of the Yucca Mountain waste site in Nevada. They've come from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's own scientists and a former agency chairman.
OPINION: Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Opinion Pages on Investigation into Political Manipulation in Yucca Mountain Shutdown
Wall Street Journal Obama's Nuclear Politics
By Kim StrasselJune 10, 2011
The Obama administration has shown a certain ruthless streak when it comes to getting what it wants. For its latest in brass-knuckle tactics, consider the ongoing fight over the proposed Yucca nuclear waste facility.
This tale begins in 2008, when candidate Obama was determined to win Nevada, a crucial electoral state. Catering to locals, Mr. Obama promised to kill plans--approved by Congress--to make the state's Yucca Mountain the repository for spent nuclear fuel. He was...
Obama Administration Regulations Force Power Plant Shutdowns; Boosting Energy Prices and Destroying Jobs
AEP: EPA Plan Expected To Cost $6 Billion To $8 Billion Through Decade's End
DOW JONES NEWSWIRESBy Tess Stynes
American Electric Power Co. (AEP) estimates it may need to spend $6 billion to $8 billion through the end of the decade to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations on coal-fueled power plants if they are approved in their current form.
The company has been reviewing options to shut down nearly 6,000 megawatts of coal-fired production in anticipation of tighter environmental regulations.
AEP, whose utility...
Bombshell Testimony Reveals Energy Secretary Ignored Technical Experts When Withdrawing Yucca Mountain Application
WASHINGTON, DC - During last week's Environment and the Economy Subcommittee hearing on "The Department of Energy's Role in Managing Civilian Radioactive Waste," witnesses revealed that Energy Secretary Steven Chu simply ignored the technical components of the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository when withdrawing the project's license application.
Christopher Kouts, a former 25-year DOE employee who served as acting director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and was the point person for the Yucca project, testified that Secretary Chu ignored technical experts when withdrawing the repository's...
Upton on Oil and Gas Discovery in the Gulf: Less Pain at the Pump and More American Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) released the following statement in response to today's news that exploration in the Gulf of Mexico has uncovered existence of a massive oil and gas field.
"This discovery underscores the great potential of America's vast energy resources. The prospect of new American-made energy supplies means less pain at the pump for American families and more American jobs.
"ExxonMobil began work on this discovery well before the administration's drilling moratorium was initially...