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Energy & Environment Legislative Alerts
President Barack Obama recently launched a campaign-style speech tour to publicize “bold” ideas to help the middle class and renew his executive focus on the economy. Of course, the president has political reasons to divert the public’s attention away from touchy security issues. A slew of scandals — Benghazi, IRS conservative targeting, and NSA data collection — have harmed the administration’s reputation and dominated media coverage for much of 2013. This new speech tour, however, isn’t President Obama’s first attempt to forcibly change the national conversation. In fact, the president has already unintentionally made economics the center of the dialogue for the past month. Obama’s problem is that the conversation has focused on the unintended costs and consequences of his policies, not his naïve, unattainable aspirations.
AFP supports H.R. 1582, which would require the EPA to submit a report to Congress on the economic impact of proposed rules whose projected cost exceeds $1 billion.
AFP opposes Rep. Olson's Domestic Alternatives Fuels Act, H.R. 1959, because it would expand the economically-damaging Renewable Fuel Standard.
The President’s Climate Action Plan was released yesterday and, not surprisingly, President Obama is aiming to get government more and more involved in America’s economy in his response to climate change. His proposed way forward is more billion-dollar spending projects, invasive regulations, and green energy favoritism. But behind all that desire to reduce carbon emissions is the market, which has driven the biggest reductions in emissions, something the President claims to support.
AFP is proud to join a coalition of organizations in opposing Rep. Olson's misguided legislation, the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act of 2013.