John Ransom

As the Obama administration tries to makeover their reputation as out-of-touch, ultra-liberal, urban dilettantes and sophisticates, perhaps they should rethink letting whack-job enviros make energy policy for the nation.   

Because even with rising energy prices and complaints amongst the business community that the administration's regulatory burdens verge on the ridiculous, Obama continues his relentless assault on the domestic supply of energy with an assist from the most radical fringe element of environmentalists.

“Aging coal-fired power plants across the West could be forced to install costly pollution control equipment,” reports the AP “under an agreement between federal regulators and environmentalists aimed at jump-starting a delayed clean air initiative.”

The agreement entered into by the Obama administration with the environmental whack-jobs WildEarth Guardians will cost utilities at least $1.5 billion and put at risk the operation of 18 coal-fired electric plants in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming by next year.

This is how energy policy in the mostly-clueless Obama administration is made, in case you were wondering why joblessness was so high in the U.S.

As the Washington Times writes: “Less than 24 hours earlier, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley heard heated complaints from business leaders about burdensome government regulations at a meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington. As Mr. Daley listened to tales of the administration’s interference in industry, he replied, ‘Sometimes, you can’t defend the indefensible.’”

Sure, but you can let environmental extremists write energy laws.

So who is WildEarth Guardians?

Oh, just your average, everyday anti-capitalist working with the Obama administration on the issue de jour.

Here’s what WildEarth’s founder, Sam Hitt, blogged last year under “Revolutionary Rant #8”:


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.