Rhetoric is heating up in Wyoming over new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. Governor Matt Mead and Senator John Barrasso both claim it will have a huge impact on Wyoming farmers, ranchers and businesses and will give the EPA jurisdiction over more water than ever before.
But Professor Mark Squillace of the University of Colorado School of Law disagrees.
The crisis in Ukraine has rekindled calls for the US to export more of its newfound glut of natural gas overseas, but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
In recent days a number of Congressmen, including Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, have called for the Department of Energy to expedite its approval of natural gas export terminals. Barrasso says it would give the US more foreign policy leverage.
“The approval of contracts by the federal government, to say ‘this is going to go’ will undermine Russia’s pricing ability in the Ukraine and in Europe,” Barrasso says.
President Obama today announced his nomination for an Environmental Protection Agency administrator. President Obama’s pick, Gina McCarthy, is currently an assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
McCarthy has been said to work well with industry while being an aggressive regulator. She helped create rules to curb mercury and soot emissions from power plants during President Obama’s first term.
At a debate in Riverton Thursday night, candidates for U.S. Senate offered up their suggestions for balancing the federal budget. Contenders for the U.S. Senate seat were asked how they would avoid jumping off the proverbial fiscal cliff if elected to office.
Democratic nominee Tim Chesnut said the government needs to limit its spending overseas, cut fiscal programs, micromanage the budget for even relatively small expenditures like travel, and cut U-N costs, among other measures.
In last night’s Congressional debates, candidates for U.S. Senate sparred over the role of government. Three people are running for the Senate seat: incumbent Republican Senator John Barrasso, Democrat Tim Chesnut, and Country Party nominee Joel Otto.
Otto said that government’s role should be limited. Barrasso also emphasized size.