Who needs 100,000 jobs?
Environment & Energy Daily reports:
Republicans will continue beating back Obama administration oversight of mining and public lands, targeting proposals this week by the Interior Department and U.S. EPA.
In what promises to be a contentious hearing of the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, Office of Surface Mining Director Joe Pizarchik will likely face questions on the agency’s budget and its soon-to-be-released stream protection rule. Just last week, the full Natural Resources Committee approved legislation aiming to block the proposal (E&E Daily, March 1).
“This important legislation would block President Obama’s proposed rewrite of the Stream Buffer Zone rule that would cost over 100,000 direct and indirect coal jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), said in a statement.
Johnson was referring to a new study by Environ International Corp., which says the proposal could cost hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs. But the administration and its defenders say the rule is still pending and discussion of jobs is premature.
“It’s not a job-killing rulemaking,” Pizarchik said at a hearing last year, adding that leaked documents showing the rule having a significant economic impact have “no basis in fact”…