And here is the real kicker, HR 2728 is called the “Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act”. Note the use of the expression “…States’ Rights…”. “…States’ Rights…” is a favorite by line of Obama!
This from the EDF:
The U.S. House of Representatives voted last night to pass the so-called "Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act" (HR 2728), a bill that would block federal environmental standards of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.
A companion bill has been distributed in the Senate by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
I'm not going to sugarcoat it—this is a terrible idea.
At a time when, with your support, we've been working so hard across the country to protect communities by establishing tougher standards on the natural gas industry, this bill would put the air, water, and wildlife on federal lands at grave risk from substandard oil and gas operations.
It is crazy for Congress to strip the federal government of any right to take action to protect our public lands. These special places don't belong to the oil and gas companies—they belong to all of us and to future generations of Americans. And we must stand together to protect them.
When we last wrote to you about the House bill a little more than a week ago, 27,678 of you took action by sending emails to your U.S. Representatives. Thank you for speaking out against this outrageous bill.
Now, I'd like to ask you to take action again—this time by helping us stop this foolishness in the Senate.
Please email your Senators today to oppose the Hatch bill. Tell your Senators we need to work together to promote stronger standards on the natural gas industry to protect our communities and our natural environment.
The last thing we should be doing is gutting the protections we already have.
Thank you for your standing with us,
Vice President, US Climate and Energy