Obama’s approval rating in California slipped below 50%. While Golden State folks target discontent toward the President, the Federal government targets Texas Governor, Rick Perry. The full power and influence of our nation’s administration seem out to get the GOP candidate and his state, Texas.
Texas energy company closes
Luminant, a Texas energy company, is closing its doors. Several facilities housing at least two energy-generating units will shut down. Also, the company will no longer extract the coal from its Texas mines. The closures will result in 500 jobs lost in Texas.
Luminant cited the EPA as the cause of the closure. Luminant is no longer able to meet the excessively stringent regulations and restrictions imposed upon its production of power. This, at a time when the country needs reliable sources of energy more than ever.
David Campbell, Luminant CEO, put it this way, “As always, Luminant is committed to complying fully with EPA regulations. We have spent the last two months identifying all possible options to meet the requirements of this new rule… However, meeting this unrealistic deadline also forces us to take steps that will idle facilities and result in the loss of jobs.”
The “new rule” is Cross-State Air Pollution, recently enacted by the nation’s strong-armed EPA. It targets energy producers in Texas that use coal to generate power. And it requires dramatic emissions reductions by January 1, 2012.
Perry as political target?
It seems an unnatural coincidence that Texas Governor and GOP candidate, Rick Perry, maintains his dramatic lead. A CNN poll has Perry way ahead. The Texan that generated not only energy in Texas but also thousands of new jobs burst onto the national scene in the GOP race just last month.
Debate designed to target Perry
After such a short time in the contested race, Perry remains the leader above all. Perry even survived a televised debate that was arranged to bring him down. Conducted by left-wing newscasters and loaded questions, the debate targeted Perry but showcased him instead.
Perry presented himself as the principled person he is, with jobs creation and fiscal responsibility as achievements in Texas. Little element of “slick” was added for effect. This, in contrast to the polished presence, sans record of achievement, of other GOPers on the stage. Certainly in contrast to Obama’s record of achievement, if there is such a thing.
The EPA forcing closure of the Luminant’s Texas power plants coincides with other observations of Perry and his state as political targets. Don’t think for a moment that it doesn’t happen that way.
As Americans, let us put it together and connect the dots. Let us understand the powered put-downs of the current political power machine. And let us not let it cloud a clear view of the candidates put before our vote in 2012, not some tarnished image presented by the press or the President’s recognition of his nemesis.